Theme for 2023: 'International education: visionary and transformative'

Leaders in international education will gather at AIEC 2023 in Adelaide (Tarntanya), on the lands of the Kaurna people, to celebrate the transformative power of international education and highlight the role of visionary thinking in fostering a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable world.

Inspired by the progressive history of our host city, this year’s theme focuses on the role that innovation plays in transforming the experiences of our students and the communities in which they live, work and study.

Adelaide was the first Australian city to be planned and developed by free settlers without convict labour, and the first to have an elected council. South Australia was the first Australian state to grant women, including Aboriginal women, the right to vote for and stand as parliamentary candidates. It was also the first state to decriminalise homosexuality.

In recent years, Adelaide has quickly become a technological highland with a global impact. It has developed transformative innovations in fields such as AI, cybersecurity, robotics, smart sensors, big data, clean technologies, water management, aerospace and aviation, among other.

Various innovation precincts – such as Lot Fourteen Innovation and Technology Park, the Adelaide Bio-med City, the Tonsley Innovation District and Waite Research Institute – have transformed the city into a world-renowned Australian innovation hub.

Motivated by Adelaide’s pioneering history of reinvention and transformation, we invite you to join us this October to:

  • identify the present and future global challenges to our profession and what we need to do to overcome them
  • forge the strategies needed to meet the demands of the ‘new normal’ in which we now operate
  • discover new ways to support our students in their study and career journeys
  • set a clear vision for international education with innovation at its core.

Our sector is stronger when we encompass all voices. Make sure you join us in October, so your voice is heard and forms part of our sector’s united vision and transformation.  

Join us in Adelaide to be inspired, challenged and transformed!

Call for Proposals open until 10 March

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Key dates

9 February - Call for proposals opens

10 March - Call for proposals closes

1 June - Registration open

July - Program released

31 July - Super early bird registration closes

4 September - Early bird registration closes

10–13 October – AIEC 2023