Alliance for International Education

Welcome to AIE

On behalf of the Board of Trustees I extend to all a warm welcome to the Alliance for International Education and to our website.

A reading of the brief history of the AIE will show that we are well into the second decade of our existence. Since its inception, the size and variety of activities undertaken under the auspices of the Alliance has continued to engage an increasing number of participants. In doing so, a fundamental aim of the AIE is fulfilled as it brings together people, organisations and institutions in order to exchange knowledge and experience in the practice of promoting international education and intercultural understanding.

The eight biennial conferences held to date, the impressive growth of the China chapter through its regional meetings, the development of new Chapters in Australia and UK, the partnerships that have been formed and the links made with other organisations, have all contributed significantly to the reputation that the Alliance has gained thus far for its work in the field of international education. As we look towards the next decade of our existence, we do so with confidence that the continuation of our current successes together with our plans for future activities will further enhance our effectiveness in fulfilling our aims.

Following the highly successful Alliance for International Education conference held in Bangkok in February 2016, our ninth conference will be held in the colourful and vibrant city of Amsterdam between 6 and 8 October 2017. I am pleased to be able to report that the final details of the programme for the AIE World conference to be held in Amsterdam in October have now been completed and may be found on the conference website. In addition to three distinguished plenary speakers over 60 papers have been accepted for presentation in the strand programme and lively discussion is guaranteed!

We received early support from the Esprit group of schools and the City of Amsterdam is also supporting the event in strong terms, as is also Stenden University, and I am grateful to them all for their generosity.  Those of us who will be privileged to participate in the conference are in for an exciting and most enjoyable time both at the conference and also in this beautiful and dynamic international City.

Looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam in October!!


Professor Jeff Thompson CBE
Chair, Board of Trustees

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