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 number 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 arrangements are well under way to complete the final details of the programme for the AIE World conference to be held in Amsterdam in October. The updated programme can be found on this conference website.
The City of Amsterdam is supporting the event in strong terms, as is Stenden University, and I am grateful to them 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 vibrant interntiaonal City!
I hope that as many colleagues as can will feel able to attend and will also put forward proposals for the strand programme of presentations and discussions. Details of submission of proposals can also be found on the conference website.
Looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam in October!!
Professor Jeff Thompson CBE
Chair, Board of Trustees