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Inspiring Global Citizens

‘We must no longer consider ourselves as citizens of the cities or countries in which we live, but we must consider ourselves citizens of the globe.’

In this time of rapid change and globalisation, international education has a vital role in equipping our society with the skills needed for the future. New Zealand is ideally placed to address this need. We rank first in The Economist’s Worldwide Educating for the Future Index for our ability to equip our young leaders with the critical thinking, collaboration and global awareness skills they need to succeed in an increasingly internationalised and technology-driven world.

The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) will explore how international education can build on this strength to equip and inspire our students, educators and professionals to become the new wave of global influencers and leaders. Our international education industry can help change the world.

NZIEC 2018 will explore the following key questions:

  1. How do we inspire and develop the next generation of global citizens?
  2. How can we harness technology to enhance our international education marketing, offering and practices?
  3. How can we forge leading-edge education products, services and technologies that will be in-demand in existing and future global markets?
  4. How can we connect our diverse communities to the value of international education?
  5. How can we work together to ensure international education contributes to New Zealand’s future development? 

Breakout streams


Global student experiences  This breakout stream centres on student experience. It encompasses the development of global citizenship of domestic and international students.

Topics may include:
  • Preparing students and educators for global citizenship
  • Elevating the international student experience
  • Connecting domestic and international students
  • Supporting student wellbeing for success
  • The student’s recruitment experience
  • Life experience in accommodation
  • Preparing students for a global workplace
  • Enabling New Zealand student mobility
Innovating digitally  This breakout stream focuses on how digital technologies and innovation, integrated throughout the student journey, can transform the user experience and sustain the success of our industry. It includes digital marketing approaches for recruitment and engagement as well as back office operations.

Topics may include:
  • Creating a single customer view across your ecosystem
  • Top search engine optimisation (SEO) areas of focus
  • Paid, owned and earned strategy recommendations
  • Channel strategies
  • Enabling your customers to generate content for you
  • How to get the best bang for buck with digital investment
  • How to measure digital media, including return on investment (ROI) in digital
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Online delivery
  • And others
Developing markets and products  This breakout stream focuses on the development of international markets and recruitment channels. It also looks at the development of products and services to meet international students’ needs and other education customers.

Topics may include:
  • International market intelligence
  • Global trends in international education
  • Developing products and services for international students and markets
  • Taking a product to market
  • Market research
  • Identifying viable business opportunities
  • Informed market selection and investment
  • And others. 
Sharing our story This breakout stream focuses on how we can share the New Zealand international education story and turn our alumni and communities into international education ambassadors.

Topics may include:
  • International public relations
  • Local and regional public relations
  • Community engagement
  • Planning and hosting effective famils
  • Accessing scholarships
  • Leveraging alumni and advocacy
  • And others
Contributing to New Zealand This breakout stream will explore the unique contribution that international education can and should make to the future development of New Zealand. It will also include updates from New Zealand government agencies involved in international education.

Topics may include:
  • International education and future talent needs of New Zealand
  • Regional economic development
  • Social licence
  • International Education Strategy
  • Education New Zealand update
  • Updates from ENZ’s government partners
  • And others.