23 May 2018 at 9:00 am

Get ready for NZIEC 2018

The New Zealand International Education Conference is fast approaching! Find out what’s in store for you in our fantastic programme before registration opens this week.


Previous NZIEC attendees should keep an eye on their inboxes this week for a special link to confirm their place. Registration for everyone else will open next week. 

With only 600 places available, we expect a sell-out event, so be sure to get in quick to avoid missing out!

What’s on offer at NZIEC 2018?

NZIEC 2018 centres on the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens, and how we can leverage our international education activity to foster global citizenship across the diverse communities of New Zealand.

We’ll kickstart conference by exploring how we can have global impact from New Zealand with our Inspire Keynote Speaker Yoseph Ayele, Chief Executive of the Edmund Hillary Foundation.

The digital journeys of international students will be under the microscope by Dr Shanton  Chang from the University of Melbourne. Dr Chang will share his surprising insights into the online behaviours of international students as they move across countries.

We’ll investigate what our industry can learn from Xero’s Anna Curzon as she outlines how we can develop partnerships for global success. The Xero experience in developing partnerships with customers, partners and others has helped make it Forbes’ Most Innovative Growth Company for two consecutive years.

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L-R: Yoseph Ayele, Shanton Chang and Anna Curzon.

We’re also bringing the international student voice into our plenary sessions with international students talking to delegates about their experiences living and studying in Aotearoa. We anticipate this will provide interesting and heartfelt life stories that delegates can reflect upon. 

Our Expo Hall has sold out with an amazing array of partners joining us to connect and engage with delegates over the two days. And, as ever, we have a surprise or two up our sleeves – stay tuned in the lead-up to conference to find out more!

Programme format changes

This year, we’ve put back-to-back complementary breakout sessions together into 1hr 20-minute sessions. While you are still free to sneak between sessions, we hope this format will help reduce the amount of time you have to spend navigating around the venue and allows you time to really focus on a particular theme. 

We’ve also staggered the timing of our pre-lunch breakout sessions, with some starting 15 minutes earlier than others to help reduce those dreaded lunch queues. 

Pre-conference workshops

Remember to check out the pre-conference workshops offered by our programme partner, AFS New Zealand. These workshops are a great way to grapple with global competence in an in-depth way prior to conference kicking off the following morning. You can register for these breakouts direct with AFS or during registration.


The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August. Pre-conference workshops will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 August. Find out more about NZIEC at www.nziec.co.nz

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