30 August 2017 at 9:00 am

NZIEC 2017 reaches new heights

A record 735 delegates from across New Zealand and from over 20 countries around the world descended on the SkyCity Convention Centre last week to explore Leadership in International Education at the 26th New Zealand International Education Conference.

Master of ceremonies, award-winning journalist Miriama Kamo, kept conference moving with humour and poise.

“Congratulations on a world class conference!! It was amazing and very well executed!”

“Much better compared to other international education conferences around the world I’ve been to.”

“Fantastic organisation. Really must congratulate all that put the event together. Great choice for keynote and other speakers. Smaller breakaway sessions with plenty of interesting topics. Great food and the jazz bar really allowed for good networking opportunities. Best NZIEC by a country mile.” 

These are just some of the comments flooding into our inboxes following the largest conference we’ve ever run – and one of the largest of its kind in New Zealand.

Not only did we manage to garner record media coverage, we debated the Aussies, tried to avoid the Kraken of Doom, became New Zealand's top trending topic on Twitter, and even had a visit by the Royal Family! 

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Master of ceremonies, award-winning journalist Miriama Kamo, kept conference moving with humour and poise. A range of keynote speakers inspired, debated and informed, and a record number of breakout sessions provided new insights for improving the student experience, making a mark overseas, collaborating to win – and more.

NZIEC Country of Honour host, U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown, spoke movingly of his childhood and the impact his teachers had on his life trajectory. And delegates took up the plentiful networking opportunities with gusto – many a korero was observed in the conference environs!

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ENZ gratefully acknowledges all our conference partners and exhibitors, including Lead Partner BPO Intelligence, Premium Partner Vodafone New Zealand, Partners Southern Cross Travel Insurance, Ako Aotearoa, Endeavour Education Services Limited, IDP IELTS Australia, Media Partner The PIE News, Programme Partner ISANA New Zealand, and Country of Honour host, the Embassy of the United States of America. Thank you one and all.

If you missed the opportunity to connect with our partners or exhibitors at conference, you can do so through the NZIEC website.

Conference delegates can expect to receive a survey in their inboxes next week. As we seek to continually improve the NZIEC experience, we welcome all feedback and suggestions. If you have any suggestions for next year, please don’t hesitate to email Sam Mackay, ENZ Strategic Projects Manager, at sam.mackay@enz.govt.nz

We look forward to seeing you in Wellington for NZIEC 2018!

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