25 May 2022 at 2:00 pm

NZIEC coming soon – mark your diary now!

Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao is pleased to announce that the 29th New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC) will be held virtually over the course of a week, from Monday 15 to Friday 19 August 2022.

It will be free to attend.

The theme for NZIEC 2022 is Towards Recovery: Reflect, Reconnect, Renew. 

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the international education sector. In our first conference since 2019, we will look back at the past two years, and look forward to what we have to offer to the world.

NZIEC 2022 will focus on the sector’s recovery journey and, as the theme suggests, encourage us to: Reflect, Reconnect and Renew.

  • Reflect – on what has been a crazy two years. An opportunity for us to share the tough stories, what we learned, how we pivoted, the good stuff we did.    
  • Reconnect – with each other and with the wider world. Be stimulated by international speakers in offshore markets and hear the latest in trends, shifts and dynamics.   
  • Renew – building back better for a stronger future. Gain inspiration and embrace innovation so we continue to ThinkNew. 

By Reflecting, Reconnecting and Renewing, NZIEC 2022 will help our sector build Towards Recovery.

To ensure we reach the widest possible audience at a critical time for the rebuild of the industry, NZIEC 2022 will be delivered in a virtual format, at no cost to attendees. The virtual format also enables us to connect with a wide range of international speakers and deliver sessions for specific sub-sectors that attendees can opt in or out of. Sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered attendees who cannot attend the original time of the session.   


Programme highlights

This year’s NZIEC programme takes a leaf out of the successful New Zealand Partners Workshop Week held in 2021, which connected over 3,000 attendees in sessions spread over the course of the week.

While further details on the programme will be released in July, you can expect the following: 

  • Conference opening on Monday morning
  • Ministerial address 
  • International speakers 
  • Industry speakers 
  • Updates on global market trends and developments 
  • Market-focused sessions
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • Government agency updates
  • Conference closing on Friday.   


Keep an eye out

Soon we’ll be launching our call for speakers. We’re keen to hear from practitioners right across the sector, so put your thinking cap on if you are interested in presenting – or suggest that a colleague does the same. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks, but if you have an idea for a session, please don’t hesitate to email us: NZIEC@enz.govt.nz 

We are also developing a te reo Māori ingoa (Māori name) for NZIEC and look forward to sharing that with you soon.   

Registration for NZIEC 2022 will open in July. 


Format in future years  

The decision to opt for a virtual format this year reflects feedback from our survey of previous and potential conference attendees to find out their levels of interest in attending NZIEC in person this year. While some were keen to gather in person, many more were hesitant to do so due to the cost of attending and concerns regarding Covid-19.

Subject to Covid-19 settings, we plan to resume in-person formats for NZIEC in future years.

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