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International educators meet at Bond to discuss challenges

Leading international educators will meet at Bond University this week for a three day conference which will look at a range of issues including how information technology continues to impact on universities and institutions around the globe.

The International Association of University Presidents' (IAUP) Semi-Annual Conference has attracted educators from Australia, the United States, Austria, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Liberia and Lebanon.

As part of the conference there will be special panel sessions that focus on two of the biggest challenges facing universities today, according to Bond University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Brailsford.

“Meeting technology challenges and forging successful international partnerships are two issues that will be discussed by two panels of expert speakers,” he said.

“The panels will discuss how information technology continues to challenge and create opportunities for universities today and how it impacts on the evolution of higher education and institutions around the world.

“In the second panel discussion we will cover how international collaborations and partnerships, through a myriad of ways, have become integral to universities in supporting their international aspirations."

The conference will start on Wednesday October 14 with a welcome ceremony at Bond and then conclude on Friday October 16.

Professor Brailsford said the opportunity for Bond University to host the semi-annual conference on the Gold Coast was a great honour.

“My team and I look forward to welcoming and hosting the international delegates.  We have designed a conference schedule that focuses on the big issues and challenges facing higher education today and how best, as leaders, we can respond to them,” he said.

The IAUP 50th Anniversary Conference was held last May in Oxford. As part of the Bond University event, meetings will be held involving the IAUP Executive Committee and the Council of Senior Advisers, the IAUP Board of Directors and the regional Chairs.

As part of the social program delegates and their partners will visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Skypoint Observation Deck at Q1.

A gala dinner and indigenous performance will be held at Bond University on Friday October 16.

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