Australian International Education Conference 2017 concludes in Hobart

The Australian International Education Conference has concluded in Hobart after spending three days discussing and investigating the key issue of diversity in the education sector.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham was in attendance at the conference at which he announced new English language standards for international students.

More than 1300 education experts from Australia, America, the UK, Japan, China, Portugal and more attended and offered insight into the future of the education sector.

The conference was hosted by IDP Education and the International Education Association of Australia.

IDP Education chief executive Andrew Barkla said the key conference topic of ‘embracing diversity’ was already part of the international education sector.

“We are fortunate to be part of a sector that supports our next generation of leaders and thinkers achieve their global study aspirations,” he said. 

On Friday topics covered included Tasmanian state government representatives on embracing diversity in regional Australian education, as well as a panel discussion on racism led by young international students in Australia.

Another panel considered the importance of encouraging and supporting the next generation of women leaders which sought to discuss more ways to include men in the ongoing debate.

A major discussion was also held around Tasmania’s strategies to develop destination marketing and stronger ties between the university, tourism and state government.