SFU wins bid to host international education conference

December 08, 2017

Simon Fraser University has been selected as the lead host for Vancouver 2020 – the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) conference in Vancouver on March 23–26, 2020.

The British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) is the conference’s local secretariat. The conference will attract more than 2,000 participants and over 300 exhibitors from the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

This will be the first time that the conference is held in the Americas—a strong recognition and endorsement of Vancouver as Canada's Asia-Pacific gateway.

“SFU is excited to host the first APAIE conference on this side of the Pacific,” says SFU President Andrew Petter. “As a university committed to ‘engaging the world,’ we see this conference as a wonderful opportunity to build stronger relationships amongst universities and their communities in Asia, North America and beyond.” 

The conference will open with a President's forum on the societal impact of international engagement in uncertain times, which will be focused around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It will also explore issues that are globally pertinent in higher education including:

·      gateways to and from Asia;
·      innovations in higher education;
·      environmental and economic sustainability;
·      multilateral and regional cooperation; and
·      Indigenous and diaspora communities

As a legacy of this conference, SFU plans to develop a fund to provide scholarships to students from the Asia-Pacific region to study at the university.

B.C.’s education sector will be involved in planning and implementing the conference and the University of British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Northern British Columbia and University of Victoria will be co-hosts.

APAIE 2020 is supported by the federal and provincial governments.

This story originally appeared in SFU News.