Office of the President
Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor
Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President
SFU engages the world at APAIE 2020
The countdown is on. It’s just over 100 days until Simon Fraser University has the honour of hosting the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education Annual Conference & Exhibition for the first time in the Americas.
From March 22-26, APAIE 2020 is expected to draw more than 2,500 participants and hundreds of exhibitors from across Asia and around the globe.
The conference theme, “Bridging Oceans – Internationalization and Higher Education in the Asia Pacific,” is intended to encourage discussion about the role of universities in fostering and facilitating international and inter-cultural engagement, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
SFU’s role as lead host of this prestigious conference reflects and reinforces our growing global reputation, and advances our strategic vision’s commitment “to ensure that SFU is an engaged partner and contributor on the international stage.”
With more than 160,000 alumni in over 140 countries, SFU has extensive ties in the Asia-Pacific, and has developed important educational, research and other relationships in the region. I look forward to broadening and deepening these through the APAIE conference.
With a focus on new developments in international education, the conference will allow delegates to network with a diverse group of university professionals, national and regional education consortia, and government representatives and policymakers from around the world.
For those interested in exploring the scope and potential of international education, APAIE 2020 promises to be a memorable and engaging event.