Last week the Abdullah Gül University was represented at the 12th APAIE Conference and Exposition. It was the second time AGU was taking part in the event, after the APAIE event in Melbourne last year. This March, APAIE was held in Kaohsiung City, in the South of Taiwan (around 2 hours away from Taipei).
APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education) has been bringing together Higher Education institutions and professionals from the Asia-Pacific region to promote cooperations and internationalisation of institutions for the past 12 years. This year, the event was hosted by National Sun Yat-Sen University and co-hosted by Kaohsiung Medical University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Hsing University and National Chung Cheng University.
For the 2017 edition, the Abdullah Gül University was represented by Senior Advisor to the Rector on Internationalisation, Dr. E. Burak Arıkan (who is also the course coordinator for AGU’s innovative Core Curriculum course “AGU Ways”).
The event held at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre (KEC) welcomed around 2400 participants (academics and higher education professionals) from close to 50 countries, who gathered around this year’s theme:
“New Era, New Horizon, New Frontier: Higher Education in Asia Pacific”
Participants were also introduced to a number of sub-themes (listed below) and the importance of International University Rankings remained a key point of debate.
APAIE 2017 sub-themes:
- Globalization Trends and Corresponding Strategies
- International Research Collaboration
- Student Mobility and Support Services
- Benchmarking and Assessment of Higher Education
- Digital Media Innovations in International Higher Education
Participating in the APAIE Conference was the opportunity for AGU to reconnect with existing partners, such as the University of Ulsan, with which our University agreed to further promote each other among their respective students and to maintain yearly exchanges of students.
AGU also explored new partnership opportunities with some twenty European, American and Asian higher education institutions.
Dr. Arıkan also participated in various roundtables and discussion sessions and took the opportunity to visit prospective partners’ campuses, such as Taipei-based National Taiwan Normal University, as well as National Chung Cheng University, located around 1h30 outside of Kaohsiung City.
Particularly noteworthy was the quality of Taiwan Normal’s Mandarin Training Centre, a source of inspiration for AGU’s own School of Languages, which is currently one of the very few schools in Turkey offering a skills-based English Preparatory Program to its students.
Overall, the event proved very fruitful for AGU, which is currently working on formalising several new international partnerships based on meetings held during the event. Next year the Conference will be held in Singapore and is looking to be a very big event. AGU will certainly be part of it!