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Title Student mobility paramount to prosperity, but access remains a challenge - Report on key themes of APAIE 2016 Conference
Author Cate Gribble - Director, Nexus Education, Australia


The Asia Pacific Association of International Education conference held in Melbourne last week attracted 1,650 delegates from across the globe to examine the issues shaping international education in the region and beyond. The prevailing theme was the vital link that mobility now plays in both individual and national prosperity. In the face of shifting economies and greater global uncertainty, fostering global graduates with both the capacity and desire to engage with other cultures is now an imperative for all nations.

In his keynote address, Professor Simon Marginson from the Institute of Education, University College London, noted that while patterns of mobility have shifted radically over recent decades there is no sign of a downturn. For individuals and nations, mobility is about future possibilities, and the rapidly growing middle class in many Asian countries suggests enormous capacity for future growth. As Marginson explained, the benefits associated with greater regional integration in the Asia-Pacific are significant. Cross-national academic collaboration is considered central to growing scientific knowledge. Strong performance in research and development in East Asia along with high levels of co-publication are positive signs. However, Marginson noted the strategic need to develop effective dialogue across the region to prevent the domination of any one country and ensure that broad benefits are shared by all.

Date 08/03/2016
Region(s) Asia, Australia & Pacific Rim, All Regions
Countries Japan, Australia, International
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Mobility

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