Key interest areas (conference ‘tracks’)

Key interest areas (KIAs) are the general headings – or tracks – into which sessions are organised.

To submit a proposal to AIEC, please see call for proposals information.

Admissions and compliance (A&C)

This KIA has a specific focus on the admissions, compliance and government policies and regulations for international students across all sectors.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:  qualifications monitoring and evaluation; English language competence; admissions efficiency measures and handling volume enquiries, applications, admission qualifications, offers and confirmations; good practice in compliance and related matters; standards and accountability including ASQA, TEQSA and ESOS; issues relating to monitoring, reporting and quality assurance; key policies and regulations; local, state, national and international government initiatives and legislation; latest trends and developments in the policy and regulatory environment both in Australia and abroad; initiatives aimed at engaging policy makers and government in international education.

Business development and strategy (BD&S)

This KIA focuses on the business, commercial and strategic aspects of international education, and relates to high level, comprehensive innovative or emerging international strategies at the institutional, organisational and sectoral levels.

Topics covered under this KIA typically address: comprehensive internationalisation strategies; strategic approaches to identifying new business opportunities; entry strategies for new markets; innovative business practices; bi-and multi-lateral partnerships, including public/private partnerships; innovative management structures and approaches; cost evaluation, efficiency and productivity and optimising business return; embedding an entrepreneurial approach within business structures and fostering entrepreneurialism and a spirit of business innovation amongst professional staff; and the use of technology to achieve business objectives and to streamline business practices. This KIA also includes government policies and regulations relating to international students and international education in general. This includes local, state, national and international government initiatives and legislation, new directions, programs and resourcing.

Employability (EMP)

This KIA focuses on career readiness and graduate outcomes for students.

Topics covered under this KIA typically include: innovations in engaging with alumni; professional skill acquisition; language competencies; transition to employment; employer expectations; graduate opportunities.

English language (ELT)

This KIA focuses on sessions relating to the provision of intensive English language training for international students as well as to English language testing.

Topics covered under this KIA typically include: English language competence, ELICOS quality and standards, English language courses and study pathways, English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) student visas, English language testing, government policies affecting learning and teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) in the context of international students. 

Learning and teaching (L&T)

This KIA includes all elements of the learning and teaching process and experience in the context of international education.

Topics covered under this KIA typically include: internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC); good practice in embedding international and cross-cultural perspectives within the curriculum; innovative approaches to course delivery and teaching practices; language proficiency and testing; e-learning; engaging with learners; innovations in work integrated learning; internationalisation at home; assessment and research degree programs.

Marketing and recruitment (M&R)

This KIA will be of interest to people working in marketing and communication and has some overlap with the ‘admissions and compliance’ KIA. The focus is on innovations in promotion and recruitment from a marketing perspective, social media, disruptive trends, communication strategies, branding, public relations and/or market analyses.

Topics covered in M&C sessions typically include: innovation in student recruitment strategies and practices; evaluation of success factors, including measures of cost efficiency and effectiveness; recruitment channels and networks; use of partners and other stakeholders; working with agents and other third parties; communication with potential students and other stakeholders and closing of ‘sales’, innovative approaches to institutional, state, city or education sector marketing; new approaches to brand development and delivery; innovative use of social media; evidence based market analysis relevant to existing, emerging and to new markets; marketing with partners and other stakeholders (alumni, partner institutions, businesses and industry); relationship marketing involving particular target markets; niche marketing (e.g. specialised programs; postgraduate research); media and public relations.

Mobility (MOB)

This KIA encompasses all forms of staff and student international mobility with a particular emphasis on student mobility and learning abroad,

Topics covered under this KIA typically include: learning abroad programs, exchanges, internships and study tours; creative approaches to enhancing access to and participation in mobility programs; trends and developments in mobility; innovations in mobility program design and destinations; mobility innovations in non-traditional settings and sectors; work and learning outcomes from participating in mobility; funding and grants – including New Colombo Plan.

Pathways (PATH)

This KIA is defined broadly to include award and non-award programs, foundation studies, enabling and short bridging courses, with or without credit transfer to a principal course.

Topics under this KIA typically include: innovations in pathway programs; research papers with longitudinal data tracking former pathway students; contemporary solutions to the challenges associated with preparing students academically and culturally for the transition to higher level study; trends and developments in the pathway sector.

Schools (SCH)

This KIA focuses on topics that are specific to the schools sector (Prep to Year 12). Topics will include areas from other key interest areas, but with a specific focus on school issues in the context of international education.

Topics under this KIA typically include:  under 18s; National Code; transition to further study; student mobility at the school level, global citizenship, internationalisation of the curriculum. 

Students (STU)

This KIA is all about the students, their expectations, needs and experiences.

Topics under this KIA typically cover: the student voice, support services, accommodation, health and safety, social inclusion and community engagement, sponsored students, transition to study, retention and course completion.

Transnational education (TNE)

This KIA focuses on program delivery via offshore campuses and/or partnerships or via distance or online learning.

Topics under this KIA typically cover: trends and innovations in TNE strategy, policy and practice – including compliance with Australian and host country legal requirements; bi-and multi-lateral partnerships, including public/private partnerships; good practice case studies; new and emerging forms of TNE; TNE enrolment trends, practice case studies; new markets, services and delivery modes; contemporary solutions to traditional TNE challenges; role of technology in TNE.

Vocational education and training (VET)

This KIA focuses on sessions that are specific to the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Topics under this KIA typically cover: areas from other key interest areas, but with a specific focus on VET issues in the context of international education.

Key dates

16 January - Call for proposals opens

28 February - Call for proposals closes

22 May - Call for proposals notifications

1 June - Registration opens

1 August - Early bird registration closes

9 October 2018 - Conference starts