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Australia at the Conference of the Americas of International Education 2013 in Mexico

07 Nov 2013

Austrade and the Group of Eight recently participated in the third Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), held in October in Monterrey, Mexico. The conference brought together more than 800 participants from 30 countries for three days of academic discussions.

The conference began with an inaugural ceremony led by Dr José Narro, President of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) who, along with Mexican, inter-American and international high authorities, stressed the importance of international education and pledged their support for implementing strategies that will deliver concrete results in the internationalisation of higher education.

Under the topic ‘Innovation, Science and Technology: Higher education / Industry Relations’, Austrade’s education manager in Mexico, Edgar Sanchez, and the Group of Eight’s representative for Latin America, Priscila Trevisan, participated in a concurrent session with the presentation ‘Australia’s Model of Government , Industry and Academic Collaboration to Drive Innovation, Science and Technology’. There was a good attendance by university representatives from the Americas, peak body representatives and local government officials, who expressed interest in learning more about Australia in order to develop academic bonds.

There was consensus among speakers, government officials, conference organisers and participants that CAIE be used as a space to not only identify and discuss important trends in higher education, but also to work together as peers to exchange experiences, learn from different cultural, social and academic contexts, and build inter-institutional partnerships across the Americas.

The Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) partnered with CAIE to support the 2013 event. AMPEI represents public and private universities that are active and committed to international cooperation, including through student and staff mobility, collaborative research and other activities.