March 2018 update: Looking for the 2018 NAFSA discount code?
The is right around the corner. The annual event which brings together thousands of international education professionals will take place in Los Angeles from May 28th to June 2nd. Last week, we shared the kinds of professionals and companies that attend NAFSA each year. This week, we'd like to share why the NAFSA conference is so important; for our industry friends who follow along, we hope to see you at our Go Overseas booth at some point during the event.
The Past & Present of International Education
The concept of an international education has been around as long as there have been formalized education systems. Educators have long been aware of the power of experience and diverse thought to help improve learning, and though education systems around the globe are far more complex than they were in millennia past, the basic truth remains: encouraging students to seek an international education both enhances their education and improves the quality of life in the communities they visit and call home.
Since the foundation of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in the mid-20th Century, they have sought to help enhance the systems that encourage international education. In today's world, the international education community is more important than ever. They understand -- as we do, and are sure you do too -- that international education is crucial to preparing students for the challenges of succeeding in today's global economy.
International education has and continues to bring much-needed diversity and inclusivity to academic programs and campuses around the world. When students and educators from different backgrounds interact and come to understand one another, they bridge cultural differences to help create a more open, peaceful, and secure world. International education is the foundation upon which those bridges are built.
Standing at the Crossroads of International Education
Today, we are proud to attend the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo, because we believe it represents an opportunity for the entire international education industry to stand and learn together in a concentrated and impactful week.
As we mentioned last week, the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference will be an incredibly diverse gathering of international educators, including professionals from higher education, translation, security, insurance and other services. Nearly 10,000 international education professionals will attend, and all of the knowledge communities within international education will be represented: Education Abroad (EA), International Enrollment Management (IEM), International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), International Educational Leadership (IEL) and Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS).
Each of these knowledge communities will offer comprehensive learning, engagement, and networking events to bring together the diverse group of professionals who attend NAFSA. Though many of the businesses at the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference may seem different, NAFSA creates a crossroads where they can meet and collaborate. Members of the Go Overseas are excited to attend for another year, and look forward to connecting with members from our own community -- and those of you who we haven't yet met but are interested in the mission of Go Overseas and the work we do.
How You Can Advance the Aims of NAFSA for International Education
NAFSA 2017 is more than an annual conference where professionals mix and mingle then return to their separate silos after the event. If you choose, NAFSA can be a powerful opportunity to advance your own career and the future of international education.
At the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference, there are two primary learning opportunities that you can take back to your company or industry after the event:
- You can learn about ways to advocate for international education programs and needs.
- You can learn about ways to make international education programs stronger in spite of an array of challenges beyond finances and policy restrictions.
By working together at the event -- and in remote collaboration after we return home -- we will seek to help support international education programs across the globe, and invite you to join us in that mission.
How NAFSA Will Continue to Advance the Field of International Education
The NAFSA organization will also continue their mission to advance the international education field through their important work after the Annual Conference & Expo. This will take several main forms:
- NAFSA will continue to advocate on behalf of all campus to support international education programs.
- NAFSA will work to lobby on Capitol Hill to ensure that legislatures are aware of the value and contribution of international education programs.
- NAFSA will provide professional support to help attendees to lobby for support of IE programs at your school and within your community.
- NAFSA will help connect you with communities of interest that can assist you with your unique programming needs.
If you haven't yet surmised, we are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with like-minded international education professionals at the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference, and hope you are too. It's not too late to register, so click the button below to learn about the full details for the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo and register to attend.