APAIE 2018: Call for Proposals on the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Higher Education in the Asia Pacific

The 2018 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) annual conference will take place in Singapore from 25-29 March, 2018. The Conference brings together practitioners and experts from across the globe to the Asia Pacific to network, improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. The 2017 conference in Taiwan attracted over 1,600 international education professionals from 45 Countries around the world.

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"With the incredible pace of change showing no sign of abating, and the vibrancy and dynamism that typifies the Asia-Pacific, participation in APAIE 2018 is essential for everyone involved in international education," noted Professor Sarah Todd, President, APAIE and Vice President (Global), Griffith University.

"As institutions of higher learning continue their pursuit of preparing graduates to thrive in an ever increasingly VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous - world, we envisage APAIE 2018 serving as a platform for professionals in international education of all levels to engage in discussions on this pertinent topic," according to Professor Anne Pakir Vice-President of APAIE and Director, International Relations Office, National University of Singapore.

The theme of APAIE 2018 is "The Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific." Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum argues that "we stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another." He adds, "On the whole, there are four main effects that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has on business—on customer expectations, on product enhancement, on collaborative innovation, and on organizational forms."

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has implications for how international educators adapt their practices and help their students to better prepare for a this new world requiring new skills. The call for proposals is open until August 15.