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ICEF holds first HE exchange forum, builds in Brazil

ICEF held a higher education partnership forum for the first time this year, bringing together staff from higher education institutions across the globe to discuss global partnerships, collaboration and internationalisation.

The evening reception at ICEF Latin America in Sao Paulo

"Hosting representatives from 60 countries that spread across six continents was a great honour for our team"

Rather than focusing on agent-institution partnerships, as its well known ICEF workshops do, the purpose of the inaugural Higher Education Partnership Forum was to facilitate conversations between institutions that might lead to joint initiatives, ranging from dual degrees, articulation agreements and research collaboration.

“Collaboration between higher education institutions is an important part of internationalisation”

Following hot on the heels of the 2016 Higher Education Workshop, which welcomed 242 participants from 60 countries, the inaugural partnership event in Liverpool, UK welcomed 151 participants from 19 countries and was described as a “resounding success” by the ICEF team.

“Collaboration between higher education institutions is an important part of internationalisation,” commented ICEF’s CEO, Markus Badde, adding, “Hosting representatives from 60 countries that spread across six continents was a great honour for our team.”

Meanwhile, its recent Latin America Workshop, held in Sao Paulo, this year attracted a notable number of new agent attendees, from its delegate list of 169 quality agents from nine Latin American countries: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru.

Of those representing agents, 15% were attending ICEF workshop for the first time. Nearly 300 delegates were in Brazil to foster business relationships as well as attend seminars.

Overall, 11 seminars were hosted throughout the workshop, one of which was presented by Maura de Araújo Leão, President of BELTA, who spoke about the association’s latest research results on the Brazilian market.

“ICEF always brings a good number of quality schools, service providers, good seminars, but it is also nice to get in contact with other agents, especially this year, in a difficult time for the Brazilian economy,” said Jaqueline Diniz, Executive Director, Start Agência de Turismo e Intercâmbios, Brazil.

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