Teresa Fernandez

International Higher Education conferences not to miss in 2020!


We are sure that 2020 is full of new challenges for you and that is why we do not want you to miss out on the main Higher Ed Conferences of the year. We look forward to meeting you, in person, at the must-go-to educational conferences, in the following months:


AACSB Deans Conference 2020 (2 – 4 February / Nashville, USA) 

Serving as change agents, business schools are pioneering extraordinary ways for delivering education, creating solutions for ever-evolving industries, and improving society, from local communities to the world at large. Business schools are being called to address the needs of the students they educate and the various stakeholders they serve; deans must have the foresight to envision and prepare for the ever-transitioning educational and workforce needs to be the driving force behind these initiatives. 

HESPA 2020 Annual Conference (6 – 7 February / Birmingham, United Kingdom) 

The Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) is the representative body for those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education. HESPA supports strategic planners at all stages in their career to network, discuss, improve and influence. The HESPA Annual Conference 2020 will be held at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, part of the University of Birmingham, from 6th – 7th February 2020. 

EFMD Conference for Deans and Directors General 2020 (13 – 14 february / Milan, Italy) 

Each year, more than 350 deans and directors general from around the world meet at this two-day event to exchange about the future of business education, share best practices and get an update on new trends. The business school leaders from around the world discuss pursuing opportunities and meeting expectations in different regions of the world, as well as managing an ever-growing array of stakeholders. Attendees seek to place themselves in the evolving relationship between higher education, companies and governments. Ultimately, leaders debate how business education can address the challenges of society. 

EURIE 2020 (19 – 21 February / Instanbul, Turkey) 

EURIE is the new meeting point for international higher education, connecting other parts of the world with the great potential of the Eurasian region. The annual summit features an exhibition and a conference to expand the knowledge, networks and collaboration opportunities for the participants. 

Universities Australia Higher Education Conference (26 – 27 February / Canberra, Australia) 

The annual Universities Australia Conference is the signature event on the Australian higher education sector calendar.  The conference is proudly delivered by the sector for the sector. Participants include Vice-Chancellors, Chancellors, senior university representatives, Government representatives, industry representatives, members of the research community, international education specialists and media. 

The 2020 theme is Education Changes Lives. 


UPCEA 2020 Annual Conference (18 – 20 March / Boston, USA) 

The UPCEA Annual Conference is the most significant assembly of thought leaders and practitioners today in the field of professional, continuing, and online education. The Annual Conference convenes deans and other senior university leaders, key staff, and teams responsible for the management, administration, and growth of professional, continuing, and online education programs. Attendees have access to targeted sessions spanning the top areas of practice, led by higher education experts and colleagues. 

APAIE 2020 (22 – 26 March / Vancouver, Canada) 

The APAIE Conference and Exhibition brings together thousands of professionals who are passionate about international education from across the globe to the Asia-Pacific region to network, improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. The Conference debuted in 2006 with 400 delegates and now attracts over 2,500 delegates. The growing attendance each year at the Conference reflects the burgeoning interest in the region and recognition of the Asia Pacific’s important role in international education. 

ASU-GSV Summit 2020 (30 March – 1 April / San Diego, USA) 

Attendees at the ASU GSV Summit will include CEOs, investors, school, district and university leaders, media, enterprise learning and talent leaders, politicians, foundation leaders, and policymakers. Expected Audience: 4,500+ leaders in attendance including 400+ Learning and Workforce technology CEOs from across the globe, 400+ investors, 400+ PreK-12 leaders, 400+ Higher Ed leaders, 400+ Chief learning and Talent Officers, Policy Makers and Foundation leaders, Social Entrepreneurs and more. 


NAGAP Annual Conference 2020 (22 – 25 April / Orlando, USA) 

The Graduate Enrollment Management Summit, NAGAP’s Annual Conference, features dynamic speakers and provides numerous opportunities to learn new approaches, receive updated information on all aspects of graduate enrollment management, share useful tips, exchange creative ideas, and connect with fellow NAGAP members. Various educational sessions are designed to meet the needs of everyone from a new graduate admission and graduate enrollment management professional to an experienced veteran. 

AACSB ICAM Conference 2020 (26 – 28 April / Denver, USA) 

This year, AACSB ICAM Conference features themes, such as:

  • Social impact of business schools: Elevate your community’s influence toward global prosperity. 
  • Technology’s role in business education: Blazing trails within artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, mobile and microlearning. 
  • Networks and partnerships: Forge new relationships to discover best practices and seek innovative solutions together. 
  • Lifelong learning: Climb from the valleys to ascend the peaks in the mountainous needs of the future of global business. Schools must rise to the challenge, providing stackable credentials and revolutionizing methods to reach nontraditional students.
  • Broadened and interdisciplinary skills: Flexibility is a pinnacle of achievement that is essential in industry today.


NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference (24 – 29 May / St. Louis, USA) 

The 2020 NAFSA conference theme will be “Innovate, Influence, Impact.” The program will feature innovations in international education and highlight the role that the field plays in creating welcoming communities, supporting human rights, and advocating for social justice. The conference provides a platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices, with a focus on how international education contributes to and revitalizes local economies. 


EFMD Annual Conference (Business schools) (07-09 June / Lyon, France)

Every year, 550+ participants from across the management education sector – educational institutions, associations and companies – attend the EFMD Annual Conference to address the challenges in management development at large. Professionals at different administrative and managerial positions from all over the world make it a dynamic networking opportunity.

Edu Data Summit 2020 (10-12 June / New York, USA)

EduData Summit (EDS) is the world’s premium forum for data-driven educators – a platform for strategists, data scientists, CIOs and other dataheads to discuss and share best practices at the intersection of big data, predictive analytics, learning analytics, and education.


BUILA 2020 (07-09 July / Newport, Wales)

The British Universities’ International Liaison Association (BUILA) is a UK-wide, membership-led organisation supporting the work and professional interests of staff working in international recruitment and liaison at UK higher educational institutions.


EAIE 2020 (15 – 18 September / Barcelona, Spain) 

Mark your calendars for the 32nd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain taking place from 15–18 September 2020 at Fira Barcelona Gran Via. The 2020 conference theme is ‘Forging creative pathways’. 


ICEF Berlin (01-03 November / Berlin, Germany)

The 26th annual ICEF Berlin is the leading international networking forum focused on education, and a must-attend for all industry professionals. There is no comparable event in terms of size and opportunity anywhere in the world. ICEF Berlin is the most comprehensive and cost-effective way to keep up with industry developments, share ideas with peers, and extend existing networks through meeting top international education professionals face-to-face in one convenient location.

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