2024 AIEA Conference

Leading at a Crossroads - Takeaways from AIEA 2024 Annual Conference

Greetings, fellow advocates of international education!

I am thrilled to share with you my reflections on the enlightening experience of representing TIEC at the 2024 Annual Conference of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA). This year’s conference theme, “Leading International Education at a Crossroads,” encapsulated the pivotal moment we find ourselves in, where challenges and opportunities converge to shape the future of global education.

At TIEC, our mission revolves around building educational partnerships between Texas and the world, and leveraging higher education internationalization to address global challenges. As the Global Membership Coordinator, I had the privilege of showcasing the transformative impact of these endeavors at AIEA 2024.

Here are some key takeaways from my time at the conference.

Meaningful Connections

  • Engaged with delegations from Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Sweden, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia, showcasing the value of collaboration with Texas higher education institutions. These connections exemplified TIEC’s commitment to fostering global partnerships and promoting cross-cultural exchange.
  • Highlighted the benefits of TIEC’s affiliate membership program for foreign universities, emphasizing the importance of international collaboration in addressing shared challenges and advancing mutual goals.
with Cambodian delegation
with Uzbekistan delegation

Collaborative Endeavors

  • Interacted with esteemed representatives from TIEC member institutions such as the Alamo Colleges District, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Houston. These exchanges underscored the collective commitment of TIEC institutions to advancing international education and leveraging higher education as a catalyst for positive change.
  • Explored innovative approaches for navigating the post-pandemic landscape, leveraging technology, promoting diversity and inclusion, and prioritizing sustainable internationalization. These discussions align closely with TIEC’s strategic priorities and reaffirm our dedication to driving meaningful impact through education.
with Amb. Michael Pelletier, Founding Executive Director, University of Houston’s Institute for Global Engagement
with Panelists from Deakin University (Australia), Aarhus University (Denmark), and UC Santa Barbara

Looking Ahead

Reflecting on AIEA 2024, it becomes clear that TIEC’s work is more vital than ever. By fostering collaboration and facilitating exchange between Texas higher education institutions and their global counterparts, we can address pressing global challenges and empower students, faculty, and communities to thrive in an interconnected world.

We are excited to announce that next year’s AIEA 2025 will be hosted in Houston, Texas! This presents an incredible opportunity for TIEC and our member institutions to showcase the rich diversity and innovative spirit of Texas higher ed on a global stage. Stay tuned for more updates on the conference, and let’s continue to lead with purpose and vision as we navigate the crossroads of international education.

In closing, I extend my gratitude to AIEA for hosting a thought-provoking conference and to my fellow attendees for their passion and dedication to international education. Together, let us continue to push the boundaries of education, build bridges between cultures, and create a brighter future for all.