The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) to Australia participated in the 29th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) and exhibition held on 6-9 October 2015 in Adelaide, South Australia.
AIEC is one of the major conferences on international education in Australia. It is sponsored by the Australian government, with contribution of several higher education providers in Australia, non-for-profit organizations and representatives of governmental and non-governmental agencies and corporations. Speakers at the 2015 AIEC included the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Australian Minister for Education and Training and H.E. Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia.
SACM’s booth at the 2015 AIEC exhibited fliers and publications about SACM’s role and departments. SACM also participated in seminars and workshops at the conference, represented by Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Taleb, the Cultural Attaché; Dr. Abbas Brashi, Deputy Cultural Attaché (Cultural & Social Affairs; and Ahmed Al Dhaheri, president of Saudi Student Club in Adelaide.
Worth mentioning, SACM previously participated at the 2014 AIEC held in Brisbane, Queensland, where Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Taleb, the Cultural Attaché, delivered a presentation about education in Saudi Arabia, and highlighted Saudi Arabia’s international and regional economic importance, being the biggest economy in the Middle East and north Africa, the biggest oil exporter in the world and being one of the biggest twenty economies in the world.
AIEC is an important annual event for international education practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss international education strategies, learn about major industry trends and to network with Australian and international colleagues. It also is a good opportunity for SACM to inform about Saudi Arabia and highlight SACM’s role in Australia.