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Denise Bellamy and Catherine Holderness attend APAIE Annual Conference and Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea
From March 17-21, 2014, Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges (SAE), and Catherine Holderness, Interim Director of UNC Exchange Programs (UNCEP), traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to attend the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Annual Conference and Exhibition. APAIE is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to activate and reinforce the internationalization of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world and to engage the professional challenges of individuals in international education. The APAIE Annual Conference is designed to bring together policy makers and education experts from around the world to enhance professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. This year’s conference theme was “Enhancing Cross-Border Education Cooperation with Universities in Asia-Pacific: From Past to Present and the Future.”
Denise Bellamy (sixth from left) and fellow ISEP members visit one of Korea University’s international dormitories, Anam Global House
Denise and Catherine were accompanied by three other representatives from UNC system schools: Michael Bustle (Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs, Director of the Global Training Initiative, North Carolina State University), Andrew Rouse (ESL Specialist, International Programs, UNC-Pembroke), and Joti Sekhon (Director of International Programs, Winston-Salem State University).
The conference included three days of workshop sessions, plus one day of pre-conference workshops on March 17. On March 19, Denise co-presented a session with an international panel of fellow International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) members entitled “How to Leverage an International Network to Meet Institutional Objectives.” The panel shared best practices for leveraging membership in an international network towards their international objectives and how the network fits with their diverse portfolio of program offerings.
On March 17 and 21, ISEP members were able to take part in the ISEP Korea Tour and were invited to visit several Korean ISEP member universities, including Korea University, Yonsei University, Ewha Womans University, Ajou University, and Keimyung University. The group was very appreciative of the gracious hospitality shown by all of the host universities.
Catherine and UNCEP were able to meet with representatives from Australian partners from New South Wales and Australia Capital Territory, leaders from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and with Lorne Hwang, Assistant Vice President for the Office of International Affairs at Kyungpook National University of Korea.
Attendance continues to grow at APAIE. This year, there were 1,300 representatives from 87 institutions in attendance, making APAIE the third largest education organization following NAFSA and the European Association for International Education (EAIE). In 2015, the conference will be held March 23-26 in Beijing, China.
To learn more about APAIE, please visit apaie.org.
IPC staff members present pre-conference workshops for NCAIE Annual State Conference
On March 6, 2014, IPC staff members traveled to Duke University to present three pre-conference workshops as part of the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE) Annual State Conference 2014. NCAIE is a professional, NAFSA-affiliated organization of over 600 administrators, educators, and community volunteers dedicated to promoting international education in North Carolina. Every spring, NCAIE gives a statewide conference for its members to meet, share ideas, and discuss various topics such as curriculum internationalization, cross-cultural communication, study abroad, and international students and scholars. This year’s conference took place on March 7, 2014, with pre-conference workshops offered on March 6.
Mike Elliott, Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Norma Velazquez, Assistant Director of ISSS, co-facilitated two pre-conference workshops with colleagues from other NC institutions. Norma co-facilitated the F-1 for Beginners workshop with Jessica Hall (Senior Immigration Advisor, North Carolina State University) while Mike co-facilitated the F-1 Intermediate and ISSS Advanced Topics workshops with Amanda Mills (Assistant Director of Student Support Services, ISSS, UNC-Chapel Hill). The F-1 for Beginners workshop was designed to offer a basic overview of regulatory compliance as it pertains to SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) reporting and advising F-1 international students. The purpose of the intermediate and advanced workshops were to provide forums to discuss more complex case studies, regulatory interpretations, and best practices pertaining to international students and scholars.
Pam Harrod, Director of International Admissions, also presented a pre-conference workshop entitled “Introduction to Credential Evaluations.” Grant Jolliff, Admissions Specialist from the Graduate School, assisted with the presentation. The workshop included a comprehensive overview of various world-wide systems of education, detecting fraudulent documents, how to calculate transfer credits, grading scales, and transfer of coursework.
For more information about NCAIE, please visit ncaie.org.