New Delhi: IDP Education India successfully concluded its first-ever, two-day (5th and 6th November) education conclave today. The theme of this virtual conclave was – Decoding future in the times of change and was attended by more than 15,000 students, parents and delegates.
This conference brought together industry experts from all over the world on one single platform to discuss prevalent topics in the education industry. The speakers and panellists who attended this virtual education conclave shared their insights on digital transformation in international education, student mobility issues, a shift in student behaviour, current trends in the education industry, English language testing requirements, future of Indian education, expectations of students and their parents and future of work.
The keynote speakers and panellists addressed various issues regarding international education that concern the students and parents in these changing times. They also shared their valuable insights and latest updates on student mobility, impact of the new education policy in India, importance of innovation and technology, changing perspectives of students, and common concerns regarding future skills.
The conference commenced on 5th November 2020 with a welcome address by Mr. Piyush Kumar, Regional Director (South Asia), IDP Education, who provided a background to the genesis of this unique conference and an overview of the insightful sessions planned for the audience in his opening statements. He said, “In these two days, we all learnt about how digital technology is transforming higher education, were able to imbibe the latest views on global student mobility, understand what some of the top universities across the globe have to say about the future of international higher education, and learn about the latest trends in the study abroad plans of international education aspirants.”
He added, “The stalwarts from the industry and the academia discussed what our students should know about the rapidly changing nature of work, what skills they need to inculcate to thrive in a competitive environment and how the digital maturity earned during this time will keep them ahead of the line.”
More than 15,000 students, parents, delegates from the government bodies and educational institutions, actively participated in the sessions and panel discussions to get the latest updates on the changing dynamics in the education industry and make well-informed decisions. The sessions were carefully designed to provide with insights to everyone associated with the education industry. The audience was also able to post their questions real time which were addressed by the panellists.
This conclave was an important and informative event for everyone associated with the international education sector, especially the students who aspire to study abroad.
This conclave was attended by some of the prominent names in the education industry such as Sarah Hariz (Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade, New Delhi), Gabrielle Rolan (Pro Vice-Chancellor International, University of South Australia, Australia), Harry Booty (UKVI International Communications Lead, UK Home Office), Matt Dean (Pro Vice-Chancellor International – Recruitment & Pathways, Aston University, UK), Ravneet Pawha (Deputy Vice President – Global and CEO – South Asia, Deakin University, Australia), Tom Dretler (CEO and Co-founder, Shorelight Education), Kevin Weaver (Vice President – Academic, Georgian College, Canada), Christine Wach (Director of Client Partnerships, IDP Connect, Canada), Abizer Merchant (Director – India & Sri Lanka, Macquarie University, Australia), Bhanu Kaushik (Director, University of Hertfordshire (UK) – India, Nepal & UAE), Bobby Mehta (Director International, University of Portsmouth, UK), Jugnu Roy (Country Manager, Education New Zealand, India), Dr Tarek M. Sobh (Provost, Lawrence Technological University, USA), Wendy Dsouza (Sr. Vice President – India & South Asia, Enterprise Ireland, Ireland), Prof Anand Prakash Mishra (Associate Dean, Director Law Admissions and Associate Professor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat), Amitabh Tewary (Chief Innovation Officer, Razorpay), Prof Sudhir K Jain (Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar), Vinay Chaudhry (CEO, Worldwide Educonnect), Vijay V. Bhat (Architect Manager, Microsoft Services, India), Dr Neeta Bali (Director, Principal and Head of School, G.D. Goenka World School, Gurugram), Vanita Uppal OBE (Director, The British School, New Delhi), Lt Gen Surendra Kulkarni (Principal, Mayo College, Ajmer), Dr Archana Mantri (Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, Punjab), Saurabh Malhotra (Senior Manager, International Recruitment and Market Development, Fanshawe College, Canada), Piyush Kumar (Regional Director – South Asia, IDP Education), Neil Pearson (Chief Digital Marketing Officer, IDP Education), Simon Emmett (CEO, IDP Connect, IDP Education), Vishal Gupta (Director, IELTS Operations – South Asia and Shared Services, IDP Education), and Ashish Arora (Director, Sales and Operations – SP, IDP Education).