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No. 104 | 13.10.2016

Dear Friends

If you haven't seen it yet, we're pleased to share with you the new Annual Review 2016. We received far more articles than we could possibly use, so we had to make some tough choices on what to include. In the end we feel like we achieved a good balance of relevant, interesting articles. We hope you like it and it's useful for you in your job-raising and promotion this year. Hard copies will be sent out as soon as they have been printed. A big thank you must go to Tim Binnion from IAESTE China for designing it and doing such a great job.

One week today is IAESTE Day! We hope that you're well advanced in your celebration plans and we'd be grateful if you could let us know what you're planning and if you'll be joining us in our 'Imagine' video (see below if you don't know what it is).

The deadline for nominations to the IAESTE A.s.b.l. Board are fast approaching. If you have thoughts or opinions on who you think would bring valuable skills and experience to the team, then please approach them. There are many great people in IAESTE but not all of them would feel comfortable putting themselves forward, but would do so if asked!

Bruce Wicks
Alumni & Communications Manager
Topics in this issue of IAESTE Newsletter:

IAESTE Day - Imagine

With IAESTE Day just a week away we're attempting to do something ambitious! We're inviting all members to record a video of them singing the John Lennon song, Imagine. We will then edit the videos together to make a global IAESTE singalong version! (As you can see below, we might have borrowed the idea :))

Will it work? Only if you participate! Here are some useful guidelines for how to record your video to make it easier for us to edit. If you need some help with the music and words, here's a karaoke version on youtube Don't forget to send your videos to as soon as possible after the 20th.

EAIE Report

This year the EAIE (European Association for International Education) Annual Conference in Liverpool brought together more than 5200 participants from over 80 countries and was Europe's largest international higher education conference, packed full of interesting sessions, networking events and knowledge-sharing opportunities. With over 200 exhibition stands showcasing their products and services, this year's Exhibition was the EAIE's largest yet.

The conference theme was 'Imagine...'. As international educators, the participants have a dream of higher education that transcends national borders, nurtures global citizens and moves everybody closer to freedom, equality and peace around the world. So they were bringing this dream to Liverpool.

The main Conference topics concerned mobility, internationalisation in higher education, networks and student experience. The Conference was assisted by impressive Exhibitions from universities, higher education institutions, consortia, language schools, Student Recruitment Agencies.

For sure, the most interesting and forward-looking topic in the Liverpool gathering was related to the Internationalisation at Home (IaH) project. IaH is a concept that refers to a range of activities such as internationalisation of the curriculum, the international classroom and online internationalisation. Essentially, they are activities that enable students to gain international experience without necessarily going abroad

IaH doesn’t aim to prevent or replace outgoing mobility. IaH can be an engine for outgoing mobility, because it can equip students with the international and intercultural skills they need abroad. It may thus whet the student’s appetite for going abroad. This project could be easily implemented also in IAESTE community. So let’s imagine…

If you'd like to discuss this topic further, please do get in touch.

Dr Dorota Rylska
Board Member

UIA Conference in Korea report

The main purpose of the Union of International Associations (UIA) Round Table was to share experiences and knowledge as well as to build and deepen networks among international associations.

This 5th UIA Round Table was a great opportunity for us to meet representatives of other international associations and introduce IAESTE to those who are not yet aware of us. All the participants agreed with the necessity of work-related experiences for students before they jump into the workforce and those who had not heard about IAESTE validated us as a promising association.

The conference was also was a great opportunity to build networks with government-related participants from the Republic of Korea. For the Annual Conference (AC) which will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, we were able to build connections with the participants of UIA Round Table who are involved in the Korea Tourism Organisation and Incheon Tourism Organisation, and we are hoping to receive advice and help for the AC in January. 

Moojin Kim


Board Elections - The deadline is fast approaching! Find your candidates, approach them, nominate them and find your seconder! The deadline for nominations for the two Board positions that will be decided at the next AC is 15th October 23:59 UTC. You can find all the right documentation here.

Study Fields - We remind you that this year you should be using the new fields of study, that now have a description for each study field (based on Decision 695. 11 July 2015). You can find all information here.

Career Fair Twinning in Vienna!

I would like to invite you to the best, biggest and only IAESTE Autumn Career Fair in Vienna - TECONOMY, organised by IAESTE Vienna and IAESTE Boku. Join us in organisation on the 9 November 2016.

What is in it for you? You will get closer look at how IAESTE in Austria organises Career Fairs. You will help with realisation of event with over 4000 visitors and around 100 companies. Visiting the beautiful city of Vienna is also worth mentioning, as well as the magnificent after-party, which will partly happen on the ROOF of the university, which offers one of the best night views in the city. 

Caught your attention? Fill the following form to participate. This unique Career Fair Twinning is limited to 20 people, so don’t miss your chance!

Looking forward to seeing you here!

David Zenisek, CCFL

Staff Changes

Dear friends,

I am writing you this e-mail to inform you of the fact that there has been a change of National Secretary in IAESTE Netherlands. For the last two years, I was in this position, and in this time I went to many events and met inspiring people from all over the world. 

The new National Secretary / President of IAESTE Netherlands will be Max Kersten, who was formerly the president of IAESTE Delft, and has shown to be the right person for this job. I am sure he will do a great job in leading our national organisation, just as he did with the Local Committee. You can meet him at the upcoming AC in Korea. 

The e-mail has been changed to forward to Max, who can also be reached on his personal email: I can still be reached at

With kind regards,

Pim Sauter
IAESTE Netherlands

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