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CIEE Hosts Record Number at Annual Conference

CIEE hosted a record 596 study abroad professionals, higher education faculty and administrators, and experts in the field at its 2013 Annual Conference, November 20-23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 During four days of interactive sessions, presentations, and networking events, attendees focused on the theme Align. Innovate. Educate. Using their own experience and the expertise of session presenters, attendees explored how international education providers, like CIEE, and institutions of higher education can work together to create innovative new types of study abroad programming that meet all students’ needs. Additional topics included breaking down the barriers—cost, curriculum, and culture—to studying abroad; ensuring quality across all international experiences; and bringing internationalization to all aspects of student life, both in and out of the classroom.

 Highlights included a screening of the film Girl Rising, which tells the stories of nine girls in developing countries who overcame tremendous hardships to pursue an education. The film was introduced by Girl Rising Director of Partnerships Justin Reeves. Photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges spoke about the use of storytelling to effect social change, exemplified in his own work in developing regions. Ann Bancroft, another keynote speaker, shared her fascinating life story, from growing up in the Minnesota to her record-breaking expeditions to her work as educator and philanthropist.

 During the 2013 Annual Conference, CIEE also hosted its inaugural Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit. During this full-day workshop, 20 campus leaders and change agents in international education developed new ways to attract diverse and underrepresented student populations to study abroad.

 Widely considered the leading conference on international education, the CIEE Annual Conference has brought together industry leaders and professionals to discuss challenges and effect change in the field of international education for more than 35 years.

 “The CIEE conference is known for offering an intimate, rich environment for professional development and innovation,” said CIEE Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Strategy Brenda Majeski. “It’s this environment that enables us to consistently attract experts in the field as both attendees and session presenters. This year, the CIEE Annual Conference attracted more of these experts than ever before, which will ultimately lead to the creation of important new solutions to challenges that exist in international education.”

The 2014 CIEE Annual Conference—titled Breaking Barriers: Cost. Culture. Curriculum—will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, November 19-22.

 Steve Amendo
Director, Marketing and Communications