26th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
20-23 AUGUST 2024

NAVIGATING INTERNATIONALISATION IN CHALLENGING TIMES

MESSAGE FROM THE IEASA PRESIDENT

Dear Friends of IEASA

After our huge silver jubilee celebrations last year, it is that time again when we come together as an IEASA community at our Annual Conference. We come together at a time of heightened conflict and contestation around the world. We have always been beset with wars around the world. However, we now have conflict that are global in their coverage and hugely divisive in their nature. The need for us as international educators to work at what we do in building social cohesion, understanding and appreciation for diversity and inclusion has never been greater. The need for us to be champions of justice, fairness and be a voice for the voiceless has also not been greater. This is a unique moment in history where we as international educators and people who work largely at universities to be bridges in society, bringing together people across difference, division and in fact comfort zones. The Conference theme, navigating internationalisation during challenging times for 2024, is therefore hugely relevant in the context in which we work.

I look forward to excellent engagement at our conference and to listening to the views of colleagues who will address this theme through various lenses. I have no doubt that we will once again have an excellent conference that brings together colleagues in a spirit of collegiality, sharing and excellence. I look forward to welcoming you to the IEASA conference, 2024.

With kind regards

Dr Lavern Samuels
IEASA President, 2023-2024