2023 AIEA Annual Conference 

February 19-22, 2023 
JW Marriott Washington
Washington, DC USA

The Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference is the only conference specifically for those leading international education at higher education institutions. As leaders at their institutions, AIEA members are interested in examining the broad issues in international higher education. They come to the AIEA Annual Conference to get an understanding of these broad issues from a variety of perspectives and to engage with their fellow international higher education (IHE) leaders.

  • Over 100 sessions and roundtable discussions where international education leaders engage in peer-learning on relevant and key issues for the field 
  • Pre-conference workshops that delve deep into issues such as international strategic partnerships, virtual exchange, and more
  • Inspiring keynotes on trends influencing the future of the field 
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues who lead strategy for comprehensive internationalization 


For the first time, the 2023 Annual Conference has no specific theme. Instead, the Conference Committee requests submissions that conform to the basic tenant that the subject will, in some way, address the broad issues, challenges and opportunities facing IHE leaders in 2023 and beyond. Examples of the broad issues, challenges and opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Many experts within and outside higher education have commented that globalization - and internationalization on our campuses - are under threat in ways we have not seen in our professional lives. Do IHE leaders still need to make the case for why internationalization matters? If so, how best can the case be made and to whom?
  • Is the golden age of globalization over? If so, what does that mean for internationalization on campus?
  • How will internationalization in higher education be practiced in a post-COVID world (or a COVID-endemic world)?
  • Do IHE leaders need to re-structure International Centers to be relevant to trends in 2023 and beyond? If so, what are examples of newly imagined International Centers and offices?
  • What does the world’s reaction to current crises - examples include those in Afghanistan Ethiopia, Myanmar, and Ukraine - and future such crises mean for international higher education?
  • How do strategies and initiatives in international education, internationalization of the curriculum and of the campus contribute to more justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), and how can such strategies and internationalization help develop a better sense of social justice in our societies?
  • How do IHE leaders work in partnership with others on campus - such as leaders in JEDI, Government Relations, Research, and Student Affairs - to create a culture of internationalization?
  • How can IHE leaders, and other leaders, use data to enhance the internationalization agenda at universities? What is the role of data in international rankings systems? How should IHE leaders approach international rankings?
  • What are ways that IHE leaders can work with national and local government officials - in specific countries including the U.S., or generally - to promote internationalization in higher education? What issues are particularly relevant to this discussion? What tactics can be used - both within and outside of campus - when relating to government officials?
  • As many are predicting less globalization, what is the role of academic diplomacy in the future? What are some concrete ways to address issues that hinder international partnership development, collaboration and sustainability? How can IHE leaders help lead both their institutions and governments to continue peaceful, non-security related basic research and education that advances knowledge in many important fields?  
  • Employment and entrepreneurship have become major topics on campus. How can internationalization help enhance employability, the quality of employment, or business creation for students?
  • How does internationalization strategy at the institutional level address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to their achievements? How can IHE leaders connect SDG’s to the mission of their universities, so that both SDGs and international offices are central to that mission?

The Committee will be particularly interested in sessions that provide new perspectives and information, as well as techniques, data, structures, etc. that are replicable for IHE education leaders.

Conference Information 

2023 Conference Schedule (tentative) *subject to change 

Sunday, February 19
AIEA Board Meeting
Morning and Afternoon Workshop  
AIEA Committee Meetings 
Fellows Reception 

Monday, February 20
Opening Plenary                                                                  
Morning and Afternoon 60-minute Concurrent Sessions
Women Leaders' Mix and Mingle 

Tuesday, February 21
AIEA Association Breakfast 
Morning and Afternoon 60-minute Concurrent Sessions
Networking and Awards Luncheon 

Wednesday, February 22  
Morning 60-minute Concurrent Sessions