Developing Global Mindsets for Hong Kong’s Future

A panel discussion about intercultural education for Hong Kong’s youth
29 March 2017, Hong Kong

AFS Intercultural Exchanges Hong Kong and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center are proud to announce the joint panel discussion “Developing Global Mindsets for Hong Kong’s Future”, scheduled to take place on 29 March 2017 at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. A group of distinguished panelists will tackle issues such as youth development, intercultural learning and appreciation, education for students to cultivate interpersonal perspectives.

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Global Citizenship Education: Essential for Employability & the 21st Century Workforce

3rd Annual AFS Asia-Pacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum
20-23 April 2017, New Delhi, India

AFS and the AFS Asia-Pacific Initiative (AAI) invite education practitioners and researchers,  corporations, institutions, policy-makers and others in Asia-Pacific to join us in addressing issues that both hinder and help to advance the Global Citizenship Education movement. Registrations for the event are open until 14 April.

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Upcoming education events around the world

The following are global and intercultural education events organized by AFS and other organizations around the world. If you know of any events that should be on this list, please contact us at education@afs.org.

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Ashoka U Exchange
Miami, Florida
2-4 March 2017

PA-NAME 19th Annual Conference: “Don’t let your schooling interfere with your education: Exploring Multicultural Education to Develop Communal Consciousness”
Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education
Carlisle, PA, USA
3-4 March 2017

UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education
Ottawa, Canada
6 – 10 March 2017
AFS attending

Best Practices Conference 2017: Lead Your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus
The Institute of International Education (IIE)
Miami, FL, USA
13-14 March 2017

The Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI)
Springfield, MA, USA
14-17 March 2017

The Global Education & Skills Forum
Varkey Foundation
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
18-19 March 2017

APAIE Annual Conference and Exhibition
Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)
Kaohisung, Taiwan
20-23 March 2017

Building on the Basics: Creating Your Tribe on the Move
Families in Global Transition
The Hague, The Netherlands
23-25 March 2017

Developing global mindsets for Hong Kong’s future
AFS Hong Kong and Asia Society
Hong Kong
29 March 2017
AFS event

The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference: Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum
Forum on Education Abroad
Seattle, Washington, USA
29 – 31 March 2017

15th Teachers’ Conference 2017
East Asia Regional Council of Schools
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
30 March – 1 April 2017

The Unspoken Sacre
Fondazione Intercultura Onlus
Bari, Italy
31 March – 2 April 2017
AFS event (more info here)

Past education events


Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE)

The topic of the seventh annual Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE) was “The intercultural training of teachers: what, when, how?”. This event is sponsored by the Intercultura Foundation (AFS Italy), the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS Intercultural Programs, and it took place in Colle Val d’Elsa, Italy. Sixty experts, researchers and practitioners in the field of international youth exchanges and intercultural learning exchanged research and practical ideas on teacher training and tools to provide intercultural learning opportunities for pupils, especially in secondary schools. They concluded that teachers have the ability to transform lives and the responsibility to help students learn to live together.

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IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit

AFS Intercultural Programs and AFS USA facilitated a highly interactive workshop, “Fostering Global Competency and Creating Pathways to Study Abroad”, preceding the 2016 IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit. The workshop was attended by Generation Study Abroad partners, leaders in education, faculty members, teachers and students. The workshop focused on how intercultural learning experiences and study abroad can address and reduce cultural barriers. Participants left this session with easy-to-implement experiential learning activities, resources to develop global competency and strategies to promote study abroad in different settings.

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EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum

AFS Brazil and AFS International jointly hosted a community impact event during the 2016 World Congress. The EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum leveraged the principles of global citizenship education and intercultural learning to help Rio de Janeiro-area students address critical local social challenges and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their country. This public event connected the AFS global leadership with local youth and schools for a meaningful community intercultural learning opportunity. The event had two parts: an all-day Workshop on Sunday, 23 October and an evening Forum on Wednesday, 26 October.

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AFS convenes world leaders on global citizenship education

AFS celebrated its 100th anniversary by holding two international Symposiums at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France in November 2014. The high level Learning to Live Together—from Ideas to Action: AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium and the 100 Years Young! Youth Workshop & Symposium addressed the critical challenges, concerns, opportunities and debates surrounding global citizenship education.