AFS Intercultural Programs and our distinguished partners invite those who share our learning-to-live-together philosophy to the first ever 2018 AFS Global Conference | Global Competence: Our Future, Our Responsibility, 26-28 September 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.


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Setting an urgent agenda for global competence development

The AFS Global Conference will provide the first-of-its-kind opportunity for real alignment and cooperation among all sectors who have a stake in developing global competence, whether in classrooms, lecture halls, study abroad programs, non-formal training environments or beyond.

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Two and a half days of pre-event workshops, keynote addresses, panel discussions, roundtable conversations and presentations will be complemented by networking opportunities and an inspiring expo of best practices.


an opportunity for alignment among educators, policymakers, community and business leaders

Inviting all stakeholders to join us

The urgency of today’s challenges requires a united action from all who are invested in a globally-connected, peaceful future. The 2018 AFS Global Conference will convene educators, business leaders and innovators, policymakers and government representatives, international education and non-formal learning providers, community organizations, social entrepreneurs and volunteer leaders. Let’s work together across sectors and countries to set an urgent agenda to meet the growing demand for global competence, by creating and aligning policies, tools and resources that empower educators to deliver these essential 21st century skills to learners at every life stage.

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“If we don’t get global competency right, we are building our education systems on sand.”

—Andreas Schleicher, Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills / PISA (worldwide assessment of education systems, to include global competence measurement for the first time ever beginning in 2018)

Call for proposals

The AFS Global Conference will feature pre-event workshops, keynote addresses, panel discussions, concurrent sessions (workshops, panels, poster presentations), and Idea Dates—a unique format for meaningful, results-oriented small group discussions—that will be complemented by networking opportunities and an inspiring expo of best practices. 

Proposals can be based on best practices, innovative ideas, research findings and/or policy-oriented perspectives. They should address the conference theme and fit into one of the five conference tracks. Explore our guidelines for proposals.

The deadline to submit proposals for a concurrent session and/or Idea Date is 12 March 2018 25 March 2018 (Extended Deadline)

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Global competence requires that we work together in alignment. Sessions in this track will bring together different stakeholders and identify roles and responsibilities required for each to make global competence a staple of formal and non-formal education around the world. This includes best ways to develop and implement meaningful policies, strategies, funding mechanisms and educational frameworks that ensure our institutions and educators are ready to help people become globally competent.

Explore our fantastic line-up of speakers

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a key member of the OECD’s Senior Management team, he supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. In addition to policy and country reviews, he oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Skills Strategy, the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).

Anantha Duraiappah

Anantha Duraiappah took the position as the inaugral Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) based in New Delhi, India in 2014. An experienced science-policy pacesetter having over 33 years experience, he now plays a key role in positioning UNESCO MGIEP as a leading research institute on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship. Dr. Duraiappah is presently focusing on researching and exploring how the neuro sciences of learning can contribute to developing socio-emotional learning through innovative digital pedagogies.

Conference registration fees

Please see the registration fees and what they include for the 2018 AFS Global Conference:

  • Early Bird Registration (until 4 June): 550 Euros
  • Regular Registration (after 4 June): 625 Euros
  • Presenter & Speakers (until 4 June): 400 Euros
  • Networking Dinner on 27 September: 95 Euros (until 4 June), 110 Euros (after 4 June).

Conference registration fees include access to all plenary and concurrent sessions, the expo hall, coffee breaks and lunches on 27 and 28 September as well as the Opening Cocktail on 26 September.

Further information about pre-conference workshops, AFS and Sentio Member pricing, discounts and scholarships for educators will be available in mid-March. Please check back here to find out more.


Discover Budapest

Conference venue

Hungary is a proud country where Eastern Europe meets the West. Its stunning capital of Budapest, once known as the “Paris of the East,” with the mighty Danube River paint a unique picture for the setting of the 2018 AFS Global Conference.

The event will take place in the Budapest Congress Center, the largest, most modern congress and meeting facility in Hungary.

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Important dates leading up the 2018 AFS Global Conference

24 January


12 March
25 March (Extended)





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Support the 2018 AFS Global Conference

Partner with us and sponsor the 2018 AFS Global Conference. Your support will transform lives and make global competence education more accessible, relevant and actionable for all people worldwide. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the conference, please contact:

Anna Treyer-Simakova
International Events & Project Manager
AFS Intercultural Programs
71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010, USA
+1 212 361 9195 | [email protected]

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About AFS

By linking our “learning to live together” philosophy to the defining global issues facing humanity, AFS fosters intercultural understanding as a powerful and productive tool for building a more just and peaceful world. The AFS global community embraces differences and believes our world is stronger and more interesting because of them.

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About AFS global education events

We believe fostering intercultural learning is a powerful tool to bring diverse communities together and address conflicts and challenges. Be inspired by AFS intercultural learning events around the world.


About the AFS education agenda

AFS prepares and activates global citizens of all ages and backgrounds—and we support a global movement to advance intercultural learning and global citizenship education, especially in schools, university and youth organizations.


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