Help set a worldwide agenda for global competence

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Meet global competence advocates

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.


Network with influencers

Enjoy a unique opportunity to meet local educators and community leaders dedicated to intercultural learning for an “insider’s take” on Budapest and the Hungarian educational scene in addition to a very special invitation to a home-cooked meal.


Explore strategies for your ideas

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.


Honor innovative global citizens

Witness the launch of the AFS Global Awards which will recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations from around the world who are working to advance active global citizenship, the globalization of schools and institutions, and expanding access to intercultural education.

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What to expect at the AFS Global Conference

Five tracks to customize your experience

Make global competence an international priority at this first-of-a-kind gathering of stakeholders across sectors—educators, policymakers, business leaders, social entrepreneurs and NGOs.

Learn, collaborate and debate at pre-event workshops, keynote, panel discussions and inspiring Idea Dates—dynamic results-oriented small group collaborations.

Alignment and collaboration are essential to developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for global competence education and training at all levels. This track will clarify the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in policy development, creating education frameworks and tools, and funding. 

Meet the speakers who will lead this powerful collaboration

Now more than ever, we need talented people of all ages and from all backgrounds prepared to think critically, communicate across differences and lead in diverse settings. More speakers will be added as they are confirmed. See full speaker bios in the media center.

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

Dr. Andreas Schleicher, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills/PISA

“You need to lead the community, and you need to follow the community.”

Ms. Kaya Henderson, Teach For All

“Education has the power to connect young people across divides and build a shared sense of responsibility for the world.”

Prof. Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)

“Our education systems must prepare all students to live and thrive in a rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world.”

Dr. Diane Robinson, Teach For All

“Innovation in education can come from different stakeholders—government and business to NGOs and social entrepreneurs.”

Mr. Clive Lee, Yidan Prize Foundation

“GMMI’s made diversity a true identity and our services are tailored to fully support worldwide organizations like AFS to fulfill their duty of care to members.”

Ms. Soraia Arroyo Lynch, MBA Vice President of Marketing, GMMI, Inc.

“It is imperative challenging what we are doing in education to rethink and improve societies where intercultural citizenship is the Polar star.”

Dr. Mattia Baiutti, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Udine

“There is a real urgency for young people to use the knowledge gained from understanding cultural differences to find solutions to world problems.”

Dr. Vishakha Desai, Columbia University, AFS Chair

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2018 AFS Global Conference Content Partners valuable contributions to shape the program of the conference as speakers, facilitators, advisors and more. Get in touch with us to discuss opportunities and ways to get involved.

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Become a sponsor

We offer different levels of Conference Sponsorship opportunities that will be supported by an international media campaign promoting the event and our major sponsors. Packages can be optimized based on your priorities and needs.

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Become a media partner

For all media inquiries, conference backgrounder, extended media materials and more visit our Media Center.

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Preliminary program

Early-bird registration deadline 4 June 2018

For detailed information on conference fees, please click button below.
  • Register before 4 June to benefit from the early bird registration fee of 550 Euros. After this date, conference registration will be 625 Euros.
  • Conference registration includes access to all plenary and concurrent sessions, opening cocktail reception, expo hall, networking opportunities as well as coffee breaks and lunch on 27 and 28 September. Information about additional pre-conference workshops and scholarships for teachers will be announced as they become available. Please check back here to find out more.
  • Special pricing and information for official AFS and Sentio Delegates, and speakers (by invitation) is available on the registration page.

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Discover Budapest

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

The event will take place at the Budapest Congress Center with accommodations available in the Novotel Budapest City, at the heart of the this beautiful city.

Explore Budapest and prepare for your trip

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