AIEA Thematic Forum

Leveraging Industry Partnerships in a Global Context for Student and Faculty Success

NC State is proud to be hosting a Thematic Forum in partnership with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). The forum is designed to explore opportunities to enhance student success and faculty engagement through innovative partnerships with industry, nonprofits, and the private sector. NC State is uniquely positioned to offer the forum due to extensive partnerships in the Research Triangle area that allow new levels of global competitiveness and competence among students, faculty, and staff. With resources for internationalization becoming more limited each year, industry partnerships open new opportunities for students and faculty to engage with businesses in a global context to prepare graduates for the world economy.

  • Dates: March 21-22 (full schedule below)
  • Location: Talley Student Union at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina – Piedmont Ballroom (3rd floor)
  • Cost: Free, Attendees Responsible for Travel Expenses
  • Audience: Senior International Officers, directors of international programs, faculty members, and industry leaders

Registration is now closed. Contact for more information.

Forum Objectives

  1. Explore opportunities and challenges of industry partnerships in international education.
  2. Learn about innovative examples and plan ways to connect students with industry in a meaningful global context.
  3. Hear from successful international student entrepreneurs.
  4. Learn about entrepreneurial industry connections relating to faculty excellence.
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Location & Travel Information

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Hear from key industry and university leaders

AIEA attendees will be welcomed to NC State by Chancellor Randy Woodson and Vice Provost for International Affairs, Dr. Bailian Li, followed by two days of engaging sessions involving presentations, discussions and panels by leaders in industry and international education.

Agenda Overview

Monday, March 21
10:00-11:00am Registration & Coffee (Piedmont Ballroom at Talley)
11:00am-12:00pm Welcome & Thematic Forum Overview

  • Chancellor Randy Woodson
  • Bailian Li, Vice Provost for International Affairs
  • Wayne Holden, President of RTI International
12:00-12:45pm Lunch in Ocracoke Suite
12:45-1:00pm Trends & Topic Overview

  • Cindy Mah, Institute of International Education
1:00-3:00pm Session 1 – Student Success Roundtable

  • Moderated by Cindy Mah, Institute of International Education
3:15-5:00pm Session 1 – Faculty Excellence Panel

  • Moderated by Dennis Kekas, Associate Vice Chancellor
6:00-8:00pm Networking Reception at Lonnie Poole Golf Course
1509 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606Sponsored by QS Unisolution
Tuesday, March 22
8:00-9:00am Coffee & Opening Remarks
9:15-11:45am Tour of Centennial Campus

12:15-1:15pm Lunch & Keynote

  • Robert Geolas, President and CEO of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
1:30-3:00pm Session 3 – International Student Entrepreneurship

  • Moderated by Elizabeth James, Director of NC State’s Office of International Services
3:00-3:30pm Forum Wrap-Up

  • Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, AIEA

Contact us for more information

The Office of International Affairs