October 4th, 2016

Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European Conference begins October 5 in Athens

The 3rd European Conference of the Forum on Education Abroad (October 5th-7th, 2016) is taking place in Athens at a crucial time for Greece as well as Europe.
The conference theme, “Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe,” focuses on the transformation Europe is going through and the perceptions and expectations of American students as they experience this transformation.

Since Monday (Oct 3), CYA faculty has been running thematic walks of Athens for our visitors. Daily life in Athens is intermingled with history, monuments, art, culture, and current affairs.

On Wednesday (Oct 5) noon, registration begins at CYA premises and moves to Conference venue in the afternoon. The opening reception will take place in the afternoon at Aegli Zappiou. Forum on Education Abroad President and CEO Brian Whalen will address delegates, opening the Conference’s proceedings.

On Thursday Oct 6, our keynote speaker, former Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou is addressing the Plenary. Diamantopoulou, a civil engineer by training she was a Fisher family Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she lectured on European Affairs. She served as EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities and is famous for pushing a reform effort in education that attracted a historically unprecedented majority of votes in Greek parliament, known as ‘Diamantopoulou Act’. Anna Diamantopoulou is now heading a think tank, DIKTIO-Network for Reforms in Greece and she is currently a Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.

The conference addresses the interests of education abroad administrators and faculty who work and teach in Europe, as well as colleagues from the U.S. who work with European programs and universities.

The Forum on Education Abroad develops and disseminates comprehensive Standards of Good Practice for the field of education abroad. It promotes best practices and excellence in curricular design, engages in data collection and research, conducts program assessment and quality improvement, and advocates on behalf of its members and the field of education abroad.

CYA (College Year in Athens) is hosting the conference in which over 400 people will attend, about two-thirds of whom are based in Europe. The Forum has long been known for its discussion-based conference sessions in which attendees share their knowledge, experiences and perspectives with other colleagues.

Read also:

Explaining Greece and Europe to our education abroad students [opinion]’ by Alexis Phylactopoulos, President of CYA (College Year in Athens) and Chair of the Organising Committee of the Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European Conference.

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