FAUBAI attended the 31st Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition, which took place from 24–27th September, organized by the European Association for International Education, in Helsinki, Finland. Several representatives from FAUBAI were present during the event, which is one of the biggest events on the internationalization of higher education worldwide and gathered 6200 institution representatives from 95 countries.
As well as in the last editions of EAIE, FAUBAI organized a booth at the event to announce opportunities for study and research in Brazil. This year, at the “Study in Brazil” booth, were present the UNIS Group, University of Brasília, Santa Catarina State University, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Federal University of ABC, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and FAUBAI.
The programme of the event included several plenaries, a big fair, and networking and joint collaboration opportunities. According to the organization of EAIE, this year’s theme, “Encompassing all voices”, was completely related to the conference host country, Finland, and its approach towards inclusive education, in order to include those who could be marginalized, providing them with equal opportunities to access high quality education and in search of different points of views concerning policies and current experiences, fundamental guidelines to work in the field of international higher education nowadays.
The FAUBAI board of directors was welcomed by the Ambassador of Brazil in Helsinki, João Luiz Pereira Pinto. During the meeting, FAUBAI was represented by its president, professor Maria Leonor Alves Maia, its executive director, professor Reneé Zicman, its general secretary, professor Rita de Cássia Barbosa Louback, and by the former president of the institution and curator of FAUBAI next conference, professor José Celso Freire Júnior. The Ambassador also visited FAUBAI’s booth at EAIE, along with the president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), Sabine Pendl.
During the Conference, the FAUBAI board of directors also met with the executive director and CEO of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), Esther Brimmer, and the president of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), Orla Quinlan, in addition to other partners of institutions that were present at the Study in Brazil booth.