The first edition of CAIE in Canada obtained a high international visibility and stirred a deep interest for this new forum of decision-makers. Indeed, more than 650 delegates from 44 countries and spanning five continents participated in the First Conference on the Americas on International Education (CAIE), which was held in Calgary, Canada, from October 20-23, 2010. The 60 events that were held during this impressive event revolved around themes related to best practices in higher education, current trends, paradigm shifts, as well as other important aspects and challenges related to the internationalization of higher education. In addition, the CAIE served as a platform to establish group discussions and provided opportunities to discuss linkages with organizations from the entire region of the Americas, and beyond.
What’s more, CAIE-Canada 2010 was characterized by a vast range of activities that consisted of the following: a plenary debate, a plenary interview, 6 workshops and 49 concurrent sessions from a total of 114 conference speakers. Those concurrent sessions were provided in the four languages of the Americas (English, Spanish, Portuguese and French) and dealt with the seven thematic subjects of the conference. During the various stages of the CAIE event, there were high-level delegates, university rectors, research group directors, international exchange directors and professors, as well as ministers and members from the diplomatic corps whom participated.
The first edition of the CAIE demonstrated, moreover, that collaboration in the Americas offers tremendous opportunities, i.e. as both a means to concretize the event, and also as an opportunity to reinforce specific areas of collaboration and the continuation of dialogue in the field of policies, namely those that require further analysis and debate. In this sense, the CAIE clearly demonstrated though its participants the need to establish an event that is periodically organized and centered on the Americas, which is inspired by the initiatives proposed by the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and the European Association for International Education (EAIE).
After an initial success in Canada in 2010, the second edition of the CAIE took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from April 25 to 28, 2012. The event attracted over 615 participants from 32 countries spanning 4 continents. Over 300 higher education institutions, 40 national, regional and international university associations, and governmental agencies/authorities of 8 countries were represented at the CAIE 2012. Participants included university presidents and vice-presidents, directors of international relations and academic mobility, scholars specializing in themes related to the internationalization of higher education, and representatives from governments, the private sector and national, regional and international university/higher education organizations.
The program highlights of the CAIE 2012 included an Inaugural Ceremony, with interventions by Amaro Henrique Pessoa Lins, Secretary of Higher Education of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, Roberto de Souza Salles, President of the Universidade Federal Fluminense, and Marcia Rubio Correa, President of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and President of the IOHE. The CAIE 2012 also had the privilege to welcome His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Alvaro Toubes Prata, National Secretary for Technological Development and Innovation of Brazil, and the late Carlos Fuentes, internationally renowned Mexican writer and intellectual. Moreover, the event offered:
- A Plenary Debate on Internationalization and Mobility;
- A Plenary Interview on the Internationalization of Innovation, Science and Technology;
- 21 workshops given by high-level representatives from HEIs and international organizations;
- 50 concurrent sessions presented by 150 academics from the Americas and other regions;
- A networking event organized by the Association of Brazilian Higher Education Institutions’ Offices for International Relations (FAUBAI);
- A delegation of 35 Canadian university presidents, led by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC);
- An exhibition space of higher education associations and institutions as well as sponsors of the CAIE-Brazil 2012; and
- Cultural activities.