Todd, who continues her function as vice chairman, world, at Griffith College, describes her time because the affiliation’s president as an “unbelievable alternative” however one which she didn’t anticipate to final fairly so lengthy, together with her tenure prolonged as a result of pandemic.
“Did I do know it was going to final six years? No, I could not have mentioned sure!” Todd laughs.
When the convention final passed off in Kuala Lumpar in 2019, the world was a really completely different place, notes Todd.
After a three-year hiatus, the APAIE convention returned in Bangkok in March 2023 and it wasn’t till her flight left the tarmac that Todd was actually satisfied it will lastly go forward.
First held in college campuses, the convention has since grown and in 2023, it welcomed some 2,700 members from 67 nations and areas, reaching a file stage of attendance.
The affiliation itself goals to advance training by enabling larger cooperation between establishments, to complement and help worldwide packages, actions and exchanges, and to advertise the worth of worldwide training inside the Asia-Pacific area, as properly being a conduit to attach Asia-Pacific organisations with the remainder of the world.
Nevertheless, the success of the convention has not been with out its challenges, Todd tells The PIE.
“Asia-Pacific may be very various area and there are completely different understandings of issues and other ways of doing issues,” she says.
That’s why the cultural part, together with native contribution from a number college annually, is important, Todd provides.
“We attempt to ensure that [delegates] not solely have a great convention expertise, however that they go away with a way of the place they’re.
“Personally, I feel, in worldwide training, generally we just do appear to be at airports, universities, lodges, and residential once more. You don’t at all times have an opportunity to be uncovered to a little bit bit extra in regards to the tradition, the historical past and meals.”
Distinctively, APAIE’s theme at all times centres across the Asia-Pacific area, however welcomes contributions from world establishments and organisations, so long as displays are made in partnership with an establishment within the area, or is said to collaboration with Asia-Pacific.
“I’m very keen about the way forward for worldwide training and notably its maturity.
“Like all issues, it goes by a lifecycle, and we’ve moved on over time from signing up with each companion. I used to joke about having an MoU in your purse.”
Now, establishments are extra measured, says Todd, and take time to contemplate the mutual profit of every partnership.
“In worldwide training, generally we just do appear to be at airports, universities, lodges, and residential once more”
Certainly one of Todd’s greatest takeaways from the convention is new perception on how worldwide training suits inside working in the direction of the UN’s SDGs, she tells The PIE.
This yr, the theme’s convention was In direction of a sustainable future for worldwide training within the Asia Pacific.
“For those who have a look at it in a short time you would possibly assume worldwide training is definitely opposite to the SDGs, however actually worldwide collaboration and partnerships is the one approach we’re going to get near reaching these objectives.
“Equally for college students, sure, they might be travelling, however we actually want to consider what the expertise is and what do they go away with.
“Occasions on the earth now and over the previous few years I feel has strengthened that have to work collectively and that we’re one neighborhood.”
As for in-person conferences, Todd believes they’re right here to remain.
“I feel going ahead will probably be that stability between how we use expertise to remain linked, however nonetheless offering face-to-face alternatives.”
Todd, initially from New Zealand, was beforehand the inaugural professional vice-chancellor of worldwide on the College of Otago, and professor of selling and educational dean at Otago’s enterprise faculty.
She has her personal examine overseas expertise too, having spent her remaining yr of highschool in Japan, at a faculty which had by no means had a global pupil earlier than, and attributes the affect of her expertise partly right down to experiencing tradition shock.
“It was positively transformative and formed me however there was a lot I realized due to the discomfort and the express acknowledgement of the distinction and never at all times attempting to imagine that every little thing was the identical.
“On my first day, I used to be speculated to do a senior stage Japanese check and I couldn’t even write my identify.”
Todd doesn’t counsel the sector goes again to these harsher days, however does consider there’s something to be mentioned for a pupil getting out of their consolation zone.
“How can we help college students in order that they do have a great time, make educational progress and obtain the objectives that they sought in worldwide training and ensure that they slot in in the best way that they need to slot in if that’s what they need to do?
“However on the identical time, how can we recognise that they’re in a special nation and a special tradition?”
“It’s positively about stability,” says Todd.