Taylor’s University ‘Flying the Flag’ at NAFSA International Education Conference in Los Angeles

Taylor's University headed to the USA to identify potential exchange partners and to broaden the range of global study opportunities for our students.


Jayvien Lau, Head of Student Exchange TU at NAFSA in the USA with the Education Malaysia team from Washington DC, Chicago and LA.
 
NAFSA is the Association of International Educators. It is the world's largest not-for-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Every year NAFSA holds the biggest annual international education conference and exhibition, which typically attracts some 15,000+ delegates. This year's NAFSA conference and expo was held in Los Angeles (USA), and it attracted delegates from over 100 countries around the world. The theme of this year's conference was on “Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections”. Given the size and importance of this annual event, Ms. Jayvien Lau (Head of Global Mobility) represented Taylor’s University in the Education Malaysia Pavilion. TU was the only private university in the Pavilion, which this year was just shared with the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM). TU already has exchange agreements in place with some 150+ universities from around the world.  We are not only looking to continue broaden the range of institutions and destination countries for Taylor's students to exchange to, but also to deepen the linkages we have with existing partners. Attending this event opens up opportunities for collaboration with globally-minded universities not only from North America, but also from other parts of the world.  During NAFSA, initial discussion were held with the University of Bristol (UK), Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Northern Arizona University (USA), FHS St. Gallen (Switzerland), and the University of Udine (Italy) amongst others. Jayvien Lau, said that she was “also able to spend time with existing partners, and to explore ways to strengthen the working relationship with partners such as Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), TIO University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna (Austria)”. She added that “we already have strong exchange partner network with many established universities, and we hope to open up more exchange places for our students to go abroad. This is especially important given the plans for launching an unspecified electives semester as part of the new curriculum framework next year. This will open up the possibility of having an international exchange option to many more students at TU”. While at NAFSA, she was also promoting TU’s range of 2-4 week Summer Programmes. To find out more about Global Mobility options at TU click here - (Global Matters 2017)