International Education Conference, Cambodian Blogger Wants A Meetup, and One Life Live UK

Some events happening within the next few weeks that are worthy of mention:

1. Monash University will be holding a conference on International Education, A Matter of Heart at the following:

Dates: 13-16 February 2006 (pre-conference seminar on the 13th, conference proper from 14th-16th)
Venue: Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Prices: AUS$750 – AUS$950 (RM2060 – RM2610)

Keynote speakers include Professor Richard Larkins, Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University Australia; Professor Merilyn Liddell, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia; and many others. The conference is divided into four streams, with various international speakers and topics:

  • Imports and Exports: The ‘Business’ of Education
  • Transnational Flows of People and Knowledge
  • Transnational Experiences: The Heart of the Matter
  • Higher Education in Developing Nations

Visit their website for more information and registration, or download the PDF file of the conference topics.

2. One of the speakers in the conference, John Weeks @ Jinja from Cambodia, would like to organize a meet-up with Malaysian bloggers. He will be presenting “Blogs in Higher Education” in the conference. He is staying at the Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel on the 13th, and planning to move to somewhere cheaper later, but is unfamiliar with KL.

If you would like to meet up with him (he plans to meet up on the 12th, 13th, or 14th) or know where to stay/where to meet up, do contact him. I’m thinking of meeting up with him too and it’ll be good to have a group meet.

3. For those of you in the United Kingdom, One Life Live, together with The One Account and British newspaper The Independent is holding their lifestyle exhibition at:

Dates: 3-5 March 2006
Venue: Olympia Grand, London, England, UK
Prices: £10 in advance; £13 on the door

From their website:

Do you dream of giving up your job for something more fulfilling – perhaps taking a career break to travel the world, moving overseas, retraining for a new career, starting your own business or just improving the life you’re living right now.

… One Life Live is the most innovative lifestyle event of 2006. Appealing to a generation who dream of breaking free from the daily grind to pursue a new professional or personal goal, One Life Live brings together all the options in one place – giving you both the inspiration to make a change, along with very real solutions to ensure you can achieve your dream.

The exhibition aims to showcase various options for those who need a break from their careers or lives, or even wish to start all over. They’ve divided themselves into four zones:

  • Take A Break, providing opportunities for short-term travel, adventures, or volunteering – exhibitors include Raleigh International and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Living The Dream, with resources on acheiving life-long dreams through migration – exhibitors include government agencies for Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, and Bulgaria, as well as companies specializing in migration
  • Starting Afresh, for those who want to restart their careers and acquire new skills – exhibitors include various business and educational institutions, from government bodies BusinessLink and Companies House to The Metropolitan Police Service and The Academy of Hypnotic Arts
  • In The Meantime, for those who can’t afford to make a major life change but still want to make their life more fulfilling – exhibitors include the The International Federation of Aromatherapists; TimeBank, a national charity dedicated to volunteering; and Whatever Next?, a company that bills itself as offering “not quite coaching, not quite consultancy, not quite organisational development, not quite counselling…but a unique and stunningly simple combination containing elements of all four!”

This is such a great and brilliant idea for an exhibition; resources on rebuilding your life or even just refreshing it. It sure makes a deep contrast from the rat-race, “finish school-go to college-graduate-get job-get married-have kids” mentality. We have loads of exhibitions in Malaysia on higher education, on furnishings, on beauty and health, on books, on cars, on properties, on weddings…but never about living your life to the fullest and growing from it the best you can.

Imagine an exhibition just like this in Malaysia – perhaps extended not just to “career breaks” but to “school breaks” too. Exhibitors can come from travel companies, study abroad programs, Rakan Muda-related programs, immigration and migration departments of various countries, tourism departments, companies like Cloudbreak or The Actors Studio that already provide some sort of alternative educational opportunity in Malaysia, music schools, art schools, dance schools, media (The Star’s BRATs or Hitz.FM Radio DJ Workshops)…it could go on and on.

To the Malaysians reading this blog: what would be good for an alternative education/life exhibition?

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4 Responses

  1. to be a complete person..
    too bad i can’t be there

  2. This is a great site, Tiara, will be dropping by more frequently =)

  3. Hi there,

    I followed your comment in Blogher over here and discovered your blog! Nice! If you meet Jinja, tell him that Cambodia4kids Beth says hello

  4. You should add your blog to the Blogher blogroll nonprofit/ngo area —

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