IELTS was proud to sponsor a key plenary at the 60th NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference in Washington DC, USA in May this year.
Over 4,000 delegates attended the plenary session with Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone whose best selling book 'A Long Way Gone' about his own experiences has become a worldwide best-seller. In his inspiring talk Beah spoke of the plight of children affected by war around the world and the importance of international education and exchange for fostering global understanding and peace.
The plenary was just one of the contributions IELTS made to this event - the largest NAFSA Annual Conference to date, with over 9,300 delegates from 113 countries. Beryl Meiron, Executive Director, IELTS International reported that in all, over 1000 people visited the IELTS stand over the three and a half days of the Conference. This included representatives of many of the 1,800 universities and colleges in the USA that recognise IELTS, and of 11 more institutions that confirmed during the event that they now formally recognise IELTS.
NAFSA is the world’s leading association in the field of international education and exchange. It is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field with close to 10,000 members.