Asia Education Foundation

AEF National Conference 2014


'New World. New Thinking.'

16-17 June, 2014, SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney


Conference highlights


In the media


Saturday Extra on ABC Radio National

AEF's work and the 2014 National Conference were showcased on ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra programme with Geraldine Doogue on 12 July.

The segment, entitled Australian schools ready for Asian century, featured participants from the 2013/2014 Leading 21st Century Schools: Engage with Asia Programme.

#TalkAboutIt on ABC News

Del Irani from ABC News attended the AEF National Conference and interviewed several of our delegates and presenters.

Hear what they had to say about the future of education and jobs in Australia – view online at #TalkAboutIt S2E19.

Day 1 vox pop

Day 2 vox pop


Almost 500 delegates from Catholic, Independent and government education sectors pack the SMC centre in Sydney.

His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (ret'd), Governor-General of Australia, spoke about becoming global citizens.

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Senator The Hon Scott Ryan MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, addressed delegates on Australian Government policies to progress Asia literacy

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Pallavi Sharda, Australia's Bollywood actress, shared her story.

John Garnaut, Asia Pacific Editor, Fairfax Media, gave a personal account of New World: China and Australia.


Professor Fazal Rizvi, The University of Melbourne, discoursed on Asia learning: In search of a new narrative.

Fred Smith, Singer, Songwriter and Diplomat spoke and sang about Asia and Australia: People Change Lives

 Day 1 panel New World New Thinking 2  

Hayley Bolding, Professor Ok-hwa Lee, Natsuko Ogawa and Dr. Gene Sherman, AM comprised a panel that discussed the theme 'New World? New Thinking?'



Students from Eastwood Public School open the Conference with a fan dance set to K–pop music.

Senator The Hon Scott Ryan MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, welcomes delegates. He discusses the Australian government's policies to advance Asia literacy: '... Australian schools are critical to developing Asia capabilities.' View Senator The Hon Scott Ryan's full speech to the AEF National Conference.

 Panel: New World? New Thinking? with messages for educators:

Natsuko Ogawa, Ashurst Australia, says, '... transformation in the legal industry to establish links in Asia leads to great career opportunities'.

Hayley Bolding, Young People Without Borders, says '... you need to encourage young people to get excited about their future and opportunities'.

Dr Gene Sherman AM, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, says, '... popularity of Asian contemporary art is evidence of growth in awareness of Asia'.

Professor Ok-hwa Lee, Chungbuk National University, Republic of Korea, says '... you have to know Asia to get a good job. The South Korean government invests heavily in Asia'.

Australia's future in the Asian century

Dr. Gene Sherman, AM, Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

New World: China and Australia

John Garnaut Asia Pacific Editor, Fairfax Media

Asia and Australia: Stories that change lives

Pallavi Sharda Australia's Bollywood Actress

Day 2

Asia learning: In search of a new narrative

Professor Fazal Rizvi

The University of Melbourne

Chinatown as a metaphor for Australia's engagement with Asia

Professor Ien Ang University of Western Sydney

Asia and Australia: People change lives

Fred Smith Singer, Songwriter and Diplomat

That's all


Eastwood Public School students performed a Korean fan dance to k-pop music.

Dancers from the Tamil Studies Centre at Homebush High School.

Students from Campsie Public School performed Korean drumming.

Photo gallery

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