About this Workshop

The ICEF Africa Workshop will again take place in Cape Town in May of 2019. The 2018 event was the premier networking and student recruitment event in Africa. As such, it brought student recruitment agents from around the world interested in South Africa as a study destination and connected international educators and service providers with agents from all over Africa.

In the 2016 i-Graduate ICEF Agent Barometer, nearly half of the agents surveyed said that they viewed South Africa as an attractive or very attractive study destination. ELT student numbers increased by 19% in 2016, and student weeks by 20%. With the November 2016 resolution of a two-year discussion regarding student visa eligibility for ELT students, the sector is now poised for further growth. South Africa has also established itself as a key study destination within Africa. Its proximity and affordability — along with the quality and reputation of South African higher education — continue to be important factors in attracting foreign students.

Africa is a major area of growth for outbound students and countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana and Ghana are emerging markets complementing Nigeria.

In addition to meeting with agents during the workshop, participants are welcome to attend market intelligence seminars and networking receptions.

The ICEF Africa Workshop is the most dynamic and productive way to foster relationships with current partners and new representatives in a range of emerging markets.

General Information on this Workshop

The event enables educators to hold up to 36 pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings with relevant, quality student recruitment agents, as well as with other educators and service providers. These appointments are 25 minutes in duration and serve the dual objective of meeting new contacts and maintaining existing relationships. The workshop programme also includes meals, refreshment breaks and evening functions, which offer valuable networking opportunities.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
12.00 - 19.00
Registration of participants
13.00 - 14.00
Networking Lunch
14.00 - 14.45
Introductory seminars: “How to maximise your ICEF Workshop experience”
14.45 - 17.00
17.00 - 17.30
Refreshment break
17.30 - 19.00
19.00 - 21.00
Welcome reception

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Workshop hall opens, welcome refreshments
09.00 - 11.00
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes)
11.00 - 11.30
Refreshment break
11.30 - 13.00
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes)
13.00 - 14.00
14.00 - 16.00
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes)
16.00 - 16.30
Refreshment break
16.30 - 19.00
Business meetings (5 x 25 minutes)
20.00 - 23.00
Dinner reception

Friday, May 17, 2019
Workshop hall opens, welcome refreshments
09.00 - 11.00
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes)
11.00 - 11.30
Refreshment break
11.30 - 13.00
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes)
13.00 - 14.00
14.00 - 15.30
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes)
15.30 - 16.00
Refreshment break
16.00 - 17.00
Business meetings (2 x 25 minutes)
Workshop hall closes

The ICEF Africa Workshop takes place at the Westin Cape Town in South Africa. Centrally located close to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and adjacent to the award-winning Cape Town International Convention Centre, it is the perfect venue for ICEF's first African event.

The Westin Cape Town hotel’s unique glass facade offers guests a breathtaking view over the city, Lion's Head, and Table Mountain. The hotel features a modern spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, various restaurants and bars with local and international cuisine, and state-of-the-art business facilities to accommodate all conference needs.

Workshop participants benefit from preferential room rates.

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures for the 2018 ICEF Africa Workshop:

  • 271 participants representing 207 organisations from 49 countries and 6 continents
  • 130 educators representing 98 education institutions from 18 countries
  • 125 agents representing 100 agencies from 37 countries
  • 12 service providers representing 8 organisations from 5 countries
  • 3 guests
  • 2 489 pre-scheduled and 10 Marcom Onsite meetings over 2 days

Attendee Ratings

Africa18 Attendee Ratings

Educator Demographics

Africa18 Educator Demographics

Agent Demographics

Africa18 Agent Demographics

Educator Profile

Africa18 Educator Profile

Booking Meetings

The ICEF appointment system offers participants direct and total control over the types of partners - by main activity and country of origin - they meet during the workshop. Up to 36 meetings can be scheduled with agents, as well as educators and service providers.

1. Prior to the workshop, details of all invited agents, educators and service providers are supplied via the industry leading Marcom eSchedule PRO online meeting booking system.
2. During the workshop, additional meetings and schedule adjustments can be made through personal contact.

Online Video Tutorials

Our online video tutorials explain how to get the most from the eSchedule PRO meeting scheduling system. We highly recommend viewing these videos as soon as the meeting scheduling system opens, around eight weeks prior to the event.

An integral benefit of attending an ICEF Event is participation in the seminar programme. These seminars provide invaluable information and the latest research on trends affecting the world of international education, both regionally and globally.

The 2019 seminar programme will be available shortly before the event.

Previous event's seminar programme is available here.

PROPOSAL FORM for FAM Tours and Receptions / Africa

Previous event's FAM Tours and Receptions

2019 FAM Tours and Receptions

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