ICEF Virtual Berlin

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November 02 - 04, 2020
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About this event

ICEF Virtual Berlin was a resounding success, marking the largest and most diverse virtual networking event ever held for the international education industry.

ICEF Virtual Berlin cemented ICEF’s reputation as the leading provider of networking events for the international education industry anywhere in the world. Successfully hosting over 1,550 professionals during 3 days and with participants in 123 countries, ICEF Virtual Berlin facilitated over 16,500 meetings, demonstrating that ICEF networking events are crucial even in times of crisis. Now more than ever, student recruitment professionals from right across the globe are drawn to our events to come together and discuss critical solutions for the future of our industry.

ICEF Berlin 2021 will take place between October 31 and November 2, 2021 in Berlin. For more information and to book your place, please click here.

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As ICEF’s fifth virtual event this year, ICEF Virtual Berlin went further by integrating immersive new experiences, including digital reconstructions of the landmarks of our physical Berlin venue. Participants were able to virtually visit parts of the InterContinental Hotel and network in a virtual rendition of the iconic Marlene Bar. Bringing some of the magic of our in-person events into the digital world, these innovations were warmly received, with 80% of our delegates rating their experience at ICEF Berlin as exceptional and 90% indicating that they would attend another virtual ICEF event.

Despite the challenges currently facing the international education sector, and the difficulties inherent in travelling during a period of global restrictions, our event attendees overwhelmingly found this virtual event to be a valuable experience, with over 90% rating the quality of new contacts made as excellent or good.

Programme & Seminars

Alongside our core meeting schedule, ICEF Virtual Berlin delivered a seminar programme of 60 live and on-demand sessions. These sessions included advice from around the international education industry on the Covid-19 pandemic and looked to provide guidance on how to respond.

As well as this, ICEF Virtual Berlin also explored longer-term themes for change, investigating the opportunities for forward looking international education professionals. In addition to this strategic overview, the event provided a broad breadth market updates and presentations from selected providers around the world.

As testament to the quality and insightfulness of the topics covered, 86% of delegates who attended a webinar were happy, or very happy, with their experience.

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NETWORKING LOUNGES

Continuing our mission to connect the international education community, ICEF Virtual Berlin saw the return of our acclaimed virtual networking lounges to allow attendees to meet in an informal setting and preserve the serendipitous encounters so enjoyed at our in-person events. This time we provided a dedicated focus on different geographies and educational sectors for each lounge to help delegates get the most out of their participation.

Over 70% of event attendees dropped into one of our networking lounges during the event with 93% valuing their experience there.

EVENT ATTENDEES

367 representatives from 329 education institutions in 35 countries and 6 continents


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A total of 367 representatives from 329 education institutions in 35 countries and 6 continents joined us online, giving this event truly global reach. The main five educator countries were the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Germany and Spain. Of these institutions, 13% were first-timers to an ICEF Berlin, showing both the value that existing partners find in attending our events, and indicating the appetite amongst new institutions to take advantage of ICEF’s peerless networking conferences.

In common with other ICEF events, ICEF Virtual Berlin welcomed a high proportion of senior decision makers, with over 50% in senior management roles. This is testament to the high intent demonstrated by our educational institutions to finding new student recruitment agent partners at this difficult time.

This year, we were delighted to welcome a broad range of educational institutions, with strong representation from language schools in particular.

1,021 representatives from 877 carefully selected, ICEF-screened agencies


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Amongst stiff competition to attend, we welcomed 1,021 representatives from 877 carefully selected, ICEF-screened agencies to ICEF Virtual Berlin, indicating a strong interest by agents to develop and maintain contact with their education partners at this time.

With agents representing 114 countries across 6 continents, ICEF Virtual Berlin achieved an unmatched breadth of geographical coverage around the world. The top 5 agent countries represented were: Russia, Brazil, Spain, Italy and Turkey

87 representatives from 70 providers of services to the international education industry


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This event saw 87 representatives from 70 providers of services to the international education industry join us online. These service providers represented 35 countries in 6 continents, and 27% were first-timers to an ICEF Berlin. The top 5 countries for service provider organisations present were: United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Australia, and Germany.

This strong attendance again shows the interest of service providers to actively engage with leading professionals from across the international education community.

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