The 4th annual ICEF Southeast Asia takes place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and gives international educators and service providers the opportunity to meet top-quality student recruitment agents from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Southern China.
The ASEAN region contains some of the fastest-growing economies in the world. In Vietnam, the middle class is expected to grow from 12 million in 2012 to 33 million by 2020. Large youth populations throughout the region will continue to drive high demand for quality education and training services. Agents attending the event will represent the best and most active agencies from across Southeast Asia, providing an opportunity to establish a robust network in these growing markets.
All agents attending are carefully selected and are required to pass ICEF’s strict screening process. Agents must provide multiple references from current business partners, as well as proof of ethical business practices and a successful track record of placing students at international institutions.
Before the event, educators and service providers will be able to view agent profiles and schedule up to 36 meetings with those agents best suited to their recruitment needs. In addition, participants may also attend seminars and professional development sessions covering a wide range of topics such as socio-political developments, visa processing, and industry trends.
ICEF Southeast Asia is the most efficient way to establish partnerships with quality student recruitment professionals and to develop a successful marketing strategy tailored to this region.
The event enables you to hold up to 36 pre-scheduled, one-to-one business meetings with quality student recruitment agents, as well as other educators and service providers from around the globe. These appointments are 25 minutes in duration and let you create new contacts and maintain existing relationships. The programme also includes meals, options for refreshment breaks, and evening functions, all of which offer further networking opportunities.
12:00 – 19:00
Registration of participants
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
Introductory seminars: “How to maximise your ICEF event experience“
The InterContinental Saigon is known as Asia’s best city hotel and the best conference facility in Vietnam. Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the InterContinental Saigon Hotel offers world-class amenities including spacious guest rooms, international and local restaurants, fitness centre, and exceptional business and conference facilities.
The Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel is located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, on Lam Son Square overlooking the elegant Opera House. It is close to the business and entertainment districts, and in walking distance to the city’s cultural and historical sites. The hotel is 8 minutes walking distance to the InterContinental Saigon.
The ICEF meeting booking system (Marcom eSchedule PRO) offers you direct and total control over the types of partners you meet during the event based on their main activity and country of origin. Up to 36 meetings, each 25 minutes long, can be scheduled with agents, educators, and service providers.
Prior to the event, you will receive details of all invited agents, educators, and service providers via the Marcom eSchedule PRO online appointment scheduling system.
During the event, additional meetings and schedule adjustments can be made through Marcom Onsite or personal contact.
Online Video Tutorials
Our online video tutorials explain how to get the most from the eSchedule PRO meeting booking system. We highly recommend viewing these videos as soon as the meeting scheduling system opens, around 8 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 2020 seminar programme will be made available shortly before the event.
Agent receptions are excellent ways for you to promote your institution or association to agents registered for the event.
FAM Tour guidelines:
FAM tour organisers may determine all logistics, conditions and costs associated with their tour, including which event participants are accepted to join, and which are not.
ICEF will not get involved in the organisation of FAM tours, but simply ensure relevancy for event participants as well as an equal representation of tours to all delegates.
All delegates interested in attending FAM tours will be asked to make direct contact with the tour organiser. Organisers are responsible for confirming or declining acceptance directly with participants.
FAM tour organisers wishing to promote their tour through ICEF are required to submit a proposal. All proposals are subject to approval by ICEF.
FAM tours may only be offered outside of event related activities and times.
Only organisations attending the event may meet and host other event participants. We do not wish to encourage non-registered institutions to access and benefit from meeting potential business partners that registered organisations have paid to meet.
Receptions allow you to create a memorable experience for agents while reinforcing your brand. Inviting agents you wish to target lets you make meaningful and focused connections in a relaxed and fun environment.
Reception organisers may determine all logistics, conditions, and costs associated with their event, including acceptance criteria for event participants and other business partners.
ICEF will not get involved in organising receptions, but will ensure receptions are relevant for event participants and offer an equal number of receptions to all delegates.
All event participants interested in attending a reception will be asked to make direct contact with the organiser. Organisers are responsible for confirming or declining acceptance directly with participants.
Reception organisers wishing to promote their event through ICEF are requested to provide information as outlined in the paragraph below. Receptions may only be offered outside of event-related activities and times.
Only organisations attending the event may meet and host other event participants. We do not encourage non-registered institutions to benefit from meeting potential business partners that registered organisations have paid to meet.
Once your proposal has been accepted by ICEF, we will promote your event to assist you in attracting the quantity and variety of agents desired.
Your reception will be listed in this section of the website along with your contact details, hyperlinks, and promotional materials. ICEF will also promote your event to all agents attending once their registration has been approved, as well as in numerous follow-up communications prior to the event.
Please provide ICEF with a website hyperlink and/or a brochure/flyer/invitation (pdf format) containing the following information:
Name of activity
Host name and contact details
Details of the event including programme, location, date and time, details of catering and transportation arrangements, invited target groups/individuals, and the maximum number of participants
Please note: Proposals received less than four weeks prior to the event will be listed on the website but will no longer be published in any other agent communications.
Available events & fam tours
Pre & Post activities will be posted here as they are offered. Please check back here for any new activities added.
Participant information pack
Participant information pack
To ensure that you are well prepared and make the most of the event, it is important that you read the Educator & Service Provider Information Pack below.
How to maximise your ICEF experience? – Watch the video tutorials:
PART 1 – before the event
Learn about ICEF Events, preparing for an event, making appointments and tips for a successful ICEF experience.
PART 2 – at the event
Learn what happens during an event, including identifying potential partners on site, event etiquette, using the agent catalogue and key questions to ask agents during meetings.
PART 3 – after the event
Learn about post event follow up. Effective follow up leads to strong partnerships, successful relationships, and a better ROI.
Nationals of a number of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Vietnam may visit the country without a visa for a certain period of time. Please see Exemption of entry visa to Vietnam.
Please check regulations with the respective embassy carefully and well ahead before travelling. More information is available here.
Should you need a visa to enter Vietnam and require a letter of invitation, please complete the Application for a Business Visa Approval Letter. The approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration will allow you to apply for a visa on arrival in Vietnam. The cost for a single entry approval letter is €40 (payable to ICEF who will request the letter on your behalf) and US$ 25 payable in cash directly to Customs & Immigration in Vietnam.
Asia Pacific International School,
New Oasis International Education,
St Clair College,
I have been to four ICEF events and I believe this was the most productive! The people were awesome and I would recommend this event to anyone.
New Oasis International Education,
ICEF Southeast Asia has been great for meeting potential partners from new, non-traditional study destinations, as well as connecting with existing partners. I definitely recommend that other TIECA member agencies from Thailand attend this event in the future.
Education For Life Co. Ltd,
This was my first time attending ICEF Southeast Asia, and I would strongly recommend this event to other agents and service providers – we had great feedback from both agents and schools.
Study Insured by Ingle International,
This is the second time we have attended this event. We found the pre-event material informative and detailed. The ICEF staff are always easy to approach and prompt in their responses to enquiries. We have gained excellent intelligence on the markets we recruit from in the seminars, along with other very useful industry information. The event is well organised, with pre-screened, high-quality education agents. We have made some very good contacts via the informal
networking opportunities. I recommend attending these events to providers seeking to expand internationally.
PGA International Golf Institute,
The seminar presentations were informative and the ICEF team were at our disposal around the clock. It was a full-on conference with many agents across Asia attending. Their enthusiasm to recruit international students to New Zealand was overwhelming. We believe the partnerships forged between us and the agents will benefit both parties, and we look forward to working with them further.
Premier Institute of Education,
My schedule was booked out within a week of the online system opening, and it was jam-packed with fantastic agents. The quality and variety of agencies was awesome and provided a lot of opportunity to connect with these markets. I highly recommend this event to all educators to make meaningful connections in Southeast Asia.
Strategix Training Group,
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