Last month EducationUSA Belgium Adviser Elisabeth Bloxam was one of fifty EducationUSA Advisers from around the world to attend the annual EducationUSA Forum.
The EducationUSA Forum, held each year in Washington, D.C. in July, gives higher education professionals an opportunity to engage with EducationUSA advisers from around the world. The event is attended by approximately 50 advisers, all 14 Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REACs), and U.S. Department of State and IIE EducationUSA staff who present the latest regional and country-specific trends and tips for strategic international recruitment planning.
During the Forum, Bloxam — who has been an educational adviser at the Fulbright Commission in Brussels since 2016 — represented EducationUSA Belgium in a panel discussions on regional trends in student enrollment, met with U.S. university and college representatives interested in recruiting international students from Belgium, and promoted events like the upcoming EducationUSA Western European Fair Circuit and the 2019 EducationUSA European LL.M. Tour.
The event’s Global Showcase provided an opportunity to show off what makes the small country of Belgium so special — naturally, chocolates were involved! — and to answer representative’s questions about the country and its educations systems. Bloxam was joined at the Belgium table by Nicholas Polet of Flanders House, who spoke to representatives about opportunities to create partnerships with Flemish universities and university colleges.
The event was also a great opportunity to connect with EducationUSA Advisers from around the world, including several from the Europe and Eurasia Region. The forum was also attended by advisers from Albania, Germany, Greece, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.