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ICEF Berlin 2021 marks the start of a new chapter in the international education industry

Published Lynne on Friday, November 12, 2021 12:00 AM

ICEF Berlin 2021 new start for international education

It has been a very busy four days for a reunited industry. An industry that has suffered so much during the pandemic. Although the challenges are far from over, the ICEF Berlin 2021 statistics are a clear indication of a resilient and active sector, one that is capable of adapting to whatever challenges arise and that is optimistic about the future.

ICEF Berlin is the international education industry’s largest and most comprehensive global networking event, and it is with great pride that we just delivered our first ever hybrid event: a very successful one by all measures, bringing together 1,774 international education professionals and decision makers representing 1,436 organisations from 120 countries. Together they engaged in more than 21,500 business meetings that took place either virtually or in-person at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin.

“This event is particularly special, because it is the first one back and it's a very important, world event. I've had so many good meetings. A fabulous group of agents have come through. Great conversations at our table. It's always been special. This year even more so.”

Dominic Walton, Executive Director, VGC International College, Canada

“ICEF Berlin is the best event, and a great experience. We met many new partners and renewed connections with those we haven't seen for two years. We also signed contracts in new markets and countries that we have not sent students to before.”

Marie Claude Saliba, General Manager, Educom Overseas, Lebanon

A full programme of over 50 live, virtual and hybrid seminars, panel discussions, on-demand sessions and case studies provided insights on post pandemic recovery strategies, industry trends, regional market intelligence, and destination updates. A special episode of the ICEF Podcast, recorded during the event, brought together a variety of industry professionals to discuss and celebrate the reunion of the international student recruitment industry. Listen to the podcast “The student recruitment industry reunited” here.

ICEF Berlin is great. You get to connect with the CEOs and decision makers from the industry and I really enjoy that. It's a great event, seeing thousands of people in the education industry coming together to help the students to move on. It's just phenomenal.

Meti Basiri, Founder and CMO, ApplyBoard, Canada


ICEF continues to provide the international education industry with the opportunity to meet and network across different formats and destinations. In 2022, we plan to organise a full programme of  hybrid, virtual, and in-person events - with some exciting new destination-based events to take place in Montréal and Seville.


ICEF Virtual Americas • Dec 14 - 16, 2021

ICEF Dubai • Feb 07 - 10, 2022

ICEF Virtual Secondary Education • Feb 22 - 24, 2022

ICEF ANZA • Mar 09 - 11, 2022 • Adelaide

ICEF Eurasia • Mar 20 - 22, 2022 • Kyiv

ICEF Central Asia • Mar 31 - Apr 01, 2022 • Almaty

ICEF Spanish Education • April 19 - 21, 2022 • Seville

ICEF Toronto • May 13 - 15, 2022

ICEF French Education • May 17 - 18, 2022 • Montréal

ICEF Higher Education • Sept 10 - 12, 2022 • Barcelona

ICEF Berlin • Oct 30 - Nov 01, 2022

ICEF San Diego • Dec 15 - 17, 2022

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