Welcome Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you know, we co-hosted the 2nd Annual Institute on Higher Education Admissions and Guidance in Bangkok, Thailand with our colleagues at the Council of International School. The Institute convened at the end of September and the EARCOS Leadership Conference quickly followed it at the end of October.

The Institute connected schools and higher education communities and provided a forum for students and parents to explore programs of over 150 universities from around the world. Those participating commented on the purposeful dialogue and networking opportunities, which were made available through attendance at the conference and most plan to attend again next year. The complete explanation of the conference is included in an article found in this issue of ET.

The 2016 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) had 1200 delegates! Our return to the Shangri La, Kuala Lumpur provided an excellent venue for the 48th EARCOS Leadership Conference. Keynoters Sir John Jones was outstanding as was Ruby Payne. Sir John set the stage for an upbeat conference full of excellent presenters. The breakout and preconference sessions were well attended and practical. Our Survey Monkey had solid and helpful comments for our future planning. Please see our conference write-up in this issue of ET.

Welcome to the newly elected EARCOS board member Barry Sutherland. Margaret Alvarez of International School Singapore and Diane Lewthwaite were re elected for a second term. Thanks go to our EARCOS school heads who attended the AGM on October 28, 2016.

The EARCOS Teachers’ Conference is scheduled for March 29 to April 1, 2017. Sutera Harbour Resport in Sabah, Malaysia is the beautiful venue for the conference, which has a huge slate of great presenters in the special strands schedule. Keynoters are Kim Phuc, Christophe Galfard, and Aaron Tait. We appreciate the hard work of the ETC teacher representatives who help coordinate registration and on-site logistics. We need the support of you and your teachers!

I look forward to seeing many of you in the next few months while visiting schools and attending various conferences and recruiting fairs. Please check www.earcos.org and Dr K on the road. I have visited 22 schools so far this year. That section of our homepage provides a good collection of photos from our colleagues around East Asia. We are here to serve you! Have a great holiday break.

Dick Krajczar
Executive Director

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