Coronavirus News

Message from the President of APAIE, Professor Sarah Todd (Vice President (Global), Griffith University, Australia)

Well, they say there is never a dull day in international education, and, just over a month in, 2020 is shaping up to be an interesting year. For those of us in Australia, it started with managing the impact and associated perceptions and reputational damage of the bushfires. Now we are dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak. Just over a month ago, I was relaxing on holiday in Fiji - I now feel more than ready for another holiday!

APAIE 2020, to be held in the geographically blessed and multicultural city of Vancouver, offers the perfect opportunity to come together with colleagues from around the world and learn from each other as we face the many issues challenging international education. Australia’s bushfire crisis has renewed the debate around climate change, and reinforces the need for us to come together and consider how we continue to provide the international education we know is critical for our students while at the same time reducing our carbon footprint. 

The novel coronavirus has sparked a racist and xenophobic response in many parts of the world and I believe it is the responsibility of all of us working in international education to lead the way in challenging that response and ensuring our students and communities have the global and cultural literacy to respond in a more positive way. 

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Vancouver in just a few weeks. If you haven’t yet registered, click here.  

There is no indication at this stage that the conference will be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We are liaising with Canadian health authorities who assess the risk in Canada as low.  Canadian airports are currently screening all incoming arrivals and further details and updates are available here. 

For advisory updates, please check here.

Click here to view the coronavirus statement from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).


While the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has determined that risk within British Columbia and Canada is considered low, the Vancouver Convention Centre has put additional precautionary measures in place to further support their high standard of cleanliness. These include:

  • Implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols by our Housekeeping team
  • Placing additional hand sanitizing stations throughout both buildings
  • Scheduling additional housekeeping staff during event days
Please contact your airline carrier for more information regarding flights.
There is a first-aid office located in the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Registration cancellations received in writing at the APAIE 2020 Secretariat's address by February 7, 2020 will be accepted and all fees refunded, less a $100 USD administrative fee. Cancellations received after February 7, 2020 will not be refunded; however, transfer of your registration to another person is permitted by re-accessing the original delegate's registration via the confirmation letter and replacing with the new delegate. No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the conference.