Global learning event to provide ideas, practices and strategies

The 2022 Global Learning and Engagement Symposium will be held on Thursday 18 August 2022 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Convention Centre Place, South Wharf and online.

The event features thought-leaders, good practice examples and hands-on strategies to help you to build a whole-of-school approach to global learning and engagement.

Principals, assistant principals and leading teachers (in curriculum development) who are already implementing, or are new to, global learning and engagement are invited to attend the event.

Highschool students studying together

Global learning and engagement 

Providing global learning and engagement experiences is vital in supporting students to thrive in a complex, interconnected and competitive world. The symposium will feature students discussing the global issues that matter to them, and how schools can help them navigate our changing world. 

Keynote speakers

Master of Ceremonies, Beverley Wang, journalist, broadcaster and creator of 'It's not a Race' podcast.

Anoushka Gungadin, CEO, Posture360, former CEO of Australia India Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and international speaker and facilitator on cultural intelligence, inclusion and diversity, will present Cultural Intelligence: the competitive tool of the future, unpacking:

  • Global trends: opportunities and challenges

  • what cultural intelligence is and the benefits of Cultural Inteligence (CQ) 

  • the CQ-5 framework to build CQ in organisations.

Louka Parry,CEO, Learning Future and former teacher, principal and winner of Inspiring Public Secondary Teacher of the Year in South Australia, will explore: 

  • the changing landscape of work, learning and society
  • global shifts and what they mean for our learning ecosystems in an ever more interconnected and uncertain world
  • skillsets and mindsets required to take advantage of emerging opportunities, adapting in ways that integrate and apply new knowledge to promote engagement across cultures, domains and languages.

Concurrent sessions

At the time of registering, you will have the choice of selecting to attend one of two professional development sessions:

1. Activating student voice across cultures: Facilitated by Asia Education Foundation, this session will give participants:

  • an opportunity to engage in some of the student voice activities
  • examples you can use in your own school context
  • reflect on further opportunities within the Victorian Curriculum to engage across cultures, particularly using technology and High Impact Teaching Strategies.

2. Schools standing up to racism: Facilitated by Centre for Multicultural Youth, this session will provide participants the knowledge and skills to:

  • Create an action plan with links to the curriculum using Standing up to Racism resource
  • Discuss the impacts of racism on children and young people
  • Define a proactive, whole-school approach in anti-racism
  • Creating norms and safe spaces
  • Facilitate conversations about racism

Symposium Benefits

  • ideas and strategies to support student resilience, wellbeing and identity through intercultural capability and global citizenship
  • hands-on strategies and good-practice examples
  • an opportunity to come together to celebrate each other's work, network, amplify excellence and learn from one another
  • take-away opportunities to improve teaching practice to increase social cohesion and cultural intelligence in students to help shape them into global citizens.

Event details


Date: Thursday 18 August 2022
Time: 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Cost: free.


Date: Thursday 18 August 2022
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Location: online
Cost: free.

This event will be managed in line with COVID-Safe guidelines, for more information, see MCEC VenueSafe plan.


MCEC provides direct access to the public car parking and is in close proximity to Southern Cross Station. We will provide directions and accessibility information prior to the event. To discuss your particular accessibility requirements, please contact Effie Kiriakakis at

Find out more

For further enquiries, contact the International Education Division by email:

Last Update: 2/08/2022 10:57 AM