Reflections on IEEC 2023

Written by Dave Bolton

IEEC 2023 was a remarkable experience that brought together educators, professionals, and experts from many institutions both in the UK and further afield.  As the incoming President of EEUK there was a great deal of trepidation hoping that the event would set the tone for my Presidency over the next two years. The conference was lauded as a huge success and much of this was underpinned by several key factors that made it a memorable and enriching event.

Firstly, the conference’s diverse and inclusive nature fostered cross-cultural exchanges and encouraged the sharing of ideas from different perspectives. Attendees hailed from various institutions, each bringing unique insights and approaches to enterprise education. This diversity of thought created a vibrant atmosphere of learning and collaboration.

Secondly, the quality of speakers and presenters was exceptional. Renowned experts in the field of enterprise education delivered thought-provoking keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions. Their expertise not only enriched our knowledge but also inspired us to push the boundaries of our teaching and research.

Moreover, the conference embraced innovative technology and platforms especially from our sponsors, making enterprise education accessible to a potentially global audience. Interactive forums allowed all participants to engage fully, further expanding the reach and impact of the event.

University of Surrey and the EEUK Conference team’s meticulous planning and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of the conference, from seamless registration processes to well-structured sessions. Networking opportunities were abundant, fostering connections and collaborations that will undoubtedly lead to future projects and partnerships.

One of the most significant takeaways from this conference was the emphasis on adaptability and resilience in enterprise education. As we navigate an ever-changing global landscape, the conference underscored the importance of equipping students with the skills to thrive in an uncertain world.

The success of IEEC 2023 was a testament to the power of collaboration, diversity, and innovation in advancing the field of enterprise education. It left all attendees with a renewed sense of purpose and a wealth of ideas to implement in our teaching and research endeavours. This experience serves as a reminder that, when educators as a community of practice come together, the possibilities for positive change and growth are boundless.