International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum
With the guidance of our Board of Directors, THE-ICE undertakes strategic activities including conference and workshop events that are open to our global network as well as other interested individuals or organisations in the TH&E (tourism, hospitality and events) fields.
The History of THE-ICE IPoE Forums
In 2005 THE-ICE launched its first IPoE (International Panel of Experts) Forum with the vision that it would be a series of high-level events focusing on the strategic issues facing tourism, hospitality, events, and culinary arts education (TH&E). Since then, the IPoE Forum has become a signature event of THE-ICE with highly focused themes and sub-themes, providing outstanding opportunities for global industry and academic experts to present their views, and for members and non-members to network and develop collaborative synergy.
THE-ICE has been privileged to have leading educators from countries such as Austria, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, India, Thailand, Korea, the UK and USA to address the Forums. The experts are not only invited to address the theme, but also to be part of an interactive and dynamic session. A number of past presentations are available on the respective past IPoE web pages (see below).
In 2011, THE-ICE initiated the Benchmarking Roundtable Series (BRS) to complement the IPoE Forum and encourage knowledge-sharing and the development of best-practice. Held bi-annually and open exclusively to THE-ICE members and invited guests, the BRS focuses on specific benchmarking areas such as internship, industry advisory boards, governance structures, graduate outcomes, curriculum design & development, and academic integrity. The BRS offers both educators and administrative staff from participating institutions the opportunity to gain insight into the practices of peer institutions, and allows for the sharing of alternative and new approaches to identify and develop best-practice models and collectively identify solutions to common issues being faced. At the conclusion of each BRS event, a “Best Practice Guide” is distributed to members of knowledge shared and the development of any best-practice models.
Since 2014, the second BRS of the year has been dovetailed as a Pre-Forum Workshop at the start of the IPoE Forum. The aim is to increase attendance to both events while offering the maximum value to network members by consolidating travel and other outgoings. From 2016 onwards, only one BRS will be organised, to be dovetailed to the IPoE Forum for the reasons stated above.
Chronicle of past Forums and hosts
Proudly hosted by William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, Australia, from 13-16 November, 2017.
Theme: Scholarly Excellence in the Age of Compliance
Click below to view the video highlights from the 2017 Forum in Melbourne, Australia.
Proudly hosted by César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, a member of the Swiss Education Group, in Lucerne, Switzerland, from 9-12 November, 2016.
Theme: Excellence – Defined and Measured
Click below to view the video highlights from the 2016 Forum in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Proudly hosted by Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, from 25-28 November, 2015.
Theme: Real World Learning in Tourism & Hospitality
Proudly hosted by Charles Darwin University School of Business and School of Service Industries, Darwin, Australia, from 11-14 November, 2014.
Theme: Developing Quality and Value-adding to Partnerships between Institutions and Industry
Proudly hosted by Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Sydney, Australia, from 6-8 November, 2013.
Theme: The Industry Education Nexus – a global perspective
Proudly hosted by the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 18-20 November, 2012.
Theme: Changing times in tourism and hospitality education
Proudly hosted by Taylor’s University, Malaysia, from 23-25 November, 2011.
Theme: Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Education
THE-ICE 5th IPoE Forum 2010 (postponed)
Organised to be held at the Naresuan University Centre, 2-3 June 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Due to civil unrest in central Bangkok in late May 2010, and in the interests of safety and security interests of our panel presenters and attendees, the decision was made to cancel the IPoE Forum.
Proudly hosted by The Hotel School Sydney, in Sydney, Australia, from 12-13 October, 2009.
Theme: Developing Excellence in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Education
Proudly hosted by the Australian School of Management, Perth, Australia, in conjunction with the 6th Asia-Pacific (APacCHRIE) Conference in May, 2008.
Theme: Developing and Delivering Industry-relevant Education and Research
The second International Panel of Experts Forum was held at Conrad Jupiter’s on the Gold Coast, Australia in November, 2006.
Theme: Internationalisation of Tourism and Hospitality Education
The inaugural International Panel of Experts Forum was held in November, 2005 at the Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast Australia.
Theme: Critical Issues and Future Directions of Tourism and Hospitality Education