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Singapore to host inaugural AsiaEducationExpo 2013 and conferences

Event to showcase the industry’s latest technology for learning, instruction and performance; a platform to exchange new trends and ideas for holistic learning 

Singapore, 28 October 2013  Sphere Exhibits, the events, roadshows, and exhibitions arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), today announced the inaugural edition of the AsiaEducationExpo 2013 (AEX2013). As Southeast Asia's premier education platform, it will showcase the industry's latest trends, technology, learning tools and ideas for every stage of learning, as well as new and emerging instruction in the development of holistic learning.

In collaboration with SEAMEO RELC (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Language Centre), AEX2013 will be held from 20 to 22 November 2013 at the Singapore Expo Hall 2. The event promises three days of networking, thought-leadership, industry collaboration, and sharing of ideas that inspire continuous learning. 

Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits, said: "We are delighted to launch the inaugural AEX2013 in Singapore, a step closer to realising the country’s aspiration as a regional education hub. Unlike other education trade shows, AEX 2013, with the theme Enriching Asia through Holistic Education, is a unique and refreshing platform showcasing the latest technology and solutions offerings that address the learning requirements – inside and outside the classroom, from pre-nursery to formal education, training requirements, and more.”

AsiaEducationExpo2013: Enriching Asia through holistic education

AEX2013 will showcase new ways of instruction and best practices that encourage and motivate learning; provide insights into emerging trends in training, development and education; and highlight new and emerging solutions offerings from educational and instructional technology providers. The focus areas include: Learning Technology, Learning Content, and Pedagogic Strategies. 

  • Learning Technology  highlighting the latest in educational ICT solutions that can help speed up learning; learning alternatives that can be accessed at home, schools, workplaces or anywhere outside the classroom; and content distribution networks, multimedia platforms, as well as hardware and software that meet the needs of education and training institutions in Singapore and across the region.
  • Learning Content  presenting world-class publishers, media companies, technical publishers, research houses, as well as editorial, translation services, and more.
  • Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies  featuring solutions and IT-enabled teaching methods to enhance the learning and development experience – both inside and outside the classroom – encouraging a new paradigm shift in learning.

Alongside the Expo, the show will also feature two conference tracks that will run simultaneously over the three-day event: the Asia Education Conference 2013 (AEC2013) for educators, with the theme Knowledge through New Eyes; and the Asia Education Conference2013 (Parents' Edition) with the theme It takes a Village to Raise a Child

AEX2013 will also present the SEAMEO RELC Conference on Day 2, 21 November, with the theme New Pathways to Knowledge in Asia Today. It addresses the issues of a changing landscape in education, and how it could be embraced by teachers and learners alike. Two experts who have been invited to speak at the SEAMEO RELC Conference include Professor Chris Davison, Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education, University of New South Wales, and Professor Ken Hyland, Director, Centre for Applied English Studies and Chair of Applied Linguistics, University of Hong Kong. Both speakers are well-respected researchers and educators with a very good feel of Southeast Asia. 

Supported by The Straits Times, the AEX Teachers’ Forum on Day 3, 22 November, with the theme The News in Authentic Learning, will delve into the use of “news” as an effective teaching resource.

AsiaEducationConference2013 – Educators’ edition and Parents’ edition 
Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament, will be the Guest-of-Honour of the opening ceremony.

Co-organised with Viva Group Holdings, the three-day conference will include more than 30 speakers from both academia and the private sector. Professor S. Gopinathan, Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, will deliver the keynote address, “Challenging the Future: Singapore Education in Transition.” Other prominent speakers include Professor Quek Jin Jong, Principal Officer, National Institute of Education; Professor Peter Freebody, Professional Research Fellow, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney; and Mr. Paul Soon, CEO, XM Asia-Pacific, amongst others. 

The Educators’ edition, with the theme Knowledge through New Eyes will gather between 800-1,000 educators from Singapore and the region. Keynotes, panel discussions and breakout sessions will feature topics that are of mutual interest to educators, including industry trends, new and upcoming methods of instruction, as well as changes and challenges facing education in the 21st century.

The Parents’ edition, with the theme It takes a Village to Raise a Child, will focus on how parents can complement teachers’ efforts in helping their children succeed academically. As part of its corporate social responsibility, Sphere Exhibits will provide 2,000 free passes to parents of pupils under MOE’s Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS). 

The AsiaEducationExpo 2013, the conferences and the forum will bring together educators, technologists, policy makers and business decision makers from Southeast Asian countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor Leste, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam as well as countries such as India and China. The event will provide attendees with an opportunity to source for information on educational infrastructure, services and supplies and to stay updated on the latest education technology and solutions, explore business opportunities in this sector, and exchange ideas. 

For more information on AsiaEducationExpo 2013, please visit 
http://www.aex.com.sg/2013/

For more information on AsiaEducationConference 2013, please visit 
http://www.asiaeducationconference.net/ 

Co. Registration. No. 198402868E 

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Low 
Sphere Exhibits 
DID: 6319 6145 
Email: 
lisalow@sph.com.sg

Gene Vallejo-Yeo/Bianca Huebner 
Bite for Sphere Exhibits 
DID: 6323 7377
Email: 
gene.yeo@biteglobal.combianca.huebner@biteglobal.com 

Deror Wong
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
Email: 
derorw@sph.com.sg

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele.


Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy.

Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners. For more information, please visit
http://www.sphereexhibits.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages, and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, – 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, 
omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.