Team BC Southeast Asia Mission (The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia)

Date: Oct 3, 2018 — Oct 23, 2018
Hosted By: BCCIE
Location: The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia
City: Manila and Cebu (The Philippines), Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Jakarta and Surabaya (Indonesia)
Cost: Non-paid


In support of BC’s International Education sector, BCCIE is pleased to announce a coordinated BCCIE and Team BC Mission – Southeast Asia Fall 2018 Engagement taking place from October 3–23, 2018. This initiative will take place in the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia and will focus on building upon the relationships and strategic linkages that were established with education agents and networks, schools, universities, institutions, and with provincial and national agencies. The working itinerary includes attendance at EduCanada fairs, agent training, partnership development visits, and other value-added activities in established and emerging markets in Manila, Cebu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Surabaya and Jakarta.

Target Audience: K-12 schools and districts, EQA-designated post-secondary institutions and language schools

Deadline: August 17, 2018 for expression of interest for participating in BC Value-Added Events and BC Branding at Fairs

Please see below for deadlines for fair registration.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

With a population exceeding 600 million, ASEAN nations represent approximately 9% of the global population. As a group of countries, the 10-member states of ASEAN represent Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner. Of primary interest to the BC education sector are the growing economies and middle classes (aspiring to more and better than indigenous education systems can yet provide) and the large and youthful markets of the Philippines (population 103 million; median age 24.1); Vietnam (92 m; age 30.4), Indonesia (261 m: age 28). Each in its own way presents opportunities for increased and varied engagement with the BC education sector and for the measured and diverse growth of international student numbers to BC.

Opportunity for growth in partnership development is also at the forefront of the BCCIE and Team BC Mission in SE Asia for Fall 2018. The recent Canada-ASEAN Scholarships for Educational Exchanges and Development (SEED) program and Canada’s membership in the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific consortium provide opportunities for the development of reciprocal institutional collaborations between BC and ASEAN post-secondary institutions. 


BCCIE is working closely with Canadian Embassies, Trade Commissioners, BC Trade & Investment offices, government and non-governmental organizations in each country and city to offer exceptional recruitment, strategic partnership development, networking events and opportunities for all educational sectors participating in the BCCIE and Team BC SE Asia Mission.

Key objectives

  • To profile BC schools and institutions in recruitment and partnership development opportunities
  • To establish a BC Zone at some EduCanada Fairs and a CoWorking space for BC schools in Ho Chi Minh City
  • To raise awareness of BC quality education and to increase opportunities for student recruitment in SE Asian countries
  • To offer value-added engagement in different cities through attendance at EduCanada fairs, agent training, partnership development visits, networking events and opportunities for BC branding and education information.

There is no additional charge to participate in these initiatives, but BC institutions must RSVP for all events.

Registration for EduCanada Fairs

In addition to this Team BC Mission to SE Asia, BC institutions may be interested in participating in the Study in Canada Fairs. Note: Registration and costs incurred for the EduCanada Fairs and federal government side events are the responsibility of individual institutions and participants.

  • The Philippines – October 5–8, 2018: The registration for the EduCanada Fairs is now closed.
  • Vietnam – October 11–16, 2018: The registration for the EduCanada Fairs is now closed.
  • Indonesia – October 19–22, 2018: The registration form for the EduCanada Fairs is available here. The registration deadline is September 21, 2018. Institutions are encouraged to register early as space is limited.

Working itinerary

The BC value-added events will include agent training seminars, partnership development visits, sector networking and branding events, and more in established and emerging markets in Manila, Cebu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Surabaya and Jakarta.

The working itinerary can be downloaded here and may be updated in the coming weeks as events are confirmed.

Note: BC events will vary for each location but may include agent meetings, receptions and orientation, site visits and partnership development meetings and networking.

More information

Details and mission scope are still being defined and will be determined by the levels of district, school and institutional interest in the Team BC SE Asia Mission. Expressions of interest from schools and districts to participate in value-added events and coordinated BC branding will be accepted beginning immediately.

For questions or clarification please contact Chelsey Laird, Senior Manager (Internationalization and Market Support) at