Save the date: Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education

Date - 04/11/2021
9:00 - 16:00

Mark your calendars! ACA, Movetia and swissuniversities have the pleasure to announce the exciting conference Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education. This event will take place in Zürich, on 4 November 2021 and registration will open in early September. Check out the programme and stay tuned for more information!

Being very keen to see many of you again offline, we had embarked on an innovative approach to internationalisation in Covid-19 times. We had the ambition to hold the 22 April 2021 conference in a face-to-face format in Zürich. Nature though, planned otherwise. As we prioritise your safety, we are sorry to have to announce the re-postponement of our event to 4 November 2021, otherwise-said exactly 1 year later than the original date.

Follow our campaign on social media! #EducationInnovation_2021

While we’re rescheduling the face-to-face event to next year, we’re not deferring the debate about the role of internationalisation in fostering innovation in higher education. Rather the opposite. Stay tuned for interesting thought pieces from some of our distinguished speakers and contributors, and join the online conversation on our social media channels.

Get inspired by the conference theme by listening to insights shared by some of our distinguished speakers and contributors!

Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

Olga Wessels, Head of Brussels’ Office at ECIU

Dr. Jean-Marc Piveteau, Rector ZHAW and President Teaching Delegation, swissuniversities

Martina Weiss, Secretary General of swissuniversities


Piet Van Hove, EAIE Vice-President, Director of International Relations, University of Antwerp












Prof. Dr. Boas Erez, Rector of the Universitá della Svizzera Italiana (USI)

Marina Casals Sala, Director of International Relations, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Prof. Dr. Michael Gibbert, Director of World Challenges Program, Universita della Svizzera Italiana


Eva Haug

Eva Haug is Coordinator Internationalisation & COIL and senior lecturer of Intercultural Competence at the Faculty of Business and Economics in the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She’s also Member of the EAIE Expert Community Internationalisation at Home, and the coordinator of the COIL Working Group in the Erasmus+ South African/European project iKUDU.
As coordinator, she’s specialised in internationalising the curriculum. As COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) coordinator, she provides entire cohorts the possibility of experiencing international teamwork by pairing Amsterdam students with students from around the globe. She’s presented about COIL at conferences around the world, as well as the EAIE Conference, and is regularly invited by universities to train staff in intercultural and online collaboration.

Piet Van Hove

Piet Van Hove is Vice President-elect of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), 2020-2022. Since 2005, he is Director of the International Relations Office of the University of Antwerp, where he previously studied Law. He is the former chairman of Flanders Knowledge Area, and also a non-executive board member of, training rats to detect landmines and diseases in vulnerable societies. He has been active in internationalisation since 1995 and today manages a team of 18 staff members, dealing with university wide policy formulation and execution in the area of mobility, international cooperation and networking.

Marina Casals Sala

Marina’s international experience has taken her to work at Tampere University in Finland and Al Akhawayn University (Morocco). In 2005, she moved to Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), where she is Director of International Relations, heading both the strategic and the managerial part of international relations. She has served in the leadership of the EAIE in various positions from 2007 to 2018 and as member of the Management Board of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation from 2016 to 2020 ( She is an EAIE Trainer and presents at several conferences internationally (EAIE, NAFSA, APAIE, AIEA, ACA, DAAD, CampusFrance among others). She was the creator and coordinator of the “SUCTI Project” (, an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project, which was awarded the EAIE President’s Award in 2019 and a Good Practice mention by the EC.
She has been also recognised with the EAIE Rising Star Award in 2009 and the SGroup IMPACT Award in 2016.

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