The Higher Education team and the management of Movetia were in Helsinki from 23 to 27 September 2019 to take part in the European Association for International Education EAIE Conference. The week was punctuated by sessions, meetings with partners and a visit to the Finnish National Agency EDUFI. An international event of this kind enables us to exchange ideas, be inspired and broaden our horizons regarding topical themes such as sustainable development, digitisation and inclusion.

Following Seville in 2018, stakeholders in tertiary-level education met in Northern Europe for this 31st EAIE Conference. Although the weather was a little on the cool side for early autumn, it in no way impeded the dynamism and enthusiasm felt at this event, which welcomed a record number of 6,200 participants. The Swiss higher-education institution stand “Studying in Switzerland”, with its eco-friendly look, served as a meeting and information point for everyone involved or interested in mobility and cooperation in Switzerland


In the sessions that were held throughout the week, emphasis was placed on topical themes in the world of higher education: how can we create and apply a strategy of internationalisation@home in institutions? How can we promote greener mobilities? What are the benefits of digitising the processes? Or how can we make a programme more inclusive? Movetia’s Higher Education team is returning, without a doubt, full of practical ideas and courses of action for the future.

The visit to the Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI provided an opportunity for constructive exchanges of information between the two agencies, regarding their respective roles and tasks in particular. Finland is known for its excellence in education and is an example to follow as far as the training of future teachers is concerned, among other things. The Movetia team also heard about innovative programmes (Nordplus and FIRST) in the field of mobility.

The Swiss Reception, organised by swissuniversities, the Swiss embassy in Finland and Movetia, was held on the Thursday evening. It was attended by the Swiss Ambassador to Finland, Mr Heinrich Maurer, who said a few words of welcome.

¡Hasta el año que viene, Barcelona!