Movetia once again actively participated in the annual conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), which took place from 28 September to 1 October 2021. This event is an opportunity to cultivate exchanges with European partners and to imagine the future of mobility together.

This year again, the EAIE's main event was held entirely online. A specially designed virtual space allowed for participants to navigate from presentations to group discussions, and even to a coffee corner, just like in a "classic" event. With the added benefit of being able to watch missed sessions in replay!

Strengthening international cooperation

Movetia is actively engaged in the development of transnational cooperation within higher education institutions. In a session with Swedish and Finnish colleagues, Amanda Crameri, Head of Division Higher Education, presented the priorities of the European Collaborative Programmes Expert Community, which she joined following her election in 2020. This group, created within the EAIE, monitors the implementation of the many internationalisation and cooperation tools offered by Erasmus+ and informs universities about the latest developments in the field. It also aims to facilitate the exchange of good practice and feedback.

Combining internationalisation and sustainability

Switzerland continues to set an example in promoting green mobility (see also our contribution to the EAIE 2020). Leslie Hansen, SEMP Programme Coordinator at Movetia, took part in an "Ignite session" around the pressing issues in the field of tertiary education and outlined some solutions for the promotion of green mobility. She presented the Greener Mobility IRO-Kit, which Movetia made available to universities at the beginning of 2021, and the Green Mobility Top-Up. This 100 CHF-grant was also introduced this year on the model of the 50 Euros granted under Erasmus+. It rewards students using a sustainable means of transport for their mobility. According to the latest figures, 75% of the institutions participating in SEMP will be paying out this subsidy to their students. Switzerland is definitely on the right track!

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