More than 100 guests took part in the annual higher education event, which was held on 20 November at Zurich’s Museum für Gestaltung (ZHdK) in collaboration with the Zurich University of the Arts. The afternoon, which was packed with discussion and exchange, ended with a presentation by Professor Michael Hengartner, President of swissuniversities and Rector of the University of Zurich.

Every autumn, Movetia’s Higher Education team organises its traditional meeting with key exchange and mobility actors from the higher education sector. For this year’s edition, representatives and staff from mobility departments at universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education and professional education institutions were invited to the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich – an original venue, which was offered by Bettina Ganz, Head of the ZHdK’s International Relations Office. 

A jam-packed programme

More than hundred participants from all over Switzerland were welcomed by Amanda Crameri, Head of Movetia’s Higher Education Division. The speakers took it in turns to address various current topics, from mobility and cooperation in Europe and the rest of the world, to the development opportunities offered by Swiss programmes from various perspectives. While the information relating to the different mobility and cooperation opportunities coordinated by Movetia (launch of 2019 call, SEMP programme, European cooperation and international pilot programme) was presented by two members of the Higher Education team, Leslie Hansen and Maria Stergiou, the more political aspects were explained by Amanda Crameri, Olivier Tschopp (Director of Movetia) and Professor Michael Hengartner. Gaétan Lagger, Deputy head of the International education projects unit at SERI, briefly outlined the federal government’s perspective. Thanks to the presence of Andrea Fielenbach from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Erasmus programme 2021–2027 was also discussed, and participants were provided with valuable information at a time of political uncertainty between Switzerland and the European Commission.

The afternoon was interspersed with musical interludes provided by an international student and two students from the SEMP mobility programme at the ZHdK, as well as a guided tour of the Sebastiâo Sagado – Genesis exhibition. The event was rounded off with a buffet and drinks reception. 

The Higher Education team is already looking forward to next year’s event!