4 november 2021

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 Zurich, on 4 November 2021.

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.

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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.


Message from Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

Message from Olga Wessels - Head of ECIU Brussels Office

Message from Martina Weiss, Secretary General of swissuniversities

Message from Piet Van Hove, EAIE's Vice-President and Director of the IRO at the University of Antwerp

Good Pracitce from Prof. Dr. Michael Gibbert, Director of World Challenges Program, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)

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

An innovative project from the USI

An innovative project from the ZHAW

Registrations will open in early September 2021.

Until then, mark the event’s date in your agendas!

Draft programme

3 November 2021 

17:00 Aperitif at the ETH with a welcome address by Dr. Sarah Springmann, Rector and Ulrich Grothus, President, ACA

4 November 2021


Welcome words
Corine Mauch, Mayor of Zürich
Olivier Tschopp, Director Movetia
09:30-10:00 Opening keynote (tbd)
10:00-10:15 Coffee break & Networking
10:15-11:00 Campfire sessions – thematic areas

Panel 1: Policy prerogatives for innovative internationalisation - a ‘sine qua non’ or a ‘nice to have’?
Martina Hirayama, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)
Piet van Hove, EAIE Vice-president and Director of the International Relations Office at the University of Antwerp
Christian Simm, Head of International Relations, University of Zurich
Stéphane Berthet, Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva and president of the international relations delegation of swissuniversities (tbc)
High-level Speaker EC (tbc)

12:30-13:45 Lunch Break
13:45-14:45 Innovative internationalisation practices, models and role-models
Three examples:
Olga Wessels, Head of ECIU (European Consortium of Innovative Universities) Brussels Office
Eva Haug, Coordinator Internationalisation & Senior Lecturer of Intercultural Competence, Faculty of Business and Economics, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences 
Marina Casals, Director of International Relations, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain 
14:45-15:30 Panel 2: Discussion with speakers
15:30-16:00 Closing remarks
16:00  End of the conference
Martina Weiss, Secretary General, swissuniversities