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Pre-conference aperitif November 3, 2021

17.30 - 20.30

Farewell reception & light dinner for Bernd Wächter, former ACA Director 

Location: Universität Zürich, Restaurant UniTurm, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich

Conference Day November 4, 2021

8.15 - 8.45

Coffee and registrations

8.45 - 9.00

Welcome address

Olivier Tschopp, Director, Swiss National Agency Movetia, Switzerland

Ulrich Grothus, President, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Belgium

9.00 - 10.00

Panel discussion: Policy prerogatives for innovative internationalisation – how can European and national level actors foster innovation in the sector?


Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), Switzerland

Yves Flückiger, President, swissuniversities & Rector, Université de Genève, Switzerland

Piet van Hove, Vice-President, European Association for International Education (EAIE) & Director, International Relations Office, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Christian Simm, Head, International Relations Office, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Sijbolt Noorda, President Emeritus, Universiteit van Amsterdam

10.00 - 10.20

Opening Keynote

Edwin van Rest, CEO and co-founder, StudyPortals, The Netherlands

10.20 - 11.00

Health break and online networking

11.00 - 12:30

Campfire sessions: Trial and error – stepping stones for innovation in internationalisation  

Campfire 1: Getting staff on board with internationalisation – from preaching to the unconvinced to building a community of practice

Campfire 2: Internationalisation at home – from rhetoric to the living reality

Campfire 3: Infusing digital components in core internationalisation activities – from mission impossible to success

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 - 15.15

Innovative internationalisation practices, models and role-models

  • Innovation at the heart of strategic cooperation Olga Wessels, Head, ECIU Brussels Office, Belgium
  • COIL and the digital revolution – Eva Haug, Educational Advisor for Internationalisation of the Curriculum and COIL/Virtual Exchange, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Unlocking the innovative potential of staff through internationalisation – Marina Casals Sala, Director, International Relations Office, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Building the plane while flying - Jonas Brunschwig, CEO, Swissnext in India
15.15 - 15.40

Takeaways of the day

Cristina Riesen, Founder, Educreators Foundation, Board Member, Taskbase
Vincenzo Ribi, Senior Consultant, Bernet Relations

15.40 - 15.45

Closing remarks and vote of thanks

Martina Weiss, Secretary General, swissuniversities

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