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Innovation through internationalisation
How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education

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 hybrid conference focuses on two main themes: internationalisation and innovation. It will identify ways in which internationalisation - through mobility, but also other international activity forms - can boost institutional innovation, and it will explore the role of international partnerships and collaborative projects in advancing institutional innovation agendas.

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.

This hybrid event will take place in Zürich and online on 4 November 2021. Registration is now open! Secure your spot today; participation is limited. Registration will close on the 27th of October.

Follow our campaign: #EducationInnovation_2021 for event updates, speaker insights and to join the online conversation on our social media channels.


Explore the conference theme and get inspired by listening to insights from our distinguished conference speakers and contributors:

Martina Weiss, Secretary General of swissuniversities

Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

Olga Wessels, Head of Brussels' Office at ECIU

Piet Van Hove, EAIE Vice-President, Director of International Relations, University of Antwerp

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

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




4 November 2021
Academic Cooperation Association

Zürich, Switzerland

Kosmos, Lagerstrasse 104
8004 Zürich ZH


Academic Cooperation Association

  • Academic Cooperation Association

    The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) is a federation of national organisations from Europe and beyond, which all fund and encourage the internationalisation of their higher education systems. Acting as an advocate of internationalisation world-wide, ACA offers these actors a European multilateral platform for cooperation, the development of long-lasting partnerships, and innovation in higher education. ACA stands for many things, but above all, it is an expert centre, producing studies and evaluations, organising international seminars and conferences, and providing information on new developments in European and global higher education.

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Movetia (Swiss National Agency for Exchange and Mobility)

  • Movetia (Swiss National Agency for Exchange and Mobility)

    Movetia is the national agency for the promotion of exchanges and mobility in the education system. Be it within Switzerland, with other European countries or elsewhere in the world, Movetia encourages and supports exchange, mobility and cooperation activities in the different sectors of education, ranging from primary school through adult education to university level, as well as promoting extracurricular activities.

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  • swissuniversities

    The umbrella organisation of the Swiss universities, swissuniversities is the common voice of the Swiss universities and promotes cooperation and coordination between the universities and the various types of universities.

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Participation fee:
  • Participants from non-ACA member countries: 225 Euro
  • Participants from ACA Member countries:  195 Euro 
  • Participants from Switzerland: Your fee has been compensated by the Swiss national Agency Movetia and swissuniversities. Please let us know before 27 October if you cannot attend in-person*.

    We would like to draw your attention to the fact that according to Swiss regulations, a COVID certificate is required in order to be able to attend this event in person. You will be asked to show your COVID certificate together with an official document of identification when you arrive at the venue. The certificate is shown via a personalized QR code, provided after a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. Additional information on the COVID situation in Switzerland, can be found here.

If you need more information please contact ACA Secretariat. Thank you!

All cancellations must be sent in writing to the ACA Secretariat.


Cancellation fees:
Cancellation until 20 October 2021 (including): no fee.
Cancellation from 21 until 27 October 2021 (including) : 50% of the seminar fee.
Cancellation after 27 October 2021: 100% of the seminar fee.
The seminar participation is transferable to another person. Please inform the ACA Secretariat in this case.

Participants who register and do not attend the seminar will be charged the full fee.

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