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Zürich, Switzerland, 4 November 2021

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


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 Zürich, 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.










Charlotte Van Velthoven 


Charlotte Van Velthoven (1987) is the founder of Charly Speaks. She worked in Brussels for nearly 8 years and built up expertise in European/EU science, research, education and innovation topics. Since June 2018, she lives in the Netherlands and continues to work for Charly Speaks and remains out of personal interest, up to date on all the latest developments in Brussels politics and European education, research and innovation policymaking. This has proven to be very useful for the conferences she moderates to be aware of the latest developments and information. By coincidence, she started moderating high level events in June 2016 and found out that she loved doing it. After successful delivery of many events, she then decided to set up my own business in 2017. Charlotte is a Dutch national, fluent in English and German. Her style of moderating can best be described as informal, relaxed, and witty. It is her aim to bring across complex material in an understandable way. Making the speakers, panel members and audience feel at ease is what she always strives for.

Sebastien Hug

Sebastien Hug is the CEO of swissnex India and the Consul General of the Swiss Consulate in Bangalore since November 2017. In his new role, Sebastien heads a dynamic and dedicated team with the mission to connect the dots between Switzerland and India in Education, Research and Innovation, and to ensure a strong presence of Switzerland in Southern India. From 2013 to 2017, he was the Scientific Advisor at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation in charge of coordinating the global swissnex Network. Prior to that, he worked in the United States as a Project Leader for Higher Education and Partnerships at swissnex Boston (2011 – 2013) and in Canada as Science Counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa (2007 – 2011). He studied History, Political Economy and Public Management at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France). He is married and a proud father of two daughters.

Jonas Brunschwig

Jonas Brunschwig is the Head of Academic Relations at swissnex Boston, where he connects Switzerland’s higher education ecosystem to the Boston Area and the East Coast with the aim to provide Swiss universities with strategic insights relevant to the future of higher education, and foster collaborations and connections in education, research, innovation, and the arts around programs and projects that advance knowledge in diverse fields and address pressing societal issues.
Jonas is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned a Master in City Planning specializing in innovation ecology with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to swissnex he held positions at MIT in fundraising, at the Boston Global Forum in international affairs, and at Uncharted Play (now Uncharted Power) in social entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor degree in international affairs from Suffolk University and he spent three years at Lincoln University College in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prior to moving to Argentina he started his studies at the University of Zurich.

Eva Haug

Eva Haug is Coordinator Internationalisation & COIL and senior lecturer of Intercultural Competence at the Faculty of Business and Economics in the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She’s also Member of the EAIE Expert Community Internationalisation at Home, and the coordinator of the COIL Working Group in the Erasmus+ South African/European project iKUDU.
As coordinator, she’s specialised in internationalising the curriculum. As COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) coordinator, she provides entire cohorts the possibility of experiencing international teamwork by pairing Amsterdam students with students from around the globe. She’s presented about COIL at conferences around the world, as well as the EAIE Conference, and is regularly invited by universities to train staff in intercultural and online collaboration.

Piet Van Hove

Piet Van Hove is Vice President-elect of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), 2020-2022. Since 2005, he is Director of the International Relations Office of the University of Antwerp, where he previously studied Law. He is the former chairman of Flanders Knowledge Area, and also a non-executive board member of, training rats to detect landmines and diseases in vulnerable societies. He has been active in internationalisation since 1995 and today manages a team of 18 staff members, dealing with university wide policy formulation and execution in the area of mobility, international cooperation and networking.

Marina Casals Sala

Marina’s international experience has taken her to work at Tampere University in Finland and Al Akhawayn University (Morocco). In 2005, she moved to Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), where she is Director of International Relations, heading both the strategic and the managerial part of international relations. She has served in the leadership of the EAIE in various positions from 2007 to 2018 and as member of the Management Board of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation from 2016 to 2020 ( She is an EAIE Trainer and presents at several conferences internationally (EAIE, NAFSA, APAIE, AIEA, ACA, DAAD, CampusFrance among others). She was the creator and coordinator of the “SUCTI Project” (, an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project, which was awarded the EAIE President’s Award in 2019 and a Good Practice mention by the EC.
She has been also recognised with the EAIE Rising Star Award in 2009 and the SGroup IMPACT Award in 2016.