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Past conferences

Each year the conference takes place in a different city, and you can find details about all of the past EAIE conferences here.

To date, there have been 26 EAIE conferences, steadily expanding over the years to reach thousands of higher education professionals. The last conference in 2014 in Prague drew over 5000 participants from more than 90 countries around the world. Thanks to each participant who has made the EAIE conferences a success.

  • 20th Annual Conference: Antwerp 2008

    Time: 10-13 September 2008
    Location: Antwerp, Belgium
    Theme: Re-designing the map of European higher education

    Celebrating 20 years of the EAIE, the 20th EAIE Annual Conference in historic Antwerp focused on the past, present and future of internationalisation. The conference was hosted by the University of Antwerp, and keynote speakers included Bart Weetjens, Director of the Belgian social enterprise APOPO and Christine Van den Wyngaert, a criminal law expert and judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The EAIE anniversary was celebrated in style with fireworks.

  • 19th Annual Conference: Trondheim 2007

    Time: 12-15 September 2007
    Location: Trondheim, Norway
    Theme: Reaching for new shores

    Linking with Norway’s strong maritime tradition, the conference theme ‘Reaching new shores – opportunities and trends in the internationalisation of European higher education’ was also most fitting for the tides of change in the world of higher education occurring at the time. The keynote speakers included Professor Geert Hofstede, one of the most influential experts in the field of comparative intercultural research and Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health who co-founded Médicins Sans Frontières in Sweden.

  • 18th Annual Conference: Basel 2006

    Time: 13-16 September 2006
    Location: Basel, Switzerland
    Theme: Quality in internationalisation, from theory to practice

    The University of Basel hosted the 18th Annual EAIE Conference and the main conference venue was the Congress Center Basel. The keynote speaker at the Opening Plenary, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé S.A, spoke about ‘Quality beyond operational excellence’. Stating that, "the globalisation of markets is not only touching companies, but also increasingly educational institutions and personnel recruitment," he proposed the first requirement in a globalised world is the need for qualification levels "to be transparent from the outside and comparable across the world."

  • 17th Annual Conference: Krak√≥w 2005

    Time: 14-17 September 2005
    Location: Kraków, Poland
    Theme: Internationalising higher education: a priority for the enlarged Europe

    The 17th Annual EAIE Conference attracted 2032 participants from all over the world to the charming Polish city of Kraków. The conference was hosted by Jagiellonian University and the main conference venue was the newly opened Auditorium Maximum. The keynote speaker was Professor Bronislaw Geremek. A former foreign minister of Poland and key intellectual adviser to the Solidarity trade union, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto, and one of the world’s most eminent scholars of medieval European history, Prof Geremek stressed the importance of education for the integration of Europe in his keynote speach.

  • 16th Annual Conference: Torino 2004

    Time: 16-18 September 2004
    Location: Torino, Italy

    The beautiful baroque city of Torino, Italy, hosted the EAIE’s 16th Annual Conference, which attracted more than 1900 higher education professionals from all over the world. The conference featured addresses from the following distinguished speakers:

    • Andrea Pininfarina, Vice-President of Confindustria
    • Professor Rinaldo Bertolino, Rector of the Università degli Studi di Torino
    • Professor Carlo Ugo Alberto Naldi, Vice-Rector for International Relations at the Politecnico di Torino
    • Jeroen Torenbeek, EAIE President 2003–2004

    Sunny Italy made participants feel very welcome and they praised the conference for the diversity and quality of the information, the many networking opportunities and the beautiful venue.

  • 15th Annual Conference: Vienna 2003

    Time: 11-14 September
    Location: Vienna, Austria

    Austria's lively capital, Vienna, the convenient midpoint of western and eastern Europe, was a perfect location to hold the EAIE's 15th Annual Conference. The host of the conference, the University of Vienna, is one of the oldest universities in the world and is an institution which several Nobel Prize Laureates attended. The keynote speaker, actor, director, producer and scriptwriter, Sir Peter Ustinov, engagingly expressed his support for life-long learning during the Opening Plenary and praised the benefits of multiculturalism. Other speakers at the ceremony included Georg Winckler (the Rector of the University of Vienna), Jeroen Torenbeek (former EAIE president), Paul Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs, representing the Mayor of Vienna) and Barbara Weitgruber, representing the Austrian Minister for Education, Science and Culture.

  • 14th Annual Conference: Porto 2002

    Time: 11-14 September 2002
    Location: Porto, Portugal

    The historic and culturally significant city of Porto was the perfect location to hold the 14th Annual EAIE Conference 2002. The Keynote Plenary was held in a beautiful old marketplace named Mercado Ferreira Borges and included speeches by:

    • His Royal Highness Carlos-Hugo de Borbón Parma
    • Professor Doutor Veiga Simão (Minister of Education 1970-1974, Minister of Industry and Energy 1983-1985 and Minister of National Defence 1997-1999) 
    • Belmiro de Azevedo, President of SONAE SGPS, SA. 
  • 13th Annual Conference: Tampere 2001

    Time: 5-8 December 2001
    Location: Tampere, Finland
    Theme: International education - realising the human potential

    The 13th Annual EAIE Conference took place in the southern Finnish city of Tampere. Tapio Varis, professor and chair of media culture and communication education at the University of Tampere, discussed the following trends with the Keynote Plenary: transnationalisation of education, public-private partnerships, technology-enabled learning and what will happen to traditional universities. He also talked about the effects of the 11 September attacks on the free exchange of students in the upcoming years and the risks that are present in higher education.  

  • 12th Annual Conference: Leipzig 2000

    Time: 30 November - 2 December 2000
    Location: Leipzig, Germany
    Theme: Re-forming higher education: the international way

    ‘Re-forming higher education: the international way' was an fitting motto for the 12th Annual EAIE Conference in Leipzig. The Mayor of Leipzig, Wolfgang Tiefensee, warmly welcomed participants to the beautiful city and the Rector of Leipzig University, Dr Volker Bigl, officially opened the conference. There was also a keynote speech by Prof Dr Hans Joachim Meyer. Discussions surrounding the Bologna declaration formed a large part of the conference sessions. 

  • 11th Annual Conference: Maastricht 1999

    Time: 2-4 December 1999
    Location: Maastricht, the Netherlands
    Theme: Good neighbours and faraway friends: Regional dimensions of international education

    The city of Maastricht is located right at the heart of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine and extends over three countries (Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands) presenting an excellent example of cross-border cooperation. Maastricht is also the city where the summit conference of the European Council was held in December 1991, which resulted in 'Treaty of Maastricht' and the Euro. Guy Haug, Delegate-at-large of the Association of European Universities (CRE), gave the keynote speech at the conference.

  • 10th Annual Conference: Stockholm 1998

    Time: 22-24 November 1998
    Location: Stockholm, Sweden
    Theme: International education: Interactions with the wilder community

    Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the EAIE held its Annual Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Co Berggren, chairman of the Federation of Swedish Industries, gave the keynote speech at the Opening Plenary. He talked about the challenge of available knowledge saying, "the most important factor for competition will be efficiently making use of available knowledge and that learning should be looked upon as an ever-ongoing part of working life". Willebrord Sluyters, European Commission DG XXII, gave a keynote speech about the future of European education programmes. He talked about opening up, continuity, and transparency for higher education institutions. 

  • 9th Annual Conference: Barcelona 1997

    Time: 20-22 November 1997
    Location: Barcelona, Spain
    Theme: Boundaries and bridges in international education

    The 9th Annual EAIE Conference was organised back-to-back with the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The two conferences chose a single theme: 'Boundaries and bridges in international education' and even held joint sessions and dinners. Prof Josep Bricall, president of CRE, gave the first keynote address. Prof Nabeel Haidar, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the Lebanese American University, gave the second keynote address.

  • 8th Annual Conference: Budapest 1996

    Time: 5-7 December 1996
    Location: Budapest, Hungary
    Theme: On equal terms: New partners in international education

    Budapest, the romantic Hungarian capital situated on the banks of the Danube, was an elegant host for the 8th Annual EAIE Conference. The Opening Plenary was held in the Budapest Convention Centre. The rector of the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Prof Rudolf Andorka, formally opened the conference, and the Hungarian Minister of Culture and Education, Balint Magyar, gave an interesting account of current developments in Hungarian higher education. Lesley Wilson, director of UNESCO's European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES) in Bucharest, Romania, gave the keynote speech at the Opening Plenary. She examined the theme 'On equal terms: new partners in international education', carefully outlining her vision of cooperation on equal terms and the pre-conditions for successful partnerships. 

  • 7th Annual Conference: Milano 1995

    Time: 29-31 October 1995
    Location: Milano, Italy
    Theme: The cultures of education

    The Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore provided a wonderful venue for the 7th Annual EAIE conference, in the prosperous and bustling city of Milano. The conference began spectacularly with a concert in La Scala on Saturday evening. Prof Adriano Bausola's speech at the Opening Plenary warned that "universities must not give in to the temptation to prudently withdraw, waiting for others to produce new ideas and restore clarity and certainty. What is required of them is to educate, that is to reconstitute society; this is why society's first problem is to educate young people and adults." 

  • 6th Annual Conference: London 1994

    Time: 24-26 November 1994
    Location: London, United Kingdom
    Theme: Quality in International Education

    The 6th Annual EAIE Conference was located in beautiful London and it was fantastic to see countries who have never been represented at past conferences such as Mozambique, Brazil, and South Korea. The Opening Plenary was opened by the Rt Hon Tim Boswell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Further and Higher Education. Sir Kenneth Berill introduced the conference's quality debate with a keynote address on 'The threat to quality' and outlined the pressures bearing down on higher education. The Churchill Auditorium in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre was the venue for the Closing Plenary, which was addressed by Giancarlo Spinelli, Pro-rector for International Relations of the Politecnico di Milano.

  • 5th Annual Conference: The Hague 1993

    Time: 2-4 December 1993
    Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
    Theme: Europe and beyond... 

    The theme of 'Europe and Beyond' was spoken of in various depths by many of the speakers at the 5th Annual Conference. Willem Deetman, Chairman of the Dutch Parliament and of Nuffic, spoke during the Opening Plenary of the need to guard against a 'Fortress Europe' mentality and instead to build up cooperation with developing countries. Ismail Serageldin, Vice President for Environmentally Sustainable Development at the World Bank, talked a lot about the European Idea and the need for European universities to help fight against the increasing gaps that are occurring in terms of technology and knowledge. Colin Power, Assistant Director for Education at UNESCO, also spoke of this. This conference provided a significant step forward in focusing on what are commonly referred to as North-South issues - issues dealing with the discrepancies between the developing world and the developed world. During this conference, a meeting was organised to establish a provisional Special Interest Group on North-South cooperation within the EAIE.
  • 4th Annual Conference: Berlin 1992

    Time: 5-7 November 1992
    Location: Berlin, Germany
    Theme: The Atlantic link

    ‘The Atlantic Link’ was the special theme of this conference, which concentrated on cooperation and exchange in higher education across the Atlantic. This theme was given particular focus by holding the 4th Annual EAIE Conference back-to-back with the Annual Conference of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Manfredt Erhardt, Senator für Wissenschaft und Forschung gave a welcoming speech at the Opening Plenary, where he spoke of Berlin as a model for the process of growing together throughout Germany. All speakers addressing the plenary session stressed the role of education in overcoming divisive attitudes.

  • 3rd Annual Conference: Montpellier (La Grande Motte) 1991

    Time: 5-7 December 1991
    Location: Montpellier (La Grande Motte), France
    Theme: International education in Europe

    International Education in Europe was the theme for the 3rd Annual EAIE Conference, and in his keynote speech Peter Scott of the Times Higher Education Supplement noticed the following trends which could affect international education: expansion, efficiency, diversity, Europe and the enlightenment. He pleaded for Europe not to look inwards at this time of both promise and problems, but to involve countries outside Europe. He asserted that the massification of higher education should be seen and implemented in global terms and student mobility should be at the core of higher education systems. 

  • 2nd Annual Conference: Amsterdam 1990

    Time: 6-8 December 1990
    Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    Theme: The new Europe

    "Almost everybody around seems to be quite excited about what is going on in Eastern and Central Europe." When Janusz Grzelak, deputy minister of Education in Poland, proclaimed this in his keynote speech, he not only gave a good description of the mood prevailing in Europe in 1990 but also that at the second EAIE Conference which took place again in Amsterdam. The theme of this conference, The New Europe, referred to the educational cooperation between East and West which was becoming more and interlinked, especially during that transition period for Eastern and Central Europe from central planning to a free market economy. The 1990 Conference also saw the founding of the Professional Sections, emphasising the professional character of the EAIE.

  • 1st Annual Conference: Amsterdam 1989

    Time: 7-9 December 1989
    Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    Theme: International relations of European higher education

    "It was the right imitative at the right time and in the right way – an association of colleagues and friends, non-profit, democratic, open, something to which everybody could contribute." This is the way one of the founding members explained the successful launch of the European Association for International Education in 1989. Besides the formal founding of the EAIE during the Business Meeting, an extensive conference programme addressing the theme 'International Relations of European Higher Education' was attended with great enthusiasm by close to 600 people from all over Europe and the world in Amsterdam.

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