EAIE Helsinki 2019: Encompassing all voices in a city full of contrasts

EAIE Helsinki 2019: Encompassing all voices in a city full of contrasts Helsinki 2019

Helsinki is a vibrant city defined by contrasts. It is welcoming and bright in the summer and dark and resilient in the winter. It is modern and cosmopolitan yet steeped in rich tradition, but above all else it is a city committed to inclusivity and innovation in education. This makes it the perfect host for the 2019 EAIE Conference and Exhibition.

This year’s extensive programme, much like this year’s conference theme, strives to encompass all voices. The mix of practical workshops, inspiring keynotes and thought-provoking sessions are guaranteed to bring new ideas to the conversations around international education.

Taking a cue from Finland’s love for nature, we have partnered with Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, to create a greener conference in line with we set out in our social responsibility statement earlier this year. Messukeskus was ready to rise to the challenge and thanks to our joint efforts to make EAIE Helsinki 2019 sustainable, they will receive a new ISO certification and set the standards for sustainable and socially responsible events in the future. You will be able to do your part too, keep an eye out for tips on how to make a difference.

Four days of conference highlights

Choosing highlights from our jam-packed programme is not an easy task, but we have tried anyway.

Tuesday 24 September: Make your pre-conference day count by attending one of the 17 workshops. Find out why Finland’s education system is considered an innovative leader during the Introduction to higher education in Finland session, get a head start on networking during the Campus experience tours, or join a special newcomers session to get settled in for a productive conference week. In the afternoon, celebrate the official start of the conference at the Opening Reception.

Wednesday 25 September: Keynote speaker and founder of the Good Country Index, Simon Anholt shares his plan to make the world work better at the Opening Plenary. The EAIE Exhibition officially opens its doors and the EAIE Expert Communities will present the latest in their fields during their Feature sessions. Speed networking in the morning is not to be missed as it will expand your connections and acquaint you with potential new partners.

Thursday 26 September: With more than 150 session in the week, Thursday is the perfect day to dive into some of the hottest topics in international higher education, such as sustainability, ethics and much-needed life skills. Join the much-anticipated EAIE Debate on the Macron initiative that proposes a European Universities network, before unleashing your inner dancing queen or king at the EAIE Eurovision Tanssi in the evening. You can even sing for your country with EAIE karaoke.

Friday 27 September: Closing Plenary keynote speaker and advocate of inclusive education, Aminata Cairo takes the stage to share some best practices and challenges of embracing inclusion and diversity in higher education. Toast to a successful conference week at the Closing Luncheon and get a glimpse of what’s to come at EAIE 2020.

Register now

The complete conference programme, detailing all of the above and so much more, is online. Secure your spot by 26 June to take advantage of the early-bird fee. And don’t forget to book your hotel as soon as you can to avoid missing out. Register today!

We can’t do it without you

This year’s conference wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of our partners in Finland:  Universities Finland (Unifi), Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and The Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene). Thank you for bringing EAIE 2019 to Finland and for being at the forefront of an inclusive education system that is considered the best in the world.