EAIE Award for Outstanding Contribution

The EAIE is a community of dedicated and inspiring colleagues who deserve to be recognised. This award acknowledges individuals who have made a significant or notable contribution to the Association’s work in recent years. It is aimed at all EAIE members who contribute their valuable time and expertise to the Association and the European international higher education community at large. The award can be given to up to four members. 

Eligibility criteria

  • The nominee is a member of the EAIE.
  • The nominee has made a significant contribution to the Association’s work as for example:
    • a mentor
    • a speaker
    • an author 
    • a rising leader
    • a trainer
    • a contributor to research
    • a bridge builder between Europe and other regions and players in the field
    • and/or other volunteer roles

Rewarding your contribution

The EAIE is grateful to receive many valuable contributions all year round. We want to reward them and offer a platform to showcase their stories. Each winner of the EAIE Award for Outstanding Contribution will be featured on EAIE platforms online, in printed materials, and during a showcase of winners at the Opening Plenary of the Annual EAIE Conference in Barcelona.

History of the award

This award honours two exceptional individuals, Jim Frey and Tony Adams. Both were pioneers in championing the benefits of international education and contributed immensely to the Association's work.


Jim Frey is an admired researcher and trainer within the field of international education. He founded Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. in 1980, a non-profit that evaluates international educational credentials to ensure qualifications are fairly recognised across borders. Jim received the first annual EAIE President’s Award in 2008 for his years of service as a leader, advocate, advisor, colleague and friend. Jim supported the Transatlantic Leadership Award with a substantial endowment. The award was dedicated to his pioneering work nurturing transatlantic relations between higher education institutions in Europe and North America.


A valued member of our international community, Tony Adams was a policy innovator, an inspiring leader and a mentor to many in international higher education. His work on implementing international programmes and developing partnerships between higher education institutions worldwide was far-reaching and opened up the world to many students. His work as co-editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education has had an enduring impact. Tony was a regular trainer and presenter at EAIE conferences over a number of years. Tony passed away in 2011, and the Tony Adams Award for Excellence in Research commemorated his passion and dedication for international education.