EAIE Award for Outstanding Contribution

The EAIE is a community of dedicated and inspiring colleagues who deserve recognition. 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.

2022 winner

I am delighted and humbled to receive this award. The increase in mental health issues during and post the pandemic has highlighted the great need for those of us working in Higher Education to use our skillset and professional knowledge to increase awareness across the sector and identify training needs.

Stephanie Griffiths

Intercultural consultancy, UK

This year’s winner, Stephanie Griffiths joined the Steering group of the Guidance and Counselling Expert Community in September 2016 and has served as its Chair since 2020. In this role within the EAIE, as well as in her various professional roles within her institution of King’s College London and in the wider professional field of counselling and mental health, Stephanie strives to support international education by ensuring that the students and staff within our institutions can thrive. During the pandemic, Stephanie provided input to a wide array of EAIE events on student well-being and mental health, and through her contributions to webinars, sessions and training she has provided much-needed support in this very important area. She has raised our awareness of new strategies for fostering well-being at our institutions and has provided insights and tips to help us move forward.

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

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 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. In addition, 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 to international education.