President's Award

This award is given by the EAIE President to a person, institution or project of his or her choice, independent of the regular nomination procedure of the Awards Panel. The recipient is recognised for remarkable work and dedication to international higher education. 

2023 winner

It is an honour to receive this award. It recognises the exceptional commitment and outstanding achievements of the entire EAIE Office team over the years, in supporting the Association’s ambitions and growth.

Leonard Engel

European Association for International Education, Netherlands

This year, EAIE President Piet Van Hove has recognised Leonard Engel, Executive Director of the EAIE for this award. 

Leonard joined the EAIE in 2010 and in this time has steered the Association through substantial growth and change. During his time at the helm, he has guided the Association to new levels of professionalisation which has seen the EAIE Office staff triple in size. 

At the same time, the EAIE Conference has grown into the must-attend international education event in Europe and beyond, while the Association has solidified its reputation as a go-to source for training and resources for international education professionals within Europe.   

During the uncertainty of the pandemic, Leonard with the support of the Board, steadied the ship, guiding the EAIE toward innovative avenues of support and a shared sense of community for professionals within the comfort of their homes.  

The EAIE is extremely thankful for Leonard’s leadership and guidance over the years. EAIE President Piet Van Hove has chosen to honour Leonard with this award for his service and commitment, to not just the EAIE but to the wider international education community.