EAIE Award for Vision and Leadership

Vision and leadership are fundamental in pushing the boundaries of international education. This award recognises inspiring individuals or organisations for their remarkable achievements in demonstrating and developing strategies that create new ways of thinking and opportunities in the field of international higher education. 

This award means recognition of a vision that sees education as being about values, understanding and critical thinking. It inspires us to work towards the kind of society we want.

Sjur Bergan

Council of Europe, France

EAIE Award for Vision and Leadership

Celebrating excellence

This year’s winner was honoured during the Opening Plenary at the Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition in Helsinki.

Eligibility criteria

  • The nominee has a proven record of providing vision, leadership and inspiration in international higher education to others.
  • The nominee is widely recognised as a person who has contributed to both leadership processes and results in international higher education with dedication, innovation and perseverance.
  • The nominee has been active in international higher education leadership for at least 10 years with a documented record of high professional standards which reflect one or more of the EAIE values: collaborative, inspiring, inclusive, excellence.
  • The nominator is a member of the EAIE.
  • The nominee is not required to be a member of the EAIE.  

History of the award

The Constance Meldrum Award for Vision and Leadership, now the EAIE Award for Vision and Leadership, is dedicated to its namesake who worked tirelessly at the frontlines of internationalisation. 


Constance Meldrum was a pioneer, innovator and a staunch supporter of the EAIE. Her work for the European Commission was instrumental in setting up cooperation activities in higher education between Europe and North America. She strived to create something beyond the ordinary, not accepting the status quo. Constance passed away in 2003 and her substantial bequest supported the Constance Meldrum Award for Vision and Leadership.