Session 08.11

The EAIE Debate: Academics are the only drivers for internationalisation

This session will bring together international educators, both experts and scholars to discuss – and to argue on – whether academics are the sole drivers for internationalisation in higher education – or not. The audience will have a chance to share their thoughts on the topic, to pose questions to the panelists, and to cast their vote on the most convincing team at the end. The session promises to be an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining debate that will explore the different perspectives on the role of academics and other players in internationalisation in higher education.


  • Leadership, strategy and policy


  • Esko Koponen, 
    University of Helsinki, Finland


  • Simone Hackett, 
    The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Tiina Piipponen, 
    Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Louise Staunton, 
    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Christopher Ziguras, 
    University of Melbourne, Australia