About the Forum

Collaboration between higher education institutions is an important part of internationalisation. Institutions are successfully using collaborative models to increase both inbound and outbound student mobility, staff mobility and international research capacity.

The Higher Education Partnership Forum enables participants from across the globe to connect with partners and learn about models of collaboration.

The Higher Education Partnership Forum provides a formal meeting platform for international higher education institutions (HEIs) seeking potential partners around the world. Using a sophisticated online scheduling system, participants can filter and vet each other’s profiles, and arrange meetings prior to the event. This ensures that partnerships are explored in a professional and effective manner.

The seminar programme has been designed to inform and inspire participants, showcasing various models and best practices for HE partnerships.

In 2017, 100 participants from 72 organisations attended the Forum. This included representatives from 55 accredited higher education institutions in 19 countries.

In 2018, the HEPF will take place in Geneva directly after the ICEF Higher Education Workshop and prior to the EAIE Conference. The cost of attendance is only €695. Click here for more information.

Below are some examples of the types of collaborations that participants are able to develop during the event:

International dual/double degree programmes: degrees collaboratively offered by two higher education institutions located in different countries. Students receive degree certificates issued from both universities.

International joint degree programmes: programmes collaboratively offered by two (or more) higher education institutions located in different countries. Students study at two or more institutions and gain one degree signed by all participating institutions.

Articulation agreements: allows undergraduate students who have completed a specified curriculum at a partner institution to apply to a university and enrol with advanced standing into a specific programme.

Course-to-Course transfers/contracts: pre-arranged recognition of the equivalency of specific courses at one institution to the corresponding course at a partner university. Includes private qualification providers.

Third-Party contracts: a university contracts with a third-party for delivery of courses. In this case the third party would be an organisation that is either not an institution of higher learning (private provider), or is an institution that is outside the home country.

Sequential degrees: students earn a specified degree at an institution and completes a second, related programme at a partner university.

Research collaboration: Collaborative research involving international partners.

Study abroad: students spend six months or a year of their degree at an overseas university and receive credits towards their degree. Tuition fees are charged by the receiving university for study abroad.

Exchange: students spend six months or a year of their degree at an overseas university and receive credits towards their degree. Exchange does not involve tuition fees as it involves students from both institutions and is one for one.

About the Forum

September 11, 2018
08:00 – 08:45
Registration, welcome refreshments
08:45 – 10:15
Seminar session I (two presentations of 45 min each)
10:15 – 10:30
Refreshment break
10:30 – 12:00
Seminar session II (two presentations of 45 min each)
12:00 – 12:30
Closing panel
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 16:00
One-to-one meetings (5 x 30 minutes)
16:00 – 16:30
Refreshment break
16:30 – 19:00
One-to-one meetings (5 x 30 minutes)
19:00 – 21:00
Networking reception


The ICEF Higher Education Partnership Forum takes place at the Crowne Plaza in Geneva, Switzerland. Conveniently located just minutes away from the Geneva International Airport, it is the perfect venue for hosting participants from around the world.

The Crowne Plaza features 24-hour fitness facilities, a restaurant and bar with local and international cuisine, and state-of-the-art business facilities to accommodate all conference needs.

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures for the ICEF Higher Education Partnership Forum 2017:

  • 100 participants representing 72 organisations from 19 countries and 5 continents
  • 74 educators representing 55 education institutions from 19 countries
  • 8 service providers representing 6 organisations from 4 countries
  • 12 guests and 6 speakers from 11 additional institutions
  • 180 pre-scheduled meetings during the afternoon

Participants by Continent

HEPF17 Statistics - participants by continents

Participants by Country

HEPF17 Statistics - by countries
Universities and colleges can arrange up to 11 one-to-one business meetings. These appointments are 30 minutes in duration and serve the dual objectives of meeting with new contacts and/or maintaining existing relationships. Meetings are pre-booked through the online meeting scheduling platform Marcom eSchedule PRO. This platform allows institutions to profile themselves in terms of location, programmes, countries of interest, and type of collaboration sought. Participants are then able to request meetings with the institutions that match their strategic goals.
  • 10 x 30 minute meeting opportunities
  • Seminar sessions
  • Coffee breaks and lunch
  • Networking reception
  • Use of eSchedule Pro meeting booking system
  • Event catalogue
To ensure that you are well prepared and make the most of your forum participation, it is important that you read the Participant Information Pack below.

Participant Information Pack

  • Participant Checklist

  • Hotel Reservation Form:

    Crowne Plaza Geneva - Reservation Form


  • Event Programme
  • Seminar Programme
  • Other Useful Documents:

  • Shipping Instructions & Delivery Label (General)
  • Shipping Instructions & Delivery Label (Bag Inserts only)
  • Getting Started Information for Marcom eSchedule PRO
  • Scheduling Meetings – Useful Hints & Tips
  • The ICEF Higher Education Partnership Forum will take place at the Crowne Plaza Geneva.

    Participants will be offered the following preferential rates:

    Crowne Plaza Geneva
    Single/double room from September 10 to 11: CHF 175

    Single/Double room from September 11 to 12: CHF 250

    The above rates are per room, per night and include service fees and VAT. An additional city tax of CHF 4 and breakfast are not included.
    A hotel booking form is available here.

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