International collaboration in science and higher education acquired a new value during the COVID-19 pandemic. While travel restrictions impacted global partnerships, new avenues have been opened to maintain the flow and exchange of ideas. This session will explore meaningful international partnerships in science and higher education from around the world, either in bilateral, regional or multinational formats. Which contexts facilitate scientific international collaboration? How can researchers be agents of impact bridging countries together, through science, technology and education? We will learn from models that have been successful before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing concrete and feasible examples to be replicated.