HERE Study Visit: Berlin

Institutional structures for the management of
internationalisation and mobility

17-19 May 2015

Main organising/hosting institution: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN (TUB)
With the support of:
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD),
the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and
the Federal Ministry of Education And Science (BMBF)


DAY 1: SUNDAY, 17.05.2015


Ongoing                                  Participants arrive in Berlin

14:00 – 17:45                        Boat Trip through Berlin (Meeting in front of Hotel Otto 14:00)

19:00                                       Dinner at „12 Apostel“, Bleibtreustraße 49


DAY 2: MONDAY, 18.05.2015
Venue: TU Berlin, Main Building Room H 3005

09:00 – 09:45

Participants’ arrival, Registration and Coffee

09:45 – 10:15 Welcome Speeches:


Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen (President of TU Berlin),

  Ralf Rahders (Head of Unit A4, Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission (EACEA))
  Nicolas Patrici (SPHERE team)

Module A

Institutional Strategies for Internationalization in Berlin Higher Education


Chair: Eveline Skurski (International Relations, TU Berlin)
Different universities in Berlin will present and discuss their internationalisation strategies and management approaches. It will allow participants to compare the approaches and practices taken by different institutions with different missions and goals in the same region/city.

10:15 – 11:15

Prof. Martin Rennert (President, Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin)


Prof. Dr. Klaus Mühlhahn (Vice President, Freie Universität Berlin)


Prof. Dr. phil. Michael Kämper-van den Boogart (Vice President, Humboldt 

  Universität zu Berlin)


Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel (Vice President, TU Berlin)


11:15 – 12:00

Panel Discussion and group exercise with HERE


12:00 – 13:15

Light Lunch


Module B

Managing Mobility in TU Berlin: Centralised Services

13:15 – 15:15

Introduction: Institutional internationalisation strategies: Perspectives and support 


from DAAD
Dr. Simone Burkhart (Head of Strategy and Governance Division, DAAD)



Panel (short presentations and panel discussion)
Chair: Olivier Pfeiffer (TU Berlin)
Different perspectives and experiences will be given on managing mobility and internationalisation at TU Berlin: Credit mobility versus degree mobility, incoming versus outgoing students and staff, partnership programmes, support services for students and staff, data collection and articulation between different centralised services


Harald Ermel (TU Berlin - Strategic Partnerships)
Dr. Carola Beckmeier (TU Berlin - Head of International Office)
Olivier Pfeiffer (TU Berlin - Erasmus Mundus Mobility Programmes)




Student perspectives on institutional mobility management:


Björn Jeschke (outgoing student), NN (incoming)


Khaled Alzafari (TU Berlin Erasmus Mundus Avempace III Doctoral Student)



15:15 – 15:30

Coffee Break


Module C

Managing Mobility: Faculty perspectives

15:30 – 17:30 Chair: Lars Oeverdieck (Head of the office of the President,TU Berlin)


Faculty/centre approaches and strategies to mobility will be presented and discussed. Panellists will comment on how they relate to/ articulate with the centralised services for mobility and internationalisation. In addition, the topic of doctoral candidate mobility and the role of departments, faculties and doctoral schools will be discussed.


15:30 – 15:50

Dr. Forough Sodoudi (Managing Director, Berlin Mathematical School)

15:50 – 16:10

Agnes von Matuschka, (Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, TU Berlin)

16:10 – 16:30

Dr.-Ing Jean-Phillipe Lonjaret (Managing Director, Berlin International Graduate
  School of Natural Sciences and Engineering BIG NSE, TU Berlin)

16:30 – 17:30

Discussion & General Remarks


Chair: Elizabeth Colucci (Adviser, EUA)


17:30 – 18:30

Campus Tour (visit to different facilities)




Dinner at „AndaLucia“, Savignyplatz 2


DAY 3: TUESDAY, 19.05.2015
Venue: TU Berlin, Main Building Room H 3005

Module D Enhancing internationalisation and mobility through global networking and 


diverse international partnership models


Chair: Prof. Dr.-Ing Frank Straube (TU Berlin)


09:30 – 09:55

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ipekoglu (Director, Institute of Graduate Studies in Science and Engineering Turkish-German University)

09:55 – 10:20

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schäfer (TUB Campus El Gouna, Egypt)

10:20 – 10:35

Sarah Hamdy (Energy engineering master student at Campus El Gouna, TU Berlin)

10:35 – 11:00

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube (Tongji University Cooperation, China, TU Berlin)

11:00 – 11:25

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Roelcke  (China Language Strategy Approach - TU Berlin)



11:25 – 11:55

Coffee Break



11:55 – 12:55

Discussion and group exercises



12:55 – 13:45

Light Lunch



13:45 – 14:30

Transfer to the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)


Venue: Room Alexander v. Humboldt – 2.10.102



Module E

Policies and programmes for Mobility and Internationalisation in Germany



14:30 – 15:45

Frank Petrikowski (Project Officer, Department for International Exchange in Higher 

  Education, Internationalisation, BMBF)


German internationalisation strategy and target for mobility,
Germany in the European Higher Education Area: Contributions to European policy making regarding enhancing and improving mobility


15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30

The internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions in Germany and Recent




Thomas Böhm, Head of Section, Africa and Middle East, German Rectors' Conference (HRK)
Enhancing internationalization with partnership programmes for Higher Education, with focus on Erasmus+ cooperation project 
Beate Körner (Head of department "Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Partnerships and Cooperation Projects", DAAD)



17:30 – 18:15

Discussion amongst HERE regarding learning objectives of the visit animated


by SPHERE Team

18:15 – 18:25 General Conclusion and Remarks (Ralf Rahders, EACEA)




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