First HERE study visit organised in Berlin

The  Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) study visit on “Institutional structures for the management of internationalisation and mobility” was organized by the SPHERE team in close cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin from 17 to 19 May 2015.

The aim of the seminar was to offer HEREs an opportunity to learn and discuss about institutional strategies and structures for internationalisation and mobility  from universities in Berlin, with a special focus on TU Berlin. Participants were encouraged to discuss and explore different types of mobility and internationalisation approaches  that universities are managing  and better understand how they may be connected strategically and operationally. Presentations were also made on the German national framework for higher education internationalisation and related support funding and programmes.  Around 30 participants from 17 EU Partner Countries attended the event. 


Seminar documents



Module A: Institutional strategies for internationalisation in Berlin Higher Education

Internationalizing TUB: Creating opportunities for all members of our University, Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, Vice President for International Relations and Teacher Education,TU Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin - International Network University, Prof. Dr. Klaus Mühlhahn, Vice President, Freie Universität Berlin


Module B: Managing Mobility in TU Berlin: Centralised services

Institutional internationalisation strategies: Perspectives and support from the DAAD, Dr. Simone Burkhart, Head of Division “Strategic Planning”, DAAD

Strategic Partnerships of Berlin University of Technology, Harald Ermel, Director Foreign Relations Office, TU Berlin


Studying in Jordan, Björn Jeschke, Student, TU Berlin

Studying Abroad, TU Berlin Erasmus Mundus AVEMPACE III, Khaled Alzafari, Erasmus Mundus Avempace III Doctoral Student, TU Berlin 


Module C: Managing Moblity: Faculty Perspective

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

Berlin – International Startup Hub, Agnes von Matuschka, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, TU Berlin

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


Module D: Enhancing internationalisation and mobility through global networking and diverse international partnership modules, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube, TU Berlin

Turkish-German University, International Partnership in Higher Education, Experiences and Best Practices, Assist. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ipekoglu

Know The TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, Prof. Rudolf Schäfer, TU Berlin

Experience at the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, Sarah Hamdy, master student at Campus El Gouna, TU Berlin

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


Module E: Policies and programmes for Mobility and Internatinalisation in Germany

German internationalisation strategy  and Germany in the European Higher Education Area: Frank Petrikowski, Project Officer, Department for International Exchange in Higher Education, Internationalisation, BMBF

The German Higher Education  System and the Internationalisation of Universities, 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