IHES Conference 2020


Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society (IHES)

 26-27 November 2020, Prague, Czech Republic

Plenary speakers

Dr. Dorothea Rüland

Dorothea Rüland is a German science manager and Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2010. After working as a lecturer at universities in England and Thailand, she took over the management of the DAAD department for Great Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries in 1991. From 1994 to 1999 she headed the Regional Office of the DAAD in Jakarta. In 2000, she returned to the DAAD headquarters as Group Leader for Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, North Africa and the Middle East, and a year later became head of the South Program Division of the DAAD. From 2004 to 2008 Rüland was Deputy Secretary General of the DAAD and at the same time Head of the Policy Department. Before being appointed as Secretary General of the DAAD in 2010, Rüland shortly left the DAAD for her appointment as director of the Center for International Cooperation of the Free University of Berlin (2008-2010). Dorothea Rüland holds memberships in several international scientific Boards and University Councils, among them the Board of Trustees of the German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT), the Board of Governors of the German University in Cairo and the Board of Governors of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech).

Photo: @Thilo Vogel/DAAD

Kate Joyce


Kate Joyce is Director of Higher Education and Science at the British Council, based in London.  Kate is responsible for developing global strategy, managing stakeholder relationships and leading programmes to strengthen international collaboration in HE and Science across 110+ countries.  Kate has spent her career working in education and cultural relations; she led the start-up of a number of major global education programmes including Erasmus+, Newton Fund and Connecting Classrooms and has developed strategic partnerships with UK and overseas governments as well as the private sector. She has studied, lived and worked in a number of countries including Mexico, Jordan, France and Spain and is passionate about learning languages.

Łukasz Wojdyga 


Łukasz Wojdyga is the Director of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. In the years 2008–2017, he cooperated with the Warsaw University of Technology, serving as Deputy Director and later Director of the Centre for International Cooperation. He coordinated and directed international cooperation, including in particular the participation of the University in worldwide and European education and research projects, enrolment of international students and cooperation with foreign academic and business partners. In 2016, he was granted a fellowship of the United States Department of State under the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes’ project. He wrote several publications and held speeches at conferences and seminaries concerning internationalization of higher education and management of research and educational mobility of students, doctoral students and academic staff. In the beginning of 2017, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and thus Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for the establishment of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Uwe Brandenburg


Uwe Brandenburg is the Director of the Global Impact Institute and Assoc. Prof. at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

He has worked in internationalisation for more than 20 years and published widely on impact, measuring and strategy. He developed the idea of IHES and elaborated it together with Hans de Wit, Betty Leask and Elspeth Jones in two major UWN blogs in 2019. Uwe currently leads a study on IHES commissioned by the German DAAD and conducted an experimental design together with a lecturer from Swansea University on teaching the public on terrorism and media.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismid Md Said


In 2009, Dr. Mohd Ismid was appointed as Regional Manager (Japan) at the Office of International Affairs, and later as Director of International Students from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, he was appointed as the Director of Global Strategy and Engagement at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM International). In July 2019, Dr. Mohd Ismid was further appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International). As Pro-Vice-Chancellor in-charge of international matters and also as a member of the University’s Executive Team, his main responsibility is to provide leadership in achieving UTM’s strategic goals in regard to internationalisation and for the continuing strategic development of international activities and engagement on behalf of the university.

Prof. Emerita Elspeth Jones


Prof. Emerita Elspeth Jones is editor of the book series, Internationalization in Higher Education (Routledge) and an internationally recognised thought leader, author and researcher in the internationalisation of HE. Her specialisms include e.g. outcomes from international mobility, internationalisation of the curriculum at home and abroad, global citizenship and intercultural competence development. During her time at Leeds Beckett University, the university sent students on physiology interventions to Nepal. Elspeth is also a co-author of the UWN blogs on IHES and the IHES study for the DAAD and a senior expert at the Global Impact Institute.

Mathew Johnson, Ph.D. 

Mathew Johnson, Ph.D. is a Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Johnson leads the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification which includes the existing U.S. Classification, the International Carnegie Community Engagement Classification project and the Carnegie Leadership Classification project.  Mathew sits on the editorial board for Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. He is the Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service and Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship at Brown University, host of the Classification. Johnson specializes in strategic change for public purpose in higher education institutions.

Dr.  Uwe Muuss

Dr.  Uwe Muuss is Director of the International Office at the Georg-August University in Göttingen (GAUG). He has worked in internationalisation for more than 20 years. His office established the Welcome Centre for scientists at the GAUG as well other research organisation in Göttingen in 2008 which already supported more than 2,500 individuals. Uwe then also spear-headed the development of a Welcome Centre for higher level workforce for enterprises and companies in the region of Lower Saxonia which since 2018 supported 65 individuals and 25 companies.

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