IHES Conference 2020


Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society (IHES)

22-24 April 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

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.

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 the Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service and Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship at Brown University. Mathew sits on the editorial board for Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. He directs Brown's College and University Engagement Initiative, a space for critical research on the role of higher education institutions in addressing pressing social challenges. He co-directs the U.S. Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and its international research project and has co-convened the 2018 Brown International Advanced Research Institute on Social Entrepreneurship.

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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