IHES Virtual Conference 2020


Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society (IHES)

 26-27 November 2020

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Keynote speaker

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.

Dr. Grazyna Zebrowska


Dr. Grazyna Zebrowska has been appointed for a position of  Director General of NAWA on May 8, 2020. In the years 2019 -2020 she was working as a Director of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Within 2003 and 2019 Dr. Zebrowska was the Senior Advisor for science, technology, and higher education at the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC. She was responsible for initiating and facilitating cooperation between Polish and US researchers and academic institutions. Additionally, she was engaged in promoting Polish higher education institutions and research bodies in the United States. Dr. Zebrowska is a physicist by profession.

She obtained a PhD with scientific applications of physical sciences in the field of medicine at University of Rennes 1 in France and the University of Gdansk.

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.

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Prof. Emerita Elspeth Jones


Professor Elspeth Jones is founding editor of the Routledge book series, Internationalization in Higher Education, and an internationally recognised thought leader, author and researcher in the internationalisation of HE. Under her leadership as International Dean at Leeds Beckett University, until 2011, many IHES initiatives were undertaken, in particular across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Elspeth has published widely and is co-author of two UWN blogs on IHES, and the IHES study for DAAD. Former clients include universities in six continents, and organisations such as the European Commission, European Parliament, International Association of Universities, and German Rectors’ Conference. Elspeth is Honorary Visiting Fellow, at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation in Milan, a senior expert at the Global Impact Institute, and former Chair of the EAIE Expert Community on Internationalisation at Home.

Prof. Dr. Hans de Wit


Hans de Wit is professor and Director of the 'Center for International Higher Education' (CIHE) at Boston College, USA. Before, he was Director of the 'Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation' (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and Professor of Internationalization of Higher Education at the Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. He was Vice-President for International Affairs of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1996-2003.


He is a Senior Fellow of the International Association of Universities (IAU), and chair of the Board of Directors of World Education Services in New York/Toronto. He is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), founding Editor of the 'Journal of Studies in International Education' (SAGE), consulting Editor of the  journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education, Associate Editor of International higher Education, and co-editor book series ' Global Perspectives in Higher Education, Sense Publishers.


He publishes a blog in University World News, www.universityworldnews.com.  He has (co)written books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education, for organisations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IAU, and the European Parliament. 

Prof. Dr. Betty Leask, EdD


Dr Betty Leask, EdD, is professor emerita in the internationalization of higher education at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Research Fellow at the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education. Betty's research interests are focused on the internationalisation of higher education curriculum, teaching and learning at home and abroad as a driver of change and innovation. Betty developed the first research-based framework for internationalization of the curriculum in 2010. The framework is used by universities across the world to inform their approach to internationalization of the curriculum, campus and community. Betty is also Chief Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education, the leading journal in the field and a senior expert at the Global Impact Institute. Her contributions to the field of international higher education have been recognized by a number of awards including the 2016 EAIE Tony Adams Award for Excellence in Research andthe 2017 IEAA Excellence Award for Distinguished Contribution to International Education.




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