Management researcher and adviser Dr Tim Breitbarth (Department of Sport & Physical Activity) provided the opening speech on trends in European higher education internationalisation policies, strategies and activities at a national higher education management congress in Cologne last week.
The one-day congress was attended by vice chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors (global engagement) and heads of international offices. In his 45-minutes speech, Tim covered topics such as the new competitive landscape of higher education and the role of internationalisation as a catalyst for overall reforms in a number of countries and also provided some guidance on change management.
Tim’s speech allowed subsequent discussions and other presenters to build upon, amongst which were a vice chancellor, the head of audit of the German Rectors’ Conference and the director of a higher education consultancy.
Last year, Tim was inaugurated for a 2-year term as an advisor to the German higher education sector as part of a EU-funded project of the German Ministry of Research and Education and the German Academic Exchange Service.