International Education Leadership (IEL)


Developing Global Institutional Profiles Through Strategic International Cooperation

Friday, June 2
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
LACC, Room 501

Higher education institutions worldwide strive to achieve comprehensive internationalization and enhance their global institutional profile. In this session, participants explore the role that strategic partnerships can play in these efforts. Learn about regionally motivated and research-based approaches to strategic cooperation and discuss the opportunities they provide.

Learning Objectives:

Karin Norton

Senior Desk Officer Internationalization of Study and Teaching
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service

Karin Norton is currently working in “Internationalization of Study and Teaching” at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn. In this position she is in charge of a funding program called, “Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks”. Karin is a frequent presenter on topics of internationalization on relevant topics at seminars as well as conferences such as NAFSA and APAIE. After receiving her M.A. in German Philology, with minors in Culture Communication Management and Psychology from Muenster University in 2009, she began working for DAAD. Earlier in her career with DAAD she had responsibility for the international program “Study Visits” and was involved in “Marketing for Research in Germany”.


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Arnim Heinemann

Director International Office
University of Bayreuth

2001 - PhD Middle Eastern Studies - Martin-Luther-University, Halle/Wittenberg, Germany

Professional Experience:
2001 – 2004 Managing Director of “Playground Production” (Agency for Intercultural and Academic Management and Event Marketing);
2004 – 2008 Diplomatic Service as Research Fellow and Academic Manager for the "Max Weber Foundation" in the Eastern Mediterranean (German Orient-Institute Beirut/Lebanon and Istanbul/Turkey);
2008 – 2009 Managing Director of the “Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies” at the Free University of Berlin;
Since 2009 Director of the Department for International Affairs (International Office) at the University of Bayreuth;

2014 Executive Committee Member of the SGroup - European Universities' Network
2015 Member of the DAAD-Advisory Board on Funding Programs
2016 Member of C 33


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Stefan Lauterbach

Head International Relations

After studying German Linguistics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich University, Germany) Stefan Lauterbach was sent as a visiting professor both to Argentina (1991-1996) and Mexico (1999-2004) in the framework of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). An important part of his activities consisted in promoting the international academic exchange between Latin Amerca and Germany. Back in Germany he was appointed head of the international office at Saarland University where he was engaged in the management of the international relations of the University, including the development of a conecptual framework for internationalization. During this time (2004 -2012) he participated in several EU projects dealing with internationalization of higher education institutions worldwide. Since 2012 he is head of the international office of the renown Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich University). One of his important tasks here consits in the administration of the the strategic partnerships of the university. Within this framework he developed the concept of the "China Academic Network" which is now one of the best practice examples in developing a global institutional profile through strategic international cooperation at Ludwg-Maximilains-University.


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Richard (Dick) A. Strugnell

Pro Vice-Chancellor
University of Melbourne

Dick Strugnell has broad experience in the development of multi- and bilateral research partnerships, especially those involving the exchange of PhD candidates under joint degree arrangements. Within the University of Melbourne he has portfolio responsibility for the Organization's International Research Strategy and for Research Training. The Research Training portfolio includes 5000 graduate researchers enrolled in PhDs and research Masters.

The University of Melbourne recognizes the importance of international collaboration and the University's research community is highly networked with communities around the world. In recent years, the focus has been on building links with high quality institutions in China, India, Brazil, Chile and Germany.

He has attended Global Summits on Graduate Education facilitated by the US Council of Graduate Schools, and is an executive member of the Australian Council of Graduate Research.

When not engaged in international research strategy or graduate research matters, Dick runs a successful laboratory in the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, a multi-stakeholder, technically advanced facility dedicated to research and in infection and immunity.


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