Paramount internationalization goals
Over the course of the audit Internationalisation of Universities 2010/11 carried out by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and the re-audit 2015–18, nine major internationalization goals were determined. These goals have been or are in the process of being achieved through numerous central and faculty-based individual measures. These major goals comprise:
- consolidating central controlling, e.g., through establishing international affairs as a comprehensive task and encouraging applications for programs funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD);
- increasing the number of international staff with a particular focus on academic searches;
- internationalizing studies and teaching by boosting the mobility of students, teaching and administrative staff: Internationalisation@Home;
- internationalizing research and technology transfer (continuing the successful EU-Strategy);
- internationalizing support (better advising for prospective international students; implementation of a support network, including comprehensive Buddy Programs, #UHHhilft, etc);
- establishing a network of university cooperations (concept for strategic partnerships, e.g., the trilateral partnership with Macquarie University, Australia, and Fudan University, China);
- improving data management (developing new business processes for collecting data relevant to internationalization);
- enhancing internal communication (especially the information flow between the various organizational levels);
- making internationalization more visible and improving external communication (i.e., establishing an information network, participating in conventions, new cross media appearances).
The University understands internationalization as a cross-sectional task—taking into account all status groups ranging from teaching staff, researchers, and students to administrative and technical staff as well as visiting staff. Succesful internationalization forms the roof undergirded by the three pillars of the University: research, teaching, educating and forming—a foundation enabling us to distinguish ourselves and make a mark across the world.
The first phase of the audit focused on strenthening the internal structures for developing our strategy. Already, we have realized more than 100 individual measures, which we can now pursue and further enhance as part of our daily routine. The second phase—the re-audit (2015–18)—focused on internationalization in the faculties to avoid turning internationalization into a structure with no substance and foster a lively culture of internationality on all levels of the University.