The President of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen, announced that Dr. Dorothea Rüland, a well-proven expert in the internationalization of universities, will be joining the university in Dahlem. Internationalism has played a fundamental role at Freie Universität ever since it was founded almost 60 years ago. Currently, Freie Universität cooperates with over 130 universities and other educational institutions around the world, in addition to participating in about 300 exchange programs. With the appointment of Rüland, the university aims to extend and intensify these contacts.
Rüland stated that she is looking forward to her new position. "Working as the director of the Center for International Cooperation will be a direct continuation of my work at DAAD." Her responsibilities will range from the recruitment of doctoral students and visiting scholars to collaboration in new international projects.
Rüland studied German literature, history, and musicology at Universität Freiburg, where she completed her Ph.D. She taught for two years at Exeter (U.K.) and five years in Chiang Mai (Thailand). In 1991 she began to work at DAAD, heading the office in Indonesia from 1994 to 1999, when she was appointed head of the Southern Division, responsible for all DAAD activities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As of 2004, she was Deputy Secretary General. Until joining Freie Universität, she headed the division offering programs aimed at making German higher education, science, and research more attractive to international students and academics.
Additional information may be obtained from:
- Dr. Dorothea Rüland, Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universität Berlin, Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838-73940, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org