International Council

International Council 2012
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The International Council of Freie Universität is an external committee that acts in an advisory capacity to the university management, in particular with regard to issues relating to the university’s institutional development strategy and its implementation. The university’s development strategy was approved for special funding in both phases of a major national competition for German universities. The Council meets annually and serves as a forum for ideas and the discussion of new developments, chiefly in the areas of university management and internationalization.

The Council is composed of leading experts from twelve different countries with international experience in the fields of higher education policy and university management.

The Council’s members are as follows:

Vice President and Head of the Authority for Research and Development, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

O.Univ.Prof. at the Institute for Social Policy, former rector, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy, Stanford University

Director, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London

  • Dr. Christian Bode

Former Secretary-General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

President of Academia Europaea

Master of University College, Oxford
President of the Academy of Social Sciences

Director of the Evaluation Office, University of Zurich
Professorship for Social Psychology and Research in Higher Education, ETH Zurich

Head of the Board of Trustees, Freie Universität Berlin
Former Rector, University of Münster

Former Director for Education and Skills, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris

Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard Business School

General Secretary, China Scholarship Council Bejing

Director, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris

President, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)
Former President, Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)

Professor, University of Southern Denmark

Former Rector, United Nations University Tokyo

President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University

Former Tertiary Education Coordinator, World Bank

President Emerita of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
Senior Fellow at NORC, at the University of Chicago

Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
Former Rector, Viadrina European University at Frankfurt/Oder

Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Freie Universität Berlin, Executive Board Member of the Stiftung Charité, Berlin Senator for Science and Education (ret.)