Encounter #1: Alexander Raev, Universität Tübingen

For our event of the series “Erkner Encounters”, Alexander joined us on 13 September 2018 to discuss transnational higher education (TNE) and the findings from his PhD research at the University of Tübingen in the Graduate Programme on “International comparative research on education and eduation politics in the welfare state”.

Photo: Tim Rottleb
Photo: Tim Rottleb

He presented interesting insights into the German government’s decision-making processes regarding transnationalising higher education. We debated the differences between the strong role of German national state actors in this field, for example in establishing binational universities, and more market-driven Anglo-American approaches to TNE and international branch campus development. Where do French IBC policies fit here? What important themes have not been addressed in relation to the IBC phenomena? How reliable are existing sources of data? And how to connect to past colonial education policies? And to contemporary issues  around (student) migration? Interesting interdisciplinary discussions that we will have to continue in the future.

For some more information on Alexander’s work, here are two of his most recent publications:

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