Erkner Encounter #6: Prof Chen, Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut)

Xiangming Chen, Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology at Trinity College in Hartford (Connecticut), was a guest at Erkner where he gave an IRS seminar on 22nd October 2019. After a seminar on some of his current work on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its impacts on the geographies of logistics and Read more about Erkner Encounter #6: Prof Chen, Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut)[…]

Transnational Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates and the Culture of Availability

While doing research on the phenomenon of offshore university campuses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of my interview partners in Dubai compared its broad selection of foreign universities to the city’s multi-cuisine restaurant scene. By this, he was invoking a common narrative. The UAE are often advertised as a place providing access to Read more about Transnational Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates and the Culture of Availability[…]

TRANSEDU at German Congress for Geography (DKG) 2019 in Kiel

We are excited to attend the upcoming DKG 2019 that will be hosted from 25 to 30 September in the northern German city of Kiel. Jana Kleibert co-organised two sessions to which Tim Rottleb and Alice Bobée will contribute with own presentations. The first session will bring together researchers investigating stakeholders and their logics in Read more about TRANSEDU at German Congress for Geography (DKG) 2019 in Kiel[…]

Travelling Architectures, Signs and Symbols of British Campuses Abroad

The value of an overseas degree is not just based on its curriculum and contents – its symbolic value needs to be established through associations, signs and symbols. Often these invoke the relations to the origin of sending institutions’ campuses and cities. This may involve the transfer of architectural, material elements and even the construction Read more about Travelling Architectures, Signs and Symbols of British Campuses Abroad[…]

Erkner Encounter #5: Dr. Elke Beyer, TU Berlin

On 5 September Dr. Elke Beyer from the Technical University of Berlin joined the TRANSEDU-Team for an Erkner Encounter. Erkner and the IRS are not a novel place for Elke, who has previously worked at the institute from 2013-2014. Elke is currently a senior researcher in the DFG-funded project Transnational Production Spaces at the Habitat Read more about Erkner Encounter #5: Dr. Elke Beyer, TU Berlin[…]

Conducting research on French offshore campuses while “gilet jaunes” stage protests

As part of my doctoral project on the development of French offshore campuses I conduct interviews with decision-makers in higher education institutions or in public bodies in charge of developing France’s transnational education. During a field work from mid-April to mid-May 2019 I not only delved into the cosmos of France’s higher education, its actors, Read more about Conducting research on French offshore campuses while “gilet jaunes” stage protests[…]

Marc Schulze completed field trip to Malaysia and Singapore

Marc Schulze has completed a first phase of field work in Malaysia and Singapore. He conducted research in different locations across the Peninsula and Singapore, e.g. in Johor and the Klang Valley. Apart from collecting data for his dissertation, he also met with leading experts of Higher Education Research and Economic Geography in South East Read more about Marc Schulze completed field trip to Malaysia and Singapore[…]

Erkner Encounter #4: Marvin Erfurth, WWU Münster

Amidst the latest European heatwave that also hit Brandenburg, we welcomed Marvin Erfurth on 27 June 2019, whom we had invited over from the city of Münster for our 4th Erkner Encounter. Marvin is a Research Associate at the Institute of Education of the University of Münster (WWU Münster) in Germany where he is about Read more about Erkner Encounter #4: Marvin Erfurth, WWU Münster[…]

Jana Kleibert giving seminar at Malaysia campus of Monash University

Following the invitation of Dr Koh Sin Yee, Jana Kleibert gave a talk at the Malaysia campus of Monash University on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. The presentation “Reconfiguring the United Kingdom’s transnational education geographies after Brexit: Branch campuses as flexible technology” focused on the construction of international branch campuses as a critical case study through Read more about Jana Kleibert giving seminar at Malaysia campus of Monash University[…]

Encounter #3: PD Dr. Nadine Scharfenort, Freie Universität Berlin

On the afternoon of 14 December we were happy to welcome Dr. Nadine Scharfenort at our office in Erkner. As the holidays were approaching we were having gingerbread and coffee which created the perfect Christmas mood. Nonetheless we had another very fruitful discussion during this Erkner Encounter. Nadine Scharfenort, currently visiting professor for “Globalisation, Transformation, Read more about Encounter #3: PD Dr. Nadine Scharfenort, Freie Universität Berlin[…]