Council for international relations (AIK)


Chairwoman and Erasmus+ - Commissioner:
Prof. Dr. Viola Balz

Vice chairman:
Prof. Dr. Tim Rohrmann

Professor of the ehs:
Prof. Dr. Simone Janssen

Research fellows:
Dr. Thomas Drößler
Inge Polzer-Jaekel

Student representatives:
Clara Laude, Deputy: Anna Schwenke
Katalin Vass, Deputy: Silvie Koryntova

Advising members:

Uta Heinrich-Barth (International Office)
Irene Sperfeld (International Office)

Tasks of the AIK

The Council for international relations' key task is to develop and coordinate international work at the ehs.

The council is guided by the internationalization strategy that is set out in its development plan for international work. It aims to improve and better qualify the role of the ehs on an international level and to evaluate this by fixing respective indicators.

This internationalization strategy refers to four fields:

(1) Teaching / Mobility

(2) Research

(3) Administration / Services

(4) Institutional internationalization that goes beyond (1) and (3).


(1) International teaching and learning as well as the mobility of lecturers and students depend on the ehs' international networks and partnership relations. These should rest on three equally important pillars: a bridge between Central / Eastern European and western European institutions of higher education, a well-balanced consideration of all of the ehs' courses of studies and a regional focus on Europe with particular emphasis on the tri-border area consisting of Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland, plus selected and strictly limited extra-European partnership relations with institutions of higher education on different continents.

(2) International research as a concerted action of the Research Committee and International Contacts Committee to coordinate collaboration in organizing international research projects and raising European research funds in particular for this purpose.

(3) Internationalization of the administration staff through measures such as "non-teaching staff mobility" and increasing intercultural awareness. The broad range of support provided by the International Office, in particular through study and practical placements on an international level, the promotion of language programs, funding of stays abroad, attendance and support for foreign guests, advice on legislation relating to foreign nationals and on (international) BAföG issues, etc., underlines the service character of international work.

(4) Institutional internationalization is realized through a culture of welcome and integration for foreign students and teachers, interculturalism in the perception and activity of all ehs members, teaching in English, internationalization of courses of studies, annual European conferences, public relations work, etc.