Dr. Martin Bickl
One Day (09:00 a.m. - 04:30 p.m.)
Special Module
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Marriott Hotel Zamalek, Palace Building, Verdi Meeting Room
Target Group: 

(Pro-)vice chancellors and other university leaders, international relations managers, providers of services to international students or scholars, and other staff interested in systematic approaches to internationalization


There are different ways to organise a university’s international relations and international student/scholar services. Many universities have made the choice of establishing an International Office, but the structure and tasks vary widely, depending on the university’s general organisational structure and its aims in the field of international activity. This module identifies the strategic choices to be made in organising international activity (aims, target groups, resources), examines the many possible structures an international office could have, and takes stock of the services it could offer. Case studies from various countries, including Germany, Canada, and Italy, will be used to illustrate the wide spectrum of solutions available and to encourage participants to develop tailor-made solutions for their own university.

Learning Outcome: 

On completion of the module, participants will be able to

  • Understand the conceptual choices associated with establishing an international office
  • Identify target groups and their needs for services

Evaluate the options available and develop a solution appropriate for their own circumstances as a person and as an institution

Organizational Remarks: 

This module is interactive and participants will be invited to contribute case studies from their own working life or institutions.

Trainer's Profile: 

Dr. Martin Bickl is a trainer, coach and speaker with a background in international non-profit relations, higher education management, and economic development. He holds a PhD from Durham University and has worked in the Australian, British and German education sector. Dr. Bickl is a certified intercultural trainer and is currently studying towards Cambridge University’s Diploma in Coaching. He serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships and International Marketing at Goethe University Frankfurt and as President of the German Association for International Exchange (DAIA).

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