With its audits, the project “HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation” supports German higher education institutions (HEIs) to develop or amend their institutional internationalisation strategy. It provides advice in expanding from basic motives to specific goals and in developing individual tools to reach their goals. The audit is an independent and systematic analysis of internationalisation processes and gives specific recommendations in four dimensions of activity (Planning & Steering, Study & Teaching, Research & Technology Transfer, and Advice & Support).
The Audit’s main focus lies on assessing and analysing the university’s internationality (i.e. its current situation and the status quo of its internationalisation measures) and developing recommendations for the development of the amendment of an institutional internationalisation strategy on this basis.
Small universities have the possibility to participate in the Audit kompakt or the Audit-Strategiewerkstatt. Those instruments are condensed versions of the Audit, tailored to the needs and resources of smaller universities.
The Re-Audit supports universities which have already completed the Audit process in their transition from developing their strategy to actively implementing their internationalisation goals. The main aims of the Re-Audit are to devise a medium-term implementation plan, to monitor the implementation process, and to provide a final assessment of its success.
With four different instruments (Themenwerkstatt, Prozesswerkstatt, Runder Tisch and Peer-to-Peer) the project HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation target the implementation of internationalisation strategies and measures. They offer needs-oriented advice and assistance to German HEIs in exploring a specific topic in depth or in analysing and improving processes and procedures regarding various aspects of internationalisation. With their specialized knowledge and experience, national and international experts purposefully support the institutional advisory service.
In a Themenwerkstatt, individual internationalisation topics are analysed and deepened while a Prozesswerkstatt focuses on the analysis and improvement of processes of internationalisation. The instrument „Runder Tisch“ offers the possibility to discuss activities and solutions to questions of internationalisation which are regionally relevant with other local actors. HEI staff participating in the format „Peer-to-Peer“ benefit from a systematic exchange on a special topic with a peer group.
In addition to the practice-oriented support to German HEIs, the project HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation pools and documents the knowledge and findings acquired in the course of the implementation of the various instruments. Identified strengths and weaknesses of the German higher education system and determined needs for action are communicated to the professional public and relevant stakeholders. Both networking conferences and specialist events as well as publications and manuals make the compiled know-how available and usable to all German HEIs.