HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation

HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation

An international approach and a global perspective are essential for the quality of teaching and research at German universities. Therefore, a comprehensive, strategic, quality-oriented internationalisation ensures that Germany universities and the country’s higher education system as a whole remain competitive.

However, the internationalisation of a university can only be successful as long as it is regarded as a comprehensive development and is supported by all members of the institution. The project HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation aims to support German universities in creating the necessary conditions for successful internationalisation. On the one hand, this requires adjustments on the structural level. The international approach must be at the core of all activities and must be transferred into all areas of academic life. On the other hand, it is crucial that an institution’s internationalisation strategy is based on a shared vision. Also, putting this strategy into practice should be a common effort that as many university members as possible partake in. This is the starting point for the various advisory formats offered by HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation.

Information on how to participate in the new formats will be made available in the second quarter of 2017. The project, which will run until 2020, is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Aims of the Project

The primary aim of the project is to provide advice to individual universities on developing and refining their institutional strategies. Moreover, HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation offers to support universities working on selected topics of internationalisation in greater depth as well as in all phases of implementing concrete measures of internationalisation. Depending on the university’s individual needs, different processes, aspects, and topics will be focussed upon and will be firmly anchored within the institution.

Furthermore, the project helps to identify and disseminate examples of good practice, promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience, and encourages networking and cooperation within the higher education system as a whole.

The dissemination and networking activities are based on findings yielded by an intensive analysis of the individual advisory formats and processes. This includes, amongst other things, compiling information on the strengths and weaknesses of the German higher education system, as well as recording further demands for advice and new topic areas. In this way, HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation continues to effectively contribute to strengthening Germany as a hub of higher education and science.

Thematic Clusters

In order to firmly establish internationalisation within a university, an intensive dialogue among all relevant actors is encouraged, which takes into account all the core processes of the university’s activities. HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation focusses on the following thematic clusters:

  • Internationalisation mainstreaming
  • International visibility
  • International campus and culture of welcome
  • Internationalisation and capacity building
  • International classroom and cultural diversity of the student body
  • Internationalisation and digitisation
  • Internationalisation of research and young academics
  • Internationality and cultural diversity of university staff
  • International mobility of students, teachers and administrative staff
  • The role of local and regional networking in internationalisation
Service Portfolio


Individual institutional measures for strategic internationalisation
(financed by the participating university)

The well-established advisory formats of the HRK-Audit “Internationalisation of Universities” will continue to be offered, with the universities paying the costs for participation themselves. In addition, the Audit range is now complemented by the new format of the Audit strategy workshop (Audit-Strategiewerkstatt). The formats Audit, Audit kompakt, and Audit-Strategiewerkstatt systematically support the participating universities in reviewing and strategically advancing their institutional internationalisation. The Re-Audit offers universities that have already completed the Audit a structured three-year monitoring of the implementation process.

Quality-oriented process development and in-depth focus on selected topics of internationalisation

The HRK offers various advisory formats to its member institutions, in which selected topics can be worked on in depth and processes can be analysed and improved. Moreover, Round Tables provide a forum for the discussion of a chosen topic amongst all relevant actors from the respective town or local area.
Just like the Audit formats, these individual advisory tools are conducted with renowned national and international experts who contribute their specific knowledge and experience.

Dissemination: know-how for quality-oriented internationalisation of the German higher education system

In addition to the advisory services provided for selected universities, a further objective of HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation is to collect and analyse the findings from the individual formats in order to make them accessible and usable for all higher education institutions in Germany. This aim is achieved through conferences, networking events and expert symposia. Moreover, publications and handbooks will reveal examples of good practice and by this, support all universities in the quality-oriented planning and implementation of their internationalisation process.


Stephan Keuck
Head of Project
HRK-EXPERTISE Internationalisation
Tel. +49 228887-120