Leuphana strengthens internationalization with an International Center

2024-02-02 Lueneburg. Leuphana University Lüneburg takes steps to reorganize a diverse range of services and expertise in the field of internationalization. The new International Center unites the previous International Office and the university's own Language Center. We value increasing internationality as an enrichment of our university culture and seek to ensure that the international dimension is considered and taken into account at all decision-making levels," explains Dr. Sarah Wilewski, who has taken on the task of setting up and managing the International Center at Leuphana in summer 2023.

The new center tackles a range of topics in well-networked teams. The team “Coming to Leuphana” supports students, academics and future technical and administrative staff in preparing and implementing longer or shorter stays at Leuphana. The team “Going abroad” informs and advises students, doctoral candidates, academics and technical and administrative staff on planning and carrying out stays abroad. They also manages contractual matters with international partner universities. The team "Language and Culture" is responsible for and organizes the central language learning offer for Leuphana students. The team also offer advice on how to assess levels of language proficiency and coordinate a variety of peer learning and self-study formats.

An additional team for strategic developments and increased partnership management is currently being set up: Regional competence profiles will create an important resource for initiating more multilateral international consortium projects in the long term, further expanding strategic partnerships and intensifying existing collaborations.

"The formation of the International Center is a landmark decision," says Prof. Dr. Jörg Philipp Terhechte, the Vice President for Professional School, Internationalisation and Fund Raising. "Internationalization is a university field of action that is developing very dynamically in the context of global conditions - as a university, we are working on creating structures and networks to help shape this dimension proactively and with commitment."