Jun 21, 2016

In Memoriam Dr. Rolf Hoffmann

Dank des Vorstandes / Acknowledgement of the Board

Der Vorstand der Fulbright-Kommission bedankt sich sehr herzlich für die vielen Beileidsbekundungen und tröstenden Worte zum Tod von Dr. Rolf Hoffmann. Diesem Dank schließt sich auch seine Familie an.
Die große Anteilnahme hat gezeigt, wie viel Anerkennung und Vertrauen Herrn Dr. Hoffmann aus dem transatlantischen Freundeskreis entgegengebracht wird und welche Wertschätzung sein Wirken in der deutschen und amerikanischen Wissenschaftsgemeinde erfährt. Die vielfältigen Zeichen der Verbundenheit waren auch für das Kollegium der Fulbright-Kommission sehr tröstlich.

The board of the Fulbright Commission expresses its thanks for the many condolences and words of comfort on the death of Dr. Rolf Hoffmann. The family of Dr. Hoffmann joins in this expression of of gratitude.
The deep sympathy shown attests to how much recognition and trust Dr. Hoffmann enjoyed among his transatlantic associates and demonstrates the great appreciation of his contributions to the German and American academic communities. The many signs of closeness were also very consoling to the staff of the Fulbright Commission.

Dr. Rolf Hoffmann

Dr. Rolf Hoffmann (1953 - 2016)

Our esteemed Executive Director, Dr. Rolf Hoffmann, passed away on April 21, 2016 in Berlin.

With enormous expertise and foresight Dr. Hoffmann managed the German-American Fulbright Program for more than 12 years and inspired it with important new initiatives and ideas. It is thanks to his extraordinary engagement that the German-American Fulbright exchange programs are held in high regard worldwide.

Dr. Hoffmann earned a Ph.D. in zoology and behavioral sciences at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and Duke University, USA. After teaching for two years at the Technical University of Karlsruhe (KIT), he joined the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, where he became the deputy director of the Feodor-Lynen Program. From 1991 until 2004, Dr. Hoffmann worked for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn. He first served as DAAD´s head of the Northern Hemisphere programs and later became the director of DAAD´s U.S. office in New York where he formed and managed DAAD´s strategies for the internationalization of German universities. Back in Germany, he directed DAAD´s world-wide initiative for promoting German higher education excellence, and he co-founded and directed GATE Germany, a university consortium of the DAAD and the German Rectors´ Conference for international higher education marketing.

In 2004 Dr. Hoffmann was appointed executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Berlin and helmed its academic exchange programs between the U.S. and Germany. It is due to his ingenuity and his innovative vigor that in times of changing university systems and evolving international education markets, the German-American Fulbright exchange programs continue to enjoy great prestige and an excellent reputation. Dr. Hoffmann was deeply committed to the German-American friendship and the balance of interests between the two governments. An imaginative architect of the German-American Fulbright program, he initiated new transatlantic Fulbright collaborations and new scholarship formats and for this enjoyed great appreciation and respect on both sides of the Atlantic. His expert advice and his dynamic creativity will be sorely missed both in the German-American Fulbright Commission and in the greater transatlantic academic community. We will remember him with high esteem and gratitude.

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