Participants and Organizers of the Educational Experts Seminar in New York City - Photo credit: Till Rückwart

Educational Experts Seminar 2019: “The Impact of Digitalization on the Future of Higher Education” in Boston, New York & Berlin

Through its Educational Experts Seminars, Fulbright Germany provides an opportunity for US and German university leaders and representatives of ministries to gain insight into the geographic and institutional diversity of the American and German higher education landscapes, their governance structures and managements – on both sides of the Atlantic.

This year’s seminar on “The Impact of Digitalization on the Future of Higher Education” took place from September 30 through October 6, 2019 in Boston and New York and continued from December 9 to 11, 2019 in Berlin. It was organized in cooperation with the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Hochschulforum Digitalisierung and the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York, and was part of the official “Year of German-American Friendship.”

Using a wide variety of interactive formats, 25 German and American senior leaders from universities and higher education ministries discussed the impact of digitalization on the acquisition of key competencies and how the digital turn will affect higher education institutions.

Solution Design Sprint at the Hasso Plattner Institute New York

Key topics for the seminar included the analysis and discussion of the following:

  • Emerging Technologies and their Impact on Education
  • Smart Curriculum and Learning
  • Research in the Digital Age
  • Institutional Strategies & Change Management in the Digital Age

Please find more information on the program here.

Program parts:

  • September 30 to October 2, 2019 (only German participants in Boston)
  • October 3 to October 6, 2019 (German and US participants in New York)
  • December 9 to December 11, 2019 (German and US participants in Berlin)
German Participants of the Educational Experts Seminar at the MIT Media Lab - Photo credit: Till Rückwart

All German participants convened in Boston before they met their American counterparts in New York City. In December both Germans and Americans reconvened for three days in Berlin.

You can follow the seminar on Twitter #EdExperts and find interviews with selected speakers of the seminar on YouTube. Participant Prof. Dr. Susanne Staude of University of Applied Sciences Ruhr West kept a learning diary of the journey and shares her insights in these blog posts: Part 1 - Boston & New York, Part 2 - Berlin

The seminar was conducted in English.


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