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

September 30 - October 6, 2019 / December 9 - 11, 2019

Program Description

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” will take place from September 30 through October 6, 2019 in Boston and New York and from December 9 to 11, 2019 in Berlin (full program days). It is organized in cooperation with the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Hochschulforum Digitalisierung and the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York, and is part of the official “Year of German-American Friendship.”

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

Key topics for the seminar include 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)

All German participants will convene in Boston before they meet their American counterparts in New York City. In December both Germans and Americans will reconvene for three days in Berlin. The seminar will be conducted in English.

Grant Benefits

The award covers the costs of the seminar in the U.S. and Germany, including hotel accommodation (single rooms with breakfast), excursions, group meals and health insurance during the seminar. Participants are kindly asked to cover their own travel to Boston/New York and Berlin.


The application is open to the following groups:

  • German university presidents, vice-presidents and chancellors as well as relevant senior management staff such as chief information and/or technology officers,
  • American university presidents, deans and provosts as well as relevant senior management staff such as chief information and/or technology officers,
  • Higher education senior experts at federal/state ministries and research institutions.


  • German or American citizenship and a valid passport are prerequisites; applicants with dual (German-American) citizenship are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants must be full-time employees of their respective institutions
  • Applicants are required to attend the entire program

Application Procedure & Deadlines

The application deadline for the Educational Experts Seminar in 2019 has passed. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Applicants will be notified of the selection results by the beginning of May 2019.


German-American Fulbright Commission
Special Programs
Lützowufer 26 | 10787 Berlin
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