The Internationalization of a German University: English Language Master's Programs, the State, and the New Nationalism
Global Education Colloquium
December 16, 2014
Roger Geertz Gonzalez, Ph.D., Drexel University
This preliminary study identifies why the University of Hamburg in Germany has developed English taught Master’s programs via a case study that includes interviews, collection of documents, and observations. Since 2011, Germany has increased its Master's programs taught in English by 11%. Some of these programs include: business, economics, physics, and engineering. The University of Hamburg, founded in 1919, is a large, urban public university with 44,800 students. It currently offers 18 English Master's programs and 10 combined English/German Master's programs. In 2011, it was awarded an internationalization certificate by the German Rectors' Conference, a voluntary group consisting of state and state-related universities. The goal of this preliminary research is to determine: if the states of Hamburg and Germany incentivize the increase in English taught Master's programs, how do faculty, staff and students perceive this programs taught in English as opposed to German, and what are the goals for these programs in light of internationalization efforts on campus
About the Speaker
Roger Geertz Gonzalez is an Associate Clinical Professor of Higher Education at Drexel University. His research focuses on: college student civic engagement, comparative higher education access, and college student ethnic identity. The areas of his focus include: Europe, Latin America, North America, Japan, and Oceania. The specific research methods he incorporates are: ethnography, historical, phenomenology, case study, and political science.