The International Network of Universities is delighted to announce it’s new President for 2021-2023, Prof. Julia von Blumenthal.

Julia held an inaugural meeting with the Council on 22nd April and shared her views on sustainable internationalisation, the important of multilingualism and the expansion of the network to create a global balance of members.

Julia von Blumenthal is president of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), an international university at the German-Polish border with a strong focus on the EU and the European continent. Before she joined Viadrina in October 2018, she was professor of political science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From 2016 to 2018 she served as dean of the largest faculty of Humboldt-Universität, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Julia von Blumenthal received her degree in political science, international law and Russian literature from Hamburg University and her doctoral degree in political science from the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg. Between 2007 and 2009 she was teaching at the universities in Giessen and Lüneburg. As political scientist, she worked on theories of governance, neoinstitutionalism and German politics. She has written articles, published books and co-edited volumes on federalism, parliaments and governing in Germany. In her latest research project she studied the inclusion of refugees in German institutions of higher education.

The presidency of INU rotates amongst its members institutions every two years, and the coordination of the International Network of Universities is based at Kingston University in the UK.

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