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University of Basel

Higher Education and Research - HEAR Global


This program invites advanced master's students, doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers of all fields to learn about trends in Global Higher Education and Research and to broaden the skills set for future career paths in the international academic arena.
By joining the HEAR Global courses, participants receive also access to a larger network of peers and HEAR Global alumni across the globe.
This course program is open to graduate students and researchers from all Swiss universities and EUCOR - The European Campus.

About the program

The HEAR Global 2017 closed on Friday 23rd of June  with a conference on the question about Higher Education as a Public Good. Dr Mary Sue Coleman, President of the Association of American Universities, provided the keynote address. The conference was graciously hosted by the Swiss Embassy in Washington Dr Simon Marti, Science Counselor, welcoming guests and conference participants. For the eighth time in a row HEAR Global participants shared insights of common work with a select audience from Embassies, Higher Education Institutions and Funding Agencies.

Application procedure

Registration for HEAR Global 2018 will open on 31st January 2018. Interested students and researchers are invited to follow the GRACE link.

HEAR Global courses are open to advanced master's students, PhD candidates and Postdoctoral researchers of all Swiss universities, independently of their academic fields. They also open to EUCOR - The European Campus universities. Courses are offered in the framework of the University of Basel's Graduate Center Tranferable Skills Courses. Program participation allows for earning credit points.

Dates to pencil into the agenda for 2018: Thursday 15 February, Wednesday 14 March and Wednesday 25 April 2018. Professor Karen De Pauw, Vice-President of Virginia Tech and Dean of VT's Graduate School, will talk about the US Higher Education and Research (HEAR) Landscape (15 February). PD Dr Christian Imdorf from the University of Berne and affiliated to the University of Basel will introduce to and provide an overview of the respective landscape in Switzerland (14 March). Professor Jay Rowell, Research Director CNRS at at the University of Strasbourg, will provide insights to the French HEAR landscape.

Take a look at the program announcement and consider applying. Enquiries can be sent to Erich Thaler.

HEAR Global Alumni Network

HEAR Global hosts an ever growing network of forward looking individuals engaging in global academic networks and partnerships. This network provides a framework for continuous reflection and academic support for younger colleagues and those eager to learn and connect with the academic labour market.

The final conference in 2017 organized at the Swiss Embassy in Washington and together with the US partner Virginia Tech hosted the presentation of a survey done among HEAR Global alumns and executed by the program's academic lead person in Switzerland, PD Dr Christian Imdorf. It showed the impact of transferable skills onto pathways for academic career development.

HEAR Global Input Seminars

The HEAR Global input seminars are courses open to advanced master's students, PHD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from all Swiss and from EUCOR - The European Campus Universities. These courses introduce to current topics of Global Higher Education as well as to career skills sets needed for the US, Switzerland and France. Interested students register with the Graduate Center of Uni Basel. The three seminars prepare participants for the (voluntary) attendance of a Global Forum on Higher Education organized in Riva San Vitale (Ticino) at the premises of US partner Virginia Tech.

GPP - HEAR Global manuals

Jointly published by the University of Basel and Virginia Tech, the GPP - HEAR Global manuals and blogs reflect experiences of exchange and mutual learning with both Swiss and US participants. They all address needs and challenges set by an ever changing Global Higher Education landscape.

  • Global Perspectives 2016: EU Modernization Agenda
  • Global Perspectives 2015: Global and Local Accountability of Higher Education    
  • Global Perspectives 2014: The Future of Higher Education - Preparing for Change
  • Global Perspectives 2013: Comparative views of the Swiss and US Higher Education systems with a focus on the evolving roles of universities and their connections with society
  • Global Perspectives 2012: Comparative views of the Swiss and US higher education systems with the central theme of access to & within higher education
  • Global Perspectives 2011: Comparative views of the Swiss and US Higher Education systems with a focus on doctoral education and global research
  • Global Perspectives 2010: Comparative views of academic leadership, governance, research and teaching in Swiss and US Higher Education
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