Dr. Andrea Kölbel

„Education and sciences require an international perspective. In an increasingly interconnected world, this is the only way in which we can understand and shape processes of transformation.”

Focus of work

  • Education & Research
  • (Social) Mobility
  • Internationalisation of higher education
  • Sustainability of research and sciences
  • Studies of international and forced migration

Curriculum vitae

As a social and economic scientist, Andrea Kölbel is specifically interested in the implications of internationalisation and enhanced levels of mobility for higher education. She holds a doctorate in human geography from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the Central European University in Budapest. As a research associate at the Freie Universität Berlin, she helped to set up international university collaborations and taught on the topics of sustainability, globalisation and forced migration. Previously, she served as an education officer for the UN refugee agency in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Since 2018 she has been working for the VDI/VDE-IT as a project manager for the Tenure-Track-Programme and as an advisor for research projects developing digital solutions for refugees and other international students interested in obtaining higher levels of education. To this end, she can build on extensive experiences in the planning, implementation and evaluation of education programmes.