Last week, Dame Glynis visited Berlin for 48 hours as part of a Universities UK (UUK) delegation of five vice-chancellors led by Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow (President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent).
The delegation met with members of the board of the German Rectors' Conference or Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK), a voluntary association of 268 state and state-recognised universities serving more than 94 per cent of all students in Germany.
Designed to identify further opportunities for the two countries to work together, the visit was influenced by the fact that, after the US, the UK and Germany are each other’s most important research collaborator.
Consideration was given to current collaborations in EU higher education and, in particular, those operating via the European University Association. There was also discussion of Open Access/Open Science in the UK and Germany, and the possibilities for developing joint approaches.
In the final session, conversations focussed on the introduction of research impact assessment in German universities and lessons which could be learned from the UK system.
Dame Glynis also visited two universities. At the Technische Universität Berlin, she met Professor Dr Angela Ittel (Vice President for International Relations and Teacher Education).
At the Humboldt University of Berlin, she talked with Professor Dr-Ing Dr Sabine Kunst (President) and Dr Ursula Hans (Director, International Office). Only two weeks into her term of office (having previously served as the Minister of Science, Research & Culture), Professor Kunst was generous in prioritising the meeting.
Both of these universities expressed a strong interest in working with the University of Bath and, in the case of Humboldt, to build on our existing collaboration on the MA Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters) programme.