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11/12/2014

InHoPe council discusses first results of survey in Berlin

The project team has presented to the project council the first results of the survey of non-academic university staff on the topic of internationalisation. InHoPe is an explorative research project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The study, which will run for three years, investigates the contribution non-academic staff can make and makes to the internationalisation of HEIs. The first survey round was conducted by CHE Consult in the autumn with a high level of participation among the target group. More than 5,000 people and 70 HEIs have replied.

"We are very happy that so many people responded," said project manager Uwe Brandenburg. "It provides us with a very good basis for illustrating the current situation and first analyses." The project team presented the initial results to the project’s academic council today and discussed them with its experts. The council’s members are Dr. Gabriele Althoff, head of the international DAAD Academy, Prof. Fr. Daniela Gröschke, junior professor for Intercultural staff and organisation development, Dr. Ursula Hans, head of the International Office at HU Berlin, Marijke Wahlers, head of the international department of the German Rector's Conference, and Heike Wieland, division manager for staff development at TU Berlin.

For the meeting, the correlations or differences between HEI characteristics and activities at staff level were analysed using the various data (and attitudes) collected in the survey. "Our methodological approach is special because we create correlations between facts, characteristics and data," said Mr Brandenburg. The project team encountered significant differences, e.g. large universities responded differently to smaller universities and other smaller HEIs. "We aim to explain these features and describe their impact as the investigation continues," he said.

The initial findings also show that members of staff who participated in internationalisation measures such as language courses, intercultural training sessions or exchanges are more attached to their respective HEI. The particular field of activity also has an impact on the extent to which staff are attached to their HEI: members of staff from the International Office or admissions department, for example, are significantly more attached to their HEI than those from areas that have little to do with internationalisation.

The InHoPe project will run more than three years. The next phase of the project will be dedicated to analysing the first survey round. The results will be integrated into an online panel where they can be discussed with interested representatives from the target group. Interested parties can register for the panel at www.inhope-studie.de. Two more survey rounds are planned for 2015 and 2016.

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