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Institutional Structure

A clearly defined understanding of internationalization, shared by the university as a whole, is fundamental to the internationalization strategy and its dynamic and successful implementation. Our internationalization strategy is the result of intensive university-wide discussions in which all six faculties committed to general internationalization concepts, as well as each taking on strategies tailored to their specific case.

The necessary institutional structures as well as a system of incentives, funding programs and fiscal measures are all part of a catalogue of measures for the implementation of this strategy paper. These will be continually reviewed, developed and monitored by the German Rectors’ Conference (“HRK”) with the Audit "Internationalization of Universities".

The faculties will also define their own internationalization concepts, to be implemented in respective Centers for International Relations.


Professor Dr Joybrato Mukherjee

The Rector's Representative for International Affairs
Professor Dr Michaela Pelican, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Division ‘International Affairs’
The Division ‘International Affairs’, with Dr Susanne Peuschoff as Acting Director, strengthens the internationalisation of the University of Cologne. It provides a range of services to students, scientists and professors. Furthermore it develops and fosters the international relations of the University of Cologne. 

Welcome Centre
The Welcome Centre offers advice and support for international researchers and their hosts in the institutes and departments of the University of Cologne.

Centres for International Relations (ZIB)
The Centres for International Relations conduct and cordinate multifarious international projects regarding teaching and research on faculty level.

Communications and Marketing (Division 8)
The Division Communications and Marketing coordinates international public relations. They also develop and carry out marketing measures established in the University's institutional strategy for excellence.

Regional Offices of UoC
The University of Cologne operates regional offices for central world regions: Brasislia, Egypt, China, Ghana, India, Japan, and North America. They carry out administrative and representative tasks.


Regional Offices
German Centers for Research and Innovation (DWIH)