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The Global Faculty Program of
the University of Cologne

The Global Faculty Program is a cornerstone of the internationalization strategy for the Key Profile Areas defined in the UoC’s Institutional Strategy. The program aims at attracting outstanding international researchers who already collaborate closely with researchers based at the UoC. It targets the Key Profile Areas, increasing their visibility and competitiveness at the international level. The program will also contribute to the internationalization of teaching especially at the post-graduate level and is steered by the Prorector for Academic Career, Diversity and International Affairs in close collaboration with the Key Profile Areas. Contracts with global faculty members are made for two years with the option of being extended.

Global faculty contribute to the scientific and academic tasks and duties of the KPAs. A minimum presence in Cologne of six weeks per contractual year is required as well as close collaboration with the regular faculty of the UoC. Professors recruited through the program will directly participate in the mentoring of doctoral candidates.

Global Faculty Members by Key Profile Areas

Aging-associated Diseases

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brandt
    Full Professor for Mitochondrial Molecular Medicine at the Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen and Adjunct Professor for Biochemistry at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Jan H.J. Hoeijmakers, PhD
    Department of Genetics, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Social and Economic Behavior

Quantum Matter and Materials

  • Dr. Daniele Fazzi
    Senior Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Bologna
  • Prof. Gary Fuller, PhD
    Professor of Astrophysics at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA), University of Manchester
  • Prof. Yuval Gefen
    Professor of Condensed Matter Physics , Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Prof. Dr. Pavlos Kollias
    Professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook Univ., SUNY; Atmospheric Scientist, Dept. Environmental Sciences, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Prof. Xiaonan Ma, PhD
    Professor of Mathematics at Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7 
  • Prof. Fulvio Parmigiani, PhD
    Professor of condensed matter at the department of physics, faculty of Science, of the Università degli Studi of Trieste
  • Prof. Dr. Angelika Wiegele
    Department of Mathematics, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Global South Studies


Skills and Structures in Language and Cognition Members

  • Prof. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
    Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory within the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE)
  • Prof. Dr. Michaela Mahlberg
    Professor of Corpus Linguistics, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Prof. Matthias Schlesewsky
    Professor of Psychology at the University of South Australia

Intelligent Methods for Earth System Sciences

  • Prof. Artur Czumaj
    Professor of Computer Science and Director of Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (DIMAP), University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Faculty of Law


Former members of the Global Faculty