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The International Faculty Program of
the University of Cologne

The International Faculty Program is a cornerstone of the internationalization strategy for the four 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 international faculty members are made for two years with the option of being extended.

International 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.

Members of the International Faculty

KPA I: 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
  • Prof. Tamas L. Horvath, PhD
    Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Research and Chair, Yale University

KPA II: Behavioral Economic Engineering and Social Cognition

KPA III: Quantum Matter and Materials

  • Kamran Behnia, PhD
    Senior researcher at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris
  • 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

KPA IV: Socio-economic, Cultural and Political Transformations in the Gobal South

CA III: Quantitative modelling of complex systems

  • Prof. Pavlos Kollias, PhD 
    Professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, of Stony Brook University – State University of New York 
    Atmospheric Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton NY


Former members of the International Faculty

  • Prof. Peter Cramton. PhD
    Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, University of Cologne (since mid-2018)
  • Prof. Ofelia García, PhD
    Professor in the Ph.D. programs of Urban Education and of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Prof. Jacob K. Goeree, PhD
    Distinguished Research Professor at the University Technology Sydney
    Economics Discipline Group 
  • Prof. Robert J. Gordon, PhD
    Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, The University of Vermont
  • Prof. Alex Kamenev, PhD
    Professor at the Physics Department and a member of Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Prof. Bernard Kippelen, Ph.D.
    Co-President of the Institut Lafayette, Director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
    Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Mirta Zaida Lobato, PhD
    Professor of History, University of Buenos Aires
  • Prof. Jodi Nunnari, PhD
    Professor at Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology; University of California, Davis
  • Prof. Julio Ortega, PhD
    Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University
  • Prof. Dana M Small, PhD
    Professor of Psychiatry, Yale Medical School and Deputy Director of the John B Pierce Laboratory
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter
    Professor of Experimental Economics at the University of Cologne, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
  • Prof. Abdulkader Tayob, PhD
    Research Chair at the University of Cape Town (Islam, African Publics and Religious Values)