Back to blog
September 6, 2019

Digital Innovation for International Education

How digitalization and internationalization improve academic opportunities.
Heba Ledwon
Fundraising & Comms

Kiron Annual Meetup  – 5 September 2019

Digital Innovation for International Education
How digitalization and internationalization improve academic opportunities

International education is a valuable asset to our globalized world. By promoting student mobility and institutional cooperation, international education contributes to inter-connected and sustainable realities. Digital innovations can play a central role here to adapt study offers to heterogeneous student needs and develop scalable solutions which can help a growing number of students access and succeed in higher education.

At Kiron Annual Meetup 2019, we explored the benefits and challenges of internationalization of higher education through digital innovations. Together, we wanted to understand the impact of digitalization and international academic networks on integrating new and international student groups. In four thematic workshops, we discussed best practices.

Please find the workshop slides here:


Open DC – Online Coaching for Internationals

by Karoline von Köckritz, Department Coordinator Consulting & Support, CeDis, Freie Universität Berlin
by Anette Stumptner, E-learning& E-Examinations, CeDis, Freie Universität Berlin


beFORE – an open source e-learning offer to improve an international future-oriented entrepreneurship education

by Stefanie Ollenburg, Researcher and beFORE Project coordinator, Freie Universität Berlin


Sharing and building successful partnerships with purpose

by Andreas Wittke, Chief Digital Officer at Institut für Lerndienstleistungen, University of Applied Sciences Lübeck and co-initiator of DigiCerts


Linking digital innovation and internationalization in higher education strategies

by Florian Rampelt, Deputy Managing Director of Hochschulforum Digitalisierung at Stifterverband

International Student Journey to Germany – Current Challenges

by Simon Morris-Lange, Deputy Head of the SVR’s Research Unit, The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration


This event was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the project IMPact Digital.

IMPactDigital – internationalization of universities: innovative measures to personalise university entry through digitalisation – is a BMBF-funded project implemented by the project partners Kiron Open Higher Education, RWTH Aachen University, University of Applied Sciences Lübeck and g.a.s.t. The project works on improving academic opportunities for international students through digital study preparation.