Strategies Beyond Borders Conference 2019

Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invited an international audience to the conference “Strategies Beyond Borders – Transforming Higher Education in a Digital Age”. The event took place in Berlin from 9-10 December 2019. This review provides an overview of the conference: impressions, videos, slides and publications.

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Higher Education Institutions need strategies for teaching and learning in a digital age. In Germany, HFD and DAAD support academic institutions in their strategic development through a variety of programs. The transformation of higher education in a digital age appears to be a strategic opportunity for more collaboration on both national and international level, stronger networks and a real shift from teaching to learning, putting the individual learner in focus.

In order to discuss innovative and transferable strategic approaches on different levels and especially across and beyond borders, HFD and DAAD jointly hosted an international conference with a focus on strategies for teaching and learning and (international) cooperation in the digital age. The conference offered a variety of contents and formats which aimed at providing new insights and orientation to higher education institutions and other stakeholders on strategies for transforming higher education in a digital age.

Around 300 participants and speakers from 29 countries made the event a great success. The group of participants included representatives of university management, lecturers, scientists and the students.

Programme and slides

View the programme here.

We provide a documentation of the workshops and slides of the keynotes and presentations here. You can also access the documents via the conference app, they are attached to the particular sessions (attendees only).

Comments by attendees

We appreciate the overall positive feedback by our attendees:

``The location was great, the communication beforehand was great. The food was nice, the keynotes were great and the sessions of high quality.``
``Thank you for inviting us and providing the opportunity to present our findings. Everyone we met was very nice. I also want to thank you for a very interesting and well organized conference.``
``The location was extremely nice, the whole atmosphere was relaxed and open-minded.``

Twitter Moment

Our attendees diligently shared their highlights and impressions via Social Media during the conference. We curated a selection of tweets covering the best moments of the two day event. Please follow this link for visiting the Twitter Moment.

Photos and Videos

We have uploaded a representative selection of photos that catch the ambience of the conference. Watch also our collection on Flickr. You can use the photos according to the Licence CC BY-SA 4.0. Please include the info „Peter Himsel, CC BY-SA 4.0“ in case of using the photos. The videos will be published soon.

Presentation „Erfolgsfaktoren für Netzwerke im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung“ (in German)


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Book of Abstracts

Sammlung der Abstracts für Beiträge zur internationalen Strategiekonferenz Strategies Beyond Borders, einer gemeinsamen Veranstaltung des Hochschulforums Digitalisierung und des Deutschen Akdemischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD) am 9. und 10. Dezember 2019.

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Programme for the international strategy conference Strategies Beyond Borders – Transforming Higher Education in a Digital Age jointly hosted by Hochschulfroum Digitalisierung (HFD) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).



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Alexander Knoth (DAAD)

DAAD Referatsleiter Digitalisierung Email:

Barbara Wagner
Barbara Wagner
Teamleitung Stifterverband: Strategien, Qualifizierung & Kommunikation