Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne

Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne

Vice President of the University of Göttingen

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‘Precisely because key problems in these disciplines transcend borders, it is necessary to internationalize the curricula in STEM subjects. In this way, we can assist students to identify social, ethical and not at least global connections of their scientific and future professional actions. Especially the internationalization of STEM subjects makes a significant contribution to students, enabling them to participate  in international scientific discourses, working interdisciplinary and comparatively, as well as interacting effectively with experts from different cultural regions in order to actively participate in solving the transnational challenges of this century.’


Professor Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne has been a Vice-President of the University of Göttingen since April 2009. She read German studies and history at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and obtained her doctorate at the Institut für Germanistische Linguistik. From 1997 Dr. Casper-Hehne worked on her post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation), which dealt with intercultural communication. Following its completion in November 2003, she was appointed to a professorship at the Faculty of Humanities at Göttingen University in April 2004. In 2010, she was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Professor Casper-Hehne is Founding Director of the German-Sino Institute for Intercultural German Studies and Cultural Comparison and has been appointed Göttingen University’s Representative for China. From 2014 to 2016, she served as a member of the executive board of the Coimbra Group. She is a member of the advisory board “Language” at the Goethe-Institut and the executive board of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).