Welcome to the ‘New Normal after Brexit’:
New Perspectives for Anglo-German Academic Cooperation

The DAAD’s Competence Centre for International Academic Collaborations (KIWi) hosted a high-level topical Higher Education strategy debate. DAAD’s President Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee invited renowned experts from British and German universities and Universities UK International to discuss how the reality of a “New Normal after Brexit” impacts Anglo-German scientific cooperation.

Watch the recording here.


Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee
President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner
Vice President International and Diversity, University of Bremen
Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner has been a professor of algebra at University of Bremen since 2007 and co-directs the Institute for Algebra, Geometry, Topology and their Applications (ALTA). After obtaining a Ph.D. in mathematics from TU Berlin in 1997 she had postdoctoral appointments at MIT and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Nick Hillman
Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers.

Ruth Krahe
Director London Branch Office, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Ruth Krahe studied Political Science, English Literature and Linguistics at the Universities of Bonn and Nottingham. She has worked for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in various positions since 1998 and took over the position as Director of the DAAD´s London Branch Office in November 2019.

Prof. Sally Mapstone
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews
Professor Mapstone is, among others, a member of the board of Universities UK, Vice-Convener of Universities Scotland and a member of the Higher Education Policy Institute advisory board. Before taking up the role of Principal of the University of St Andrews in 2016 her academic career was spent at the University of Oxford. Ms. Mapstone is a DAAD alumna.

Vivienne Stern
Director Universities UK International (UUKi)
Vivienne Stern has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education policy and politics at national and international level. Prior to her role in UUKi, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK. She is a member of several Boards and advisory committees. Vivienne Stern is a graduate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.


Sandra Pfister
Journalist at Deutschlandfunk, Cologne
Sandra Pfister has witnessed the discussion about Brexit from the British perspective because she lived in the United Kingdom from 2015 to 2020 and reported from there.