Letter to the Field

Nothing beyond Beethoven

“My view generally speaking is that any composer post Ludvig van Beethoven is not interesting, and I would not listen to it voluntarily.” – Phil

Build a culture of curiosity

“I have a lot of ideas, and, many of them, I push, and the only small percentage of that is happening, but it is much better to do that than having just one or two ideas in your life and, even if you’re not always successful or too limited in your approach.” – Hans

Get real

“I also think there are other stakeholders for higher education that we’re not even considering yet. Think that’s going to be kind of a next level set of considerations to have for the future.” – Gerardo

Challenge market-driven internationalization

“Internationalization over the past decades has moved from a much more cooperative exercise of, exchange of students, exchange of faculty joint curriculum development to a competitive marketization.” – Hans

Engage with the Global South

“From the start, it has been always very much engaged with the Global South, and that has always been part of my approach in internationalization.” – Hans

Evolve leadership to new realities

“We have shifted from a one director structure to a distributed leadership structure. We say this all the time, the center is the network… the network is going to continue no matter what. “ – Rebecca

See smallness as a strength

“They were really surprised, always when they saw that this was our office… but we always then said, it might look like a weakness, but it is a strength.” – Hans

Mentor the next generation of scholars​

“That was the case when Phil was the director. That was the case when Hans was the director. It’s the case now, and I think it will always be the case because the next generation is involved.” –Rebecca

Deepen academic friendships

“I still have this imagined idea that we met somewhere in between McGuinn and the Lynch school, on the street, but it might also be that we were maybe on a joint event or something like that. we met and talked and was clear that we had, several joint interests in the field.” – Hans

Appreciate the complexity of context

“We want to understand the complexity of context and what does that mean in the relationships, that we have as institutions of higher education, as systems of higher education, and how we have to relate that to policy making in the real world.” – Hans