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The International Faculty Program of
the University of Cologne

The International Faculty Program is a cornerstone of the internationalization strategy for the four Key Profile Areas defined in the UoC’s Institutional Strategy. The program aims at attracting outstanding international researchers who already collaborate closely with researchers based at the UoC. It targets the Key Profile Areas, increasing their visibility and competitiveness at the international level. The program will also contribute to the internationalization of teaching especially at the post-graduate level and is steered by the Prorector for Academic Career, Diversity and International Affairs in close collaboration with the Key Profile Areas. Contracts with international faculty members are made for two years with the option of being extended.

International faculty contribute to the scientific and academic tasks and duties of the KPAs. A minimum presence in Cologne of six weeks per contractual year is required as well as close collaboration with the regular faculty of the UoC. Professors recruited through the program will directly participate in the mentoring of doctoral candidates.

Members of the International Faculty

KPA I: Aging-associated Diseases

  • Prof. Ulrich Brandt
    Full Professor for Mitochondrial Molecular Medicine at the Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen and Adjunct Professor for Biochemistry at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Jan H.J. Hoeijmakers
    Department of Genetics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof. Tamas L. Horvath
    Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Research and Chair, Yale University

KPA II: Behavioral Economic Engineering and Social Cognition

  • Prof. Dr. Gary E. Bolton
    O. P. Jindal Chair Professor of Management Economics, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Prof. Dr. Adam Galinsky
    Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University
  • Prof. Dr. Elena Katok
    Ashbel Smith Professor, Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

KPA III: Quantum Matter and Materials

  • Kamran Behnia
    Senior researcher at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris
  • Prof. Alex Kamenev
    Professor at the Physics Department and a member of Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Bernard Kippelen, Ph.D.
    Co-President of the Institut LafayetteDirector, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
    Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Xiaonan Ma
    Professor of Mathematics at Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7 
  • Prof. Dr. Fulvio Pamigiani
    Professor of condensed matter at the department of physics, faculty of Science, of the Università degli Studi of Trieste

KPA IV: Socio-economic, Cultural and Political Transformations in the Gobal South

CA III: Quantitative modelling of complex systems

  • Prof. Dr. Pavlos Kollias 
    Professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, of Stony Brook University – State University of New York 
    Atmospheric Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton NY

CA V: Social Inequalities and Intercultural Education

  • Prof. Dr. Ofelia García
    Professor in the Ph.D. programs of Urban Education and of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Former members of the International Faculty