Beate Schindler-Kovats

Director of Division, Higher Education Projects Abroad, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bonn

Ms. Beate Schindler-Kovats has been Director of Division "Higher Education Projects Abroad" at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2009. She supervises the management, strategy development and administration of transnational education (TNE) projects, German-backed universities and funding programmes located within the division. Beate is also responsible for the strategic planning of the new DAAD competence centre for TNE.

Beate joined the DAAD in 1997. Her first assignment took her to Romania on a joint mission for the DAAD and the British Council. As an EU-consultant in Bucharest, she was in charge of establishing a corps of professional managing staff for the Romanian civil service. Later, she was the Director of the DAAD information centre in Bucharest. Afterwards, Beate returned to the DAAD head office in Bonn where she was Project Manager for the German-Turkish University (DTU) and Head of the section 'Turkey'.

Before joining the DAAD, Beate worked as a Project Manager and Professor for German as a Foreign Language at the Goethe-Institute in Prague. She has also held positions as Project Manager at the Institute for International Communication of Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, and as Professor for German language, literature and philosophy at the University of Bucharest.

Beate earned her Magister degree (M.A.) in German language and literature, philosophy and educational science from the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn.

She has published several articles, including "Transnational Education 'Made in Germany'" in the Journal of the Higher Education Area 2011, No 4, and presented a number of studies.