Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Two distinguished visitors at the Brandt School

The Brandt School and its team were delighted to welcome two distinguished guests at the end of January, one from the diplomatic world and one from academia.

Mario Vilalva, the Brazilian Ambassador to Germany (pictured), visited the Brandt School on January 29 to learn more about the school and the Master of Public Policy program. The Director of the Brandt School, Prof. Heike Grimm, gave him a warm welcome. Together, they identified potential partner universities for future exchange and collaboration and looked for future cooperation potentials such as internships and Master’s thesis topics.

They also spoke about answers to the worldwide challenge of populism. Furthermore, the Ambassador was interested in Erfurt’s future as the new high-speed train connection is about to turn it into a logistics hot spot.

Prof. Leslie A. Pal visited the Brandt School on January 30 to identify exchange opportunities between the Carleton University and the Brandt School.

Currently working at the School of Public Policy & Administration at Carleton University, Canada, Prof. Leslie A. Pal is one of the most renowned public policy researchers worldwide. His research focuses on the role of international organizations in global public policy networks in connection to public sector reforms.

Prof. Grimm and Prof. Pal discussed future exchange opportunities for students from both universities.  Students would thus be able to broaden their horizon through student exchanges or Skype seminars between the Carleton University and the Brandt School. Impressed by the diversity of the Brandt School, Prof. Pal is eager to start the cooperation and will return to the Brandt School in May.