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International Strategy and Relations

The International Strategy and Relations (ISR) department acts as an expert advisor to the University of Groningen community on policy and strategy for internationalisation. It is responsible (in partnership with our university colleagues) for the development, implementation and monitoring of the internationalisation goals of the University of Groningen.

On a day to day basis, ISR is deeply engaged with the application, implementation and success of EU and region-specific projects as well as developing mutually beneficial relationships with national funding bodies around the world.

The department has oversight of the university’s membership of various international consortia as well as responsibility for the relationships with our key institutional partners. Long-term, ISR aims to create a strategic framework that supports the goals and policies of internationalisation throughout the university.

Contact Details Visiting Address

Secretariat International Strategy & Relations

Gerdi Sterenborg

Tel. +31 50 363 3900

Broerstraat 5

Academy Building,

Garden wing, building 1118

9712 CP Groningen

The contactpersons for the International Strategy and Relations (ISR) department are:

Name Area
Paul Bolt Head of International Strategy & Relations
Joyce Fongers Latin America
Jodien Houwers Europe and Japan, U4 network
Regine van Groningen Central and Eastern Europe, Erasmus +
Xuefei Knoester-Cao East Asia, director of the Confucius Institute
Alicja Sobecka
Oceania, Partnerships and Agreements
Anita Veltmaat South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa
Anja de Vries North America , Erasmus + KA2 and KA3
Maaike Wagenaar Middle East and North Africa
Tim Zwaagstra Southeast Asia
Jing Zheng East Asia
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