Niels Klabunde is a visiting PhD research student and Hans-Boekler Fellow from Humboldt University Berlin. His research project is an interdisciplinary cross-case comparison study that looks at the processes and policies of integrating international students at universities in Canada and Germany. Doing fieldwork at UBC, his goal is to get a deeper understanding of the influencing factors on integration as well as to make suggestions to amend, extend or change current practices, programs or policies./

The research can be seen within the context of the growing competition in higher education and the need for Germany and Canada to attract and retain young and talented high skilled workers for their labor markets. At first the research compares the policy background, then it will look in depth at two case studies, using key informant interviews, focus groups and observations in order to help to get insight into the underlying processes.

For questions and comments, feel free to contact Niels.