Prof. Yüksel Pögün-Zander, Ph.D. elected new President of the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Pögün-Zander will guide the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences towards further growth by emphasizing excellence in education, promoting impactful research and facilitating even greater collaboration with national and international partners in industry and academia.
The new president has set three top priorities for her first tenure, she wants to create a community with strong bonds, increase the visibility of Berlin International, and last but not least, strengthen quality management within the institution.
Best talents from around the globe
Berlin International offers degree programs through two faculties: Architecture & Design and Business Administration. Prof. Pögün-Zander aims to bring those faculties closer together and to create a strong community for talented designers and managers from around the globe. She wants to attract outstanding students and provide them with the most stimulating learning environment through inspiring peers, world-class lecturers and active industry connections. The enormous strength of the BI community is its members, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. Currently, we have 73 nationalities on the campus and this diversity enriches each and every member of the community.
„I am delighted and very much look forward to serving as the new President of the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences. My goal is to strengthen BI’s profile as a hub attracting outstanding minds from around the globe. By doing so, BI will deepen its collaboration with the industry and will act as a catalyst between graduates and corporate partners. I would like to thank the Academic Senate, the University Advisory Board, and BAU Global, the Shareholder Company for their confidence in me. And most of all, I would like to emphasize that the teamwork and motivation of all academic and administrative staff at BI is vital for building a strong community since every single individual is valuable in this institution“, Prof. Pögün-Zander stated on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony this week, where she was officially installed as University President.
Internationality, Interculturality, and Interdisciplinarity as main pillars
BI programs are designed to stimulate and develop students’ intellectual curiosity, creativity, and professional skills. The new president encourages the students to adopt an interdisciplinary approach that enables them to cope with innovation and to solve problems of modern societies. Prof. Pöngün-Zander wants also to promote cross-national and cross-cultural understanding. Then, tolerance, mutual understanding, and respect are indispensable to build a better, more humane world. The new President’s program is therefore true to Berlin International’s motto to promote: Internationality, Interculturality, and Interdisciplinarity.
About the new President
Prof. Yüksel Pögün-Zander, Ph.D. was born in Izmir. She started her undergraduate training at the Catholic University of America (Washington D.C.) in 1992 and completed her studies at the Istanbul Technical University in 1997. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the Izmir Institute of Technology, where she worked as a research and teaching assistant.
Some of her research interests include the intercultural exchange in the history of architecture and design with a focus on Germany and Turkey, and exhibition and fair design. She has worked as a freelance architect in Istanbul, Izmir, and Berlin and as the coordinator of the Architecture and Interior Design Programmes of Bahcesehir University’s Berlin Campus.
Founding Member of Berlin International
Prof. Pögün-Zander is among the founders of the BI, she was the Head of Interior Design program between 2014 and 2016 and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design between 2016 and 2020. Prof. Pögün-Zander has the advantage of knowing the institution closely, she values the support of her colleagues, co-workers, and students highly, and is a firm believer in teamwork.
About the institution
Berlin International University of Applied Sciences is a state-recognized private university located in the heart of Berlin. We offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through our two faculties: Architecture & Design and Business Administration. All our courses are taught 100% in English, are accredited and meet the standards of quality required by German and European regulators.
BI courses are tailored for the real world and have a strong orientation towards the industries and global job markets. The programs are characterized by practical relevance, clear structure, small cohorts per program and intensive contact to lecturers and professors.
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