The Executive Director of the HERMES-Universities Network: Prof. Ludwig Kreitz

11-10-16

Ludwig Kreitz is the Executive Director of the HERMES-Universities Network of Dual Degree partners worldwide and the former Director of International Relations at the EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg in France. He was responsible for the international development and creation of international programs at his home institution. As an Associate professor at the University of Strasbourg, he taught classes on the subject of European Integration for many years to students from all over the world.

At present, he is in charge of the HERMES-Universities Network of 20 universities worldwide. The focus of the rapidly growing network is the development of dual degrees and Masters’ programs in common.

Dr. Kreitz is originally from Aachen, Germany and has lived in France for more than 30 years. His background is in Languages, German, French and European Studies. He holds a Master’s Degree in French and German from the University of Aachen and a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence.

Before coming to the EM Strasbourg Business School, Dr. Kreitz worked in different schools and institutions of higher education in Germany and France. In 1992, he was appointed to the University of Strasbourg as an Associate Professor after having held the same position at the University of Orleans for four years.

 

Prior to his post as Director of International Relations, Dr. Kreitz worked for many years as a consultant for the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. His research includes a concentration on European Integration and European Politics and he is regularly invited to lecture to students throughout the world on European issues. In the past two years, he has lectured at Shanghai University, Boston College, Texas A&M and Dominican University. He continues to lecture in universities worldwide and to work as a consultant for Internalization in Higher Education. He speaks German, French and English fluently.

 

As Executive Director of the, HERMES-Universities Network, Dr. Kreitz pointed out a lack in organizational structure at the annual meeting in Venice in 2011. A more clearly defined official admissions procedure was necessary to ensure future harmony among its members. Thanks to the newly elected president Mr. Guido Mantovani and his negotiation skills, the proposed statutes of an Association according to the French law were amended and registered at the court in Strasbourg. HERMES is now an association made up of qualified members who meet annually. Specific committees have since been formed to assist the Executive Director and the President in carrying out their work successfully.

This legal step was very significant because the network was growing rapidly. Institutional membership has increased from six members in 1997 to the present number of twenty one members in 2016. New members include universities from the eastern part of Europe, as well as from universities outside of Europe. The increasing tendency of European universities to sign agreements with partners from other continents has also been reflected in the growing trend within HERMES. All continents are now represented with the HERMES network, with the exception of Africa.

 

HERMES has many advantages to offer: a large pool of excellent partners, fine-tuned expertise in student and faculty exchange, experience in establishing dual degrees and subsequent strengthening of partnerships through common research projects.
Starting out as a network for dual degree programs in Europe (about 100 students are enrolled), HERMES-Universities Network has become a global group of schools and Faculties of Business and Economics which manages research projects, cooperates with scientific journals and organizes special seminars for students. The innovative HERMES Entrepreneurial Think-PADs have already attracted many students from universities worldwide. In addition to the enlargement and strengthening of the HERMES membership, future projects include the establishment of common degree programs and an elaboration of a HERMES label. The future educational label will honor the importance of internationalization of Higher Education around the globe.

 

Last but not least, the students are the most important stakeholders in our network. During the last annual meeting in Limerick, a first prize was awarded to the best dual degree student. The new alumni organization will now have the task of promoting the dual degree program within companies throughout the world.