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Dr. Kurt Gamerschlag

Academic Director German Placement Centre

From 1968 to 1976, having completed three years of military service, Dr. Kurt Gamerschlag studied British and American Literature and Culture, German Literature and Comparative Linguistics at the Universities of Bonn and Edinburgh. Thereafter, until 1985, he worked as a reseracher and lecturer in the fields of British and American literature and culture at Bonn University, also serving for 3 years as Assistant Managing Director at the Department of English. Read More He has published books, articles, and reviews on various topics in British and American literary criticism and history. In 1986, he changed to the private sector, serving as Managing Director of the German office of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Bonn, and since 1999, he has been based in Berlin. In 2004, Kurt Gamerschlag founded the non-profit College Council gGmbH, with the aim of establishing educational exchange programs between Germany and the Anglo-American world. Read Less

Harald Braun

Chairman and German University Relations

After completing his law studies in Bonn, Harald Braun dedicated himself to the work of international service and safety. In 1987, after having made considerable contributions to the field of education policy in Germany, especially in the areas of internships, work and travel, high schools and language exchanges, he accepted several positions on various bodies of international education organizations. Together with other renowned experts, Harald Braun has written a variety of publications. Read More In addition, he is concerned with the issue of foreign postings of employees in multinational companies, the so-called expatriates, and since 2007, has worked a a consultant in this area. He is also the co-developer of quality standards for travelers visiting abroad. Read Less


Heike Susanne Floss

Student Advisor

Heike Susanne Floß was born in 1965 in Freiburg i. Breisgau.. She is a longtime collaborator and advisor of international educational organizations, with training -. and study programs in medical, linguistic and economic area.Her professional career started in 1988, in the editorial office of a Munich publisher, as jointly responsible editor for creating company profiles and PR . She was responsible for many different areas in internationally oriented companies which were active in following regions: Read More Southern Germany, Lake Constance and Switzerland.
Since 1988, she undertook part-time training for the therapeutically, medical field. Since 2001, over a period of more than 10 years, she worked as a lecturer in alternative healing methodologies and stenographer at the Freiburger teaching institutes for physiotherapy and med massage therapists.
This supplementary professional activity, resulted in a professional preoccupation for the company In – Expo – Consult GmbH. There she worked as a consultant for international companies.
She consulted in the areas health, environment and social issues. Additionally, from 2001 to 2008, she managed numerous projects for Bulgarian and Turkish companies.
The focus of those companies included infrastructure, water supply, drug supply, waste incineration and production lines for the food industry.
While moving to Vienna, Austria, in 2008 her focus shifted to journalistic activities and advising internationally operating educational institutions.
From 2010 until the end of 2015, she deepened her professional experience as CEO of the Business Academy Freiburg e. V. and as a consultant for associated enterprises in the fields of international economics study programs as well as their self-management.
Since 2016 Heike Susanne Floß develops further training for international students and for young people with refugee – or migration experience.
She is married, has three grown children and lives in Germany in the Black Forest and in Vienna, Austria.
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John Kluempers, Ph.D.

Student Advisor

John Kluempers exemplifies the internationalization of modern university education in the last 3 decades. He studied history (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Germanic studies (University of Cincinnati) before receiving his Ph.D. in historical linguistics at UCLA. Read More At the end of his doctoral studies, he was a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Fellow in Berlin–and has been abroad ever since. He taught English and German for three years in Tokyo, Japan before returning to Germany. Here he worked as a radio journalist for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. Since 2010, he has been helping young researchers at German colleges, universities, and research institutions to improve their career chances with workshops on presentations, networking, and intercultural management.
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Zhao Xiao, M.A.

Student Advisor

With his excellent knowledge of the German academic landscape as well as his intercultural skills, Xiao is an invaluable addition to our team. His networking skills are exceptional. After finishing his Masters of Arts at the university of Bayreuth Xiao worked for DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and became one of the leading experts in the tertiary education sector. Intercultural and educational exchange between Germany and China is his passion.