My name is Elisabeth Epping. In 2008 I finished my Bachelor of Sciences in European Studies. Two years later I graduated as a Master of Sciences in Public Administration. Now I am working as a consultant for VDI/VDE-IT in Berlin. My job involves analysing, funding and organizing higher education in innovation and technology.


My Master’s degree in Public Administration has a special emphasis on higher education policy. In addition to my degree subjects, I also did an exchange semester in the cultural studies at Roskilde University Centre (RUC) in Denmark.

One of the reasons I decided to study at the University of Twente was the international character of the programme (with English being the language of instruction) and the interdisciplinary approach to processes of European integration.

As a student, I worked for the D Team, the Student Information Centre and the European Studies Promotion Team. I was also a student assistant at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) and a member of Sirius and European Student Network.

I was eager to gain work experience during my studies, so I completed an internship in the Foreign Trade division of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Bochum, Germany. I wrote both of my theses at the UT’s Centre of Higher Education Policy Studies. My Bachelor’s thesis was about the increasing use of English at higher education institutions and the role of the Erasmus programme in that regard. My Master’s thesis focused on post-graduation strategies for students from developing countries, in relation to the concepts of brain drain, brain gain and brain circulation.


After working on various European-funded reform projects at CHEPS during my student years, I joined the Centre as a research associate in areas including quality assurance in (cross-border) higher education and the internationalization of higher education. I also worked intensively on continuing higher education projects, the ranking, classification and profiling of higher education institutions and I was involved in coordinating the U-Multirank und U-Map projects.

Since 2013, I have been working as a consultant and researcher at VDI/VDE-IT, a leading service provider in the field of innovation and technology. VDI/VDE-IT analyses, supports and organizes innovation and technology for clients with political, research, industry and financial backgrounds. My projects are mainly connected to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the area of Higher Education Policy (i.e. continuing education, young academics and data and statistics).

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