Katja’s remit as head of Partnerships and Exchange is to lead and manage the development of a network of global institutional partnerships, with a view to develop new pathways to study for international students joining NTU, support research and teaching excellence and to enhance mobility opportunities for staff and students through international partnerships.
Her teams are responsible for providing support and guidance for developing and setting up different types of international partnerships; managing NTU’s Global Strategic Partnership Fund and providing information and advice on external funding opportunities; enhancing, managing and promoting international mobility opportunities for all students and staff; leading and managing NTU’s annual Erasmus+ bids and grants and a number of internal travel scholarship and bursary schemes; and managing the NTU Global Summer School.
A graduate of University of Helsinki, Loyola University Chicago, Chartered Management Institute, and a current Professional Doctorate student at the University of Bath, Katja is an international education professional with over 15 years of experience of working in the UK, Finland and the United States. Prior to joining NTU, she worked at Leeds University Business School managing the Executive Education and MBA Programmes portfolio, at Aalto University School of Business, Finland, in strategic programme development (MBA) and most recently at the University of Bath as International Partnerships Manager with responsibility for the University's strategic partnership portfolio.
She also currently serves as an elected member in the Conference Programme Committee of the European Association of International Education (EAIE).
Katja’s main research interests are comparative higher education (HE), internationalisation of higher education, the intersection of HE and international development, policy development and assessment, capacity building, democratisation, sustainable development and education as a global public good.