Knowledge Transfer of Tomorrow



Concepts and Strategies

for the Future of

Knowledge Based Economies 


On February 15, 2023 the German University Alliance, the New York-based office of the Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, was co-organizer of a joint international conference on knowledge transfer in the 21st century. The conference was organized in conjunction with the German University Liaison Offices in New York German University Liaison Offices in New York and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and took place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. The event built a platform for international scholars, policy makers, businesses, and institutions of higher learning to discuss concepts and strategies for the future of knowledge-based economies. 

Together with leading figures in academia, the private sectors, and policy sectors, we explored fundamental questions of knowledge transfer from how to foster a culture of innovation to globalization, finance, and the role of higher education vis-à-vis society and industry.  On February 15th, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson Center was host to a comparative dialogue regarding the knowledge transfer landscape from a transatlantic perspective.  The conference explored the future prospects for competitiveness in the knowledge-based economy of tomorrow and worked to form comprehensive policy strategies in an increasingly globalized world. 

Social Justice and Economic Opportunity

Freie Universität Berlin – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Universität Leipzig

In Cooperation with
Transatlantic Graduate Research Group Berlin/New York

hosted the Discussion

Social Justice and Economic Opportunity - Creating a Viable City in the 21st Century

Lecture by                                                                                                                   Ester Fuchs                                                                                                        Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University; Special Advisor for Governance and Strategic Planning to the Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg, 2002-2006

With comments by
Margit Mayer
Professor of Political Science at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin/Transatlantic Graduate Research Program, CMS

on Tuesday, October 10, 2006, at the Goethe-Institut New York

The Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) is an interdisciplinary, internationally-oriented research center that attends to historical and contemporary questions on the subject of the metropolis. The program is a cooperation of the three Berlin universities (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and New York University and Columbia University in New York. For more information please visit is limited. Kindly RSVP by October 5, 2006,
Phone: 212-758-3392, E-mail:  

 Invitation October 10, 2022

A Jewish Future in Europe - Utopian or Realistic Perspectives?

 A Jewish Future in Europe: Utopian or Realistic Perspectives?

The GERMAN UNIVERSITY ALLIANCE, in cooperation with the LEO BAECK INSTITUTE, in April 2006 hosted a two day colloquium with some 20 scholars from the US, Europe and Israel on  the state of Jewish Studies in Germany and Europe. The colloquium was followed by a public Lecture and Discussion on April 10, 2023 at the German House in New York.

 Please click on the links below for the respective speeches

 Keynote Speaker Dr. DIANA PINTO, Independent scholar and writer, Paris:

 A Jewish Future in Europe: Utopian or Realistic Perspectives?

Professor GIULIO BUSI, Managing Director Institute of Jewish Studies, Freie Universität Berlin:

 A Comparison between Jewish Studies in Germany and Italy: How to cope with a Heavy Past?

Professor MICHAEL BRENNER, Department of Jewish History and Culture,  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich:

Jewish Studies and Jewish Life in Germany

The event was moderated by Professor Jeffrey M. Peck, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and funded by Volkswagen Foundation.


Colloquium on Jewish Studies

The German University Alliance in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute hosted a Symposium on the state of Jewish studies in New York on April 9 and 10, 2006.  The event was funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung.The conference gave European and American scholars engaged in Jewish studies a platform to discuss the future of the field and common strategies necessary to cope with the fast evolving cultural and social landscape. The main objective of the two day event was to explore the state of Jewish studies in Germany and Europe sixty years after the end of World War II.

Europe's Constitutional Crisis: Which Way Out?

The GERMAN UNIVERSITY ALLIANCE hosted a Discussion and Luncheon on November 11, 2022 at the German House in New York.


Director, Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) and Professor for Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

spoke on