Gaudenz Assenza

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Gaudenz is a political scientist and developer of the “University for the Future”. After completing a dual-degree management program at the European Partnership of Business Schools in Germany and England, he earned a master’s degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1992–1994). In 1993, he worked as a research analyst at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. After graduating from Harvard, Gaudenz worked eight years as a research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), a Norwegian research foundation focusing on energy, environment and development (1994–2002). During this time, he completed research stays at the University of Oxford as well as the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. After his doctorate in Oxford (St. Antony’s College), he completed a post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation) in the area of environmental policy. From 2004 until 2008 Gaudenz taught at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany, where he held the „Johann-Gottfried-Herder Chair in Eastern European Studies“. He teaches at universities in Central and Eastern Europe (the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia and Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic). Having experimented with new teaching methods for a number of years, he is now preparing educational reform initiatives with scholars from Harvard, Oxford, King’s College London and other universities.

Research interests include:

  • Educational innovation and reform;
  • Environmental policy;
  • Forecasting, scenario development, futures research;
  • Leadership and personal development;
  • The effects of media and technology.