Arnhild Kanthack

Arnhild Kanthack spent 20 years working in international relations at Cologne University Hospital and in the medical faculty of Cologne University. She established and developed the university’s Centre for International Relations (ZiBMed). She was director of the Centre until 2014 and responsible for

  • initiating and sustaining cooperative relationships with around 100 partner universities and hospitals within and beyond Europe
  • exchange of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • exchange of visiting doctors, visiting scientists and medical interns
  • organisation of equivalence and deficit tests for doctors from other countries for the purpose of obtaining the German licence to practise medicine (Approbation)
  • support and intercultural training for foreign doctors
  • establishing a University Hospital football team to aid the integration of foreign students and doctors
  • She served for many years as a member of Cologne University’s Commission for International Relations and Publicity.

Voluntary work

  • arbitrator
  • Schöffin (lay judge)
  • Member of CologneAlliance©, a society supporting town twinning activities in Cologne (see


  • 2009: received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for her commitment to the development of German-Polish relations, in particular for the support of Polish students in Cologne and for placement of German students at Polish universities

Dr. Gunnar Schlie

Dr. Gunnar Schlie worked for 10 years in the Dean’s office and the Cologne University hospital. Most recently he was deputy head of the Centre for International Relations (ZiBMed) with responsibility for

  • advising hospitals, institutes and scholarship-awarding bodies on selecting, inviting and taking on foreign visiting doctors, visiting scientists, interns and students and on running their training visits
  • verifying obligatory documents
  • complying with official and licensing regulations
  • supporting guests, providing intercultural training if required
  • drawing up reports for training supervisors and sponsors
  • developing and introducing a mentoring programme for foreign students with the aim of improving their integration, German language competence and final exam results and reducing the high dropout rate.

Voluntary work

  • o Mentoring in “Joblinge gAG”, a non-profit corporation established by the Boston Consulting Group, BMW’s Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation, the EU, the City of Cologne and many others to help young unemployed people.

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