The more globalised the world becomes, the more important are local identities. The global becomes effective in the local sphere. This phenomenon, called ‘glocalisation’ since the 1990s, poses many challenges to people and the social structures in which they operate.

The professionals of social work, health sciences and practical theology, who care for people in their social spaces, face global developments in a local environment: how can they address global issues in local contexts, both in a professional and innovative way? What are the consequences for the universities and higher education institutions with their mission of education, research and transfer of knowledge and expertise?

The Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine - Westphalia (KatHO NRW) would like to invite you to an international congress from 19 to 21 September 2019 in Cologne, Germany. We will revisit the phenomena and consequences of glocalisation with our international partner universities and practice partners from Germany. A series of lectures, discussions and excursions will focus on the local effects of globalisation, especially in the context of social work, health and practical theology, while addressing the challenges of higher education in a troubled world. Among others, Cardinal Peter Turkson and the theologian, philosopher and historian Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bielefeldt will bring in their expertise.

A varied entertaining programme offers you the possibility of discovering the town of Cologne, the colourful and diverse metropolis on the Rhine. Visit the iconic Cologne Cathedral, the old town with its quaint streets, typical brewhouses and diverse cultural offerings, which inspire visitors and local residents alike.

We look forward to welcoming you to the congress!

Prof. Dr. Hans Hobelsberger
Rector of the Catholic University of Applied Science (KatHO NRW)