We are pleased to announce profiled and experienced personalities for the keynotes at the congress:

Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson

is a Roman Catholic Cardinal born in Ghana. He was President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops‘ Conference and has been Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana since 2003. He served as Relator during the II Synod of Bishops for Africa in 2009. At the end of the synod, Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Turkson as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, reconfirmed by Pope Francis in 2013. Cardinal Turkson has been appointed by Pope Francis as first Prefect of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. His Eminence will deliver the opening statement of the congress and speak about the tasks facing churches as global and local actors.

Heiner Bielefeldt

is a German theologian, philosopher and historian and holds the Chair of Human Rights and Human Rights Politics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He was Director of the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin and afterwards United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. With his experiences from within the UN, Prof. Bielefeldt will give us two inseparable perspectives: Human rights as universal and globally common norms and the considerable effort to defend them locally in the various contexts of our world. His keynote is titled: Strengthening local actors – Human rights practice in the United Nations.


On Friday you will hear three lectures in line with different perspectives on university education in a glocalised world:

Maureen McClure and Maureen K. Porter

are Associate Professors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and lead the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) as Director resp. Associate Director. The institute’s focus lays on university research and training in comparative, international and development education. Maureen McClure has a background in economy, while Maureen Porter is an anthropologist of education.

Lecture: Local Meets Global. A Converging Conversation

Fr. Abraham V. M.

is Vice Chancellor of CHRIST University, Bangalore, that is ranked among the top private universities in India. Having joined at CHRIST in 1989, he played a dynamic role in streaming the administration and reinvigorating the academic culture.

Lecture: Social Responsibility by Higher Education Institutions – A locally and a globally sustainable and holistic development models by Christ University, Bangalore, India

Armin Wildfeuer

is Professor of Philosophy at the KatHO NRW. The focus of his work is on philosophical anthropology, political philosophy, ethics of social work and the issues of social ideas. One of his main concerns is the internationalisation in higher education.

Lecture: Idea and Function of Science in a Globalized World