Dr. Brigitte Kürsteiner


Dr. Brigitte Kürsteiner Leiterin Global Engagement Office

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Office of the Vice-President Research
    Global Engagement Office
    Falkenplatz 24
    3012 Bern


  • Government of the Global Engagement Unit

  • Development of global strategic core areas

  • Monitoring of global educational policies and politics

  • Content analysis of strategic issues

  • Content expertise of issues of global engagement​

  • Content expertise of global competences

  • Project management of the Pioneer Alliance at BFH

  • Country strategies

  • Risk management

  • Multilateral programs (Interreg)

  • Global competence development


  • Dr. Brigitte Kürsteiner is the Head of the Global Engagement Unit at Berne University of Applied Science and a researcher at the Hugo P. Cecchini Institute. She is a lecturer at the departement of geography of the University of Teacher Education Luzern. She is a former high school teacher and has a Master degree in Geography from the University of Berne and a Master of Advanced Study in Intercultural Communications from the Università della Svizzera Italiana. Finally she optained a PhD in Social Politics at the University of Fribourg in the field of posthumanist learning assemblages. Her research interests cover posthumanist pedagogies, mobility learning, transformative global education and education for sustainable development, design thinking and critical pedagogies. Geographically, her research focus is in Subsaharan Africa and Europe. She teaches Social Geography at the University of Teacher Education Luzern.
  • June 2023 - today Head of Global Engament Unit Berne University of Applied Science
  • 2014 - today University lecturer University of Teacher Education Lucerne
  • 2007-2023 Director of International Relations and International Education University of Teacher Education Lucerne
  • 2021-2023 Head of Core Area Global Issues Teaching University of Teacher Education Lucerne
  • 2003-2007 Program Manager University of Fribourg
  • 1999-2003 Assistant State Secretariat of Economic Affairs
  • 2022 Doctor of Philosophy University of Fribourg
  • 2014 Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication Università della Svizzera Italiana
  • 2001 Master of Science in Geography Universität Bern


  • Vice rectorate Research

  • Vice Rectorate Education

  • Hugo P. Cecchini Institut

  • European Association for International Education (EAIE)

  • Pioneer Alliance

  • Member of Cluster of Cooperation East Afica and the Horn, Swissuniversities

  • Swiss Society for African Studies https://www.sagw.ch/africa/

  • Hochschulverband für Geographiedidaktik https://geographiedidaktik.org/

  • International Relations of the Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts, Swissuniversities

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • French - Full professional proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • Spanish - Elementary proficiency
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania, United Republic of