Secretary General 1998–2008

Prof. Dr. Kurt-Jürgen Maaß

Prof. Dr. Kurt-Jürgen Maaß, Generalsekretär des Instituts für Auslandsbeziehungen von 1998-2008

was the Secretary-General of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and the publisher of the quarterly Zeitschrift "KULTURAUSTAUSCH" from June 1998 to July 2008.

  • Studied law and economics at the University of Hamburg and the University of Lausanne
  • Legal trainee in Hamburg, Strasbourg (Council of Europe) and at the Speyer Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften (University of Administrative Sciences)
  • Journalist at the Deutsche Universitäts-Zeitung, Bonn
  • Director of the Economic and Scientific Committees of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Brussels
  • Assistant at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Assistant in the University Department of the German Ministry for Education and Science, Bonn
  • Head of division at the Science Council, Cologne
  • Director-General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. As of 1994, Deputy Secretary-General


  • Honorary professor at the University of Tübingen, teaching assignments at the University of Stuttgart (2000 – 2002), the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (SS 2008) and the University of Bamberg (SS 2009)
  • Federal Cross of Merit 2004