University of Bern Internationals

External relations

The external relations programme is focused on connecting our university and its researchers to global stakeholders to help shape solutions to the world's most pressing issues as well as fostering international visibility and networks. We work with a variety of international partners and organisations to strengthen our university's presence and outreach on the global stage. Science diplomacy and international engagement are at the core of our activities.


External Relations Manager

Faryal Mirza is a seasoned manager of international relations and stakeholder engagement, focused on institutional partners ranging from diplomatic representations to international organisations. She regularly represents the University of Bern's interests in international working groups on policy and practice in higher education and research and European and international affairs under swissuniversities, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities and at events abroad.

Advising researchers and senior management on international opportunities is central to her work, as well as strategy conception and implementation focused on relations with external partners to foster internationalisation. Added to the mix is communication management of social media and producing corporate videos, such as researcher portraits and the university's first animated image film.

International background

With an international background and deep knowledge of how Switzerland ticks, Faryal is a University of Oxford graduate with postgraduate qualifications in law and communications. She also holds an executive Certificate of Advanced Study on European Law and Swiss-EU relations from the University of Zurich. As alumna of an International Visitor Leadership Program on internationalisation strategies, organised by the US Department of State, she recently gained a deeper understanding of American universities on the ground, exchanging with representatives in four states.

She has substantial experience within the United Nations system, having managed stakeholder relations and communications with member states for almost a decade. Prior to that, she worked as a radio producer-presenter, journalist and editor for international media outlets reporting on Switzerland and interned at the European Commission.

Alvin Rindlisbacher supports the external relations manager with administration, research, updating the unit's website and owned social-media channels. He is also responsible for managing large dispatches of branded materials for international student fairs and to strategic partners. Other duties include financial tracking and maintaining internal processes.

He is currently pursuing a master's degree in English Literary Studies and World Literature at the University of Bern, having completed his bachelor's degree in English Literatures and Languages with a minor in Sustainable Development. He is specializing in the Environmental Humanities and North American Fiction and holds an in-depth knowledge of Ecocriticism, American Transcendentalism and Science Fiction.

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UniBE International
Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern

UniBE International

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