Marc Schulze
Research Associate | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Marc Schulze joined the Leibniz Junior Research Group “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education: International Branch Campus Development at the Interface of Network and Territorial Embeddedness” in May 2018.

He studied Geography, Political Science and English Studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany), the University of Sheffield (UK) and the University of Strasbourg (France) and graduated from Freiburg University with a postgraduate thesis on the interplay between university development and local economic transformations using a case study of the English city of Sheffield. During his studies he worked as research and teaching assistant at the Department for Environmental Social Science and Geography of the University of Freiburg and the Geography Department of the University of Munich, and also gained practical experience in the fields of academic mobility programmes and university partnerships. After graduation he worked as teaching and research associate in Human Geography at the University of Freiburg. His current research focus is in Economic Geography with wider research interests in Political and Social Geography.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Globalisation
Knowledge Economy
Global Production Networs
Disciplines
Geography
Political Geography
Economical Geography
Social Geography
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Document Analysis
Expert Interviews
Semi-Structured Interviews
Content Analysis

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

In the past twenty years, the number of students completing university studies in a foreign country has constantly been on the rise. In addition, many universities are investing in international branch campuses (IBCs) abroad. These are initial indices for a parallel globalisation of knowledge-intensive branches of the economy and of the university landscape. The Leibniz Junior Research Group “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education” (TRANSEDU) is concerned with the relationship between globalised economic processes and the internationalisation of the academic and research landscapes. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

Universities get access to national higher education markets in South East Asia through investments in offshore branches and international partnerships. How market access is regulated and how transnational networks are coupled with regional contexts is not only subject to temporal change. It is also of utmost economic and socio-cultural relevance to the actors involved. This PhD project examines these issues in the case regions of Malaysia and Singapore. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2021
Kleibert, J. M., Rottleb, T., Schulze, M., & Bobée, A. Strategy First: Ten Questions to Answer before Starting an International Campus
Kleibert, J. M., & Schulze, M. (2021). EduCity in Iskandar Malaysia: Eine transnationale Bildungszone als Megaprojekt. Geographische Rundschau, 73(4), 34-39.
Schulze, M. (2021). Of Bumping and Bending: Foreign Universities' FDI Strategies in Malaysia. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 112(2), 179-194. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12472
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2021). Transnational Education Zones: Towards an Urban Political Economy of ‘Education Cities’. Urban Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020962418
2020
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2020). Global Geographies of Offshore Campuses. Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Kleibert, J. M., & Schulze, M. (2021). EduCity in Iskandar Malaysia: Eine transnationale Bildungszone als Megaprojekt. Geographische Rundschau, 73(4), 34-39.
Schulze, M. (2021). Of Bumping and Bending: Foreign Universities' FDI Strategies in Malaysia. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 112(2), 179-194. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12472
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2021). Transnational Education Zones: Towards an Urban Political Economy of ‘Education Cities’. Urban Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020962418
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Kleibert, J. M., Rottleb, T., Schulze, M., & Bobée, A. Strategy First: Ten Questions to Answer before Starting an International Campus
Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2020). Global Geographies of Offshore Campuses. Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.

Talks

2021
Foreign Universities' Strategies in Malaysia – Stretching Organisation and Regulation

Transnational Higher Education: A Focus on International Branch Campuses

June/03/2021
Society for Research into Higher Education, Manchester, United Kingdom

2019
International Branch Campus Development and Academics‘ International Mobilities

International Workshop “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education”

January/11/2019
Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

2018
Widersprüche und Aushandlungen von Mobilitätserfahrungen durch WissenschaftlerInnen in Räumen transnationaler Hochschulbildung

Praktiken des Umgangs mit Mobilitätsanforderungen in der Arbeitswelt

November/23/2018
Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany

News
July/01/2021

Universities are increasingly investing in offshore locations, partly to generate revenue in the form of tuition fees, partly to achieve reputational gains. There are currently almost 500 offshore campuses worldwide. At the same time, campuses are also being closed every year. The Junior Research Group TRANSEDU, headed by Jana Kleibert, investigates the internationalisation strategies of universities. Under the title "Strategy First: Ten Questions to Answer before Starting an International Campus", Jana Kleibert, Tim Rottleb, Marc Schulze and Alice Bobée have now presented a policy paper that addresses university leaders and political decision-makers and analyses the risks of international campus developments. more info