Oxford’s Director of International Strategy visits Jacobs University
On November 6, 2009, Dr. Heather Bell, Director of International Strategy at the University of Oxford and Fellow of the university’s Merton College, visits Jacobs University. Dr. Bell, who is responsible for developing a coherent corporate strategy to promote Oxford’s global profile, international competitiveness, and relations, will meet with Jacobs University’s leadership as well as faculty members, tour the campus and meet with students to get an insight into life and studying at Jacobs University.November 6, 2009
Heather Bell, who has been Oxford’s Director of International Strategy since 2007, has a broad portfolio of responsibilities. This includes analyzing a variety of issues in conjunction with colleagues across the university, such as Oxford’s approach to: - International student recruitment and funding - Integration of international academic staff and students - International educational experiences for all students - International collaborations (research and education) Bell’s background is academic as well as commercial. Brought up in Montreal, Canada, she studied at Harvard University for three years, graduating summa cum laude in History and Science at the age of 20. She was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she studied for her doctorate as a member of Nuffield College. As a Rhodes Research Fellow at St. Hilda's College she completed her book titled "Frontiers of Medicine in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, 1899-1940" (Oxford University Press, 1999). In 1997 she left the academic world and started working for McKinsey, the world's leading management consulting firm, in their Toronto and London offices, advising private sector healthcare companies and public sector institutions on their strategy and organisation. In 2006, shortly before she left the company to take up her present post, she was elected a partner at McKinsey.