Hans G. Schuetze is a Fellow, Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada) and also a Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom).
As a result of his formal education, he holds a PhD in international public law of the University of Göttingen (Germany), and a LL.M. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (USA). Most relevant things however he has learned from his friends, his wife, his children, his engagement in civic and political activities, his students, and life itself.
He studied social sciences, economics, and law at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn (Germany), Grenoble (France) and of California at Berkeley (USA). After a short career as a lawyer in private practice (specialized in public and international law) and Legal Counselor for two levels of government in Germany, he worked as a policy analyst and research coordinator at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and later as a Minister’s Counselor on technology and human resources development policies in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology (Germany). Based on work he has done in the latter capacity, he was the founder and first General Manager of the Lower Saxony Agency for Technology Transfer and Innovation (NATI), a model that was later emulated in several of the new Länder.
He also served for five years as the elected mayor of the North-Eastern district of the City of Hannover. In this capacity he has been engaged in public self-help and housing projects for immigrants and minority populations as well as in establishing a municipal Learning and Cultural Centre.
Since 1991, he has been a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (of which he was the Director between 1995 to 1996 and again 2002 to 2006). Retired in 2006, he remains a Fellow at the Policy Centre while, at the same time, he has joined the law cabinet Hanske & Nielsen in Hannover, Germany, specializing in legal issues in education as well as in international human rights issues.
He has worked as a consultant on educational policy (OECD, UNESCO, the EU, the Canadian government, the British Columbia provincial government as well as several other education policy bodies). He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Vienna and Graz (Austria), Hannover (Germany), Rouen (France), and Hiroshima (Japan) as well as at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies in Education (Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados, Mexico).
His fields of research and expertise are the economics and the organization of postsecondary education and training, comparative education, lifelong learning, and, more generally, the role of education and training in cultural, social and economic development. He has also done extensive research work on the role of learning, knowledge creation and knowledge management in innovation in private industry, and especially in small and medium companies, as well as on university – industry collaboration. He has published books, scholarly articles and book chapters as well as a number of policy related documents. He is fluent in German, French and English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.