Renowned political expert and vice-dean
As a professor at the universities of Leipzig and Dresden, from the mid-1990s political scientist Monika Medick-Krakau made a significant contribution to the internationalization of Saxony’s universities. Moreover, for over 15 years she shaped the degree programme
in international relations co-founded by her at Dresden University of Technology. Monika Medick-Krakau was born in Hamburg in 1946. Between 1966 and 1971, she studied history, sociology and political science at the universities of Marburg and Erlangen. After passing the first state teacher-training examination, she began a doctorate at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. In 1976, she completed her thesis on the arms export policy of the United States. Other stages of her academic career included the University of Trier and the Free University of Berlin. From 1983 to 1989, Monika Medick-Krakau researched transatlantic relations at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin and made several field trips to the USA. After her habilitation in 1992, Monika Medick-Krakau held the Chair of International Relations at the University of Konstanz for one year before being entrusted with the Chair of International Economic Relations at Leipzig University in the 1993/94 winter semester. In 1995, Monika Medick-Krakau was offered the Chair of International Relations at Dresden University of Technology. In this role, she enthusiastically and successfully organized research and teaching in this field until her early retirement in 2010. In 1998, she co-founded the degree programme in international relations at Dresden University of Technology. This interdisciplinary course, which is still very popular, was the first of its kind anywhere in Germany. In 2002, Monika Medick-Krakau founded the Centre for International Studies, remaining its director until 2008. In addition, she was involved in academic self-government. From 2001 to 2006, she was the vice-rector of education at Dresden University of Technology. Married with one son, Monika Medick-Krakau died in 2011 in Berlin at the age of just 64 after a serious illness.
Fotonachweis: Technische Universität Dresden, Universitätsarchiv (1, 2, 3, 4)
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