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German Diplomat at York University

German diplomat appointed director of York’s Canadian Centre for German and European Studies

TORONTO — Dr. Klaus Rupprecht, until recently consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto, has been appointed director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies (CCGES) at York University. He took up his position in mid-August 2007.

"As consul general, I have actively followed CCGES’s growing academic and public strengths and am convinced of the important role it plays within the Canadian landscape," says Rupprecht. "I am delighted to join the centre and to be entrusted with its leadership."

Rupprecht has more than 30 years of experience as a German diplomat, including posts in Germany, China, Brazil, Taiwan, Portugal, the United States and Canada. Prior to being appointed consul general in 2002, he was a fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs and then director general of the German Institute Taipei in Taiwan. He holds a PhD in law from the University of Tübingen and a master’s degree in comparative law from the University of Iowa, and speaks six languages including German, Mandarin, English and French.

At CCGES, Rupprecht will be responsible for administering the centre, raising funds in support of its research and other scholarly activities, and developing closer ties between the centre and diplomatic, private and cultural communities. He succeeds Professor Mark Webber, the centre’s founding director, who will remain active within CCGES as a resident scholar and executive committee member.

"Although comparatively young, the centre is thriving thanks to the strong internal leadership and research of its faculty," says Webber. "To grow, we need an administrator with expertise in the diplomatic, fundraising and public visibility portfolios. Dr. Rupprecht’s time at Harvard gave him a good sense of how research centres operate, and he is familiar with both York and the wider community that the University and centre serve. All of us at CCGES support this outstanding appointment."

CCGES houses the secretariat of the Ontario / Baden-Württemberg and Ontario / Rhône-Alpes Student Exchange Programs and the Canadian Werkstudentenprogramm. As consul general, Rupprecht was instrumental in helping to secure funding for the first two programs from the Ontario government.

"Klaus Rupprecht brings an appreciation of the role of research and a wealth of experience in foreign policy, administration and fundraising to York," says Stan Shapson, vice-president research & innovation. "He has played an important role in supporting both academic and cultural affairs through the German consulate, and has well-established contacts that will benefit the University. We are very pleased to welcome him to York."

CCGES creates and disseminates critical knowledge about Germany in its European context and about Europe as a geographical, political, social, cultural, and economic entity. Additional research and program information is available at

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada’s most international city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as 200,000 alumni worldwide. York’s 11 faculties and 24 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.


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