Philipp Reichert is the Director of Global Engagement at UBCO and a proud campus alumnus.
Originally from Germany, Philipp is an experienced international educator with extensive experience living, studying and working internationally in the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and the United States. He is involved in a number of volunteer roles with the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Association of International Educators, Association of International Education Administrators, AMSSA, and as a member of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership Committee as well as in community activities.
Philipp is currently Co-Chair of CBIE’s National Advisory Committee on Immigration and holds a PhD in Educational Leadership.
Prior to joining UBC, he worked at the Rotterdam School of Management with their International and Executive MBA programs, and before that at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies in the Netherlands.
At UBCO, Philipp is responsible for bringing a cross-cultural lens to high-impact decisions that support students around the world. As a strong advocate for international students, Philipp significantly amplifies student needs by serving as a mentor through CBIE’s International Emerging Leaders Network, influencing policy change with the Canadian government through his role as Co-Chair of CBIE’s CCI (since 2020) and lead the design and implementation of CBIE’s international student and immigration education program for counselors employed in public and private language schools and post-secondary institutions across Canada (in 2015).
Philipp is often called upon as a subject matter expert, frequent facilitator and presenter to address national and international challenges. Most recently, Philipp co-designed a series of agent-focused programs for the Government of Saskatchewan (2021-22). Philipp is also a member of the AIEA Senior Advisors program and the Membership & Awards committee.
Philipp is also involved in community activities focused on welcoming newcomers to the Okanagan Valley – from leading initiatives focused on transitioning and supporting participation in the AMSSA BCSIS task force to supporting newcomers. arrivals. Philipp contributes to the international education community through his volunteer positions, including serving as a member and leader of CBIE’s National Immigration Advisory Committee during COVID-19. As Co-Chair of the AIC, Philipp has worked closely with stakeholders across Canada, engaging in conversations with IRCC that have resulted in important policy changes for international students. Outside of work and volunteering, Philipp leads a busy family life with his wife Elysia, five-year-old son and toddler twins.
Philipp completed his doctoral studies at the University of Calgary with his thesis focusing on the internationalization of higher education, in particular the link between government policies, institutional programming and international student career transitions. He co-published a chapter of the book Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the International Student Experience in Canadian Higher Education. He obtained his master’s degree with honors in international relations from the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. He holds a CRIC designation in Canadian Immigration Law and a BA from UBC’s Okanagan Campus in Political Science and History.
His commitment was underscored by the decision of the CBIE Board of Directors to award Philipp the 2016 CBIE Northern Star Award for Emerging Leadership in International Education. In September 2020, he received the UBC Staff Award of Excellence for Global Citizenship for his involvement with UBC, the local community, national organizations and government agencies.
In 2021, Philipp received the Harold Josephson Prize from the IAEA for his doctoral research.