Bernd Widdig

Special Assistant to the Associate Provost for International Activities

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
bwiddig@mit.edu - 617-253-1257

As Special Assistant to the Associate Provost for International Activities Bernd Widdig supports the office on a part-time basis. He served as its Director for International Activities at MIT since 2013. He continues to work with MIT’s senior leadership on the Institute’s large global engagements, its overall international strategy, and serves as a liaison to high-level delegations and partners from around the world.

Bernd Widdig

Bernd Widdig joined MIT from Boston University where he served as Executive Director of BU Study Abroad since 2011. Between 2007 and 2011, he was Director of the Office of International Programs at Boston College and the founding Director of BC’s McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies. Previous to Boston College, Bernd worked at MIT between1989 and 2007 in both faculty and administrative positions. He was the Associate Director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) and founded and directed the MIT-Germany Program.

After receiving his Ph.D in German Studies from Stanford University, Bernd Widdig began his academic career at MIT in 1989 as a faculty member in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Section with a research focus on 20th century German culture. He is the author of numerous publications, among them “Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany” (2001). He received his Erstes Staatsexamen in Economics/Political Science and German literature from the University of Bonn.

In 2008, he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.