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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

19.10.2020Press release: 153/2020

BMBF and DAAD support the internationalization of universities of applied sciences and universities of applied sciences with 21 million euros

The universities of applied sciences (HAW) and universities of applied sciences (FH) in Germany receive additional support in order to further develop their level of internationalization compared to the universities. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has selected 31 model projects in its “HAW.International” program, which have now received a total of around 21 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Universities of applied sciences and universities of applied sciences are particularly popular because of their Practical orientation not only in Germany, but also very much appreciated worldwide and serve as a role model. Many of these universities are currently positioning themselves even better internationally. The BMBF and the DAAD support this process with a tailored funding program: “HAW.International”. The main goals of the program are to further strengthen the global competitiveness of this type of university through international cooperation in close cooperation with business and industry and to better prepare students for the international labor market of the future. Digitalization should also receive a further boost. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Germany’s economic strength and its export successes are largely based on high and cutting-edge technology. Many of our internationally successful companies rely on staff with scientific expertise and practical experience. Training students for exactly this is the strength of our universities of applied sciences and universities of applied sciences. International experience and intercultural exchange already during the training round off the profile of the students. This is a real asset for this type of university and further enriches the course and its students. ”DAAD President Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee: “Germany’s universities of applied sciences are highlights in our diverse and strong science and innovation system. With ‘HAW.International’ we want to further encourage them to develop global radiance and to make the model of this successful type of university even better known. The German science system as a whole will also benefit if we support the universities of applied sciences in aligning themselves more internationally than before. ”Background: The 31 model projects that have now been selected are divided into two funding lines: In the first line (Module A) funding the DAAD the development and implementation of internationalization strategies as well as the establishment of international networks in study, teaching, research and transfer. For example, the “HHN-IDEAL – Internationalization through Digitally Enriched Active Study Preparation & Collaborative Learning” project at Heilbronn University was able to convince the selection committee: The university wants to further develop its internationalization strategy, internationalize the curriculum through collaborative, digitally supported formats with partner universities and practice partners, and provide advice Expand digitally for students. A total of 17 universities were able to prevail with their concepts in this first funding line, while the second funding line (Module B) focuses on the development of practice-oriented courses with international cooperation partners and the development of mobility and exchange formats. A total of 14 projects were successful in this funding line, including the “BA.International@HsKA” project of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. The university is planning to set up a “BA.International” study variant with two international semesters for all undergraduate courses, flanked by the exemplary testing of partially virtual student exchanges and a certificate for international and intercultural competence by 2024 the implementation. Funding will start on January 1, 2021.


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