Hof University of Applied Sciences receives a grant of 750,000 EUR from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for an interdisciplinary cooperation project with international partner universities. The project, which will run for 4 years, has thus prevailed over numerous competitors from all over Germany. The aim is to expand international teaching and practical cooperation. The cooperation program enables students to gain experience abroad as well as practical experience in intercultural teams without having to spend an entire semester abroad.
The new project is called “International Interdisciplinary Partnership Program” (I2P2) and was conceived in cooperation between the faculties of computer science, engineering and economics and the International Office of Hof University of Applied Sciences. The offer in cooperation with six international partner universities is aimed at students of all faculties and disciplines. There is also the possibility of a scholarship to cover travel and accommodation costs.
Cooperation in 5 countries
In cooperation with six international partner universities in Finland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico and the USA (2 partners), Hof University of Applied Sciences develops joint teaching modules. What is special about this is that all modules are interdisciplinary and open to students from all disciplines and faculties. The course achievements can be credited in almost all Bachelor’s degree programs.
Through joint, intercultural and interdisciplinary learning in lectures and practical projects, students are optimally prepared for work in a multicultural and networked world. In internationally mixed teams, students learn and work together on practice-relevant issues.”Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff, Vice President Teaching at Hof University of Applied Sciences
Added value for students
In addition to communication and collaboration in virtual learning environments, integrated excursions between the participating partners in particular ensure an in-depth exchange between students. For the participation in excursions, Hof University of Applied Sciences can award some scholarships for travel and accommodation costs within the framework of the funding.
Through I2P2, students have new opportunities to gain experience abroad without having to complete an entire semester or internship abroad. In addition to priceless experiences and international friendships, there are also unique opportunities to make contacts for later internships or career entry. Participation in the program is ideal for all students who want to enhance their digital, foreign language, intercultural and professional skills.
University president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann welcomes the funding: “As a university of applied sciences, we train specialists for the German economy and lay the foundations for the economic success of many companies. Even small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly international today. They are opening up sales markets around the globe and investing in new locations worldwide. That’s why they need employees who are internationally trained and have the appropriate language and intercultural skills. This is strengthened by this program. For the students themselves, of course, it is very attractive anyway.”
With the program initiative “HAW.International”, the DAAD uses funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support model and cooperation projects for the establishment and expansion of international university cooperation. Hof University of Applied Sciences will be one of 14 universities funded in this project in the period from 2021 to 2024.