Internationalization Strategy of the Faculty of Automotive Systems and Production:
Objectives and Measures
The Internationalization Strategy of the Faculty of Automotive Systems and Production is based on the conviction, that cosmopolitanism and inter-culturalism, especially at home, are key elements of a successful international cooperation in the area of education and science.
The faculty is aware of its social responsibility in the national as well as in the global context, and is therefore not only aiming to prepare students for an increasingly globalized job market, but to raise their awareness of a global citizenship. Hence, in accordance with the institutional strategy of the TH Köln, the faculty strives to provide its students and staff with opportunities to gain international experiences and to deepen their intercultural skills further.
In accordance with the internationalization objectives of the institutional strategy 2020, the faculty of Automotive Systems and Production formulates the following objectives:
- Establishing and strengthening international partnerships and networks
The establishment and the strengthening of sustainable partnerships with strategically selected international partners, that enhance student and staff mobility, are a key objective of the faculty’s internationalization strategy.
- Internationalizing degree programs and teaching
The faculty of Automotive Systems and Production aims to incorporate internationalization options and international education contents in all existing curricula.
- Improving support structures
To further deepen the internationalization of degree programs, teaching and research, the faculty strives to improve its support structures for students and staff in cooperation with the International Office of the TH Köln.
- Further development of international public relations
The faculty of Automotive Systems and Production has declared the further development of international public relations an important milestone in its overall internationalization process.
In order to realize the respective internationalization objectives, the faculty has defined the following five measures:
Objective 1: Establishing and strengthening international partnerships and networks
- M1) Strengthening international partnerships
The faculty aims to establish and strengthen partnerships with a selected number of universities in the area of study, teaching and research. The faculty’s long-term objective is therefore to establish partnerships that enhance student and staff mobility through joint activities, projects, Erasmus partnerships, and other forms of international cooperation. Amongst others, the faculty of Automotive Systems and Production is an Academic Associated Partner of the EU-funded Green DRIVE project. Additionally, the faculty’s partnership with the Technical University of Warsaw, established in 1988, is of particular significance to the TH Köln.
Objective 2: Internationalizing degree programs and teaching
- M2) International Double Degree Programmes
The faculty of Automotive Systems and Production has so far established two international double degree programmes within its Automotive Engineering bachelor programme. The double degree programmes are carried out in cooperation with the faculty’s partner institutions in Mexico (Tec de Monterrey) and in China (Tongji University). Given the uniqueness of the respective programmes, the faculty is eager to increase the programmes popularity and to encourage more students to participate in the future.
- M3) Incorporating internationalization options in all curricula
The faculty of Automotive Systems and Production aims to incorporate internationalization options and international education contents in all existing curricula. Therefore, every curriculum shall include at least one project or elective module conducted in English by 2025. By internationalizing degree programs and teaching, the faculty in return does not only offer their own students internationalization options at home, but also wishes to attract more international students. In addition, the faculty strives to attract international guest lecturers to come and teach at TH Köln.
Objective 3: Improving support structures
- M4) Information, advice, contact persons
The faculty’s own website provides students with in-depth information and other sources to plan their stay abroad. Personal advice is offered by the faculty’s staff responsible for international affairs and the International Office of the TH Köln. The faculty’s internationalization process and strategy are implemented and monitored by the Vice Dean for International Affairs and their employees.
Objective 4: Further development of international public relations
- M5) International public relations
The faculty of Automotive Systems and Production has declared the further development of international public relations an important milestone in its overall internationalization process. As a consequence, a bilingual faculty website will be created.