Oct 20, 2017
After their crash-course on the German Higher Education System in Berlin, the 15 participants of the Fulbright program for U.S. Administrators in Higher Education explored different institutions throughout the country:
At the Technische Universität Darmstadt, the participants particularly noted the strong partnerships with the local Fraunhofer Institute and many industry partners such as Merck, Audi and Siemens. They also found “TU Ingenium is Ingenious”, describing a capacity building program which was developed in 2005 for PhD candidates in their early stages.
Another group experienced the beautiful location and rich tradition of Universität Heidelberg. Having said that, Germany’s oldest university – founded in 1386 – is also renown for its 14 state-of-the-art research centers with a strong focus on cancer research.
At the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, a University of Applied Science in Siegburg, another group of Fulbrighters was impressed with the high level of innovation and internationalization: technology is for instance leveraged to promote cultural experiences. Participating in an undergraduate class on Intercultural Communication, the Fulbrighters got to discuss German and American culture with students from France, Canada, Russia, Turkey, Kenya, Ghana and Germany.
On their way to Brussels, the last leg of their program, the Darmstadt and Siegburg groups could already meet on the train and exchange experiences. As Fulbrighter Dr. Grant Norton, Dean of the Honors College and Professor at Washington State University, stated: “A common theme that emerged was the openness of German institutions to partner and work with their counterparts in the United States and also the way that Germany’s higher education institutions have accommodated refugees.”
Info on what the U.S. Administrators are up to in the European capital to follow…