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Kickoff: Global Design & Media CoSpace

The "Global Design & Media CoSpace" project’s digital kickoff meeting was attended by partner universities from Norway, Austria, Thailand and the USA, members of the international project initiated and organized by Professor Claudia Aymar and the degree programs Media: Conception & Production and Creative Media Conception. “The project is a huge success. Not only because it has received one of the largest grants ever awarded to RheinMain University of Applied Sciences by DAAD. It will also have an enormous long-term impact on the internationalization of the university,” said University President Professor Eva Waller in her opening speech. “Cosmopolitanism and a high regard for critical thinking, as well as the willingness to ask uncomfortable questions, must be, and are, crucial to us as a university. And I think we should strive to encourage our students to do just that – in the lecture hall, but also by offering them opportunities to step out of their comfort zone and come into contact with different people from different countries with different opinions,” said the President, who is deeply committed to promoting the university's international relations.

Dr. Sid Suntrayuth, Vice-Dean of the International College of NIDA, has a long history of collaboration with international students and teaching staff. “One of the college's main objectives is to expand the student experience, to promote internationalization as well as exchange, and that includes cultural exchange,” explained Dr. Sid Suntrayuth in one of the group sessions during which representatives from each university had the opportunity to exchange ideas and get to know one another. Robin Murray from the University of River Falls in Wisconsin shared some of the experiences she has had with students from RheinMain University of Applied Sciences: “It was such a pleasure to work with them!” The professor and department chair at the Faculty of Stage and Screen Arts is delighted at the prospect of a future joint platform to further optimize collaboration.

Expanding mobility, excursions, double degrees and much more

In addition to the project platform, other concrete project objectives were also discussed, such as joint teaching programs like 'English for the Creative Industries', 'Travelling Classrooms' and excursions to partner universities in 2022. Further topics were increasing the mobility of students and teaching staff, the development of an inter-university program in the field of languages and intercultural competence, as well as double degrees with ICO NIDA and Volda University College, which are already under development. The major objective for the future is the expansion of structures to enable a greater degree of internationalization in the disciplines and beyond.

Global Design & Media CoSpace includes Volda University College (Norway), the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna (Austria), the National Institute of Development Administration NIDA (Thailand) and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (USA). The aim is to establish an even closer network with these important partner universities over the next four years. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) support the internationalization of universities of applied sciences (HAW) with a total of 21 million euros as part of the HAW.International program. 31 model projects were selected, including that of RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, which will receive around 1 million euros.

Corporate communications, June 15, 2021