University of Göttingen: Project for Internationalisation, Digitalisation and Diversification

The University of Göttingen has received 1.5 million euros for a three year digital teaching project, “Internationalisation of curricula: Internationalisation – digitisation – diversification”, aimed at the internationalisation of study programmes.

The funding is being provided by the Federal State of Lower Saxony in order to improve the quality and conditions for teaching and learning. Beginning earlier this year, the university has started a strategically oriented, university-wide and systematic internationalisation of its study programmes.

From the winter semester 2016/2017 teachers will be supported in the design of virtual learning environments and digital teaching and learning materials. They will also be working together with guest professors from abroad.

In the Faculty of Economics there will be a new course focusing on fieldwork in international contexts. In the summer, students from Indonesia, Pakistan and India will begin filming videos to give their fellow students first-hand insights into actual research abroad. In the new seminar, students will have the opportunity for virtual exchanges with local partners based on their own research questions.

“The virtual collaboration in these teaching projects encourages communication across language barriers. This also creates a deeper understanding of cultural differences and similarities.”–project coordinator Dr. Tanja Reiffenrath from Division Academic Affairs

These new formats and forms of communication and collaboration for teaching should be broadly accessible and take into consideration the different life situations of students. The aim is to enable as many students as possible to develop their international and intercultural skills through these new teaching and learning materials.

“These are skills for career success in academia, business and politics, as well as for life in our society influenced by migration,”

said Prof. Casper Hehne.

“Currently, on average only about 30 percent of German students spend a semester abroad, and German universities face the challenge of ensuring international expertise and intercultural skills.”

Students were actively involved in the internationalisation of the study programmes. Many ideas for the design of the project originated in discussions with representatives from the student councils. The student voice also carried great weight in the decision-making process on the allocation of project funds.

From 1 to 3 November 2016 the university–in cooperation with the DAAD and the German Rectors’ Conference–will host and International Conference: “Internationalisation of the Curricula in Universities: Concepts, Initiatives, Action”.

More information about the development of the curricula and about the conference can be found at the University of Göttingen.

Photo credit: “www.colourbox.com”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from University of Göttingen.

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