Universities of Bavaria and Saarland Recognised as Leaders in Internationalization

The Technical University of Munich, the Technical University of Deggendorf and the University of Saarland have won the “Best Performance Prize” as part of the MINTernational funding programme, a joint initiative of the Association for the Promotion of German Science, the Daimler Fund and the Daimler and Benz Foundation.

At the conference “How international should MINT be?” A jury selected the prize winners of the “Best Performance Prize”. The performance of the universities in the internationalisation of the MINT subjects was measured by means of 20 indicators and a progress report on the strategy and environment of the universities.

The Technical University of Munich.

The jury noted: The TU Munich is the most internationalised university in the MINT subjects in Germany. The progress report showed that the university has further increased the proportion of international students. The TU München is international on all university levels, from professorships to administration, and is a model for the MINT subjects at other universities.

The Technical University of Deggendorf.

The jury praised: The development of the university in recent years being characterised by a marked internationality. The progress report documents a clear growth in all key figures, especially among the international students.

The University of Saarland.

The jury stated: The university has decided to further strengthen internationalisation as a feature of the university in a financing environment characterised by budget cuts. The progress report documents a high growth in staff mobility as well as in the share of international graduates and graduates. The efforts to integrate refugees into the university were rated as outstanding by the jury.

The MINTernational programme has been supporting universities in the implementation of their internationalization strategies in the MINT disciplines for three years.

First-class MINT education “is vital for the research and business,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, in his address to the conference participants.

If Germany is to continue to be internationally successful, “we need talents that are at home not only in their specialist area, but also in the world. This also applies to the digital world.”

In order to further promote MINT education, universities with model projects can currently apply to begin studies. The projects will help to facilitate the integration of international students in higher education and society through the preparation of studies and supporting measures during the first semesters.

The MINTernational funding programme is part of the Educational Initiative “Making the Future” of the Association for the Promotion of German Science, which wants to support the debate on better education in Germany. To this end, the Association has identified key fields of action for the first time and formulated quantitative educational goals for the university sector in 2020.http://www.stifterverband.org/minternational

More information: Stifterverband / Association for the Promotion of German Science

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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