Internationalization and transfer of dual study models in Europe: scientific expectations, challenges and potentials
InT#Tech is a project, funded by Erasmus +, which compares cooperative study systems in the participating countries to intensify the international exchange. All participating universities offer cooperative study programmes. The aim of these programmes are to combine practical experience in cooperative companies with theoretical knowledge at the universities. Due to the structure of these specific programmes, there is a difficulty to integrate internationalisation as fixed part of the study programme. Although all systems differ from each other, the project will use synergies to offer new perspectives to all students. Regarding the employee requirements of the future, students should learn early, how to work in international groups and which skills they will need for an engineer’s career. Therefore, the project focuses on digital learning methods as well as current topics in their universities’ technical departments. When it comes to artificial intelligence or energy, all future engineers and companies have to involve these innovations. That is why students have to learn intensively to deal with the innovations. The aims of “InT#Tech” are to give recommendations to all organisations how to train future engineers in a cooperative and international context and to establish a joint international module.
In general, the summer school is one instrument of the project to spread the contents and especial to share them with students and their companies. All stakeholders will profit from the knowledge of the universities involved.
The summer school is an additional and preparing chance for students to get in touch with new contents and the international groups. In the end, the students’ horizon of knowledge on new technical innovations should be enlarged for their current and coming tasks as employees. The involved universities are specialists when it comes to the synergies of academic knowledge and practical experiences. The summer school reflects this challenge in involving company visits. Additionally, the students have to work independently on own projects during the week.
The goal of the project is to develop and experiment a cooperative teaching unit that pioneer dual students will attend in the participating universities. The co-development of this innovative module will take into account the diversity of sandwich program models existing among the partners. Lectures with combined theory and practice will be emphasized. The project has the ambition to disseminate best-practices in internationalization of dual programs, by integrating a first international experience in apprentice teaching programs.
Duration of the project: September 2018 – August 2020
Metropolia is Finland’s largest University of Applied Sciences with 16700 students. All degree programmes include ECTS of elective studies that are arranged with multi-professional teams to better resonate with the current demand of work life. All students have to cooperate with employers to graduate.
InT#Tech is funded by Erasmus+ and DAAD to enlarge the exchange of best practise and to enable strategic partnerships among European universities and companies. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.