It is the aim of the STEMinternational project to anchor the topic of internationalization more strongly in the STEM-subjects. The networking of relevant participants thereby aims to establish a sustainable exchange within the different STEM-departments.
In addition to the general networking of STEM-departments, the project includes carious measures:
Internationalization of the study program:
The introduction of new double degree programs was initiated in individual departments. The STEM faculties were supported by the tandem education which had already established double degree programs, reaching from planning workshops to the definition of suitable programs. By supporting interdisciplinary international summer schools, the in the STEM-area has been broadened, qualitatively and quantitatively. For STEM-students, the range of internship opportunities abroad has been extended, with the support of the STEM faculties and in cooperation with the career center of the University of Bremen.
Study-program preparatory and study-program accompanying measures:
The preparatory course for international applicant was optimized by a technical language preparation course for the German speaking Master program “Produktionstechnik” in the Faculty 4. The establishment of an intercultural teaching and learning culture was supported by the promotion of international guest professorships and qualification measures for administrative employees and lecturers as well as by the broadening in the offer of German courses for international students.
The cross-cutting topics concern the focus on STEM-subjects in existing programs of the International Office as well as qualification measures for the transition into the labor-market. Thus, the range of workshops regarding topics such as “applying and working in Germany” and “starting a business” was widened to facilitate the transition into the German labor-market for international MINT-graduates.
The success of the various measures depends both on the commitment of the students and on the continuous monitoring of the individual measures. The offers also have to be targeting STEM-students directly in order to awaken their interest. Another success factor is the cooperation with existing institutions and initiatives such as “kompass forum international”, the career center and “BRIDGE”.
Many of the carried out measures can be transferred to other universities and can also be implemented both centrally and de-centrally.
Funding: The project is funded by the Donors' Association for Science in Germany , Daimler-Fonds and the Daimler and Benz Foundation, as part of the “STEMinternational Best Strategy Award.”
Within the human resources field, there are plans for a half position for project management, another quarter position as well as two student assistant positions.
The common and regularly conducted networking meetings which are initiated by the International Office in order to initiate an exchange of experience are supposed to make it possible for the faculties to further support this exchange. Many of the measures were designed as pilot projects in close cooperation with the departments. Therefore, the continuation and extension of the measures had been planned in since the beginning.
Victoria Ivleva from Tomsk, Russia
I am Victoria and I am doing my international Master in Digital Media at the University of Bremen. The workshop series “Mind the Gap & Start up” has helped me come to a better understanding about what a StartUp really is and how it is built, step by step. I know now how a StartUp can be financed and why a strong team is important from the very beginning. I have made important contacts this way, and the StartUp scene in Bremen has been opened up to me. But, most importantly, the event gave me the courage to start with my own ideas.