New VP International leads university delegation to Mexico

International Cooperation

October 8, 2018

Each year more than 600 students of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) go abroad either for an internship or for a study semester at one the university’s more than 180 partner institutions. Their most popular destination by far is Mexico, where HsKA has two prestigious partner universities, the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Tec) and the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM).

For Prof. Dr. Angelika Altmann-Dieses, the university’s new Vice-President for Academic and International Affairs, it went almost without saying that her first international trip in her new position would lead her to Mexico. Accompanied by Prof. Dr. Frank Pöhler, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, and Dr. Joachim Lembach, Director of HsKA’s International Office, from August 29 to September 7 she first visited UDEM and subsequently the Monterrey Tec campuses of Monterrey, Guadalajara, Querétaro, and Santa Fe.

At UDEM, where the Karlsruhe delegates were joined by Prof. Dr. Stefan Bleiweis, Course Director of the Tricontinental Master in Global Studies at the Faculty of Management Science and Engineering, the visit was mostly about the cooperation within this international Master’s program, whereas at Monterrey Tec bilateral student mobility across various disciplines was discussed. During the visit a new cooperation agreement was signed by Dr. José Manuel Páez, Vice-Rector for International Affairs at Monterrey Tec, which will allow for up to 60 students to be exchanged annually. Furthermore, both at the main campus in Monterrey and at the other campuses the possibility of establishing a double-degree program, in particular in the field of Mechanical Engineering, which was represented by Dr. Pöhler, was discussed.

On each of the Monterrey Tec campuses they visited, the HsKA delegates met with exchange students from Karlsruhe, who were more than happy with their experience so far in terms of the scope and quality of courses, their general study situation, the support provided by Tec de Monterrey staff, leisure activities, and not least their contact with their Mexican fellow students. In view of their students’ positive feedback, there was no question in the mind of the Karlsruhe delegates that the university’s cooperation with Mexico should continue to be an important part of its international activities.