Sunday, 29 May 2011

Formula Teams speed up!

(B. Maleska, second left, and Prof. Wolfmaier, second right, with students of car body engineering)

What do Hochschule Esslingen and TAMK have in common? These two universities of applied sciences, among other things, share fabulous Formula Teams. Both Teams develop and construct their formula vehicles as part of their Bachelor's Degree studies in Automotive Engineering, learn the process step by step under the supervision of their professors, plan and market the various activities carried out with the cars, and of course, race with them.

HS Esslingen in Germany and TAMK have got a Erasmus cooperation agreement that enables student and staff mobility between the two universities of applied sciences. Students from the degree programmes in computer science, automotive engineering and business can attend an exchange programme for 1-2 semesters at the partner institution. Also teaching and non-teaching staff can take the opportunity to visit the partner university to expand and share expertise, as well as to exchange ideas for further cooperation.

International Coordinator for Engineering Riku-Matti Kinnunen from TAMK had the chance to enjoy the hospitality of Ms Beate Maleska, Head International Office, and Prof. Christof Wolfmaier, Dean Automotive Engineering and Academic Director, while calling on HS Esslingen on Monday 23 May. Many ideas of development of the existing partnership arose while visiting the state-of-the-art automotive laboratories of HS Esslingen; Most likely, we will see the Formula Teams visiting each other in the near future.

Text and photo: R-M. Kinnunen

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