Monday, 4 June 2012

Staff exchange in Germany

Entrance to Building D at Berliner Tor Campus of HAW

Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW) welcomed me for an Erasmus staff exchange in May and offered a chance to meet colleagues and students, as well as to see the facilities of the Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering of HAW. The visit was hosted by Prof. Peter Seyfried, a Lecturer in the Degree Programme of Automotive Engineering. Prof. Seyfried attended the Internatonal Week of Engineering at TAMK in March 2012, and was happy to return the hospitality at his home university.

Prof. Peter Seyfried in front of a prototype model of the Blended Wing Body aeroplane

TAMK has got an Erasmus agreement with HAW enabling student and staff mobility in the field of Electrical, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. HAW is proud to offer a 30-ECTS package of studies conducted in English in Aeronautical Engineering every Spring Semester, and this year two TAMK students are studying this programme module. These students are also active in the HAWKS that is the Formula Racing Team of HAW. TAMK has an equivalent team, and the working and learning activities in the Team offer the students an extra opportunity to deepen their knowledge about this specific type of cars.

Students in a lab session beside one of the two wind tunnels of HAW

My exchange continued at Hochschule Hannover (HH) later the same week, and included meetings with colleagues from the Faculties of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and the International Office. The visit was hosted by Prof. Wilfried Stiller from Fakultät II - Maschinenbau und Bioverfahrenstechnik, and Ms Beate Blümel from the International Office.

I also had the chance to talk to the TAMK student who is currently completing his student exchange at HH. He was very happy about his stay and studies in Hannover, and recommends the international exchange to every university student. There will be four students from Hannover coming to TAMK for a one-year exchange in August 2012. All these students will be studying in the Double Degree Programme of Mechanical and Production Engineering awarding them both the German and the Finnish Bachelor's Degree in Engineering.

From Hamburg and Hannover reported Riku-Matti Kinnunen, International Coordinator for Engineering, Technology and Natural Resources

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