Development of an Internationalisation Strategy at TH Wildau
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Development of an Internationalisation Strategy at TH Wildau

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This is a webpage about the development of the first university-wide internationalisation strategy of the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau. On this site, we will inform you about the background, goals, and status of the project.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the project team.

Email address: internationalisation(at)th-wildau.de

"Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Brief Description and Objectives

What's the context?Open areaClose area

TH Wildau is developing strategies to position itself as a university in relation to its competitors and to give itself a specific profile.

Based on the development of the mission statement in 2019 as well as the university contract and the university development plan, TH Wildau is working on the development of its first university-wide internationalisation strategy in 2020 and 2021.

What are we going to do?Open areaClose area

The aim of the project is to develop a new strategy for internationalisation at TH Wildau in the key areas of Network (international partners), Mobility (incoming and outgoing), Language (German, English and other foreign languages) and Campus ("internationalisation at home").

The development of the internationalisation strategy will be carried out:

  •     by taking into account the professional profile, the university location, and the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg
  •     setting regional and thematic priorities
  •     in a balance of scientific, economic and political goals
  •     in participatory mediation between top-down and bottom-up processes
  •     in the interplay between planned and emergent strategies
  •     with long-term personnel and financial resource planning
  •     in comparison with the Internationalisation Strategy of the Federal Government (2017), the strategy of the Joint Science Conference (2013) and the existing nationwide strategies for individual countries and regions (China, Africa, Europe)
  •     based on values ​​such as freedom of science, institutional autonomy, cosmopolitanism, tolerance, cultural diversity, freedom of expression, fairness, and equality.

The project is scheduled for 2020 and 2021 and will be accompanied externally by the "Internationalization of Universities" compact audit by the University Rectors' Conference (HRK).

Strategy development is also supported by the "HAW.International" funding program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

How do we work together?Open areaClose area

The internationalisation strategy is developed as part of a participatory process and is supported by all areas of the university.

The framework for the project is the HRK's compact audit "Internationalization of Universities", which provides for the creation of an extensive self-report and several consultations (preliminary talk, audit visit and consolidation workshop) with the HRK advisors.

In addition to the HRK audit, internal TH meetings of the project group and the Centre for International Affairs, university meetings on the subject of internationalisation, and events with external partners of the university (from politics, business, society, and guests from international partner universities) are planned.

As we work on this project, your participation will be very important. Let's tackle this project together!

Project Architecture

Steering Group (Executive Committee): Steering of the ProjectOpen areaClose area

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tippe (President)
  • Thomas Lehne (Chancellor)
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Reiff-Stephan (Vice President for Studies and Teaching)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus-Martin Melzer (Vice President for Research and Transfer)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kubica (Vice President for Digitalisation and Quality Management)

Project Group: Central Working LevelOpen areaClose area

  • Dr. Gregory Bond (for the Centre for International Affairs, Language Centre)
  • Aynur Durak (for the Student Council, University Policy and International Affairs)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Hederer (for the Faculty of Business, Computing, and Law)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Hotes (for the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences)
  • Dr. Svenja Kornher (for the Executive Committee, Department of Studies and Teaching)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kubica (for the Executive Committee, Department of Digitalisation and Quality Management)
  • Viatcheslav Obodzinkskiy (for the Wildau Institute of Technology)
  • Marianne Polkau (for the Executive Committee, Department of Research and Transfer)
  • Dr. Angelika Schubert (for the Centre for International Affairs, International Office)
  • Sebastian Stoye (for the Centre for University Communication)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Trencsik (for the Faculty of Business, Computing, and Law)
  • Dr. Sabine Vollmert-Spiesky (for the Executive Committee, Department of Administration)
  • Prof. Dr. Eckart Wolf (for the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences)
  • Kathrin Wüst (for the Centre for International Affairs, International Preparatory Programs)

Project Management and Coordination: Support of the ProjectOpen areaClose area

  • Prof. Ulrike Tippe (Project Leader)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Wolf (Centre for International Affairs, Section "Strategic International Partnerships and Programmes"
  • Iris Danowski (Advisor German Rectors' Conference)
  • Stephan Keuck (Advisor German Rectors' Conference)

Project Workflow

Kick-off Meeting of the Audit Project Group (January 21, 2020)Open areaClose area

  • Presentation of the framework for internationalisation and the target dimensions of the HRK
  • Introduction to the status quo of internationalisation at TH Wildau
  • Process flow, forms of cooperation, and website
  • First steps towards self-reporting (SWOT analyses)

Receipt of the Audit Documents from the HRK (February 5, 2020)Open areaClose area

  • Receipt of a guide and a structured template for the preparation of the self-report, which contains the key questions on the institutional classification of the university and the status quo of internationalisation
  • Dissemination of documents and discussion with the project group

Closed Meeting of the Centre for International Affairs (February 17, 2020)Open areaClose area

One-day closed meeting for topics related to the areas of the Centre for International Affairs:

  •     International Office
  •     Strategic international partnerships and programmes
  •     Language Centre
  •     International preparation programs (Wildau Foundation Year, Welcome Center)

Submission of the Audit Self-Report (October 19, 2020)Open areaClose area

  • Content of the report: motives and goals, strengths and weaknesses and development potential of TH Wildau with a view to its internationalisation
  • Written jointly by the project group
  • Qualitative: contains self-reflection; quantitative: provides data
  • Time frame for creation: approx. 4 months; the report itself remains confidential
  • Based on the self-report, identification of stakeholders by the audit team for one-to-one interviews

Audit Preliminary Talk with the HRK (January 11, 2021)Open areaClose area

  • Explanation of the tasks and workflow in the context of the audit process
  • Answering questions from the project group
  • Time frame: about three hours

Meeting of the project group to revise the self-report (March 17, 2021)Open areaClose area

  • Discussion of the proposals from the project group for the revision of the self-report
  • Discussion of initial prioritisation of the goals of the internationalisation strategy

Audit On-Site Visit (June 28 to July 1, 2021)Open areaClose area

  • Time frame: two days
  • Central tool of advice by the HRK
  • Identification of the need for action and development prospects for the internationalisation of the TH Wildau based on the self-report by the project group and the audit team
  • Exchange with the project group
  • Individual and group discussions
  • Based on the discussions and the self-report:development of recommendations for the further internationalisation of the university by the HRK

Receipt of the Catalog of Recommendations from the HRKOpen areaClose area

  • Content of the catalog of recommendations: systematic recommendations on the strategic orientation of internationalisation and the optimisation of internationalisation processes and measures at TH Wildau
  • Where applicable, a needs-based integration of selected good practice examples from other institutions
  • Will be received about two months after the audit visit; recommendation catalog remains confidential

Audit Consolidation WorkshopOpen areaClose area

  • At the end of the audit: HRK supports the development of an implementation strategy coordinated with the goals and resources of the university
  • Presentation of the first results of the internal coordination process by the project group and discussion with the audit team
  • First start in prioritising future goals and measures or in sustainable implementation planning

Meeting of the Project Group to further develop the strategyOpen areaClose area

Further information to come

University-wide meeting on internationalisation strategyOpen areaClose area

Further information to come

Presentation and discussion of the internationalisation strategy in committeesOpen areaClose area

Further information to come

Implementation review by an internationalisation strategy commissionOpen areaClose area

Further information to come