Amidst increasing globalisation, internationalisation is steadily becoming more and more important and is therefore becoming a priority for education and research policy as well as for universities. As an interdisciplinary process, internationalisation is a central component in HSWT’s profile development.
This process is implemented by expanding international activities in all areas and combining existing regional and national activities to maximise their outcomes. By combining practice-based training with application-centred research, HSWT offers unique opportunities for establishing international cooperation. In addition, HSWT’s teaching and research portfolio provides extensive coverage of global challenges and tasks. These include, for example, the UN’s '17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - Agenda 2030' or the UNESCO global action programme 'Education for Sustainable Development'. This gives HSWT a unique opportunity to attract foreign students, teaching staff and researchers as well as to give HSWT students the opportunity to gain international qualifications. This creates an exchange between different institutions and cultures and also helps to solve regional and global issues.
At Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, the internationalisation of all organisational units is implemented as part of its profile development within the framework of the 'HSWT goes International' strategy. In the course of this strategy, the Commission for International Affairs was set up and is chaired by the Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity, Prof. Dr Carsten Lorz. HSWT’s commitment to international education is reflected in its worldwide study and internship exchanges, combined programmes of study and its active collaboration with numerous educational institutions around the world. HSWT’s teaching portfolio is complemented by a range of courses taught in English, an example of which is the 'Climate Change Management' master's programme, which is due to begin in the 2020/2021 winter semester. Another element of HSWT’s internationalisation strategy is its international research project activities and international networks, for example in the countries of Africa (e.g. Training Pact with Africa, Bavarian-Ethiopian-Alliance), Eastern Europe (e.g. TOPAS research project with Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Armenia), Asia (e.g. NIAP research project in Cambodia) and Latin America (e.g. soil function research in Colombia).
HSWT has already received several awards for its internationalisation efforts. Its International Master in Agricultural Management programme received the quality label for international master's programmes from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German 'Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft' named it as one of the ten best international master's programmes at German universities in 2008. It received the Erasmus 'E-quality’ seal in 2011, has joined the National Code of Conduct for German Universities regarding International Students in 2015 and was ranked in the top 10 of all German universities in the Erasmus+ best practice partner project in 2017.
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