• Working together internationally

HSWT International School

The HSWT International School acts as an ambassador for the HSWT model, which focusses on application-oriented international higher education.

What is the HSWT International School?

The HSWT International School for Applied Life Sciences was founded in 2020, building on over 25 years of experience in international university cooperation as part of the International Master in Agricultural Management programme.

Its main task is to establish and develop partnerships with international universities and develop them into international university networks. The HSWT International School acts as an idea generator or facilitator/moderator for research and development ideas from the partner network. Further tasks include the initiation and realisation of international knowledge transfer and international further and continuing education.


Course enrolment

Students can register for courses using an enrolment key. The course management issues this key.

Strategy: How the HSWT International School works

A place for ideas and their realisation. The HSWT International School is responding to the high international demand for application-oriented academic further education and training as well as knowledge transfer services in the subject areas of the agri-food complex.

With its experience, the HSWT International School supports, for example

  • the organisation of short-term workshops or continuing education courses lasting several months, such as the postgraduate course "Food Chains in Agriculture". The topics are drawn from the regular study programme as well as from the expertise of the HSWT and its partners.
  • The establishment and development of study programmes at international partner universities with a strong application-oriented focus, including practical semesters. The Master's degree programme in International Farm Management is an example of this.
  • in the development of business models for young African entrepreneurs, for example as part of the Technology and Application Pact (TAP)
  • implementing training for smallholder farmers to minimise food losses, as in the HSWT project TOMATO.
  • the establishment and operation of training, competence and application centres abroad

An overriding goal in defining the main areas of work is to contribute to the economic and social development of the partner countries in cooperation with the HSWT's partner universities.

Ongoing projects & initiatives for knowledge transfer

The HSWT International School realises international projects, educational opportunities and cooperations under the motto "The University of applied sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf is becoming more international".

Chronicle of the HSWT International School

  • January: 17 DAAD alumni at the HSWT in Triesdorf on the topic of "Strengthening food security in DAC countries through sustainable Agriculture and improved value chain management" as part of the DAAD Special Alumni Project for the International Green Week.
  • January: Start of the project HSWT goes international: Internationalising best practices, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), short title: HAW.International
  • May: Visit to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and the Yunus Enviornonment Hub team in Kenya as well as Arsi University and Hawassa University in Ethiopia by representatives of the Education Pact with Africa (AmA), Technology and Application Pact (TAP), HAW.International and the Food Startup Incubator Weihenstephan (FSIWS) projects.
  • May: Start of fifth postgraduate course in Triesdorf
  • June: Meeting with Mahmoud Zouaoui, Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the management of the DAAD office in Tunis and visit to the Université de Tunis El Manar, Université de Carthage and Université de Gabès in Tunisia as part of the African-Bavarian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences, Technology and Application Pact (TAP) and HAW.International projects.
  • June: Visit to Khon Kaen University in Thailand as part of the HAW.International project
  • October: 24 DAAD alumni visit the HSWT in Triesdorf on the topic of "Improved use of natural resources in developing countries" as part of the DAAD Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) alumni projects
  • January: Conclusion of cooperation agreement between South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and HSWT
  • February: Acceptance for the DAAD project TOMATO - Harnessing of Efficient Vegetable and Fruit Production, Processing and Marketing Systems in Ethiopia through Practice Based Education and Participatory Research
  • May: Start of the fourth postgraduate course as an online event
  • July/August: Participants of the postgraduate courses 2020/2021 for practical phase in Triesdorf
  • October: Start of the new English-language Master's degree programme in International Farm Management (MFM)
  • Foundation of HSWT International School
  • February: Visit to partner universities in Ethiopia and Kenya to present the International Master in Agricultural Management programme
  • May: Digital seminar room set up for online teaching for 25 African participants of the postgraduate course due to the coronavirus crisis
  • August: Digital kick-off event for the Technology and Application Pact with Africa together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • September: Postgraduate course graduate George Opare Asare from Ghana receives an award at the International Tropentag Conference for his project idea for marketing cashew apples
  • February: Launch of the Ukrainian Farm Management Data (UFMD) project
  • May: Kick-off event for the training pact with Africa with German Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller
  • May: Start of the second postgraduate course
  • September/October: Visit to universities of applied sciences in Kenya and Ethiopia by a HSWT delegation to establish university partnerships
  • November: International Rector's Conference International Future Day, conclusion of numerous international cooperation agreements
  • December: Presentation of International Master in Agricultural Management at Arsi University in Ethiopia
  • May: Start of the first postgraduate course
  • September: Signing of an agreement between the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the HSWT to promote young talent from Africa and research projects for Africa by Federal Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller
  • October: Start of the Theoretical-Oriented to Practical Eduation in Agrarian Studies (TOPAS) project
  • Start of the UNESCO Global Action Programme Education for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, coverage with teaching and research portfolio of HSWT and thus basis for the internationalisation strategy HSWT goes international

Contact persons

Grafische Ansicht der Lage des Campus Triesdorf

Contact us

HSWT International School
Building A, Room A.019
Markgrafenstr. 16
91746 Weidenbach