Successful Summer School Season at RWTH Aachen
61 students from ten countries spent their summer in Aachen this year, participating in three different summer schools, during which they got to know different RWTH Aachen institutes and the city of Aachen a bit better through numerous visits to companies and excursions.
The Automotive and Mobility Studies summer school took place in June and made itself out to be a successful short program with its emphasized interdisciplinary set up, including involvement from the Institute of Automotive Engineering, ika, the Institute of Urban Construction and Transport, ISB, and the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, ISEA.
The second summer school began mid-July. The three-week long Automation and Simulation summer school is conducted under the scientific direction of the Head of the Institute of General Mechanics, IAM. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Markert introduced a practical project week to the program, which participants accepted with great enthusiasm. This summer school was supported by DAAD with funds from the Foreign Office, AA, thus enabling three Brazilian students from Ciência sem Fromteiras, Science without Borders, to participate in the program free of charge.
German Engineering, Language and Culture – the exclusive summer school for students from Keio University, Japan, a partner univeristy of RWTH Aachen – concluded the summer school season during the last three weeks of August. The Keio-Aachen summer school isa joint project of RWTH International Academy with the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, WZL, the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, the Department of Physics, Aachen Process Engineering, the Language Center, and the International Office. 17 students from the oldest Japanese private university came to Aachen for the program's eighth year.
Aside from technical lessons, the students from Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Italy, China, India, the USA, and Switzerland were able to enjoy an international atmosphere and expand their network. One particular highlight of all of the summer schools is close contact to German student mentors from the International Office's BeBuddy program. Mentors afforded their mentees not only a glace at everyday campus life but also at student life in Aachen. The language courses conducted by the RWTH Aachen Language Center also helped participants become familiar with the German language and culture.