IntSpire – Internationalization at RWTH

  Three blue balloons Copyright: © Stanislava Petkova



Lisa Stephens

Head of Department


+49 241 80 90610



2020 IntSpire Prize Winner

The 2020 IntSpire Prize went to the Institute of General Mechanics, represented by Professor Markert, for special services to internationalization at RWTH.

Rector Professor Ulrich Rüdiger awarded the prize in a virtual ceremony on March 11, 2021.

I am thrilled and very proud that we received so many nominations in the first round. This shows how inspiring, how strong, how varied the international spirit at RWTH has developed and evolved.

Professor Ulrich Rüdiger, Rector of RWTH Aachen University

With 31 strong nominations, the jury unanimously decided in favor of the award winner mentioned above.

The International Office and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs extend their sincere congratulations to the winner and look forward to the new selection round for IntSpire 2021. Nominations can be submitted from September 1, 2021.

Play Video
IntSpire 2021 – The prize for Internationalization at RWTH Aachen

IntSpire – the Prize for Internationalization

The University's international orientation permeates all areas of our institution and changes it in a far-reaching and lasting way. This is also fitting because global thinking and a perspective far beyond one's own horizons are crucial for education, teaching, research, and the future of our society. In the search for excellent solutions to the global challenges of our time, we are focusing on being creative, diverse, and international.

Many individuals and institutions are committed to promoting and advancing the various facets of internationalization at RWTH far beyond general expectations or requirements. With the IntSpire Prize, RWTH Aachen University is honoring individuals and institutions at the University who have made an extraordinary contribution to internationalization at RWTH.

The prize is awarded once a year and is endowed with 500 euros. Inspiring achievements and personal commitment to internationalization are made visible and honored by the University management with this prize.


Nomination Form

You can find a nomination form here during the application period, which runs from September 1 to October 31, 2021.


How Do I Participate?

Are you studying, researching, or working at RWTH and know a staff member, student, organization, institution, or institute that is particularly committed to internationalization of RWTH? Then nominate them for the IntSpire prize!

The scope of activities considered as commitment to internationalization is wide and includes, for example:

  • Development of a special service or support offers for international target groups
  • Measures for the improved professional integration of international students or researchers
  • Introduction of new exchange and mobility formats
  • Promotion of intercultural exchange
  • Initiation of new international partnerships or projects
  • Development of joint international research infrastructures
  • Development of innovative international teaching and research formats

The jury, consisting of representatives from University management, professors, International Office, the Staff Council for Technical and Administrative Employees, the Staff Council for Academic Staff, and the students of RWTH Aachen University, will select a prize winner from the proposals received based on the written justification.

The prize will be awarded each year in a special ceremony.

Individuals (students, researchers, staff) or RWTH Aachen University institutions (e.g. organizations, departments, institutes, student organizations) can make nominations. Please note that it is not possible to nominate yourself for the prize.

During the nomination period from September 1 to October 31 of each year, a proposal form will appear in the yellow box. Please fill this out and submit your proposal by email by October 31.