IntSpire – Internationalization at RWTH

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2021 IntSpire Prize Winner

The 2021 IntSpire Prize went to Professor Ralf Weiskirchen for his exceptional commitment to internationalization at RWTH.

Professor Ute Habel, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, presented him with the prize in a festive ceremony on May 9, 2022.

The open and friendly culture of the entire institute, which you have helped shape with your great motivation and commitment – also on a deeper, more personal level, makes it easy for everyone to develop their potential.

Professor Ute Habel, Vice-Rector for International Affairs at RWTH Aachen University


The jury unanimously chose Professor Weiskirchen out of 20 very strong nominations.

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 the 2022 IntSpire Prize. Nominations can be submitted from September 1 through October 15, 2022.

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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.


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 15 of each year, a proposal form will appear in the yellow box. Please fill this out and submit your proposal by email by October 15.


Past Award Ceremonies

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IntSpire 2020 – The prize for Internationalization at RWTH Aachen