IntSpire – Internationalization at RWTH

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Lisa Stephens

Head of Department


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Nomination Form

You can find a nomination form here during the application period, which runs from October 1 to November 30, 2020.


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. By introducing the IntSpire Prize in 2020, 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 at the beginning of 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 October 1 to November 30 of each year, a proposal form will appear in the yellow box. Please fill this out and submit your proposal by email by November 30, 2020.