IntSpire – Internationalization at RWTHCopyright: © Stanislava Petkova
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IntSpire – the Prize for Internationalization
Nomination Period Starts September 1 to October 15, 2023
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.
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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. Please save the PDF before filling it out.
Past Award Ceremonies
2022 IntSpire Prizewinner
The IntSpire 2022 Prize went to the 3E's 4 Africa Student Initiative in recognition of its special services to internationalization efforts at RWTH.
3 E's 4 Africa has been supporting African students and doctoral candidates at universities in Africa since 2020 with the aim of promoting research projects on the topics of energy transition, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation.
Vice-Rector for International Affairs Professor Ute Habel presented the winners with the prize at the RWTHtransparent event on January 27, 2023.
International Office and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs warmly congratulate the winners and look forward to the selection round for the 2023 IntSpire Prize. Nominations can be submitted from September 1, 2023 to October 15, 2023.