International Cooperation Online (ICON)


The continuous improvement of teaching and learning through meaningful use of didactically sound methods of blended learning as well as strategic and complementary international cooperations have high priority at RWTH.

In order to support the expansion of existing and initiation of strategic pioneering partnerships in teaching, the "International Cooperation Online (ICON)" competition was organized for the first time in 2021.

In the first call, 11 internationally oriented, online-based teaching formats were funded with up to 15,000 euros each. The total funding amounted to around 157,000 euros. Among the successful projects were innovative approaches to foster collaboration between students at RWTH and partner universities, as well as English-language MOOCs.

The MOOCs will be developed in collaboration between the responsible chair, CLS and, where appropriate, strategically significant partners such as the Idea League universities. A number of the MOOCs will be published on edX.

The projects run until May 2023 and successfully developed concepts will be curricularly anchored.


Funded Projects

International Cooperation Online (ICON): 1. Call – March 2021
Project Contakt Faculty/Department

The impact of technological innovation on the transformation of city-regions (TCR-MOOC)
Collaboration between all Idea-League Universities

Prof. Christa Reicher
Dr. Ceren Sezer
Faculty of Architecture
Learning from avian nest constructions
Collaboration with Buenos Aires University, Argentina
Prof. Martin Trautz Faculty of Architecture
Zusatzförderung für die Erstellung eines MOOC auf Grundlage des ETS Projektes „Cloud Robotics Teaching Space“ Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan Faculty of Architecture

Introduction to Wind Engineering – Digital Education Sino-German Lectures
Collaboration of RWTH Aachen University and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)

Prof. Frank Kemper Faculty of Civil Engineering
Masonry Shear Wall Experiments in Virtual Reality
Collaboration with University of Belgrade, Serbia
Prof. Sven Klinkel
Prof. Heribert Nacken
Faculty of Civil Engineering
MOOC in Sustainable Water Engineering
Collaboration with GUtech, Oman
Prof. Thomas Wintgens Faculty of Civil Engineering
Virtual Reality Labs Incubator GUtech – RWTH Aachen University Prof. Heribert Nacken Faculty of Civil Engineering
Prof. Robert Schmitt Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
ICOVIS – International Course on Virtual Image Processing Software
Collaboration with GUtech, Oman
Prof. Robert Schmitt Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
edX MOOC – Applied Numerical Optimization (ANO) Prof. Alexander Mitsos Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
International Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Education
Collaboration with Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil
Prof. Johannes Schleifenbaum Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Jupyter4Power: Design of Future Power Systems using Jupyter Notebooks
Collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Comillas University, Spain

Prof. Alexander Monti Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology