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 collaborations have high priority at RWTH.

To support co-teaching with lecturers abroad and offer a portfolio of virtual mobility options within the ENHANCE network, RWTH is launching a second edition of the International Cooperation Online (ICON) competition.

Ten English-taught online or blended learning teaching formats receive funding with up to 15,000 euros each. The aim is to foster collaboration between RWTH students and ENHANCE partner universities and implement English-language MOOCs on edX in collaboration with the University departments involved, the CLS, and the ENHANCE partners.


The submission deadline is January 31, 2024.

Submissions are made via the ICON ENHANCE call in the ERS Portal. Please fill in all mandatory fields and upload the application; subsequently you will receive a confirmation of submission by email.

For further information please refer to the call for proposal (de), which is available for download.


In the first call, 11 internationally oriented online teaching formats were funded with up to 15,000 euros each. An overview of the successful projects is provided below.


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. Antonello Monti Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology