Cooperation with 2 new universities in Cracow, Poland

From left: Prof. Josef Kozak, Prof. Edgar Jäger, Prof. Jerzy Lis (Vice President), Prof. Ryszard Sroka (Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automation Engineering, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering), Anton Keller

It will soon be possible for Furtwangen University students to spend an exchange semester in Cracow, Poland. On a recent visit to Poland, an HFU delegation laid the foundations for cooperation with 2 Cracow universities, the AGH University of Science and Technology (AGH stands for Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza) and the Jesuit University Ignatianum. Dr. Josef Kozak, an honorary HFU professor and also a faculty member of AGH set up the talks. Dr. Kozak is currently supervising 2 HFU graduates who are doing their PhD at AGH. The Vice President for Academics at HFU, Prof. Dr. Edgar Jäger, travelled to Cracow at the end of October 2016 with Dr. Kozak and Anton Keller of Aesculap to head up the cooperation talks. Anton Keller not only lectures at Furtwangen University, but is also currently supervising an HFU graduate doing a PhD at AGH.

AGH, a university with 35,000 students, is very interested in establishing a cooperative agreement with HFU, particularly in the area of student and teacher exchange. Because the curriculum in the areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering is very similar and many lectures are now held in English at AGH, this opens up interesting possibilities for HFU students too.

Both universities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which shows the willingness of the two universities to work closely together to encourage cooperation and exchange in the areas of research and teaching.

The HFU delegation also visited the Jesuit University Ignatianum. The president, Prof. Dr. Josef Bremer, and the Director of the Psychology Institute Prof. Jacek Bielas, both see interesting cooperation possibilities in the area of Engineering Psychology, a new degree programme which will start at HFU next year. Prof. Jäger declared the Polish trip a great success. "With its historic town centre and approximately 200,000 students, Cracow is another very attractive exchange semester destination for HFU students."

Furtwangen University is very well-connected internationally with around 180 partner universities, but until now only one Polish university, the Poland-Maritime University Szczecin (Stettin). One of the declared goals of the university, is for as many of the 6,500 students as possible to study at a foreign university during an exchange semester.