Accredited and Famous: Pforzheim Engineers Earned International Degrees, University of Pforzheim, Press Release

The speed of international exchange accelerated again at Pforzheim University after most of the epidemic measures expired. This is particularly evident in the field of Industrial Engineering (WI). 28 WI students have registered for a semester abroad at one of over 100 partner universities worldwide for the upcoming winter semester. Fortunately, the number of so-called “income” at the Faculty of Technology, that is, students from abroad who attend English language courses at Pforzheim University, has returned to a pre-pandemic level.

38 American students from various engineering disciplines confirmed this return to “normalcy” at this year’s College of Technology’s EMIG Summer School. “After a two-year break, we are delighted to have potential engineers from the USA to be our guests again, to the usual extent and more, to whom we can bring the quality of excellent engineering training in Pforzheim and German culture closer in six weeks,” says the Dean of the College of Technology The organizer of the summer school, Professor Dr. Ing. Matthew Weir.

International student exchange is an essential part of the proven three-stage internationalization strategy at Pforzheim University. At level 1, internationalization takes place on campus, through contacts with foreign students, but above all through a wide range of English language courses. In the second stage, significant experience can be gained again largely without restrictions as part of a semester abroad at one of the many high-ranking foreign partner universities around the world – without having to pay tuition fees. Level 3, obtaining a so-called double degree, where a foreign academic degree is awarded in parallel with a German degree, for example a Bachelor of Science, is now possible again.

This concept of internationalization, which also allows easy access to master’s courses and doctoral programs abroad, is particularly strongly practiced in the Faculty of Engineering in the field of industrial engineering. Starting in the upcoming winter semester, its undergraduate students look forward to studying at renowned elite universities such as Tech de Monterrey in Mexico and participating in a dual degree program there, for example. It is gratifying that Master’s students in Engineering and Management program are now able to again participate in Master’s courses at several foreign partner universities or obtain an additional academic Master’s degree, for example from respected Taiwan Tech.

Quality Management Coordinator Tanja Brugger explains, “The fact that we can offer excellent international study opportunities to prospective industrial engineers here in Pforzheim is mainly due to our international accreditation from AACSB, which we have consistently obtained since 2011.” “We are therefore committed to the high requirements of a renowned international seal of quality, which less than five percent of business schools in 60 countries around the world are allowed to carry, and are doing everything we can to ensure that our students benefit from an excellent education geared towards international requirements.”

AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Collegiate Business, is one of two major international accrediting organizations. “The AACSB seal proves that at the University of Pforzheim and in the field of industrial engineering we offer excellent study conditions, even in international comparison, and we have demonstrated excellence in all areas of teaching and research,” stated the Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, and Professor Uwe Dittmann adds: “All over Germany, it is allowed Only industrial engineering graduates from a total of three universities can adorn themselves with this quality stamp.”

The best businesses know how special training at the University of Pforzheim is – also thanks to the AACSB seal. That is why graduates of industrial engineering courses in Pforzheim have excellent prospects of finding an attractive and well-paid job at the interface between management and technology upon graduation – both in Germany and around the world. Close contacts are made with well-known companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Siemens, Mahle, Porsche, Bosch and Witzenmann during the highly oriented course. “Companies as future employers of graduates are guided by the quality and reputation of the university. The AACSB International Quality Seal, awarded to Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences ten years ago, is one of the signs of quality. Pforzheim was the first university of applied sciences in Germany to receive this seal. Among other things, It proves that teaching and research is conducted at the highest international level,” says Christoph Kopel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Bosch Foundation Limited, Procurement and Logistics alumni.

“The Northern Black Forest region has a huge demand for young engineers, because there is already a huge shortage of skilled labour, which will continue to increase due to demographic developments, among other things. Intelligent minds are needed today that can meet the great challenges of our time, such as digital transformation and climate change, able to operate in globally active companies and organizations”, according to the report of Professor D. Bernhard Koelmel. “We are therefore happy for all the school students who have decided to train as industrial engineers with us in Pforzheim after their upcoming school leaving certificate,” says Kollmel.

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