Research Network International
The research project 'Research Network International' (RNI) is in progress from October 1, 2019 until September 30, 2021. The project, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), aims to fundamentally expand FOM's internationalisation strategy by the aspect of “integrating part-time Master’s students in international research collaborations” through research-related preparation and support measures.
These measures are designed for the utilisation of international research collaborations for research-related, internationally supervised theses as well as to open up paths to individual international collaborative doctoral projects. This is achieved with the participation of international partner universities.
Prof. Dr. habil. Thomas Kantermann
FOM University of Applied Sciences offers its students the chance to complete Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the fields of business & management, business & psychology, business & law, health & social affairs, IT management and engineering in parallel to their regular employment.
The vast majority of students have already completed a professional qualification and study in parallel to a, in most cases, full-time occupation. Due to the double load of studies and profession, study-related stays abroad are often only possible within tight time limits.
The International Office already offers international programmes that are specially tailored to working students at their expense. Within these courses, which can be credited towards their studies, students gain international experience and can exchange ideas with international fellow students. FOM teachers are involved in the implementation of the programmes. The International Office also supports students and teachers individually within the framework of Erasmus+.
In the course of the internationalisation of research, FOM University of Applied Sciences has recently achieved some success. Structural participation of Master’s students and a consistent participation of the administrative and coordinative staff in the field of internationalisation has not yet taken place. That is to be changed with the RNI project.
In a pilot phase, the measures are primarily aimed at FOM’s Institute of Health & Social Affairs (ifgs). The approaches of research-related international networks resulting from FOM’s preliminary work will be accessible for study and teaching. In addition, further domestic and foreign partners are to be won over for international cooperation and the participating Master’s students’ employers are invited to support the international contributions.
Fakultät für deutsche Ingenieur- und Betriebswirtschaftsausbildung (FDIBA) Technische Universität Sofia
The RNI project (Project ID: 57509496) is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the supervising funding organisation.