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International Teaching, Study and Research at the School of Mathematics / Computer Science

The internationalisation of research and, in particular, teaching is one of the central objectives at Osnabrück University. The integration into international research and teaching networks increases the attractiveness and stability of the scientific location Osnabrück. Projects for the systematisation and professionalisation of internationalisation efforts at the university are summarized in the Future Concept UOS 2020.

 

Research International

The international integration of the research work is diverse. Most of the projects are compiled in the university's research database. There are also bilateral and multilateral cooperations with numerous foreign scientific institutions. The following externally subsidized projects are exemplarily mentioned:

Know2Adapt - Knowledge Transfer for Climate Change Adaptation
Funding: EU
Duration: 2017
Partner: Institute of Environmental Systems Research (J. Vinke - de Kruif) and others.

Stochastic Models for the Inventory Management of Bloodbanks
Funding: GIF (German-Israeli Foundation)
Duration: 2017
Partner: Institute of Mathematics (W. Stadje) and others.

Combinatorial and Computational Methods in Commutative Algebra
Funding: MIUR-DAAD Joint Mobility Program (PPP Italien)
Duration: 2017
Partner: Institute of Mathematics (M. Juhnke), Università degli Studi di Genova.

MHE - Motivic Hopf Equations
Funding: Norges Forskningsradet (Research Council of Norway)
Laufzeit: 2018
Partner: Institute of Mathematics (O. Röndigs) and others.

Behavioral Economics of Environmental Policy
Funding: Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung
Duration: 2019
Partner: Institute of Environmental Systems Research (S. Engel) and others.

DAFNE - Use of a Decision-Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food NExus in complex and trans-boundary water resources systems of fast growing developing countries
Funding: EU
Laufzeit: 2020
Partner: Institute of Environmental Systems Research (C. van Bers, C. Knieper, C. Lumosi, C. Pahl-Wostl, G. Scholz) and others.

MEDUWA - Vechte: MEDicines Unwanted in WAter
Funding: EU
Duration: 2020
Partner: Institute of Environmental Systems Research (C. van Bers, J. Klasmeier) and others.

Furthermore, at all institutes foreign PhD students are supervised, who are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) or other external and foreign sources. The Research Training Group at the Institute of Mathematics is an important building block in the internationalisation of research and teaching at the school. The number of foreign PostDocs has also risen in recent years. The latter are also active in teaching, thus increasing the offer of courses in English language.

 

Teaching International

The internationalisation of higher education institutions, especially teaching, is a complex task for teachers and students. In the last few years the area has developed into an independent direction of social science research. The results imply that it is not sufficient just to offer more English-language courses or to promote the international exchange of students and teaching staff. The latter is necessary, but the goal of internationalisation is rather the generation of international and intercultural competences, which enable a committed work and life in a globalized world. These competencies can differ from subject to subject. According to experience, hardly more than 25% of students will (be able to) participate in international exchange. "Internationalisation@Home", virtual mobility such as webinars or international series of lectures, participation in and organisation of international summer schools, the application for international graduate schools, or the like is therefore particularly important.

The internationalisation of teaching at the School of Mathematics / Computer Science requires a concerted action of the teaching units together with those of the secondary and application subjects. This applies not only to the master degree programs, but also to all bachelor and two-subject bachelor courses.

Studies and Internships Abroad

The students of all subjects have the opportunity to take part in study programs abroad. This includes internships. Exchange programs such as ERASMUS+ of the European Union, scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or of the Fulbright Foundation are helpful. In addition, applications can be submitted to the International Office of the University for funding through the program to increase the mobility of German students (PROMOS, supported by the DAAD) and for mobility grants.

ERASMUS+ partner universities can be found here, those from outside ERASMUS+ area here. Individual applications as so-called freemovers are possible as well.

The websites of the International Office are very informative. Open questions of detail can be clarified there or in a personal discussion with the staff of the International Office or with the School's officer for internationalisation. Currently, this is

Horst Malchow, Professor at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research. A prior appointment by e-mail is requested.

 

One may be grown so old, so learned, so wise and tasteful as one would like - a journey (to Italy) still gives the spirit a new incitation. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (German Physicist and Writer, 1742-1799)