First Cooperative International Student Project in the Bachelor’s program Urban Renewable Energy Technologies
The study program Urban Renewable Energy Technologies started the new semester by hosting a project week with international flair: For the Cooperative International Student Project (CIP), five UASTW students were joined by five of their colleagues as well as two lecturers from our partner institution, the Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Lapin AMK), who came to Vienna to commonly develop an energy concept on a specific site. The project they are working on concerned the former dockyard in Korneuburg, straight at the river Danube. The plan is to remodel the area in the near future to then feature living and work spaces as well place to spend leisure time and enjoy cultural activities among the old, historic houses and the idyllic backdrop of the Danube.
The students’ aim during this week was to design an energy concept for this new area with an emphasis on renewable energy systems for the various buildings there. The students had already started the work on the project before their meeting in Vienna and the joint time here gave them the opportunity to take part in a workshop concerning their topic and to get a first-hand-impression and connect more deeply with their work as they also went on a fieldtrip to Korneuburg to get to know the site and to visit the town. There, they were also able to interview experts which gave them further valuable inputs for their project work. At the end of the week, students presented their projects to the supervisors of UASTW and Lapin AMK. Distance lectures prior to their week in Vienna as well as after their trip provide a framework for the project.
(Photo Peter Franz: meeting at the municipality of Korneuburg, Elisabeth Kerschbaum and Roland Raunig from the municipality of Korneuburg with the International project teams of FHTW and Lapin AMK)
Apart from studying and working in Vienna, our Finish guests also had the possibility to catch a glimpse of the city itself. Upon their arrival, all participants of the project week met at Glacis Beisl, where they encountered traditional Austrian cuisine, most of them for the first time. Another highlight marked the tour through the Ottakringer Brewery with a tasting of different beers accompanied by Pretzels and dinner at the Heuriger 10er Marie afterwards.
Before their departure, the students received a city tour guided by their Viennese colleagues, who showed them their favourite parts of Vienna and took them to the hotspots of its student life.