In order to prepare for diverse labour markets and to recruit international students, the offer of foreign language (especially English) higher education with an international profile becomes increasingly important. The project ENGINE project addresses this need with several measures.
Together with international partners, ENGINE develops an engineering case study in mixed international teams. This also enables students with limited physical mobility (e.g., due to professional obligations) to make virtual experiences abroad. Case-development is based on extensive previous experience from interdisciplinary workshops and case studies. The student teams have to solve several technical and non-technical, country-specific tasks. Solutions are presented online to world-wide distributed lecturers. In order to ensure a sound practical orientation, the case study scenarios are based on real-world companies use cases. The small (20%) research part of the project develops country-specific parameterizable demonstrators for the teaching case study (for example a 3D-printed robot vehicle).
In the course of the case studies, ENGINE expands the existing international university network and defines 1-3 focus partners for the FHTW study programs in mechatronics/ robotics, mechanical engineering and international business engineering, with whom a particularly intensive co-operation should be set up (e.g., joint degree, joint curriculum development, research projects).
In order to make UAS Technikum Wien courses sustainably attractive in an international context (establishing the university as an adequate academic partner), ENGINE examines the areas in which foreign-language engineering courses could be created in cooperation with the international partners, and defines respective internationalization measures in the curricula (learning content, learning targets, methods, lecturers, literature and also mobility windows). In terms of content, ENGINE identifies country-specific differentiation requirements for teaching in the engineering environment (e.g., due to different technical standards, intercultural peculiarities, deviating financial/ legal systems). Teachers may be supported with training courses. Also important are gender/ diversity goals (e.g., taking into account the heterogeneous professional experiences of engineers who work in fundamentally similar engineering projects worldwide).
UAS Technikum Wien students benefit from this offer in many ways: They are able to actively apply their expertise in the international science language. They are better prepared for the international labour market, and already have own intercultural experiences, even in case, their personal situation (e.g., occupation, care obligation, salary, health restriction) does not permit a stay abroad. As a synergy effect ENGINE strengthens the possibilities for student mobility and enables international encounters with incoming students "at home" by expanding the worldwide network of partners.
Well-chosen dissemination measures stimulate university-internal multi-use and external accessi-bility to the project results for Viennese (higher) schools, companies and the population.