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Knowledge transfer and network building in TunisiaKnowledge transfer and network building in Tunisia

Fighting migration causes, transferring know-how: Hof University supports the establishment of scientific networks in Tunisia and teaches knowledge in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and mechatronics on site. To this end, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk, Vice President Research and Development at Hof University of Applied Sciences, has now completed a tour of the North African country. The project is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is intended to help improve the economic situation in North Africa.

 


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Tunisia is still struggling with major economic and social challenges after the "Jasmine Revolution" in 2010/11 for more democracy and co-determination. Unemployment is at a consistently high level of over 15 percent. However, the situation is particularly difficult for university graduates in technical and scientific fields, with unemployment at almost 40 percent.

Tackling the causes of migration
In order to improve this situation with regard to possible causes of migration, the Bavarian state government established the project "Tunisia-Bavaria: Promoting the Employability of Young Students" (ALEJE). Over a two-year period, the Free State of Bavaria supported selected universities in Tunisia, among other things through training courses, in making their courses more practice-oriented and improving the quality of teaching. The hardware and software used to train students was also handed over.

Establishing a permanent network
Now, with "Automation Robotics Network Tunisia" (ARNT), a follow-up project has been launched that builds on the knowledge already imparted. The program, which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service with around 40,000 euros, aims to establish a permanent intra-Tunisian network with German partners and to improve training in Tunisia. The initial focus here is on the areas of automation and robotics, which are particularly needed in Tunisian industrial companies, and on project-based learning. The core of the newly founded network is formed by the staff of six Tunisian ISETs ( ISET Béjà, ISET Djerba, ISET Gabès, ISET Kasserine, ISSAT Mateur, ISET Touzeur) - and Hof University of Applied Sciences. The Tunisian ISETs are comparable to the German universities of applied sciences.

Tour and conference
To this end, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk from Hof University  visited a total of six Tunisian educational institutions during a round trip in the fall and then organized a conference in Sousse in coordination with the Tunisian partners (conference website: https://arnt-kasserine-iset.tn/). About 100 visitors from a total of 12 Tunisian ISETs took part in this: "During the lectures and practical units in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and mechatronics, I endeavored in particular to convey didactic ideas for later teaching in Tunisia and to motivate people to use them," says Prof. Plenk. And he continues: "The advantage is that 20 percent of the curricula in Tunisia can be changed without the approval of the ministries there. That makes it easier if you want to adopt new ideas." Malek Khadhraoui, director of network partner ISET Kasserine, echoed the positive conclusion: "The technological exchange in the new network increases the professional competences of all network partners and the exchange of teaching models, laboratory experiments and training concepts improves the soft skills of our students. We are certainly getting closer to our goal of providing graduates with significantly improved employment opportunities."

Long-term partnership as a goal
The support program will now be followed by a 5-day training session for selected members of ISET's teaching staff at a winter school (École d'Hiver), during which Tunisian teachers will impart practical knowledge on selected topics to their colleagues. The new network will soon be expanded from 12 to all existing 24 Tunisian ISETs. "Hof University of Applied Sciences aims to establish closer ties with selected ISETs in order to build university collaborations in a region where we currently have no partnerships. In the medium term, I am thinking not only of academic exchanges and student exchanges, but also of joint research projects," says Prof. Valentin Plenk.

Update: 2G regulation and hybrid lecturesUpdate: 2G regulation and hybrid lectures

The Bavarian state government is planning further restrictions for all those who are not subject to the 2G regulation (vaccinated, recovered) as of Nov. 24, 2021. For the Hof University, the following applies after a discussion between the university management and the departments: 

  • as of Nov. 24, 2021 lectures will take place hybrid (presence + live stream or recording or discussed slides) 
  • Due to the currently unclear legal situation, internships, the library as well as tutorials and presentations (at the discretion of the lecturers) are also subject to the 2G regulation until further notice.
  • Please note: As of November 24th, 2021 no more covid19-testing-station will be available at Hof University of Applied Sciences.
  • From Dec. 13th, 2021 all lectures will take place online to create a buffer for Christmas as a precaution.


Read more details at the Covid19-Infos.

 


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Guests from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan visit Hof UniversityGuests from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan visit Hof University

From November 15 – 19, Hof University hosted a group of seven representatives from partner universities in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on campus.

Many discussions were held with the departments and the International Office at Hof University. For the upcoming new Erasmus+ program, new topics and cooperation opportunities were explored. A great interest was expressed in joint teaching activities and double degree programs. In addition, President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann signed two new Memorandums of Understanding.


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From November 15 – 19, Hof University hosted a group of seven representatives from partner universities in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on campus. Our visitors (mainly representatives of International Offices and teaching staff) came from the following universities:

  • M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, Kazakhstan
  • Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
  • International Information Technology University JSC, Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture, Kyrgyzstan
  • International Ataturk-Alatoo University, Kyrgyzstan

Many discussions were held with the departments and the International Office at Hof University. For the upcoming new Erasmus+ program, new topics and cooperation opportunities were explored. A great interest was expressed in joint teaching activities and double degree programs. In addition, President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann signed two new Memorandums of Understanding.

Hof University fosters intensive cooperations with Kazakhstan since 2017, mostly in the areas of business and IT. The enormous interest in Hof University is mirrored in the mobility figures. Over the course of only a few years, the number of exchange students from Kazakhstan increased significantly, now forming the second-largest group of incoming exchange students at Hof University.

„The university systems of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan match nicely with the German system. All of us are not only using the ECTS system but share the same quality standards within the framework of the extended Erasmus+ program. Therefore, we are happy that we can support approximately 12 scholarship holders from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan per year. And we are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation even further”, explains Jörg Noldin, Erasmus+ coordinator at Hof University.

 

New protection and hygiene concept for winter semester 2021/22New protection and hygiene concept for winter semester 2021/22

On September 23, 2021, Hof University's new Protection and Hygiene Concept went into effect. Among other things, it addresses which regulations must be observed on campus and which measures come into effect for classes. Find new informations on the 3G self-commitment-declaration and the antigen testing center for students at Campus Hof.

Please note that since November 8, it is mandatory to wear a FFP2 facemask inside all our building. 

If you have any questions, please contact our team on wintersemester2021@hof-university.de 


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Nice to see you here!Nice to see you here!

This is what we have to offer to you:

  • first-class, hands-on education
  • friendly and open-minded study environment, especially for international students
  • extensive personal support for international students by the Welcome Center, International Office and Career Service

Sounds interesting? Then find out more in our Welcome Brochure in English, Spanish, Chinese or in Russian language!

Our Welcome Service is happy to hear from you.


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Knowledge transfer and network building in Tunisia

Fighting migration causes, transferring know-how: Hof University supports the establishment of scientific networks in Tunisia and teaches knowledge in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and mechatronics on site. To this end, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk, Vice President Research and Development at Hof University of Applied Sciences, has now completed a tour of the North African country. The project is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is intended to help improve the economic situation in North Africa.

 


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Knowledge transfer and network building in Tunisia
Description

Tunisia is still struggling with major economic and social challenges after the "Jasmine Revolution" in 2010/11 for more democracy and co-determination. Unemployment is at a consistently high level of over 15 percent. However, the situation is particularly difficult for university graduates in technical and scientific fields, with unemployment at almost 40 percent.

Tackling the causes of migration
In order to improve this situation with regard to possible causes of migration, the Bavarian state government established the project "Tunisia-Bavaria: Promoting the Employability of Young Students" (ALEJE). Over a two-year period, the Free State of Bavaria supported selected universities in Tunisia, among other things through training courses, in making their courses more practice-oriented and improving the quality of teaching. The hardware and software used to train students was also handed over.

Establishing a permanent network
Now, with "Automation Robotics Network Tunisia" (ARNT), a follow-up project has been launched that builds on the knowledge already imparted. The program, which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service with around 40,000 euros, aims to establish a permanent intra-Tunisian network with German partners and to improve training in Tunisia. The initial focus here is on the areas of automation and robotics, which are particularly needed in Tunisian industrial companies, and on project-based learning. The core of the newly founded network is formed by the staff of six Tunisian ISETs ( ISET Béjà, ISET Djerba, ISET Gabès, ISET Kasserine, ISSAT Mateur, ISET Touzeur) - and Hof University of Applied Sciences. The Tunisian ISETs are comparable to the German universities of applied sciences.

Tour and conference
To this end, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk from Hof University  visited a total of six Tunisian educational institutions during a round trip in the fall and then organized a conference in Sousse in coordination with the Tunisian partners (conference website: https://arnt-kasserine-iset.tn/). About 100 visitors from a total of 12 Tunisian ISETs took part in this: "During the lectures and practical units in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and mechatronics, I endeavored in particular to convey didactic ideas for later teaching in Tunisia and to motivate people to use them," says Prof. Plenk. And he continues: "The advantage is that 20 percent of the curricula in Tunisia can be changed without the approval of the ministries there. That makes it easier if you want to adopt new ideas." Malek Khadhraoui, director of network partner ISET Kasserine, echoed the positive conclusion: "The technological exchange in the new network increases the professional competences of all network partners and the exchange of teaching models, laboratory experiments and training concepts improves the soft skills of our students. We are certainly getting closer to our goal of providing graduates with significantly improved employment opportunities."

Long-term partnership as a goal
The support program will now be followed by a 5-day training session for selected members of ISET's teaching staff at a winter school (École d'Hiver), during which Tunisian teachers will impart practical knowledge on selected topics to their colleagues. The new network will soon be expanded from 12 to all existing 24 Tunisian ISETs. "Hof University of Applied Sciences aims to establish closer ties with selected ISETs in order to build university collaborations in a region where we currently have no partnerships. In the medium term, I am thinking not only of academic exchanges and student exchanges, but also of joint research projects," says Prof. Valentin Plenk.

Update: 2G regulation and hybrid lectures

The Bavarian state government is planning further restrictions for all those who are not subject to the 2G regulation (vaccinated, recovered) as of Nov. 24, 2021. For the Hof University, the following applies after a discussion between the university management and the departments: 

  • as of Nov. 24, 2021 lectures will take place hybrid (presence + live stream or recording or discussed slides) 
  • Due to the currently unclear legal situation, internships, the library as well as tutorials and presentations (at the discretion of the lecturers) are also subject to the 2G regulation until further notice.
  • Please note: As of November 24th, 2021 no more covid19-testing-station will be available at Hof University of Applied Sciences.
  • From Dec. 13th, 2021 all lectures will take place online to create a buffer for Christmas as a precaution.


Read more details at the Covid19-Infos.

 


more
Update: 2G regulation and hybrid lectures
Guests from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan visit Hof University

From November 15 – 19, Hof University hosted a group of seven representatives from partner universities in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on campus.

Many discussions were held with the departments and the International Office at Hof University. For the upcoming new Erasmus+ program, new topics and cooperation opportunities were explored. A great interest was expressed in joint teaching activities and double degree programs. In addition, President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann signed two new Memorandums of Understanding.


more
Guests from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan visit Hof University
Description

From November 15 – 19, Hof University hosted a group of seven representatives from partner universities in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on campus. Our visitors (mainly representatives of International Offices and teaching staff) came from the following universities:

  • M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, Kazakhstan
  • Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
  • International Information Technology University JSC, Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture, Kyrgyzstan
  • International Ataturk-Alatoo University, Kyrgyzstan

Many discussions were held with the departments and the International Office at Hof University. For the upcoming new Erasmus+ program, new topics and cooperation opportunities were explored. A great interest was expressed in joint teaching activities and double degree programs. In addition, President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann signed two new Memorandums of Understanding.

Hof University fosters intensive cooperations with Kazakhstan since 2017, mostly in the areas of business and IT. The enormous interest in Hof University is mirrored in the mobility figures. Over the course of only a few years, the number of exchange students from Kazakhstan increased significantly, now forming the second-largest group of incoming exchange students at Hof University.

„The university systems of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan match nicely with the German system. All of us are not only using the ECTS system but share the same quality standards within the framework of the extended Erasmus+ program. Therefore, we are happy that we can support approximately 12 scholarship holders from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan per year. And we are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation even further”, explains Jörg Noldin, Erasmus+ coordinator at Hof University.

 

New protection and hygiene concept for winter semester 2021/22

On September 23, 2021, Hof University's new Protection and Hygiene Concept went into effect. Among other things, it addresses which regulations must be observed on campus and which measures come into effect for classes. Find new informations on the 3G self-commitment-declaration and the antigen testing center for students at Campus Hof.

Please note that since November 8, it is mandatory to wear a FFP2 facemask inside all our building. 

If you have any questions, please contact our team on wintersemester2021@hof-university.de 


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New protection and hygiene concept for winter semester 2021/22
Nice to see you here!

This is what we have to offer to you:

  • first-class, hands-on education
  • friendly and open-minded study environment, especially for international students
  • extensive personal support for international students by the Welcome Center, International Office and Career Service

Sounds interesting? Then find out more in our Welcome Brochure in English, Spanish, Chinese or in Russian language!

Our Welcome Service is happy to hear from you.


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