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"A perfect fit"

MUAS President Michael Kortstock and Cal Poly Vice-President Kathleen Enz Finken sign the agreement
MUAS President Michael Kortstock and Cal Poly Vice-President Kathleen Enz Finken sign the agreement

[24|03|2016]

MUAS President Michael Kortstock and Cal Poly Vice-President Kathleen Enz Finken sign the agreement

 

In March 2016, a delegation from California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo visited Munich University of Applied Sciences. In addition to intensive discussions, the agreement on the strategic partnership between the two universities was also signed on this festive occasion. From 2015 to 2018, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will finance the expansion of this partnership through project funds.

 

The agreement combines "two exceptional institutions of higher education," emphasized US Consul General Jennifer D. Gavito, who visited MUAS on this occasion. "Munich University of Applied Sciences' practice-oriented style is a perfect fit for Cal Poly's learn by doing philosophy."

 

Important partner for Cal Poly

Dr. Kathleen Enz Finken, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Cal Poly, underlined the similarities between the two higher education institutions: "Our institutions are extremely similar, particularly in respect to our philosophies and our curriculum, which prepares students for the challenges of the world." The importance of the partnership is demonstrated by the fact that, in addition to the vice-president, the deans of three Cal Poly faculties found time to travel to Munich in the middle of the lecture period. "We've had a wonderful visit with perfect coordination," said Finken. She especially enjoyed getting to know the students of MUAS; "that's what it's all about".

 

Representatives of MUAS and Cal Poly with Karin Norton (left) and US Consul General Jennifer D. Gavito (5th from left)
Representatives of MUAS and Cal Poly with Karin Norton (left) and US Consul General Jennifer D. Gavito (5th from left)
Internationalisation of Universities

The DAAD Strategic Partnership and Thematic Networks manager Karin Norton stated that the promotion of strategic partnerships is a new and important way to support the internationalisation of higher education institutions and congratulated the two universities on the grant approval: "It is a very competitive programme." The coordination of the partnership, which has been assumed by Dr. Günter Beck at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, is vital for success and building sustainable structures.

 

MUAS President Prof. Dr. Michael Kortstock stressed the importance of sustainable planning: "We hope to expand our partnership with this agreement and the DAAD funding and identify further fields in which we can work together," he said. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of keeping the time after the DAAD funding in mind and building strong relations in the administration.

 

 

Claudia Köpfer