Strategic Partnership

MUAS and Cal Poly

The partnership between Munich University of Applied Sciences and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (USA), known as “Cal Poly” for short, has been growing since 2002.

Over more than a decade, the two universities have steadily developed closer ties, allowing students, instructors, researchers, and administrators to maintain a vital exchange of ideas and information and to create lasting academic and personal relationships.

Strategic Partnership Programme

Until the end of 2018, the partnership between MUAS and Cal Poly will be sponsored by the Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The funding aims to promote even closer ties and the systematic expansion of our long-term partnership, thereby ensuring its sustainability for the future. Strengthening networks in the areas of programme academics, research, instruction, and administration will be an important contribution to the continued internationalization of both universities.

Partnership objectives

For both universities, the strategic partnership will focus on five main objectives:

  • Ensuring the quality and continuity of the collaboration
  • Strengthening the international profile and appeal of both universities
  • Creating synergies and bundling resources
  • Increasing the number of participating schools and departments
  • Structuring new joint projects in the areas of research, instruction, and continuing education

Project activities

The initiatives planned for the strategic partnership focus on three key areas:

  • Continuation and expansion of student and instructor mobility in both directions
  • Establishment of joint initiatives in instruction, learning, and research
  • University-wide cooperation and communication regarding administrative and organizational structures

About Cal Poly

Top Location

Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, a city of about 43,000 residents located roughly halfway between the great cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, between the beaches of the Pacific and the wine-growing regions of the Central Coast.

Founded in 1901, Cal Poly began life as a vocational college with a focus on technology. Over the years, it steadily widened its range of subjects, and since 1971 its official name has been California Polytechnic State University. As such, it is one of the 23 universities that make up the “California State University“ system and one of only two polytechnic universities in that system.

Top Ranking

Cal Poly, comprising a total of six colleges, regularly places among the top institutions in rankings like the recent “America’s Best Colleges” report by the prominent U.S. News & World Report (2015). In the latter survey, it ranked tenth overall among regional universities in the western United States and took first place among state universities in the region.

Top Performance

Cal Poly currently has roughly 20,000 students, so its size is comparable with Munich University of Applied Sciences, which has a student population of about 17,500. More importantly, the two universities share a compatible range of fields of study. Both have a technical focus but also strong programmes in fields such as architecture, design, and business. True to its motto “Discere Faciendo”– ”To Learn by Doing”– Cal Poly is primarily focused on practice-oriented programmes just like MUAS.

Top Connections

In addition, the two universities are both located in regions whose strong economies feature innovative, internationally focused industries, offering a broad spectrum of connections between applied research and its practical implementation.


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