iPodia- Lecture Session

20/05/2013
Copyright: Cluster of Excellence Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries

“환영합니다“– 16 students of the RWTH Aachen received a warm welcome in Seoul, South Korea on November 20, 2013. Dipl.-Ing. Rawina Varandani, group leader of the field of global production and member of the Cluster of Excellence, and Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Carsten Witthohn accompanied the students as part of the iPodia lecture.

iPodia stands for an interactive, collaborative learning across country boarders, which encourages students to discussions and project work in a virtual “class room” and sharpens intercultural skills – a key competence for global innovation. Prof. Stephen Lu, founder of the iPodia-concept, impressed Prof. GŁnther Schuh with his idea and with the support of the Voss-Foundation iPodia can be offered at the RWTH Aachen.

Along the participating students from Aachen, many other students of the member universities from Los Angeles (USC), Beijing (PKU) and Haifa (Technion Israel Institute of Technology) accepted this year’s invitation of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to get to know each other personally and exchange information.

Copyright: Cluster of Excellence Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries

The eight-day stay was full of variety with numerous workshops, e.g. on “Education 3.0” or “Electromobility Campus”, the attendance at the “USC Global Conference”, where iPodia was presented to international high level representatives of industry and universities, and an interesting cultural program with temple and palace visits in Seoul. In the evening the students either did some sightseeing or got together at the KAIST-Campus. As the highlight of the journey, the students presented the results of their ten-week project work at international level at the third day of their stay. The students could demonstrate their technical and organizational skills.

“The structured approach and the technical know-how of the students of the RWTH Aachen were highly commended during the feedback round”, said Rawina Varandani.

On 27 May they were all sitting back on the plane home to Germany – with lot of new experiences on board.

Catrhin Wesch-Potente, managing director of the Cluster of Excellence, was glad about the success of this year’s lecture: “Promoting young people is a matter of special importance for the Cluster of Excellence and we are delighted, when our members work hand in hand with students to promote the future and research of the Cluster.”