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From India to Steinfurt: FH Münster and CHRIST University strengthen partnership

Laboratory tours are of course a must in Steinfurt (from left): Janardhanan Subramanian Saleema (CHRIST University), Prof. Dr. Susanne Maaß-Sagolla, Kirsten Elfering and Ruth Kühn-Krawolitzki (all ITB of the Münster University of Applied Sciences) hear the statements by Dean Prof. Reinhart's job too. (Photo: FH Münster / press office)

Janardhanan Subramanian Saleema and Prof. Dr. Reinhart Job discussing on the 3-D printer. These devices are now standard equipment in the laboratories at Münster University of Applied Sciences. (Photo: FH Münster / press office)

Münster / Steinfurt (May 24, 2019). “You can see that engineers are being trained here.” Janardhanan SubramanianSaleema looks around with interest, inspects the area for energy storage research, and photographs a 3-D printer. She spends more than an hour in three laboratories and the central workshop of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Münster University of Applied Sciences, Dean Prof. Dr. Reinhart Job explains teaching and research approaches - and Saleema has by no means seen everything, because there are a total of 20 laboratories in the department. “I can well imagine that the students would like to put what they have learned into practice here,” says the professor of computer science, who traveled to Münsterland from CHRIST University in Bangalore, in southern India. Together with three representatives from the Institute for Technical Business Administration (ITB) in the Münster Center for Interdisciplinarity (MCI), she and Job want to consolidate the cooperation and tackle joint projects.

Because the exchange is lively - Prof. Dr. Susanne Maaß-Sagolla and the research assistant Ruth Kühn-Krawolitzki, who are jointly driving internationalization for the ITB, were in Bangalore only two months ago. And CHRIST University is a partner university that fits very well with the profile of the Münster University of Applied Sciences. Both focus on practical, application-oriented learning and offer similar interdisciplinary teaching. The ITB trains industrial engineers at the Münster University of Applied Sciences; the students take economics and engineering, communication and cultural studies. This concept would also be interesting for CHRIST University. So far there has been the possibility of completing an MBA or a Master of Engineering. The industrial engineers would use exactly this interface. "In the intercultural space, engineers, economists and many other professions experience time and again that planning and time management, for example, are handled very differently and often lead to irritation and unnecessary difficulties," explains Maaß-Sagolla. "With our comprehensive training, we want to prepare our graduates for the global professional life that awaits them."

Another idea: In November, a doctoral student from CHRIST University is giving a two-week compact course for computer scientists in the master’s degree at Münster University of Applied Sciences. “It's about bioinformatics, that is, the application of informatics in biology. This is a nice new topic, and we can only offer our students this option because of the cooperation, ”says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weik from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who maintains contact with the doctoral student through Saleema.

The business contacts that both universities bring into the partnership are also an advantage; Maaß-Sagolla and Kühn-Krawolitzki drove to Münster with Saleema and visited BASF and Nicos AG. Projects are now being started there too, as the need for international specialists is high.