The basic mission of the transfer project AIM – Automotive. Innovation. Momentum. launched by THI and the partner universities UFPR and UFSC in Ingolstadt in 2018 consists in transferring application-oriented teaching modules and giving hands-on advice for the development of automotive study programs to Brazil that are already established but within a new application-oriented context jointly with Brazilian industry.

AIM focuses on three core areas: Vehicle Technologies, Automotive Production and Development of Automotive Systems. Apart from developing applied modules, all AIM partners work on the transfer and exchange of study structures, cooperation with industry and establishing international short-term activities together such as Automotive Summer Schools. Furthermore, internationalization and digitalization of teaching are a central issue in order to prepare all partners to become open-minded universities. Due to the lack of industry-related study programs in public universities in Brazil, AIM counts with important financial support from the automotive industry and further institutions located in in Paraná and Santa Catarina, such as Audi, BMW, Renault, Volvo and Senai Institute of Paraná.


Partner country

  • Brazil

How to participate

If you are interested in exchange with teaching staff in building a tandem with a professor from Brazil to help internationalize teaching modules, feel free to contact us and join!



  • AIM is funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministri for Economic Cooperaton and Development
  • Funding period: 2018-2021
  • Funding volume: 200.000 €
  • Funding program: Specialist Partnerships (DAAD)

THI Contact

Managing Director AWARE Center
Dipl.-Kulturwirtin (Univ.) Anne-Sophie Kopytynski
Phone: +49 841 9348-6020
Room: P209
Fax: +49 841 9348-995620

Contact UFPR



Prof. Karin Graf
AIM-Koordinatorin UFPR
Te.: +55 41 99603 4514


Contact UFSC



Prof. Xisto Lucas Travassos Júnior
AIM-Koordinator UFSC
Tel.: +55 48 3721 7342