Expanding the AWARE Network to Colombia Cooperation AWARE & EAFIT

EAFIT students at Fraunhofer Learning Factory Augsburg © THI

The initiation of cooperation with the Colombian partner university EAFIT is a strategic step to extend AWARE to further countries in Latin America. In 2018, Dr. Dagmar Tomanek participated as keynote speaker in a workshop on Industry 4.0 organized by EAFIT, and, in return, THI hosted a group of EAFIT professors and students to attend the first International Autumn School on Industry 4.0.

Since 2014, THI has been fostering a closer cooperation with EAFIT in Colombia, a university with approx. 13,400 students and 1,000 professors located in Medellín. The exchange became especially vivid through the developing contact between Dr. Dagmar Tomanek, research assistant focused on Industry 4.0 and digitalization at THI, and the Department of Production Engineering at EAFIT. Tomanek was invited twice to EAFIT: In 2017 to teach a four-day seminar on smart factories and digitalization and in 2018 as the keynote speaker for a workshop on Industry 4.0 with more than 120 participants from industry and science.

Aiming to intensify this promising strategic cooperation, THI and EAFIT developed an International Autumn School on Industry 4.0 at THI, hosting 28 students and professors from EAFIT, UFSC, UFPR at THI. Besides theoretical input through lectures by experienced THI professors, the program also included discussions with experts and company and plant visits combined with cultural excursions to Munich, Erlangen, Freising and Augsburg. The interdisciplinary approach of the program allowed the participants to put theory into practice and get to know the regional specifics and technical standards in Industry 4.0 in Southern Germany.

Program

Press release (in German)

Expanding the AWARE Network to Argentina Cooperation AWARE & UTN

Carla Allende (UTN) and Anne-Sophie Lohmeier (THI) presenting AWARE in a videoconference on innovative higher education strategies and governance of strategic networks © UTN

Within the scope of identifying further strategic locations in Latin America, Argentina and its largest engineering university UTN – Universidad Tecnológica Nacional – turned out to be a further strategic partner country for the AWARE network. After first academic exchange and sharing best practices in network management of strategic partnerships, AWARE organized an innovation forum in automotive engineering at UTN´s automotive faculty in Buenos Aires in 2018.

Besides Brazil, neighboring country Argentina is one of the strongest automotive clusters in Latin America. In 2014, THI´s Dean for Internationalization paid a first visit to UTN, the biggest national university in engineering sciences of the country, with 32 locations and 90,000 students. Especially its automotive faculty FRGP (Facultad Regional de General Pacheco) turned out to be a perfect match with the mobility-oriented THI. Since signing the first agreement in 2014, academic cooperation has been prospering: Since THI has been offering DAAD-scholarships to UTN students to participate in the International Automotive Summer School at THI, this yearly event counts on a group of participants from UTN.

Besides academic exchange, UTN´s rectory invited the AWARE coordinator Anne-Sophie Lohmeier in 2017 to give a presentation on innovative higher education strategies and governance of strategic networks at a conference on internationalizing higher education in Buenos Aires. Based on this exchange on university governance, a new tri-national project called “USE – Universities. Society. Entrepreneurship” was developed between THI, UTN and UFPR and recently submitted to DAAD within its funding program “DIES – Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies” funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Last but not least, AWARE organized together with UTN a first joint innovation forum in automotive engineering in Buenos Aires, initializing successfully first joint research projects between the research and test center CARISSMA and UTN in the area of electrical vehicle drives, autonomous driving, electric mobility and automotive composites. The Forum was funded by the Bayerische Forschungsallianz.

Kontakt

Kolumbien:

Lisa Hermsen

Esplanade 10, D-85049 Ingolstadt 
Tel +49 (0) 841 / 9348-6469
Fax +49 (0) 841 / 9348-996469
lisa.hermsen@thi.de

Argentinien:

Anne-Sophie Lohmeier 

Esplanade 10, D-85049 Ingolstadt 
Tel +49 (0) 841 / 9348-6020 
Fax +49 (0) 841 / 9348-644
Anne-Sophie.Lohmeier@thi.de