On 17 May 2017, the BITPAL Coordinator, University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) in collaboration with Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) organized the first training mission for the Palestinian partners in Leipzig-Germany at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK).
Participants from Al-Azhar University, Al-Aqsa University, University college of Applied Sciences, and Gaza University attended the training mission that last in the period 17-20 May, 2017. The objective of this training mission was to introduce PS partners into different aspects of curricula development and teaching materials for IT programs in German system. The training highlighted the concept of IT economy, incubation, and entrepreneurship, and how PS partners can exploit this experience in developing IT curricula to enhance job creation of the IT students during their study.
On the part of HTWK, Prof. Klaus Hänßgen welcomed the group and presented an overview about Leipzig University in the first day. After that, the PS partners attended another presentation about Saxon Incubator exploring the incubation and acceleration processes adopted in Germany, and how they motivate new graduates to have their own businesses.
Then, Dr. Riyadh Qashi (Research assistant within the Erasmus+ program) accompanied the group to visit the ICCAS (Innovation Center for Computer Assisted Surgery), where they attended the open day for the usage of IT technology in non-IT sectors, especially in health sector. In the ICCAS five projects related to clinical purposes were presented with detailed description of methodologies and techniques. Later the group continued their tour visiting SIKT (Saxon Incubator for Clinical Translation), LEFX which is a startup company developing 3D & VR applications, and Roboter Innovation which is another startup company.
In the second day, Prof. Klaus Hänßgen started the training by a presentation about the curricula and studying system of computer science in HTWK, and then Prof. Dr. Claus Baderschneider (HFTL) provided a presentation and discussion about the Commercialization of higher education systems. In addition, Mr. Christian Scheffler presented how SMILE (Selbst Management Initiative Leipzig) Supports startups ideas from scientific fields and how to reach to independent startups and serving in the market.
Later, Silke Muhl (head of international office), met the group presenting an overview about the university mission, scholarships, motivations for students, and the relationships between the university and society.
At the end of the day, Prof. Dr. Klaus Hänßgen presented some recent Innovative research tasks of HTWK students in Industrial sector and mainly in IT sector, and how the students focus on providing solutions for real problems, trying to improve the quality of real products, or fixing some bugs in existing products in the market. That last presentation of that session was about Internationalization of higher education as a way to improve the qualification of students to match international markets.
Finally, Dr. Hani Qusa (BITPAL project coordinator) thanked gratefully all presenters for their valuable information, and expressed how it is important and useful to develop the curricula by reflecting the acquired experience from Germany system to Palestinian universities.
It’s worth to mention that during the training mission Germany, there was a fruitful guided tour in the campus of Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) aiming at exchange of knowledge and cultures, a visit to primary building, and center of the city.