On 2 May 2018, the BITPAL Coordinator, University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) in collaboration with Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) organized the third 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, Gaza University and PITA attended the training mission that lasts in the period 2-6 May 2018. The objective of this training mission was to introduce PS partners into different aspects of curricula development, student’s practical work, and the integration between the academic sector and the private sector in the German system.
On the part of HTWK, Prof. Klaus Hänßgen welcomed the group and highlighted the cooperation with enterprises, practical training in hi-tech institutes, themes for graduation, the foundation for small and medium-size enterprises in the first day. After that, the PS partners attended another presentation about Autotool Software System by Prof. Dr. Johannes Waldmann where he presented an online tool as automation of university course exercises dedicated to programming languages. Using the tool, professors can implement problems, facilitate submission and evaluation for the response. This automated system is provided for free and was developed by Prof. Waldmann with the assistance of some of his graduates in Germany.
The third session was about AGIL Company by Dr. Roland Billing (Project leader of the Enterprise Europe Network). The company aims at promoting innovation and technology transfer. During this session, BITPAL team was introduced to the company mission and some of its services besides implemented projects targeting different sectors. Some of the company's main services include technology scouts, advisory services for R&D and IPR, besides Innovation and quality management. In the second day, Prof. Klaus Hänßgen started the training by a presentation about the Innovation via modernization of curricula, he focused on the study plan of Media Informatics as an example.
The most important part of the plan is the practical semester; students spend one semester of three months in firms and one semester for graduation projects. The methodology of the practical semester management and monitoring is very effective, German system qualifies the students better for the industry. Also, 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.
Then, Dr-Riyadh Qashi (BITPAL German Coordinator) accompanied the group to visit the HTWK especially the ROBOTS Nao-Team HTWK which successfully participated in national and international competitions. Another visit to a successful startup, the LEFX is working on real applications of VR providing solutions for many sectors such as tourism
Finally, Dr. Ahmed Abdalaal (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 the exchange of knowledge and cultures, a visit to the center of the city. National Erasmus Office in Palestine #BITPAL #HTWK #Germany #Leipzig #Gaza