Tomsk Polytechnic University hosted representatives of DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Center Novosibirsk and the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin, the Free University of Berlin). The visitors shared additional opportunities for international cooperation with TPU. During a master class TPU students learnt more about research proposals and how to establish contacts with a potential scientific supervisor.
TPU representatives from the Office of International Programs and Grants, International Recruitment Office, International Communications and the International Students Office as well as representatives of the Institute of Cybernetics and the Institute of Humanities and Social Technologies participated at the meeting.
Among key issues raised at the meeting the participants discussed the extension of international cooperation with German universities with the support of DAAD at the level of institutional agreements, exchange of faculty and research staff, additional opportunities to attract more German students to TPU.
‘Tomsk Polytechnic University has long-term relationships with a great number of universities in Germany. Now, we would like to extend our cooperation under the support of DAAD,’
said Svetlana Rybushkina, the head of the Office of International Programs and Grants.
Anja Hess, the head of the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Center Novosibirsk, shared DAAD statistics on the number of scholarship recipients in Russia. Most scholarships were granted to students from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Tomsk. According to Ms Hess, TPU international students may also participate in academic mobility programs, if they are registered as TPU students at least 15 months prior to the application.
The representative of FU Berlin (one of the largest universities in Berlin) Mr. Tobias A. Stuedemann who had already visited TPU several times, told about summer school scholarship for German students. He also clarified how DAAD can support German professors who are willing to come to deliver lectures at TPU.
He added that now FU Berlin aims at increasing the academic mobility of its students from 30% to 50% and presented programs of Dahlem Research School for young scientists.
During a master class What is a Research Proposal and How to Establish Contact with Potential Scientific Supervisor? Mr. Sturdemann described a western approach to writing a research proposal which is a necessary requirement to get a research grant or attract a scientific supervisor to a new project.