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Practical Experiences in International Studies in Informatics. Claudia Krull, Georg Paul Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvG) Daniel V. Goulet University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). Agenda. The Partners Goals Challenges The Dual-Degree Program Results Future Challenges.

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practical experiences in international studies in informatics

Practical Experiences in International Studies in Informatics

Claudia Krull, Georg Paul

Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvG)

Daniel V. Goulet

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP)

agenda
Agenda
  • The Partners
  • Goals
  • Challenges
  • The Dual-Degree Program
  • Results
  • Future Challenges
the partners
The Partners
  • Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg:
    • 9 Departments with 10,000 Students
    • Faculty of Computer Science 1500 students
    • 4 Diploma courses (ending), 3 Master courses, 4 Bachelor courses
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point:
    • 8700 students in 100 programs
    • Department of Mathematics and Computing
    • Majors and Minor in CIS
goals
Goals

Students can obtain degrees from both Universities as part of their normal study activities.

  • International Understanding
  • Cultural / Historical Understanding
  • Academic Understanding
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academic Certification
challenges
Challenges
  • Prerequisites
  • Curriculum
  • Language difficulties
  • Financial issues
  • Will also come up in Europe
prerequisites
Prerequisites
  • German students need Abitur to study
  • Any American High-School graduate may study
  • Convince German officials, that Americans are qualified to study

 Good grades are necessary for admittance into the program

curriculum
Curriculum
  • Diploma (Germany)
    • 5 years, almost only major
    • 4 different courses of study (Inf,WIF,CV,CSE)
    • Practicum required in 7th or 8th semester
  • Bachelor (USA)
    • 4 years CIS Major
    • GDR requirements
language
Language
  • Germans study English at school
    • At least 6 years of experience
    • Applicants usually pass the TOEFL
    • All courses at UWSP are in English
  • No foreign language required in the US
    • None or very little knowledge in German
    • Students would need to pass the DSH
    • Most diploma courses at OvG are in German
finances
Finances
  • OvG students
    • Pay no tuition (yet) at home
    • $7000 per semester at UWSP
    • Up to 2002 funding from DAAD
    • Since then support from UWSP
      • Practicum payment, jobs, reimbursement fund
  • UWSP
    • Charges $1500 tuition from their students
    • Why should Germans study for free?
the dual degree program
The Dual-Degree Program
  • OvG Students
    • Reach a specified score on the TOEFL Test
    • Take some few GDR Courses and CIS Courses at UWSP to complete the Bachelor
    • Can complete their practicum at UWSP
the dual degree program1
The Dual-Degree Program
  • UWSP Students
    • Reach a specified level on the DSH Test
    • Take a set of Informatics courses to count for their UWSP Bachelor
    • Can remain for the 9th and 10th semester to complete the diploma
results to date
Results to Date
  • 1992 Practicum in Informatics
    • 16 German students
  • 1997 Dual Degree Program
    • 20 Germans completed bachelors degree
  • Summer Course
    • 16 students per year for 3 weeks
  • No student from UWSP participated in the program, due to the language requirement
future challenges
Future Challenges
  • New recommendations for model curricula in the USA
    • 5 different curricula
  • Bologna-Declaration made OvG switch from Diploma to Bachelor/Master
    • 4 Bachelor courses
    • 5 Masters courses
  • Starting 2009 a new agreement is necessary
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Worldwide comparability in Informatics is necessary
  • Establishing a cooperation is a long and hard process
  • Dual-Degree-Program
    • an example for the Bologna process in Europe today
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