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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

Claudia Krull, Georg Paul

Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvG)

Daniel V. Goulet

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP)


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Agenda

  • The Partners

  • Goals

  • Challenges

  • The Dual-Degree Program

  • Results

  • Future Challenges


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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


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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


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Challenges

  • Prerequisites

  • Curriculum

  • Language difficulties

  • Financial issues

  • Will also come up in Europe


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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


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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


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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


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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?


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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