Statements zum Jubiläum der Hochschulpartnerschaften

Seit 10 Jahren pflegt die TH Aschaffenburg Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Finnland und Schweden.

“Mid Sweden University is delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our partnership with TH Aschaffenburg. Our ambition for the coming years is to broaden our international efforts and deepen existing partnerships and we are grateful for our longstanding partnership with TH Aschaffenburg as we explore new opportunities for collaboration. Our world faces global challenges to which we must find global solutions, this is why international exchange in education and research is so important. 
It has been our pleasure to host exchange students from TH Aschaffenburg and to have the opportunity to contribute to their international student experience.”

Emma McKeogh and Maria Fredlund
International Relations Office, Mid Sweden University
Prof. Dr. Heléne Lundberg
International Coordinator Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism, Mid Sweden University

During the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), Aschaffenburg was under the rule of King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden for several years starting in 1631. According to tradition, Aschaffenburg's traditional beer "Schlappeseppel" also goes back to a commission from this very king.This historical connection between Aschaffenburg and Sweden calls for an exchange in the present as well. With Mid Sweden University and its campuses in the "Stone City" of Sundsvall and in Östersund, known for hosting the biathlon world championships, where the campus, like that of the TH Aschaffenburg, is located on the site of former barracks, we have an innovative partner university in central Sweden, where doctoral degrees can also be obtained. Tack så mycket for the last ten years!”

Prof. Dr. Renate Link
Director of the Institute of Intercultural Communication & Initiator of the partnership with Mid Sweden University
Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

“Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences is one of our most valued international partners and on behalf of Turku University of Applied Sciences, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to everyone who has been affiliated with the collaboration that has helped to make this partnership a great success over the past 10 years. It has been a pleasure for our staff and students to carry out joint projects, plan double degrees, participate in student and teacher exchanges, and join events such as ‘International Research Days’ and International Language Days’ with colleagues from Aschaffenburg. We look forward to continuing our collaboration also in the future.”

Dr. Juhani Soini
Turku AMK, Finland
“Ten years have flown by since Prof. Dr. Renate Link suggested that we start collaboration between Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences and Turku University of Applied Sciences. Since 2011, we have hosted each other’s exchange students and teachers, developed educational collaboration between our degree programmes and planned joint projects. It is always a delight to hear about activities that are carried out together with colleagues in Aschaffenburg and it will be exciting to see how our collaboration will develop further over the next decade!”

Anu Härkönen 
Head of International Affairs
Turku AMK, Finland

“We are proud to celebrate 10 years of vivid partnership with Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Having started with students’ and teachers’ exchange, we deepened our collaboration by establishing a double degree and working on joint research topics. We are very much looking forward to further common projects, especially when traveling is possible again after the pandemic. I want to say thank you to the ‘ambassadors’ on both sides, who maintained the contact between the two universities and made the partnership a success.“

Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth
President of Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

“When I first met colleagues from Turku AMK, I never thought this would end in such a close cooperation and a double degree. Besides research projects, common publications and exchanges in teaching, the double degree program is really a highlight for the students of both the universities. It gives them an added value. I am not just talking about the additional degree from Turku AMK, but also from the experiences and the initiated friendships. And this makes me very happy. On the base of this, our partnership will increase and deepen in the future years. Thank you, Turku AMK, for ten fantastic years.”

Prof. Dr. Ludger Schneider-Störmann
Manager of Double-Degree Programme and Study Programme Manager ITV
Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

„It all started with a spilt glass of water at the 2011 EAIE in Copenhagen – the omen for a very fruitful partnership... On all my visits to Turku AMK since 2012, I have been welcomed and treated like a family member by the Finnish colleagues which I appreciate a lot. Kiitos paljon for everything! I look forward to strengthening our ties in the future even more with two major research projects in the pipeline.“

Prof. Dr. Renate Link
Director of the Institute of Intercultural Communication & Initiator of the partnership with Turku AMK
Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

“The partnership between TH Aschaffenburg and Turku AMK opens up unique opportunities for us students. The combination of the strengths of both universities combined with different learning approaches and projects brings superior value for students and improves the quality of the study programmes of both universities in the long term. The partnership brings professors and students together and helps build international networks. It was this partnership that gave me the best time of my life.”

André Ostheimer, Double-Degree Student from Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences at Turku AMK