150,000 EUR in funding to be provided by the Free State of Bavaria for digitalisation in MINT study programmes

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​​​​​​​Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences also to receive state funding for its next MINT project.


The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts has assured the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences the provision of a total of up to 150,000 EUR in funding for the project “MINTzE 4.0 – Enabling MINT Students to Succeed Through Digitalisation in Teaching” in the period between 1 November 2019 and 31 October 2022. The university will provide a further 180,000 EUR in financing from its own funds.

The Faculty of Engineering has been supporting students in the so-called MINT subjects of mathematics, information science, natural sciences and technology since 2008, through a number of measures within the MINTzE project.
The MINTzE project has made it clear that the support of students in their initial study phase is integral to their subsequent study success and that raising awareness among school pupils of possible study options plays a considerable role in enabling them to find their way later on,” explains Professor Martin Bothen, who has been leading the MINTzE project at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences since 2012.

Increase in graduation rates in MINT study programmes
Building on the findings of earlier projects funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts: MINTzE – Ways of Increasing MINT Graduate Numbers (2008 bis 2011), MINTzE II – Successful MINT Degrees from Universities in Bavaria (2012-2015) and MINTzE III – MINTerAKTIV – Succeeding in a MINT Degree in Bavaria (2016-2019), the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences wants to raise the graduation rates in all MINT study programmes, while retaining the current quality of the final qualifications. The aim is also to make funding available to highly talented students.

The considerable experience made in the previous MINTzE, MINTzE II and MINTzE III projects is now to be incorporated in the successor project MINTzE 4.0 along with the new component of digitalisation in teaching. For example, the use of digitalised teaching materials can make it easier for all students to access the materials.

“Our future lies in the MINT subjects!”
To implement the goals of interconnecting MINT activities and expanding the use of digital teaching, a total of fourteen universities and universities of applied sciences throughout the whole of Bavaria will together receive approximately 2.1 million EUR in funding for their MINT projects.
With the programme, “BayernMINT – competent.connected.successful,” the Free State of Bavaria is funding higher education projects that support young people in studying MINT subjects. It will run for a period of three years, beginning in November 2019, and conclude with the successful funding line “MINTerAKTIV – Succeeding in a MINT Degree in Bavaria“. Partners in the initiative are the vbw – the Bavarian Industry Association, and bayme vbm, the Employers’ Associations of the Metalworking and Electrical Industries in Bavaria.
 As Bavarian State Minister of Science and the Arts, Bernd Sibler, stresses: “Our future lies in the MINT subjects!” “Young people with an interest in and enthusiasm for mathematics, information science, natural sciences and technology play a decisive role in shaping our progress. We are interested in any smart student! Which is why we are supporting our universities in training tomorrow's skilled MINT specialists.”