Within the framework of a five-day study trip, the Minister for Education of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan also visited the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. Among other things, he gained insights into the work performed by the Department of Computer Science.
The autonomous Republic of Tatarstan, situated on the banks of the Volga River, has a large number of small and medium-sized companies, which makes it one of the wealthiest and most successful republics in the Russian Federation. Alongside the University of Kazan in the capital of the same name, which is one of seven elite universities in Russia, there are two other technical universities, which are also among the best 30 in the Federation.
The Minister, Prof. Albert Gilmutdinov, was welcomed by Vice-President Wiltrud Terlau. After that Professor Paul Plöger gave him information on the degree course in Autonomous Systems, and he gained insights into the work in the laboratory. A brief tour of the studios in the Department of Technical Journalism rounded the visit off. The Minister was impressed by our University's performance and its international study programmes, above all in the area of Computer Science.
As many as 60 students from Tatarstan are currently studying in Germany within the framework of a scholarship scheme that is jointly funded by the Tatarstan government and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). They have all been selected in a contest; moreover, they have to take a TOEFL test to provide evidence of good English skills. At Kazan University, there is even a German Centre that also enables students to acquire German language skills. According to the Minister, Master's degree programmes in English are currently also being developed at the universities, which is why there is a good basis for cooperation with German universities.
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