About the project
FHWS 3IN (integration, inclusion, involvement), a project funded by DAAD since the beginning of 2020, aims at actively approaching the challenges of globalization and digitalization in the higher education landscape. During the three-year pilot period, the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences (FAS) and the FHWS International Office will form a project team cooperating closely. As a team, we want to create usable structures for students, staff and partners as well as expand our network of European partners and strengthen international exchange.
In 2018, the strategic University Alliance of Integration, Inclusion and Involvement, 3IN-Alliance, was established. This alliance by now consists of seven European partner institutions of higher education in Finland, Norway, Spain, Romania, Portugal, France and Germany. The partners have set themselves the task of finding joint answers to the challenges of the 21st century not only by integrating their students, lecturers and staff, but by including the different types of higher education institutions as well as their expertise and diversity under the motto “no one is left behind”, and, moreover, bringing Europe closer together and communicating European values.
As an supporting project, FHWS 3IN accompanies the processes and tasks of the 3IN Alliance. As a project team, we focus on advancing the role of FHWS as UAS with European reach by the individual project goals.
In addition to strengthening the cooperation with the 3IN Alliance, the FHWS 3IN project team aims at increasing the internationalisation of FHWS. Throughout our University, we want to sustainably develop the area of mobility, enhance intercultural competences of all members of FHWS and encourage to take part in a mobility. In the interest of sustainable development and in line with the challenges of the 21st century, our focus is also on simplifying mobility in its administration through means of digitalization. In this context, we want to initiate a new consulting and information structure around the topic of mobility. In addition to the area of mobility, the expansion of transnational teaching is the main focus of our project. Through targeted measures, we want to make the role of FHWS as an UAS with European reach more visible.
As a project team, we maintain a lively exchange with the management team of the 3IN Alliance through regular coordination meetings, thus contributing the strengths and expertise of FHWS to the higher education alliance. Through the bundling of resources and expertise as well as the use of synergy effects, this close and cooperative collaboration allows us to achieve excellence in research and teaching activities to an extent that would not be possible for each higher education institution alone. In turn, we use our resources to transfer newly acquired expertise into FHWS in order to generate new knowledge and promote innovation.
As a project team we want to contribute to increasing intercultural competences of all members of FHWS by supplementing and expanding the concepts of Internationalization@home at FHWS with new (digital) components, for example the Intercultural Certificate and KomPass International. By involving our European partners of the 3IN Alliance, not only will the circle of participants be expanded, but the programmes will also be raised to a new trans-European level in terms of structure and content. FHWS 3IN hopes that the resulting personal contacts will increase the mobility of all FHWS members and establish a qualification programme that is useful for all students of the higher education institutions in the alliance. In this way, structures for the targeted support of mobility should be created at the same time.
The FHWS 3IN project team not only wants to motivate members of FHWS to take part in mobilities, but also to simplify the administration of mobilities through digitalization measures. Alongside the guidelines of the new Erasmus+ programme generation, we are focusing on the harmonisation of recognition structures and processes within the 3IN Alliance, because we not only want to simplify the transfer of academic credits, but also to be able to make a statement in advance about the creditability of compatible modules. In this, the implementation of new digital tools is to serve the aim of further customising individual study and mobility experience as well as making it even more flexible.
We accelerate the development and expansion of English-taught offers and concepts of transnational teaching by initiating suitable teaching units for both the students at our partner HEIs as well as at home in the field of applied social sciences. Offerings such as summer and winter schools as well as international weeks of all members of the alliance are to be supplemented by mobilities in order to serve the aim of a trans-cultural teaching exchange. In this, the digitisation of curricular and extra-curricular teaching contents as well as using digital tools for teaching and learning promotes the trans-cultural exchange at the participating partner HEIs. At the same time, we aim at using this exchange to devise a concept for short-term mobilities.
In the context of FHWS 3IN, we want to implement a new consulting and information structure for mobilities of FHWS members representing a kind of map of expertise with which suitable experts for conducting targeted mobilities can be found. This map will first be available for experts in the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) and our International Office (HSIN), but later expanded to other faculties and at last to the entire 3IN Alliance.
We carry out public relations and lobbying work coordinated with the alliance partners, which not only serves to make the progress of the project visible, but also to disseminate and, above all, make use of the project results. In addition to the general public, target groups from the fields of politics, civil society and educational institutions at regional political and professional level are addressed.