liveSciences³ Transnational and Digital Linked Life Sciences
Rethinking international cooperation and seeing digitization as an opportunity has become very important, especially in the current situation of the COVID 19 crisis.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) intends to support the universities in this process with the programme 'International Mobility and Cooperation through Digitalisation' (IMKD). The project `liveSciences³ - Transnational and Digital Linked Life Sciences´ is one of six projects nationwide that were selected from a total of more than 70 applications and will receive DAAD IMKD funding totalling around 2.2 million euros for a period of three years starting in April 2020.
The liveSciences³ project is based on strategies and concepts for the further development of the international dimension of academic education, which are based on the guiding principles for teaching and learning of the University of Göttingen. One of the University's main goals is to provide all students with the opportunity to gain international experience. Excellent conditions for the transformation of innovative processes to strengthen and further develop international partnerships and networks are also provided by good cooperation between the central and satellite units of the University of Göttingen, which forms the foundation for liveSciences³.
Participating liveSciences³ facilities at the University of Göttingen:
- Student and Academic Services;
- International Office;
- Center of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use (CBL);
- Faculty of Agricultural Sciences;
- Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology;
- Faculty of Biology and Psychology.
The main focus of the project is on life sciences. Under the umbrella of the Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use (CBL), the three Faculties of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry and Biology and Psychology of the University of Göttingen, together with the partner universities, aim to establish the nucleus of a Life Sciences Network to strengthen international and interdisciplinary teaching cooperation.
For the liveSciences³ project, the University of Göttingen, together with its international partners, has therefore designed a comprehensive bundle of interconnected digital activities with which it intends to open up new digital and analogue paths for the Student International Journey in the Life Sciences Network. The following three project goals are pursued to increase the international mobility of students:
- The Enhanced Student Journey in the Life Sciences Network is shaped through the establishment of digital and transnational enriched and linked curricula and study programs.
- The methodological and digital skills of students and teachers are strengthened within the framework of a developed interdisciplinary Life Sciences Network.
- The Student International Journey is modernized and simplified through digital services. The services are defined and implemented by all partners and can be transferred as a reference within the respective countries.
In order to achieve these goals, the University of Göttingen will establish a transnational Life Sciences Network for teaching and learning with a focus on sustainability, in which digital teaching and learning formats will be integrated into the curricula and new formats of mobility will be promoted in a Virtual Campus Exchange. The students have a particularly active role to play here.
Another major focus of the liveSciences³ project is the modernisation and simplification of the Student International Journey through digital processes of student and examination administration. Special attention will be paid to the establishment of standardized procedures for international student mobility that create transferable structures beyond the Life Science Network.
Already existing international double degree programs in the area of life sciences and intensive long-term international collaborations provide a good starting point for the implementation of the project.
Partner universities in liveSciences³:
Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne
Head of project
Dr. Anne Sennhenn
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