October 22, 2015

Contact: Amy Hewes

Cal Poly and Munich University of Applied Sciences To Enhance Partnership

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A $1.14 million grant will allow Cal Poly and Munich University of Applied Sciences to expand a student-faculty exchange program that has allowed scores of mechanical engineering students to study at the second largest university of applied sciences in Germany.

The four-year grant, valued at 1 million euros, was awarded to Munich University from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a publically funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. It will allow Cal Poly and its counterpart to expand joint teaching, learning and research activities.

“The competitive DAAD grant recognizes our 12-year history with Cal Poly, an institution with which we have much in common, including our applied, hands-on approach to student learning,” said Michael Kortstock, president of Munich University of Applied Sciences.

“We look forward to optimizing our exchange program and to developing new collaborations that might include cross-faculty and interdisciplinary study, integration of industry and other external partners, curricula development.”

Over the years, Munich University students have benefited from exposure to Cal Poly’s College of Engineering, considered to have one of the top engineering programs in the United States, and improved their English language skills, a requirement of the global job market.

Photo: "Cal-Poly-Munich.jpg" — Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong (right) accepts a recording of the student choir at Munich University of Applied Sciences from President Michael Kortstock.

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