A high level 9- member delegation from Baden-Württemberg in Germany, headed by Ms. Petra Olschowski, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, visited SRM Institute of Science & Technology (formerly known as SRM University), on 29 January 2018, to explore areas of mutual interest for collaboration.
The other members of the delegation included representatives from the ministry, and universities like: DHBW Karlsruhe Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), University of Konstanz, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten and University of Freiburg
Baden-Württemberg is Europe’s most innovative region and is the third largest state in the Federal Republic of Germany and a world-leading economic region. SRM IST was only one of the two institutions chosen by the delegation to visit in Chennai.
Looking to create mutually rewarding partnerships, the team showed great interest in SRMS IST’s highly regarded programmes in areas that match their strengths, notably in Mechanical engineering and Production Technology, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace, Healthcare and Medical Technology, Life Sciences, ICT, Environmental Technology, and Renewables.
The Chancellor of SRM IST, Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar, while welcoming the leader of the delegation, Ms. Petra Olschowski, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, offered full support to strengthen the relationship between SRM IST and the universities and businesses in Baden-Württemberg. “I have always been amazed by the hard-working and resilient people of Germany, who have made it Europe's most industrialized country, famed for its technological achievements”, he said.The small state of Baden-Württemberg punches beyond its weight. Nowhere else in Germany are as many patents per person applied for than in Baden-Württemberg (132 patent applications per annum per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016). Its GDP is one of the highest in Europe (GDP 2016: 477 billion euros, higher than that of nations such as Norway, Belgium or Austria).
SRM IST believes it is imperative to prepare students to meet the challenges of a Globalised Economy, and leverage the benefits that come with it. It is important to provide alternative pathways for students to study. One such programme with Germany is the IGCHE or Indo German Centre for higher education. It is a dual degree programme where students study 3 years in SRM and then transfer to Germany in the 4th year to get two degrees. Students learn the language on campus, infact German is one of the 5 foreign languages being taught on campus. It is a good programme and SRM IST students land lucrative jobs or take to fully subsidised higher education programmes in Germany.
One of the key takeaways of the visit is the expression of interest on both sides to take calibrated measures to build the relationship and explore innovative and novel ways to work together. The SRM IST and German relationship is poised to take off in a big ways thanks to the visit of the delegation to SRM IST.