MUSCAT A group of Omani and international students of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) travelled to GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University in Germany last week. The annual study-trip has been conducted since 2009, its main aim is to introduce the students to life in Germany so that they experience the classroom situation at RWTH Aachen University. For most of the students it is the first trip to Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded the students with study-scholarships. DAAD is one of the world’s largest and most respected intermediary organizations in the field of academic exchange. Every year the organization sponsors a large number of foreign and German academics worldwide. The GUtech students of different study-programmes had to apply with a letter of motivation that was followed by an interview.
The group students and two GUtech staff members study German at RWTH Aachen’s Language Centre in the mornings and in the afternoons they attend a university and cultural programme that includes sightseeing around Aachen and its countryside, to the Netherlands, to Belgium and other German cities like Cologne as well as an Omani evening for students and RWTH Aachen professors along with GUtech alumni and GUtech fly-in professors.
RWTH Aachen University is located in the centre of the city of Aachen. Currently more than 42,000 students are studying at RWTH Aachen University, which is one of the leading Universities of Technology in Europe. RWTH Aachen is a member of the prestigious IDEA league, a network of leading Universities of Technology in Europe. The Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg is Head of the Board of Governors at GUtech.
GUtech offers German classes for BSc or BEng students. The university promotes study and research exchange with RWTH Aachen University and other universities in Europe.