A group of 40 Bachelor of Engineering students and their professors from Mechanical- Process- and Environmental Engineering have participated in a two-week laboratory course at the Measurement Techniques Laboratory at GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University in Germany last month. The course was fully sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
“The aim of the excursion was to familiarise our students with industrial applications for processing a variety of products and consumer goods, necessary for our modern societies. During the course students attended laboratory sessions and conducted experiments at different laboratories of RWTH Aachen University. At the end of the Measurement Techniques Laboratory course, students had to sit for the final examination,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Emmanouil Bouzakis one of the supervisors, Department of Engineering at GUtech. At RWTH Aachen University the group also visited the Stem Cell Factory at the Fraunhofer IPT. “The aim of the visit was to familiarise the engineering students with their research activities on Standardized and Integrated Processes for Personalised Stem Cell-Based Drug Prediction using Reprogrammed Blood Cells,” said Prof. Dr. Bouzakis and as well as to “motivate the students to integrate their disciplines with biological related processes or applications”, said Prof. Dr. Hind Barghash. The students also visited, the main building of RWTH Aachen University and the modern, new Central Auditorium for Research and Learning. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt, Director of the Machine Tool Laboratory at RWTH Aachen (WZL) and the Fraunhofer IPT Research Institute, introduced the group from Oman to the premises of the Production Engineering Cluster at RWTH Aachen. The students also listened to a presentation by Dr. Leah Cheung from RWTH International Academy on opportunities for continuing with their Master’s Studies in Aachen.
As part of the study-trip three excursions were conducted to industries. “First, we visited the paper mill UPM Hürth, the Drinking Water Treatment Plant TWA Roetgen and the Klingelnberg Drive Technology Division, located in the outskirts of Cologne. Our visit was fully guided by two experienced engineers and we were introduced to the main function of the paper production plant. We also visited all the operational units and the control room for more technical explanations. Another day, we visited the Drinking Water Treatment Plant – TWA Roetgen where we were introduced to the drinking water requirements of the three-countries region including Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and the membrane ultrafiltration process applied in the plant. Our visit concluded with a tour around the different filtration stages and the neighbouring Dreilägerbach Dam,” said Prof Dr. Hind Barghash.
The third educational excursion was a visit to the Klingelnberg Drive Technology Division in Hückeswagen, close to the city of Cologne. In the factory, the students were guided through the machine shop floor and were acquainted with the manufacturing sequence of bevel gears for marine, mining and other applications as well as with the related metrology.
“The entire group, the students and we professors, would like to express our gratitude to DAAD and GUtech for giving us the opportunity to travel to RWTH Aachen University. Not only the chance to have a real laboratory experience but also the visits of several industrial environments were extremely motivational experiences. Some students expressed their interest to return to Germany for an internship or to continue with their post-graduate studies. The chances given to GUtech students, both Omani and international, contribute to strengthen the connection of GUtech with the highly reputed RWTH Aachen University and to familiarise students from the Middle East with the German Higher Education System,” said Prof. Dr. Hind Barghash.
(c) GUtech/ Text and Photo: Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Bouzakis, Prof. Dr. Hind Barghash and Dr. Manuela Gutberlet