Step2Future – A Successful Transnational Educational Project between RWTH Aachen University and GUtech in Oman

HALBAN The “Step2Future” project between German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and RWTH Aachen University (Germany) has been launched in 2017 to strengthen the German-Omani relationship on academic, industrial and cultural level. Step2Future is intended to be a transnational educational project and as such it is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

“Since the beginning, we have supported GUtech in the establishment of its structures and processes in alignment to RWTH Aachen University’s standards. Our common approach has allowed both universities to develop their knowledge of higher education in a sound way”, said Professor Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt, Director of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University and project leader of the Step2Future project. Professor Schmitt has been has been supporting GUtech since its foundation. Since July 2008, he is RWTH Aachen University’s Rector’s Delegate for the cooperation with the Arab Gulf States, in particular GUtech. Together with his project team, he visited GUtech this February for the project’s kick-off. He and his partners from RWTH Aachen University are currently working together at and with GUtech.

The RWTH-GUtech project succeeds the “Step2Go” project (2013-2017) and the “GUtech Quality Management System” project (2007-2012) that were set up to offer GUtech study-programmes aligned with German quality standards as well as to offer continuous education for GUtech academic staff. Therefore, “Step2Go” has been promoting the implementation of new innovative organizational structures as well as new teaching and research methods at GUtech. The Step2Future project is directly connected to the objectives of the previous projects. However, now further improvements regarding the intra- and inter-university communication structures and the public visibility of the German-Omani partnership as well as German engineering values are in focus.

For more detailed information on the project, please visit and get in touch with the project team.

Photo: The Rectorate of GUtech along with Prof. Dr. Robert Schmitt and team members of the Step2Future project during the kick-off meeting in Halban.

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