Nine students from three different countries are participating in the International Student’s Project launched in December 2015 by St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences/Department of Rail Technology and Mobility. Two students from St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, four students from the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania and three from the Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic will investigate, within the framework of their bachelor thesis, a comprehensive assessment of rail infrastructure as the long-term general topic. The sub topic of the project for the year 2016 is SMARTT – Rail: Safety, Maintenance, Availability and Reliability of Tunnels and Tracks.
The first kick off meeting took place in a virtual classroom on the 4th of March 2016. During this meeting the students and advisors got acquainted with each other. Students presented the concept of their thesis and discussed the topics in the group. 'I was really impressed by the interest and the level of motivation of the students from all three universities.' commented Hirut Grossberger, coordinator of the project.
The intension of this International Student’s Project is not only to address and improve the technical skills of students at international level but also to develop soft skills such as initiation, team work, and communication, as well as providing a cultural and social experience. The students, besides the topical work on their bachelor thesis, experience team building and connected work on common tasks, foster global thinking and multicultural cooperation, develop an international and interdisciplinary network, and improve their communication and presentation skills in English language and social competence.
The project intensifies the educational partnership between the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility and the two Partner universities (Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic and the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania) through Bilateral projects such as AKTION (with the technical University of Brno, Department of Civil Engineering) as well as ERASMUS visits by Prof. Eugen Ghita, (Politehnica University of Timisoara) and his lectures during the international week at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.