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The University of Münster (WWU) is characterized in both its teaching and research by a wide diversity of international activities. Internationalization, though, is not an end in itself, but contributes to the profile and competitiveness of the University. For this reason, the press office of the University will be focusing in the coming months on the issue of internationalization. We will be reporting frequently on many aspects of internationalization in order to inspire your interest in this issue – enjoy reading!

From Münster to Houston

Interview with physician Dr. Tim Sauer
Dr. Tim Sauer<address>© private</address>
© private

In the summer of 2015 Dr. Tim Sauer was still working as a senior physician in the field of bone marrow transplants at Münster University Hospital (UKM). Through the "Train-Gain" programme at the "Cells in Motion" (CiM) Cluster of Excellence at Münster University he funded an internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Should all courses be taught in English?

An interview with physicist Prof. Cornelia Denz and historian Prof. Heike Bungert
Physicist Prof. Cornelia Denz and historian Prof. Heike Bungert exchange views on the differences in using foreign languages in Natural Sciences and the Humanities.<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

Internationalization permeates Münster University at all levels. In order to attract even more of the best students from abroad, the University is offering more and more seminars, individual modules, lectures – even entire courses – in English.

"Experience abroad – especially foreign language skills – are very important "

Interview with Ramona Kremer, employee at Vectron
Vectron produces POS systems<address>© Vectron</address>
© Vectron

Münster University sees itself not only as being rooted in the local region, but also as having an international orientation – in teaching, in research, among students and among its administrative staff. Some students wonder whether international experience is an advantage for a later career. In this series of interviews, personnel managers from companies located in the Münsterland provide answers to these questions. Today: Ramona Kremer, employee at Vectron.

"Evidence of our international visibility"

Research prizewinner Prof. Michinori Suginome – a Japanese guest at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Münster University
Prof. Michinori Suginome<address>© private</address>
© private

It is a special honour for Prof. Armido Studer and his colleagues at the Institute of Organic Chemistry: Prof. Michinori Suginome from the University of Kyoto in Japan has chosen the Münster University Institute to spend a total of six months doing research.

English is a must, German is a bonus!

Interview with Prof. Zhu Jianhua from Tongji University Shanghai, who gave a talk at Münster University on the rosy future of German language teaching in China
Prof. Zhu Jianhua giving a guest lecture recently in Münster …<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

The list of his functions is impressively long and exudes internationality: President of the International Association for Germanic Studies from 2010 to 2015. President of the Shanghai Humboldt Club, to name just a few. Some people also call Prof. Zhu Jianhua the high priest of German Studies in China. He shared his thoughts on native tongues and foreign languages in academic life with Juliane Albrecht when they spoke recently during his visit to Münster University.

"Internationalization will become increasingly important in future"

Interview with Sonja Frühauf, personnel officer at Fiege
Fiege, a logistics service provider located in Greven near Münster.<address>© Fiege – Fotograf Dirk Egelkamp, Ibbenbüren</address>
© Fiege – Fotograf Dirk Egelkamp, Ibbenbüren

Münster University sees itself not only as being rooted in the local region, but also as having an international orientation – in teaching, in research, among students and among its administrative staff. Some students wonder whether international experience is an advantage for a later career. In this series of interviews, personnel managers from companies located in the Münsterland provide answers to these questions. Today: Sonja Frühauf, personnel officer at Fiege.

By tandem to China, Spain or Latin America

Learning together means learning better – and that goes for languages too
Very disciplined - first German is spoken, then Chinese: the language-learning tandem Lei and Tom.<address>© WWU - Friederike Stecklum</address>
© WWU - Friederike Stecklum

When Lei Guo and Tom Becker meet once a week to learn together, the result is a language mix of Chinese and German. Lei and Tom are just one of 140 such tandem couples that have got together in the winter semester of 2015/2016. The Language Centre has been offering this special type of course for German and foreign students at Münster University since the winter semester of 2007/2008.

"In Münster I learnt about the priesthood"

Prof. Leo O’Donovan, priest and former rector of Georgetown University in Washington DC, about the time he spent as a student in Münster and about Pope Francis
Prof. Dr. Leo O&#039;Donovan<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

It was at the invitation of the Center for German-American Educational History, headed by Prof. Jürgen Overhoff, that Prof. Leo J. O’Donovan, 81, returned to Münster University for a few days. Norbert Robers took the opportunity to talk to him.

"We have high regard for international experience, although it is not an absolute requisite for us."

Interview with Guido Hilchenbach, HR Manager at Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster
The building of the insurance &quot;Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster&quot;<address>© LVM - Ralf Emmerich</address>
© LVM - Ralf Emmerich

Münster University sees itself not only as being rooted in the local region, but also as having an international orientation – in teaching, in research, among students and among its administrative staff. Some students wonder whether international experience is an advantage for a later career. In this series of interviews, personnel managers from companies located in the Münsterland provide answers to these questions. Today: Guido Hilchenbach, HR Manager at LVM Insurance.

Why travel to distant lands?

The Buddy Programme offers chances to enjoy international flair in Münster too / Record with 220 "Buddies"
What&#039;s often on the agenda whenever medical student Johanna (l.) and Swedish exchange student Emelie (doing Business Studies) get together, is the next culinary delight ...<address>© WWU - Friederike Stecklum</address>
© WWU - Friederike Stecklum

Not everyone is able, or even wants, to spend time abroad – especially as not every course of study includes a compulsory semester abroad. And in any case: anyone who stays in Münster can get to know other cultures and bring the great wide world into their own homes – with the Buddy Programme.

"We are always delighted to receive applications from people with international experience"

Interview with Christof Heimlich, Personnel Manager at Armacell, a company producing insulation materials
Armacell in Münster<address>© Armacell</address>
© Armacell

Münster University sees itself not only as being rooted in the local region, but also as having an international orientation – in teaching, in research, among students and among its administrative staff. Some students wonder whether international experience is an advantage for a later career. In this series of interviews, personnel managers from companies located in the Münsterland provide answers to these questions. Today: Christof Heimlich, Personnel Manager at Armacell.

"International experience is a positive criterion for recruitment."

Interview with Gerd Hartwig, Personnel Director at Claas, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery
Gerd Hartwig<address>© Claas KGaA mbH</address>
© Claas KGaA mbH

Münster University sees itself not only as being rooted in the local region, but also as having an international orientation – in teaching, in research, among students and among its administrative staff. Some students wonder whether international experience is an advantage for a later career. In this series of interviews, personnel managers from companies located in the Münsterland provide answers to these questions. Today: Gerd Hartwig, Personnel Director at Claas.

"The Humanities have always been pioneers to internationalization"

Recipient of the Anneliese Meier Research Prize 2015, Prof. Dr. Hans Beck, commutes between Montreal and Münster
Prof. Dr. Hans Beck<address>© Ryan Blau</address>
© Ryan Blau

For ten years now Prof. Dr. Hans Beck, recipient of the Anneliese Meier Research Prize 2015, and his family have been living in Montreal, Canada, since he accepted the offer of a professorship at McGill University there in 2005. Juliane Albrecht spoke to Hans Beck about his life in the different academic worlds, and about the Research Prize designed to advance the internationalization of Humanities and the Social Sciences in Germany – and which occasionally brings him to Münster University.

"Sinterklaas" and Father Christmas

Seasonal Celebration at Münster University – with a Dutch focus
&quot;Father Christmas&quot; (Münster University alumnus Richard Nawezi) handed out presents to the children.<address>© WWU / Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU / Peter Grewer

The Seasonal Celebration at Münster University was held under a Dutch flag this year. The International Office and the Centre for Dutch Studies organized the traditional Christmas and End-of-Year Celebration jointly, with invitations being extended to both international and German academics, families and friends.

The Erasmus programme has a lot to offer

Togetherness in front of the castle of Münster: Anita and Jonathon Watson<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

When Anita and Jonathon Watson, both 31, think back today to Erasmus, it has now acquired a completely new dimension for them. After all, it was the time that Jonny – as Anita calls her British husband – spent at Münster University that laid the foundations for their family with their first child. The new addition to the Watson family, who was born on 25. September, will also be treading European paths.