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About different approaches and demands

My name is Tomas Volf. I came from the Czech Republic to Switzerland for my Master thesis. Official field of study is Mechanical Engineering. I do a lot of sport. I like jazz music, mixing cocktails and holiday planning. My employer’s headquarters is settled in Switzerland, so I connected school and work together. I have been to Switzerland previously and I liked the mountains nearby. I have studied a similar field of study and the school had enough experienced cantors.

I had a big problem with finding a suitable parking spot. There are blue zones everywhere. There also was a problem with accommodations as WOKO offers the living contract for minimum half a year. The school has a lot of buildings around the city. Even though it is not a big city, a better marking of classes would be nice.

The insight of local professors is a bit different and it was really nice to see how can you approach to problems differently – what is and is not the priority when testing students. Also the integration among students is priceless. The ESN organization works fine and organizes a lot of events suitable for students. I also appreciated the sport opportunities provided by the school.

I liked to meet other Swiss or international students. The teachers had an entirely different demands than our teachers in home university. Here, they are more focused on practice use and application in industry. I think it would be nice to have an opportunity to try a low paid job in school. Helping doctorate students or something like that.

Staying in Switzerland was good experience, sometimes the Swiss people are a bit too honest and observing rules.

«A wonderful first week in Winterthur»

A group of students from the University of Minnesota is currently staying at the ZHAW School of Engineering. The Global Mechatronics Seminar they attend is a specialized, concise course in mechatronics − complex systems, composed of mechanical components, computers, and sensors. In addition to that, their stay in Winterthur also offers them a chance to get to know Switzerland, its people and geography, as well as some unique ZHAW traditions like the Frackwoche – also known as Tail Coat Week.

Read about their experience on their blog.

«I wanted to go somewhere different»

Roman Zech is studying Transportation Systems at the ZHAW School of Engineering. He currently spends his 4th semester at the Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. Here’s why he chose to go there:

«I wanted to go somewhere different and that is why I chose Asia. And Korea is known for hardcore learning at Uni. In my case the uni library is open 24/7 to guarantee that you have enough ‘study time’…

After talking to the officials at my uni there where Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul as good options left. I guess that Seoul has a pretty Western World touch, but its very own traditions and rules. And of course, enough courses in English to offer

Read more about Roman’s experience on his blog.

«A great opportunity to broaden my academic horizons»

Lukas Graser feeding kangaroos at Billabong Sanctuary

«My name is Lukas Graser and I’m currently studying Aviation with a specialization in Operational Engineering at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Besides being passionate about flying I always like to discover new, interesting kite spots at different places.I decided to do my exchange semester at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Why Australia? I’ve never been Down Under and its Aviation education and industry are of great importance to the country with its vast territory. The distances inside Australia are enormous. A trip from Melbourne to Cairns stretches over 3’000 kilometers. Compared to Europe this would be a journey from Tallinn in Estonia to Neaples in Italy, crossing five countries.

With the broad spectrum of Aviation courses, Swinburne University was the perfect choice to study abroad. With 53’000 students, of which 8500 are international, Swinburne University educates a large number of students. This situation is very well reflected by the fact that Swinburne has its own trains station in the middle of the campus.

The courses I chose in my exchange semester focused on economic, financial, managerial and operational aspects of aviation. Combined with the previous learned, rather technical skills at ZHAW, this was a great opportunity to broaden my academic horizons. A study trip to the Qantas’ headquarters in Sydney at the end of the semester allowed me to gain unique insights in a major Australian Airline.»

Swinburne University Campus

Looking to the South from the Eureka Tower in Melbourne

«Switzerland is the most beautiful country in the world»

«My name is Bassam Haithm and I am from Yemen. I came here from South Germany, where I was studying Bioprocess Engineering. My interests are to travel a lot and to learn more about different cultures from all around the World. I have chosen the ZHAW School of Engineering because what I heard about it. Switzerland is the most beautiful country in the world and it was a chance for me to get good experiences through the interesting projects the School provides.

The system here is similar to Germany, but also quite a bit different: At the School of Engineering more projects are connected to companies/industrial partners. It was a really good experience to have. In Winterthur, the students are friendly and helpful. The semester at ZHAW, in my opinion, was a good way to get to know new people from different parts of the world and to have fun with them. Academically, I learnt how to plan and run a project and how to create an idea and implement it to reality. My exchange semester in Mechanical Engineering was totally good, but also stressful. The support of the International Office and the professors was perfect.

There are some topics, like events – especially culture ones – and trips to visit some famous places in Switzerland, I was really missing through the exchange semester. The only events that we had was through the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and volunteering work from them. I hope that in the future the International Office will organize more events and trips for the exchange students. Finally, I would absolutely recommend to my colleagues to spend their exchange semester at the School of Engineering.»

City of Winterthur

Lectures & presentations

With eating a first burrito for breakfast we braced ourselves for the first presentation of the teams to representatives of Bühler. Tom  Chase started today with a lecture about concept selection. After this lecture everyone seemed to be ready to present the Product Design Specifications to our customer Bühler before lunch. All the teams had really put a lot of effort into the presentations. Bob, the extruder technologist of Bühler, was impressed with our concepts. He could see high potential for many of our products we would like to design. If only there would be more time for us to realize all our ideas.
Right after lunch, we listened again to Toms lecture about modelling and estimation. This gave us some good inputs for the afternoon. We could finally start to work out various possible solutions for our given assignments.

Swimming in Lake Calhoun

While it’s raining in Zurich, we are glad to have very nice, warm weather here in Minneapolis. During the day we were working hard on the concept selection for the Bühler project. After the work was done, we had a chance to explore Minneapolis in the evening. A group of us students decided to go to Lake Calhoun in the center of Minneapolis and enjoy the warm weather by cooling down with a swim in the lake. After a nice dinner at a rooftop bar/restaurant in Downtown Minneapols, we went back to the Yudof Hall, our student housing, where we had some beers to conclude the evening.

Visiting the Bühler Company

On our second day we visited the branch of the Swiss Bühler company here in Plymouth, Minnesota, which is our industry partner for the project design seminar.The visit to see one of the twin-screw extruders for food production, like pasta, snacks, biscuits etc. at the site was very helpful to understand the structure and functions for the product design. After the visit the coach brought us back to the University of Minnesota, where we had the first lectures in Product Development by Prof. Tom Chase. After the lectures a whole group of us went to Chipotle, a Mexican restaurant, which Adam Pagel, the coordinator here in Minnesota, had suggested to us for dinner. On the way to Chipotle, we passed our ZHAW coordinators Dejan and Armin eating in another restaurant, which resulted in a fun group photo. We are enjoying the campus and the atmosphere very much, here at the University of Minnesota.

D&A at the restaurant

Group photo with Dejan and Armin

ZHAW Summer Seminar at the University of Minnesota

I’m pleased to open our blog about the ZHAW Summer Seminar 2016 at the University of Minnesota. On our first day here we were introduced both to the campus life and to our project task, the Bühler Challenge. For Swiss students life on a typical American campus is so new and different to what we know from studying back home and we are really excited to experience the “Campus Feeling”. We are surprised about the huge size of the campus as well as we are about the many possibilities for recreational activities.


Medical Devices Research Center

Even though during summer time many students are on vacation and the campus is not very crowded, there is still much going on here. Many restaurants are open and we could choose from a big variety to eat lunch and get energized for the visit of the Medical Devices Research Center in the afternoon. Fascinating about the Medical Devices Center is that there are several possibilities for students and researchers to build prototypes on 3D printers, laser cutters or using an electronics assembly workspace. After a team workshop on our project task, we were invited to a very warm and lovely welcoming dinner to the TCF Bank Stadium. The first day ended with a tour to «Dinkytown». This is the place near the campus where students meet in the evening to have a beer or eat in a fancy restaurant.

ZHAW School of Engineering fasst Fuss in Japan und China

Im Zuge der Internationalisierung baut die ZHAW School of Engineering ihr weltweites Netzwerk stetig aus. Nun ist es erstmals gelungen, mit Universitäten in Japan und China zusammenzuarbeiten. Ein erster Student verbringt das laufende Frühlingssemester in Tokio.

Im vergangen Oktober ist eine Winterthurer Delegation nach Japan gereist, um die Stadt als innovativen Standort bekanntzumachen. Mit dabei war auch Prof. Dr. Martina Hirayama, Direktorin der ZHAW School of Engineering. Vor Ort traf sie sich unter anderem mit den Vertretern der Nagaoka University und der Sophia University Tokio. Vorgängig hatten sich die Hochschulen bereits intensiv über die Kompatibilität ihrer jeweiligen Studienangebote und die Rahmenbedingungen einer Zusammenarbeit ausgetauscht. Anders als bei Hochschulen in Europa oder in den USA kommt in Asien meist noch die Sprachbarriere hinzu: «Unterrichtsmodule auf Englisch sind leider noch nicht überall etabliert, somit ist die Auswahl an möglichen Partnern eingeschränkt», so Hirayama. «Umso erfreulicher ist es, dass wir sowohl in Japan als auch in China renommierte Hochschulen in unser Netzwerk aufnehmen dürfen.» Denn neben den beiden Universitäten in Japan arbeitet die ZHAW School of Engineering auch mit dem Beijing Institute of Technology zusammen.

«Unsere Hochschulen sind sich sehr ähnlich: die praxisorientierte Ausbildung mit projektbezogenen Arbeiten und auch die engen Beziehungen zur Industrie.»
 Prof. Dr. Yoshiro Ito, Nagaoka University

Studierendenaustausch bereits gestartet

Delegierte aus Japan und China haben in den vergangenen Monaten Winterthur besucht. Anfang Januar 2016 stattete Prof. Dr. Yoshiro Ito von der Nagaoka University der ZHAW School of Engineering einen Besuch ab: «Unsere Hochschulen sind sich sehr ähnlich: die praxisorientierte Ausbildung mit projektbezogenen Arbeiten und auch die engen Beziehungen zur Industrie. Wir hoffen auf einen regen Austausch sowohl von Studierenden als auch von Mitarbeitenden», so Ito. Mit der Sophia University ist in dieser Hinsicht bereits der erste Schritt getan. Ein Systemtechnik-Student ist nach Tokio gereist und schreibt dort seine Bachelorarbeit. Um den interkulturellen Austausch zu fördern, bietet die ZHAW School of Engineering ihren Studierenden in sechs Bachelorstudiengängen die Möglichkeit, ihr Studium im Internationalen Profil zu absolvieren.

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