Grüne DNA-Stränge


The project EU-STRAT-AB aims to reinforce THAB Aschaffenburg's international research activities by promoting international networking and increasing the visibility of its research achievements. By incorporating existing international resources and protagonists, efficient service structures and activities are used to provide effective support for research within an international setting.

Initial situation

TH Aschaffenburg – University of Applied Sciences is a recently founded institution and one of the smaller German universities with approx. 3,300 students currently matriculated in two faculties. The university derives its clear profile from its main research areas – “Intelligent sensor systems and system engineering” and “Application of functional materials” – as well as its clear focus on knowledge transfer and information management. Both student figures and third-party funding acquisition continue to flourish on an ongoing basis: even in 2014, third-party funding per professorship was more than 40% above the nationwide average for universities of applied science in Germany. Research activities are combined under the umbrella of the Center for Scientific Services (ZEWIS).


The increasing internationalisation of the university is not just an important mission in the area of teaching so as to turn out specialists who have the intercultural and linguistic expertise required on the international labour market: it is also necessary in order keep up with the growing competition to attract excellent students and teachers. The international visibility of research is a vital factor here. The aim is therefore to reinforce the university’s international research activities and promote international networking of scientists. This process is enhanced by means of dovetailing the international orientation in teaching and research, thereby generating a positive two-way impact. Internationalisation of research will further heighten the university’s profile and boost its reputation. In order to achieve these goals, transparently organised and efficient support structures are required that build on existing organisation units. Strategic incorporation of existing resources and protagonists in the most diverse areas (scientists, master graduates, doctoral candidates, alumni, partner universities, networks) will enable the development of lasting and effective support for research within an international setting.


The expansion of collaborative international research is enshrined in the university development plan: this is to be achieved by systematic networking, research marketing, third-party funding acquisition and research promotion. Core services provided for researchers include information and consultation in the form of an intranet presence, a newsletter, presentations and consultation sessions. These measures serve to identify funding options and provide support in making use of them, as well as indicating and promoting opportunities for networking. One particular focus here is on existing collaborative ventures as well as contacts with partner universities and international alumni; meanwhile, new partnerships will be established based on strategic criteria. Consultancy work carried out by researchers also enhances networking and international visibility. Outstanding graduates will receive support in establishing their research network. A system of incentives is to be set up to provide financial and human resources support so as to enable enhanced participation in the competition for international third-party funding. Targeted marketing activities will help strengthen the visibility of the university’s research achievements.


2015-03-01 to 2020-03-31

Contact Person

Dr. Heike Bruhn, Mitarbeiterin TH Aschaffenburg, Porträt

Dr. Heike Bruhn
International Research Management

+49 6021 4206-513