Beginning in fall 2017, University of Hartford’s architecture and engineering students will have the opportunity to pursue their graduate degrees at the University of Applied Sciences, Wismar, Germany, while German graduates can come to UHart to complete their education. This collaboration was developed by UHart Professor of Mechanical Engineering Cy Yavuzturk, who spent a portion of his recent sabbatical in Wismar.
Under a new agreement of cooperation, both universities will open their graduate programs to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or architecture discipline.
“The University of Applied Sciences, Wismar, is an international university with strengths in engineering that mirror ours, including an emphasis on sustainable design and precision engineering,” explained Lou Manzione, dean of UHart’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). Partnering with another high-quality institution means students will have the chance to gain global perspective in both architecture and engineering.”
Jim Fuller, chair of the Department of Architecture and director of CETA’s Architectural Engineering Technology program, believes students benefit greatly from examining the influences a country’s culture has on architecture. “Exposing students to works of architecture in another country; grasping how the influences of the culture, economy, and environment manifest into design—these are all elements that can have a profound effect on student engagement and to the expansion of their skills.“
Line Gronneskov ’18, a visiting student from Denmark majoring in Architectural Engineering, sees the benefits of studying in a different country. “The chance for students to experience the German or American way of life means exploring historic cities, adapting to a new culture, and being able to take back and apply what we learned,” she says.