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Making internationalization innovative and sustainable

Pharus - Flagship Projects for Sustainable Internationalization at TU Dortmund University

Pharus - Latin for "lighthouse" - is the name of a project in the International Office. It was funded from 2020 to 2022 by the DAAD program „NRWege Leuchttürme - Projekte zur nachhaltigen Internationalisierung der Hochschulen in Nordrhein-Westfalen".

The aim of the DAAD program was to develop new, innovative formats to ensure the academic success of various target groups and promote their chances to get highly qualified jobs on the German labor market.

The project is aimed at international students (especially international students with a foreign higher education entrance qualification) and refugees during their studies. The goal is to support and accompany the academic success of international students. This success is influenced by a bundle of factors - individual, academic, social, institutional factors and social integration.

Pharus consists of various subprojects that are designed to close service gaps and improve orientation in the study system.

On the one hand, the focus is on the increased digitalization of content for study organization and service offerings, and on the other hand on the expansion of so-called "third mission" offerings with an international focus.

Overview of the Subprojects

The following seven subprojects were implemented by the end of 2022:

Projekt Funding

This project is funded from 2020 to 2022 by the  DAAD-Pro­gram „NRWege Leuchttürme - Projekte zur nachhaltigen In­ter­na­ti­o­na­li­sie­rung der Hoch­schu­len in Nordrhein-Westfalen" with funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).