WELCOME TO THE
INTERNATIONAL RMS SUMMER SCHOOL
Regional Sustainability: SMART MOBILITY
15/08/2022 - 26/08/2022
Ruhr Master School (RMS), Gelsenkirchen, Germany
What does mobility actually mean – and when is mobility smart?
When dealing with the earth`s finite resources, we need to support innovative thinking for a sustainable economy. Mobility is a key issue here: high traffic volumes in urban areas require new approaches for both personal transport as well as logistics. But how can mobility and mobility systems be steered towards sustainable paths? What infrastructure must be provided, e.g. with regards to cycling, charging or sharing? How can technological innovations or a different organization of mobility contribute to sustainability?
These are just some of the questions we want to address at this year`s international RMS Summer School.
Titled “Regional Sustainability: SMART MOBILITY”, the RMS Summer School 2022 offers an exciting programme covering a groundbreaking topic in an international setting. Can Smart Mobility contribute to the sustainable transformation of urban space? The RMS Summer School will allow you to explore developments and solutions for the mobility of the future and discuss the opportunities as well as the critical aspects interdisciplinary with experts and participants from all over the world.
- The RMS Summer School is supported by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.
- It is open to interested master students as well as bachelor students in higher semesters from all subjects. Please note that the number of participants is limited.
- The language of the event is English.
- All students will receive a confirmation of participation, stating both topic and workload. Depending on your university and study programme, you can receive ECTS as well. Please ask your university or study programme coordinator in advance.
- On the last day of Summer School, all participants will have to fill in a mandatory evaluation sheet to state their feedback on the event. During this process, any data is collected anonymously.
- For people with mobility impairments or chronic diseases, individualised concepts are developed as needed.
The RMS Summer School is designed to contribute to two main goals: to increase knowledge on a topic related to sustainability – this year on concepts for the mobility of the future. In addition, it aims to facilitate intercultural exchange by both interdisciplinarity and internationality.
Consequently, the Summer School is composed of two parts:
The accompanying programme provides an experience of language, region and culture for all international participants. Local students participate as well by supporting our guests as their buddies. Activities will include:
- German crash course for initial understanding
- getting to know the region
- buddy programme with local students
- joint events and mutual exchange
Take a look at the preliminary schedule of the accompanying programme – it will be updated constantly.
The professional programme includes keynote speeches, discussions, project work and networking. Participants profit from:
- impulse-talks by (international) experts from both academics and practice on chances and risks of Smart Mobility
- discussions with international students from all over the world and from different disciplines
- networking sessions which broaden your intercultural perspective and improve your English skills
- group work in international and interdisciplinary teams
- presentation of your results in a final gallery walk
Take a look at the preliminary schedule of the professional programme – it will be updated constantly.
The RMS Summer School is planned as on-site event in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. We will finalize our hygiene and safety measures for the event as soon as updated COVID-19 regulations are issued by the local government. Only persons who fulfil these regulations will be able to attend the event and we will update participants as soon as new information is available. However, in case of travel or meeting restrictions due to COVID-19, the event can be switched to an online conference.
Please find detailed and up-to-date information on this website and observe both the travel warnings of the German Federal Foreign Office and the regulations on travelling in your own country. The Westphalian University of Applied Sciences also prepared a list of useful websites to inform yourself.
International applicants must submit both Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages in pdf format) and letter of motivation (max. 1,800 characters) in order to show personal interest and qualifications regarding the topic and proof of English language skills (level B2 is desirable). You can submit your documents within the application process on our website.
If travelling is possible due to COVID-19 restrictions, international students have the opportunity to apply for financial support to cover their travel expenses. Scholarships would be awarded for your travel expenses, accommodation, catering and insurance.
For detailed information please contact summerschool@ ruhrmasterschool.de
International participants are accommodated in a hostel close to the campus in Gelsenkirchen and will stay in double rooms. There will be access to a shared kitchen and dining area
The venue is the campus of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences in Gelsenkirchen, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Gelsenkirchen is situated in the Ruhr Metropolis, the largest metropolitan area in Germany.
UPDATE: Due to the high number of applicants the event is already fully booked.
Would you like us to keep you on a waiting list? Then submit your data in the application form - we will inform you in case a place becomes available.
During the days of the accompanying programme from 15 to 18 August 2022, local students can support the RMS Summer School by participating in a buddy programme for the international students. This activity can also be credited towards the RMS Certificate of International Competences, and in some degree programmes you will receive ECTS credits. Of course, all buddies are welcome to participate in the planned events.
To become a buddy in the accompanying programme for the international guests just click the check box in the registration form. We will contact you later to schedule a short briefing in which you will receive all the information you need.
The RMS Summer School is open to interested master students as well as bachelor students in higher semesters from all subjects. In case you are a bachelor student we suggest that you only apply if you are currently studying in the third semester or higher, as the Summer School will require a certain level of specialist knowledge.
First of all, you should be interested in the topic and burn for new insight from different perspectives and disciplines.
You should also speak good English (level B2 is desirable), as this is the language of the event.
In case you are an international applicant, you must submit both Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages in pdf format) and letter of motivation (max. 1,800 characters) with your application on our website – this helps us to select the participants for the event and evaluate if you receive the scholarship.
Scholarships would be awarded to international students only and cover travel expenses, accommodation, catering and insurance.
Accommodation, catering and insurance costs will be covered for you directly. Your travel expenses on the other hand will be refunded to you after the event. Please note that travel expenses will be refunded only up to a certain travel allowance. The height of the allowance is fixed by the DAAD and depends on your country of origin.
For detailed information please reach out to us, we are happy to assist!
For international students, the application for the Summer School also counts as application for a scholarship. A separate application is not necessary, meaning you just have to apply once for both Summer School and scholarship.
After the application deadline, we will contact you and inform you whether you have received a place and a scholarship.
That`s an easy one: just by sending us your CV and letter of motivation in English.
This is possible, but entirely up to the university and the study programme you attend. Please ask your university or study programme coordinator in advance.
You will definitely receive a confirmation of participation from RMS, stating both topic and workload of the Summer School.
RMS Summer School consists of the professional programme (19/08/2022 to 26/08/2022) and the accompanying programme for international students as a 'warm up' (15/08/2022 to 18/08/2022). Local students are invited to participate in the accompanying programme as well by supporting our guests as their buddies.
During the RMS Summer School, you will meet various experts from different disciplines and backgrounds: university professors as well as representatives from companies, start-ups or politics will enrich the programme with their insight. As soon as their attendance is confirmed, you will find their names on our preliminary schedule which we update constantly.
We expect you to contribute to the RMS Summer School by sharing your perspective, knowledge and thoughts with the other participants – students and speakers alike. Our aim is to facilitate intercultural exchange as well, so we expect you to contribute during workshops, networking sessions and group work. It goes without saying that participation in the event programme is mandatory to receive both certificate and scholarship.
Local students generally stay in their home residency in the area.
International students will stay in a student hostel close to the campus Gelsenkirchen. You will be accommodated in double rooms with another student of the same gender – please consider prior to your application if this is acceptable for you. There will be access to a shared kitchen and dining area.
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences, Bochum University of Applied Sciences and Westphalian University of Applied Sciences cooperate in their master’s degree programmes in engineering, computer science, economics and sustainability to broaden the offers for their students, among them international activities. Their joint offers are bundled in the Ruhr Master School (RMS).