Following the laying of the foundation for the internalisation of the university last year, the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design has made it its aim to develop and promote internationalisation measures, particularly through participation in the ERASMUS+ programme. To this end, the university administration is developing an internationalisation strategy, the focus of which is the development of an international partner university network which entails the development of an international exchange programme. In 2016, the ERASMUS+ charter was proposed and began with the acquisition of suitable, noteworthy partner universities. In the 2017/2018 academic year, the first exchanges between students, lecturers and staff took place, within the ERASMUS+ framework.
Recognition of Academic Achievements Abroad
The aim is for all academic achievements acquired abroad to be fully recognised by the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design, in order to enable all students to continue and complete their studies within the allotted time without any obstacles despite their time abroad. This is to be ensured by means of a seamless process of recognition. How does the recognition process work?
Using the course catalogue of the host university, each outgoing student will choose a suitable selection of courses in agreement with his or her academic leader at the design akademic berlin, who will ensure the course content, the learning outcomes and the amount of work required are equivalent to requirements of the home school, the berlin akademie berlin. Should course content that is required by the home school curriculum be unavailable or available in an insufficient quantity at the host university, the academic leader will suggest alternatives (e.g. catch-up courses).
Outgoers should aim to get 30 ECTS points per semester at the host university (or equivalent, if the ECTS system is not used). During accreditation, focus is placed on the acquisition of comparable competencies. All courses which are listed at the host university and which will replace courses at the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design, are written down in the learning agreement and then approved by the coordinators of the host and home universities, before the student begins studies abroad. A certificate of recognition will also be issued, and will note the modules to be recognised abroad. Likewise, the host university will create an academic transcript which will list the courses undertaken, their scope and the student's grades. If this is carried out successfully, all of the learning outcomes listed in the learning agreement and in the certificate of recognition, filled in at the end of the excahnge, will be transferred to the certificate of recognition in accordance with the particulars of the academic transcript, and automatically recognised according to the requirements for graduation at the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design. The conversion of the marks achieved will take place with the aid of the “modified Bavarian formula”, on the basis of the marking system common to the country in question.
The result of the calculation will be rounded up to the nearest German mark. If the result lies between two marks, it will be rounded up to the higher mark. The converted mark will be credited for the equivalent module defined in advance of the exchange. The scope of the academic achievement will be recognised according to the ECTS model. The exchange student will be informed about the results of the recognition procedure and can consult the examinations office in the event of questions or objections. The recognition of a mandatory internship abroad will occur by means of recognition of a course of study abroad: The previously determined ECST number will be awarded automatically following completion of the course and upon presentation of proof of the internship. Studies and internships abroad are listed in the academic transcript and in the diploma supplement of the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design.