Mobility schemes as contributions to Global Engineering & Global Citizens

Mobility schemes as contributions to Global Engineering & Global Citizens

27 Mar 2019 15:00 15:20

27-March-2019 / Wednesday / 15:00 - 15:20


International student exchange and double degree programs are widely promoted in higher education as means to develop multicultural skills and prepare graduates for the global labour market. This paper explores the experience of engineering students who studied under the double-degree and student exchange programs at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) as well as Universitas Indonesia (UI) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany. For more than 15 years, the double-degree programs have been in operation for students in major engineering disciplines. Since 2010, the program also includes PhD with double degree. The purpose of this paper is to present the challenges faced by students who took part in these programs and how they survived as they stayed in the host countries. The benefits obtained by engineering students from these programs are discussed in terms of studying abroad, improved linguistic capabilities, and enhancing employability prospects and job opportunities as well as personality development in sense of becoming global citizens. Results are not only shown by single personal experiences, but statistics are given over 626 students who have participated in mentioned programs overall, with 403 students went from Germany to Malaysia or Indonesia and 223 students from South-East Asia to Germany.


  1. Enhance sound technical education by experiencing different styles of studying. International partnerships must rely on same level of research & education. On top, students can experience different styles of studies: Western World demands self-organized and independent studies while in Asia, a more guided style with hierarchy is dominating.
  2. Mobility allows experiences of different thinking schemes in Science & Engineering. Mobility allows experiences of different styles in creativity and roles in society. Students can use such experiences to find their own goals and their role in future jobs as well as to organize their studies in order to reach these goals.
  3. Experiencing different cultures forces students to understand and accept different values. Cultures and religions are the bases for societies for definition of goals in life. They also can be causes for misunderstandings and frictions in the world. Mobility in studies is the best way to develop better understanding as global citizens.
  4. Early preparation during their studies for global engineering practiced by industry. Industry nowadays is highly dependent on international cooperation. Already during studies, students need preparation for this working style in order to find jobs easily, work without problems and enjoying the chances for developing their personalities.


Dr Mohd Fais Mansor 
UKM-UDE Program Coordinator,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,

Mohd Fais Mansor is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is also the coordinator of UKM International Office at UDE.

Prof Axel Hunger,
Dean of Studies

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Hunger is the Professor of Computer Engineering and Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Dr Stefan Werner,
Exchange/Dual Degree Programs Coordinator;
University of Duisburg-Essen,

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Werner is a lecturer at the Institute of Computer Engineering and Exchange/Dual Degree Programs Coordinator at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.