On Wednesday, April 28, a special edition of International Talk was held via Zoom as an activity of Global Lounge. Thirty-four people, including students, faculty members, and staff from the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (OTH Regensburg) in Germany, participated in the activity.
As a speaker, Mr. Benno Bielmeier introduced his student life in Germany, which is different from Japan. At first, he introduced the OTH Regensburg, then gave a detailed explanation of the German education system that is different with Japan. He also explained about the "Cooperative Education"* system, which is not familiar in Japan. He also introduced the advantages and disadvantages of working for a local company while earning a bachelor's degree. Mr. Benno earned his bachelor's degree in computer science while working in the IT department of ZOLLNER ELELKTRONIK AG.
"Cooperative Education" is a very valuable system for students, even though it takes a lot of time. An UoA student said "I hope the system would be adopted in Japan".
After the presentation, there was a lively question and answer session about the German education system and "Cooperative Education", and it made for a very interesting International Talk.
＊Cooperative Education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience provides academic credit for structured job experience.