Student PRojects in INternational Teams – in Additive Manufacturing

!! Due to the current political situation the project has been paused until further notice. !!

As part of the IVAC (International Virtual Academic Collaboration) funding program, new ways of digital collaboration at an international level are being investigated. In the SPRINT-AM project, the focus is on international group work by students of engineering courses, in particular mechanical engineering and materials science. The goal is to expand group work that is already part of the curriculum by enabling students to work not only in local groups, but also internationally and across universities. International contacts and cooperation during studies should become the norm. This is achieved through the joint assignment and supervision of student group tasks across universities and institutes.

By working on group tasks in international teams and accompanying seminars, the students and the supervising university employees are able to develop and extend their intercultural competence. The handling of the digital online tools that are absolutely necessary in decentralized and thus virtual cooperation is also taught. Both competencies are becoming core competencies due to the increasing globalization of the working environment for engineers. So far, these have not been taken up in the course or only insufficiently.

Main project measures

The possibility of integrating international student group work into the curricula of the courses at the participating universities is being examined and, if necessary, changes will be introduced.

The participating universities determine the conditions for participation with regard to the language and subject knowledge of the students.

Existing support concepts are expanded to include components of international cooperation with regard to organizational structures, digital media and communication tools. Common guidelines and methods for the supervision and evaluation of the group work are defined.

Accompanying seminars are offered to the students, which deal with intercultural virtual cooperation, the use of digital group work tools as well as scientific work and presentation methods. Seminar contents are processed in a joint collection of knowledge in the form of interactive handouts. The collection of knowledge resulting from the seminars is made available as an OER to ensure the sustainability of the project.

After submission and evaluation of the group work, a final presentation of the results should take place as part of a public student "mini-conference". This not only promotes the transfer of knowledge between the project partners, but should also address external parties and serve to consolidate and expand the range of international project work.

Project partners
National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) Moscow, Russia
Salahaddin University (SU) Erbil, Irak

Project duration
10/2021 – 09/2022

The overall project is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Logos of the project partners and sponsors


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning Zeidler

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning Zeidler

Head of the professorship

Karl-Kegel-Bau, Agricolastr. 1, room 90

phone +49 3731 39 3066
fax +49 3731 39 3658
henning [dot] zeidleratimkf [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Head of the professorship for Additive Manufacturing
Dipl.-Ing. Katja Brauer

Dipl.-Ing. Katja Brauer

Research associate

Karl-Kegel-Bau, Agricolastr. 1, room 94

phone +49 3731 39 3642
fax +49 3731 39 3658
katja [dot] braueratimkf [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Project coordinator SPRINT-AM
Dipl.-Geol. Manuela Junghans

Dipl.-Geol. Manuela Junghans

Research associate

Karl-Kegel-Bau, Agricolastr. 1, room 87

phone +49 3731 39 3241
fax +49 3731 39 3658
manuela [dot] junghansatimkf [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de