Every semester, Faculty 4: Social Work and Health organizes an International Week (IW) to integrate international perspectives into teaching and thus promote the university wide iniative of "Internationalization at home". Another goal of the IWs is to strengthen exchange between students, teachers and international partners of the faculty.
28th International Week: May 8-12th
During its 28th International Week from May 8-12 on the topic of "Expanding Understanding: Social Work and Health in a Global Context", Faculty 4: Social Work and Health welcomed guest lecturers from 10 different countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, who were included in teaching throughout the week. They gave guest lectures in over 30 modules in six degree programs of the faculty on topics such as women's rights in India, decolonization of social work, migration in Morocco, the biographies of Holocaust survivors, health care in South Africa as well as current joint projects in the field of culture & media, among others. We would like to thank all the guests involved for their exciting contributions and look forward to further cooperation.
For more information on the guest lectures that were offered during this International Week, see the program.
27th IW: "Meeting Challenges Across Borders"
"Meeting Challenges Across Borders" was the theme of the 27th International Week (IW) of Faculty 4 from 14-18. November, in which lecturers from partner universities across Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America held guest lectures in nearly 30 modules of Faculty 4. Topics ranged from migration in Morocco and refugees in Namibia to trauma and resilience in the Israeli context and indigenous social work in India to biographical research in Brazil, among others. Profiles and topics of the guests can be viewed here. Outside of teaching, numerous networking opportunities were also offered for teachers, guests and students over lunch or coffee. Guest speakers were welcomed by the Dean and took part in a campus and a city tour, as well as trips to the Anne Frank Education Center and to the Hello Freedom! (Hallo Freiheit!) exhibition.
At the end of the week, guests from the European U!REKA university network from Edinburgh Napier University and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland attended the IW to discuss and develop new cooperation ideas. During two days of workshops, the project "COMMON GROUND" was born. Within COMMON GROUND, students will develop creative projects on current issues in the European context, such as mental health, the housing crisis or inclusion/exclusion, among others. The projects will be integrated into certain modules at the respective participating universities and and connect students via online meetings and an in-person event, which is expected to take place in Frankfurt in 2023.
We would like to thank all participating guests, teachers and students who contributed to the success of this exciting week!
About the International Weeks
Every May and November numerous international guests are welcomed at the International Weeks at Frankfurt UAS. They are an important element of the university wide initiative of "Internationalization at Home", which provides students with international perspectives in teaching right here in Frankfurt. For those who want and are able to go abroad, the International Week offers the opportunity to get to know lecturers from partner universities as well as practitioners from social institutions and learn more about a semester or an internship abroad.
In May, the Faculty of Economics and Law also regularly organizes International Weeks. Through the International Weeks, existing university partnerships are strengthend and opportunities to establish new contacts in teaching and research are created, as well as to promote student exchange. Currently, Frankfurt UAS as a whole maintains partnerships with more than 200 partner universities in European and non-European countries.
The "International Day" of the International Office of Frankfurt UAS usually also takes place during the International Weeks. It consists of an information exhibition on exchange programs and opportunities abroad.
Programmes of previous International Weeks:
- 23nd International Week: Nov 16-20, 2020
- 22nd International Week: Nov 11-15, 2019
- 21st International Week: Mai 2019 (to follow)
- 20th International Week: Nov 12-16, 2018