International projects

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.


The Hochschule Niederrhein (HSNR) successfully acquired funding through the DAAD's HAW.International project.

External funding of the project modules enables the HSNR to promote international mobility, intensify internationalisation efforts and expand its network of partners.


1. further developing our internationalisation strategy
2. increasing international mobility of students and lecturers
3. strengthening initiatives such as internationalization@home
4. establishing and expanding service offerings for outgoings
5. establishing and expanding strategic partnerships with international education stakeholders.

Key measures:
  • developing strategic internationalisation principles, strategic fields of action, and a quality assurance concept.
  • developing creditable teaching modules in the area of blended and virtual mobility in cooperation with international partners
  • further developing and testing of digital communication services for potential outgoings (e.g. implementation of a chatbot as an advisory service on the website, consistent translation of the university's website)
  • integrating students who have completed a semester or more abroad as ambassadors
  • identifying relevant strategic partner universities and establishing a regular exchange format.
Duration: 2022-2023
Budget: € 500,000
Prof. Dr. Marion Halfmann
Representative of the Presidential Board for Internationalization

1. establishing seven teaching modules on Smart Textiles together with partner universities and companies
2. implementing an interdisciplinary double degree Bachelor's degree programme "Smart Textiles"
3. developing international summer schools on "Smart Textiles".

Key measures:
  • working together on further developing digitally supported teaching education modules with various advanced courses, such as "Smart Textiles", "Flexible and Printed Electronics", "Programming and App Development", "Rapid Prototyping" but also "Entrepreneurship" and "Circular Economy and Sustainability" with partner universities.
  • developing foundation courses for the establishment of an interdisciplinary double degree bachelor programme in the field of "Smart Textiles / Textile Electronics" at the HSNR in cooperation with the University of Borås.
  • implementing two internationally oriented summer schools in the field of "Smart Textiles / Textile Electronics" and related disciplines
  • offering research stays of master and doctoral students at partner universities
Duration: 2022-2025
Budget: 1.000.000 €
Prof. Dr. ir. Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer
Functional Textiles and Clothing Deputy Chairman of the Examinations Board of the German Degree programmes Head of focus TuB/Clothing Management

The SWK E2 -Institute ofEnergy Technology and Energy Management of the HSNR is part of the GREATER project (Growing Rwanda Energy Awareness Through HighER Eduction) in Rwanda.


The GREATER project aims at supporting Rwanda in the energy transition required for sustainable, social and economic growth of the country.

Activities and Duration:

In order to close the energy gap and provide equal access to electricity for the Rwandan population, an extensive use of renewable energy sources is planned.

The project was applied for together with three other European partners and officially started on January 1, 2023. By 2024, the government in Rwanda plans to provide 100% of households with access to electricity.


The project is funded by the European ERASMUS+ programme under the 2022 CBHE (Capacity Building for Higher Education) call. The project involves four Rwandan institutions (INES-Ruhengeri, Rwanda Polytechnic, University of Technology and Arts of Byumba and University of Rwanda) and four European institutions (University of Parma and National Research Council from Italy, Hochschule Niederrhein and Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg from Germany). Nine associated partners will support the project, including the Rwandan Ministry of Education and the main national companies active in the energy development market.

More information on the project progress will be published here soon.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arne Graßmann
Vice-dean for finance and planning affairs Energy Technology