In the project, the students dealt with mobility concepts in Japan and Germany.
In the project, the students dealt with mobility concepts in Japan and Germany.

German-Japanese Semester Project Global Study Program (GSP)

This year's project dealt with mobility concepts for the future

Last semester, students from Chiba University and HTW Dresden worked in mixed teams to tackle current problems on the topic of "Mobility concepts for the future".
Individual mobility has a very large impact on CO2 emissions. This year's project dealt with how new mobility concepts could be developed and implemented to reduce CO2 emissions.
After getting to know each other via the Big Blue Button, the so-called "Cultural Presentations" were created and presented by the students. In these presentations, special aspects of daily life and cultural peculiarities were considered. Afterwards, the students worked in separate working groups and analysed current problems in relation to the different mobility concepts in Japan and Germany.
The following online lectures were given on the different topics:

  • Autonomous Driving (Professor Toralf Trautmann, HTW Dresden)
  • Batteries and Charging infrastructure (Dr. Budich, HTW Dresden)
  • Integrated Mobility Concepts - the Example of Dresden (Professor Cornelius Scherzer, HTW Dresden)
  • Urban Micro mobility and Bicycle Advocacy and Lobbying in Dresden (Nils Larsen, ADFC Dresden and Professor Stephan Zipser, HTW Dresden)

Furthermore, different online resources were evaluated and processed by the students. The final stage was a joint presentation and discussion of the results of the work. "The digital collaboration and coordination was a great challenge for all participants. Nevertheless, all presentations were good to very good," sums up Professor Thomas Himmer, who organised and supervised the project.
The GSP programme ran for the fourth time in a row, although this year it was online due to the pandemic. "We hope to be able to hold the next Global Study Programme again on a larger scale and in person. To this end, we will be hosting students from Japan for a two-week intensive course at HTW Dresden in the last two weeks of September," says Prof. Himmer.  
The GPS course (M952) offers students a project-based learning platform for intercultural cooperation between Japanese and German students.