“Experience a Semester in Germany”: Augsburg - Where Safety Comes First and the Pavements Light Up

Students can spend a semester in the southern German state of Bavaria, with a choice of two very different universities in the city of Augsburg to choose from.

Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-GE at TU) centre-right with colleagues from the UAS-Augsburg

(L-R) Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-GE at TU) with Antje Koerschner-Dietz (Int’l Cooperation) at University of Augsburg

Augsburg in a small university city about 45-mins from Munich, and its where Taylor’s University has not one but two exchange partner universities for students to choose from. A high-tech city, and the home of KUKA advanced robotics, the City of Augsburg takes education and its students very seriously. So much so that the city recently became well-known for being the first in the world to introduce pedestrian lights on the ground after a high-school student was hit by a tram. As the Daily Telegraph reported, “pedestrians walking down the street with their eyes glued to their smartphones is a common sight, to the extent that it can become dangerous to cross the road. The southern German city of Augsburg has installed traffic lights on the pavement so that pedestrians looking down at a smartphone won't miss the indication that it's unsafe to cross”. The exchange partners of Taylor’s University include both the University of Augsburg, and also the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg (UAS-Augsburg). The University of Augsburg (UA) was founded in 1970, and is a modern research intensive university with approximately 19,000 students. UA is situated on a landscaped campus just a short tram ride away in the south of the city, and offers a wide range of academic programmes in arts, humanities, natural sciences and law. By contrast, the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg (UAS-Augsburg) is located within the city, and has a population of just 6,000 students. UAS-Augsburg is more focused on applied programmes in engineering and business. As a university of applied sciences, the institution places a high value on practical training, project based study and work placements within its courses. Professor Perry Hobson, the PVC for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University recently visited both institutions, meeting with his counterparts and staff from their international offices. He said that, “Augsburg offers Taylor’s students an interesting, safe and cost-effective European city experience – but one that is also very close to the highlights of Munich” - (Global Matters 2017)