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US strategic partnerships

As part of its 'HAW goes USA 2020' strategy HAW Hamburg has defined three of its thirteen university cooperations as strategic partnerships. In addition to regular student exchange, each university cooperation has a particular focus to strengthen and deepen the collaboration.

Both the cooperation with Virginia Tech (aeronautical engineering) as well as the partnership with CSULB (Film) are currently recognised as strategic university partnerships and receive funding through the ISAP Programme from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The cooperation with the University of Rhode Island also received funding from the DAAD from 2011-2017.

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

The cooperation between HAW Hamburg and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was chosen for the 2017 NAFSA publication 'Best Practice Case Studies in International Partnership Development'. The basis for this recognition was the multi-layered faculty exchange and the strong student exchange programme. The cooperation began in 1996 with a collaboration between the College of Business (CSULB) and the Department of Business (HAW). In 2008 a university-wide exchange agreement was signed, opening up the cooperation for the development of student and faculty exchange. Since 2014 HAW Hamburg has been continuously developing faculty exchange and short programmes in the form of workshops, guest lectures and summer schools in addition to increasing semester exchange to strengthen and deepen the relationship with CSULB.

Forty percent of US exchange students at HAW Hamburg come from Long Beach, making CSULB the strongest partner within the reciprocal semester-exchange programme with the US. Each year 13-15 CSULB students come to Hamburg; mainly from the areas of film, design, business and social work. The semester exchange is gradually being strengthened further through the introduction of 'Hamburg Tracks'. In each field a range of Hamburg classes are registered in Long Beach for "pre-approved credit". The goal is to have a complete semester (15 US credits) approved, so that the time to graduation is not extended because of the semester abroad.

Faculty exchange and summer schools

  • International Business Workshops
  • Film Workshops / Summer School (starting 2020)
  • Brand Design Workshops / Summer School
  • Social Work Workshops / Summer School (starting 2020)


Since 2017 the cooperation has received funding through the ISAP programme from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for student scholarships and travel expenses for faculty exchange.

Virginia Tech

A strategic partnership in the field of aeronautical engineering: The main reason for choosing Virginia Tech as a cooperation partner was its high level of expertise and excellent reputation in the field of aerospace, which complements and enriches the HAW Hamburg aeronautical engineering programme. Virginia Tech is a public, land grant research university and is ranked #25 Top Public Schools (U.S. News & World Report 2018). The College of Engineering is ranked #9 'for public institutions with doctoral programs' (USNWR 2018) and the aerospace programme is ranked #10 worldwide (Shanghai Ranking 2017). Many of the professors have close contacts to industry and their students have the opportunity to participate in industry-related research projects and competitions, making the profile similar to HAW Hamburg.

The cooperation with Virginia Tech is recognised as a strategic partnership by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is funded through its ISAP programme. Through this funding HAW Hamburg students receive a full scholarship for a semester at Virginia Tech. In addition, the universities receive travel funding to support faculty exchange.

University of Rhode Island

The cooperation with the University of Rhode Island (URI) began in 2007 and over the years has developed into an strategic partnership. URI is a public university and is ranked #166 "National Universities" (U.S. News Best Colleges 2020). The College of Business has an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation and has with its degree programmes in 'Global Business' and 'Supply Chain' the same business majors as the Department of Business at HAW Hamburg. In addition to semester exchange the universities have developed joint programmes to deepen and expand the relationship further:

Double degree programme International Business: four-year programme where students at both universities complete four semesters at their home university before studying for an academic year at the partner university. From 2011 to 2017 HAW Hamburg received funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to develop and promote the double degree programme.

International Business Program (IBP): five-year Bachelor's degree programme for URI students with a study and internshp year in Germany. Parallel to the Business degree the URI students learn German as a foreign language and complete their studies with two degrees.

Letzte Änderung: 16.01.20

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