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Empowering European Exchange: Cyprus Students Dive into Hands-on Learning in Darmstadt

Published on November 8, 2023 Updated on November 8, 2023

on the November 8, 2023

Nineteen students from the Cyprus University of Technology are taking a leap into practical laboratory units at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da), as part of the EUt+ project, solidifying their knowledge in electrical engineering. This experience presents not only a golden opportunity to enhance their skills but also a chance to explore Europe. One standout moment was the test drive of electric vehicles on the campus – an eye-opener for these budding engineers.

The Cyprus students, a part of the European University of Technology (EUt+) alliance, spent three rewarding days at the heart of Darmstadt, collaborating with their German counterparts. Their intensive program focused on laboratory work, enhancing their grasp of "Power Systems II," led by Professor Petros Aristidou.

The laboratory sessions offered a unique blend of theory and practice, with technical English as the lingua franca. It was all hands-on deck, as the students engaged in experimenting with an asynchronous machine, a vital component in various applications, from electric vehicles to machine tools.

While the screen next to the control panel displayed a continuous stream of data, the students worked diligently to comprehend the dynamic world of voltage, power, and speed. They experimented with different variables, such as starting resistance, adapting to new parameters, and meticulously recorded the results.

This cross-border collaboration represents the essence of EUt+ – a commitment to fostering global partnerships and promoting hands-on learning. For Prof. Dr. Athanasios Krontiris of h_da, nurturing these contacts is more than a duty; it's a passion. As the foreign representative of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Krontiris played a pivotal role in facilitating this cross-university cooperation.

The ability to share laboratory resources and the chance to offer a practical transfer of knowledge across Europe is an invaluable opportunity. It not only enhances the educational experience for both visiting and hosting students but also aligns with the goal of making the Master's program more diverse and inclusive.

The Cyprus students found their visit to Germany eye-opening, with a particular highlight being the e-mobility lab, where they conducted driving tests with electric vehicles. The experience provided them with a tangible understanding of the future of their field. Loukas Stavrou emphasized the impact of the advanced machinery available in Darmstadt. Giannis Tsangaris praised the high level of teaching and the dedication of the instructors.

For Professor Aristidou, the dream is to transform this into a regular course. He envisions an extended visit during the academic semester, fostering deeper interactions with local students. While there are challenges, including funding, the potential to make these exchanges more sustainable is evident. Cooperation is key, and EUt+ provides a framework to make it a reality.

As the Cyprus students head back home, their visit to Darmstadt was a transformative experience. It represented a step forward in building bridges between European institutions, offering a taste of the world of engineering in a dynamic, cross-border context. The enthusiasm, knowledge exchange, and commitment of these young engineers serve as a testament to the power of international collaboration and hands-on learning within the EUt+ alliance.
Date of update 08 novembre 2023