21.12.2017

New at the Cybernetics Lab: Novel research tracks with the International Class


Students who want to come to the Cybernetics Lab for a PhD from abroad have a new option since this year: the International Class. The background: We want to strengthen ourselves in terms of internationalization and cultural diversity. Without German knowledge, however, a working contract and the associated immediate cooperation in projects with German partners and in teaching is often hardly possible. The new offer therefore aims at foreign candidates who can finance themselves through a scholarship; the Cybernetics Lab takes over the overheads (workplace, equipment, support for publication costs, conference visits, etc.).
The doctorate at a renowned German university like the RWTH is a unique career opportunity for international candidates. Likewise, the Cybernetics Lab also benefits from this new model: The project-independent nature of the scholarship holders makes it possible to also investigate topics "off the beaten path", thereby increasing the scope of our research questions. The large pool of applicants allows the selection of the most suitable - highly motivated - candidates. In addition to outstanding grades and interesting thematic ideas, profound knowledge of English and solid communication skills, which are checked in advance in several "introductory rounds" via Skype, determine the acceptance.
The set up as International Class enables the support of such doctorate studies by "class offers", for example on research at the Cybernetics Lab, the research situation in Germany or personal integration. This includes participation in German courses. In addition, our doctoral students are supervised by the Welcome Center of RWTH Aachen University.
After the first application phase at the beginning of this year a "Class" is slowly forming with about 3-5 applicants to be included annually. In April, Quang Ha Ngo from Vietnam started his PhD at the Cybernetics Lab, since fall Feifei Li from China and Erman Gözü from Turkey strengthen the institute. We are pleased about this international reinforcement of our research work and look forward to further development!

Please contact Dr. Katja Schneider, assistant to the Heads of institutes, for further information.