SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

IVAC - International Virtual Academic Collaboration

Digital Exchange: the barrier-free experience abroad

In 2018, the European Commission set a target through the European Universities Initiative that 50% of all students should have benefited froma mobility phase during their studies. 
We aim to exceed this ambitious goal by developing IVAC courses and enabling all students, regardless of family, financial or physical conditions, to have an international and intercultural experience. Such Virtual Exchange formats, together with the simultaneous development of physical mobilities, will help the new generations to identify themselves as European citizens. 

Students will enrich and deepen their professional, social, methodological and personal competences they specifically acquire at SRH Berlin with the CORE principle (Competence Oriented Research and Education) with digital and intercultural competences, and thus be best prepared to enter the German and global labour market. 

Project amount: 134,678.17 Euros
Project duration: 01.09.2020 - 30.09.2021

Lisa Gibellino Marchetto

International Programmes Coordinator - Double Degrees and Digitalisation, Project Manager IVAC

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IVAC International Virtual Academic Collaboration

With IVAC, the DAAD aims to provide practical support for teachers and strategic support for higher education institutions in shaping and expanding international higher education cooperation and global mobility in a digital context.

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Our Projects

Global Classroom with Tecnológico de Monterrey

In the winter semester 20/21, the SRH Berlin started an innovative, digital and international teaching project within the course "Risk Management in Financing" which is part of the International Management master study programme. Students of both universities participate in the GLOBAL CLASSROOM for specific assignments and tasks that are offered by one lecturer from the SRH Berlin and two professors from Tecnológico de Monterrey. The project is strongly practice-oriented and focuses on a real case study where students work in mixed teams of 3 to 5 members.

SOUNDTRAP - Producing Music Together Online

Launched in November 2020, the project foresees the use of the platform "Soundtrap" to produce music together, digitally and simultaneously. The courses involved are "Project Organisation" in Audio Design (Laura Lee), "Music Production" (Daniel Schmuck) at the Berlin School of Popular Arts (SOPA) and "Music Composition and Technology" (James Armstrong) at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), UK.

The pilot phase of the project involved the study programmes at SOPA. Students and teachers met in two synchronous workshop-sessions, where students were paired in smaller mixed groups and had to complete an assignment in Soundtrap in a limited amount of time.

The main phase of the project developed over the whole winter semester and focused on the international aspect of the collaboration, involving the SOPA programme Audio Design and the UCA programme Music Composition and Technology.   

International Workshop in Sustainability-oriented Brand Management

In April 2021, SRH Berlin School of Popular Arts (SOPA) and University of Portsmouth (UoP) offer an interactive workshop, which will deepen students’ understanding of brand management, with particular attention to cross-cultural differences in consumers’ engagement with sustainability.

Digital Transformation I

After an intensive development phase, the pilot course "Digital Transformation I" could be offered in the winter semester 2021/22 via the learning platform Canvas of the partner university The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP).

Lecturers from both universities worked together with instructional designers to identify synergies between the two courses in order to create academic added value.

Through participation in the course, students gained a general understanding of the importance of disruptive and sustainable innovation.

Intercultural Events by the Global Cooperation Institute

Starting with the Summer term 2021, the SRH Berlin Global Cooperation Institute (GCI) will offer different workshops and webinars addressing a broad range of topics: diversity, history, integrity, gaming industry. These activities are meant to enhance students´ intercultural skills and create awareness, so that they can develop open mindsets.

The audience will be extremely international. The GCI is going to open the participation to students from partner universities as well and one of the events is going to be part of the Coventry University Virtual World Tour: with a journey around seven continents over a period of five months, students will stop at SRH Berlin to get a taste of the history of East Germany.

Project Evaluation

Between October 2020 and September 2021, dedicated teachers at SRH Berlin, together with colleagues from international partner universities, developed and tested new digital collaborative course formats. You can find an overall evaluation here!


Lecturers can contact the IVAC team at any time to discuss possible collaborations. In addition, we send out internally "Das Blaue Blatt", a document in which we present current cooperation requests from colleagues on an international level.

For students, courses will be published by lecturers or the Global Cooperation Institute. Participation in Virtual Exchange programmes depends on the individual offer.

This Project

is funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.