Training in THM
Since October 2019, students from the AEMS-ED department have been studying at THM (University of Applied Sciences of Mittelhessen). A brief report on the learning process is given below.
Hi to all. We study at the department of automation of electromechanical systems and electric drive in the first year of scientific master’s degree. We want to talk about how we participate in a partnership with Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM), Germany. The Erasmus+ program provides 5 months (1 semester) study in the course of Control, Computer and Communications Engineering.
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen is a university founded in 1971 as a university of applied sciences, making it one of the youngest universities in the Land of Hessen. It is the largest of the five state universities of applied sciences in Hessen.
The University is located in Friedberg, Giessen and Wetzlar on the land of Hessen. Control engineering courses are held in the campuses of Friedberg and Giessen.
During the first week we received student tickets – Studienausweis. They also act as travel tickets that allow free travelling on trains, buses and trams across the land of Hessen. Additionally they are used for payment at Mensa – university dining room.
In the early days of our arrival, we were at Orientation Days, during which we received a university account for authorized use of computers in the classrooms, as well as personal university email and access to Moodle. Teachers upload/download all the materials (presentations, course plan, useful links, etc.) used in the course. Moodle teachers also have the opportunity to publish course news, schedule changes, and more. That is, Moodle is a tool for communicating with students.
The library is divided into parts, one is for those who want to work in a quiet atmosphere, the second – for those who want to work in groups and where you can communicate aloud. The library has a room equipped with computers.
There is also a cozy mini-cafe near the library, where you can read a book or prepare to classes wuth a cup of coffee.
In addition to the library, almost every floor has a small enclosure where you can work.
Dormitories as well as training buildings are located in both Friedberg and Giessen.
We live in a dormitory in the city of Friedberg, because this is where most classes take place. The distance from the hostel to the university on foot takes 15 minutes, by bus – 5 minutes. Friedberg University Campus is located near the train station. It is possible to reach Frankfurt in 20-30 minutes, trains go there every 10-30 minutes. About the same amount of travel to Giessen, from where you can reach the university campus by bus in 10-15 minutes.
The curriculum consists of the following disciplines:
- Modeling and Simulation of Electrical Systems and Drives – This module provides practical work. Students in groups should also prepare a presentation related to modeling of real systems. For example, Segway modeling or magnetic suspension in the transportation industry.
- Cyber Security – The module includes lab work and lectures where students learn methods of protecting information.
- Advanced Control Methods for Electrical Drives and Power Electronic Converters – The module includes the synthesis and analysis of complex control systems for electric drives and power converters such as Fault-Tolerant Control and linear feedback control.
- Control for Renewable Energy and Smart Grids – A course examines the methods of managing complex combined energy generation systems.
- Interdisciplinary IoT Project with Scientific Methods – In this subject, there are laboratory work dedicated to the Internet of Things. Students in groups are also assigned a project assignment, the results of which should be presented at the end of the semester.
The course is taught in English, the courses on German language are held as part of the curriculum too.
The university also offers free German evening classes according to your level of preparation.
Internationales Buddy Programm
In the early days in university, we enrolled at Buddy Programm, a program that helps bring students together from different countries. They organize meetings, various workshops and field trips.
We also visited many other cities on our own: Frankfurt, Kassel, Marburg and others.