Germany is an attractive place to study for foreign students; with 5% of all international students, Germany is among the top five destination countries for international study applicants worldwide. As a research and development project, together with the RWTH Aachen University, the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck, and g.a.s.t. (Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e. V.), Kiron developed and piloted several new tools on Kiron Campus to personalise online education and support Kiron students to transfer to a higher education institution. Insights gained through the project serve as the basis for a new follow-up project in 2020 – called “Der Digitale Campus” (The Online Campus) – in which Kiron aims to develop a new platform for international students together with a broader partner consortium, including the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Goethe Institute.
Several new concepts and products were successfully tested on Kiron Campus, including new features in Kiron’s interactive “application checklist” and other digital guidance and support tools. The changes lead to improved scalability of Kiron’s support model, empowering thousands of students to get ready to study at university in Germany. One of the project’s main accomplishments was the integration of several offers from partners through APIs (application program interfaces), including for example propaedeutic courses and an aptitude test by g.a.s.t., thereby creating synergy and a seamless usability experience for students. Several studies about the effectiveness of the new features were conducted and results shared with a broad network of stakeholders through workshops and events, including Kiron’s self-hosted partner event on the topic of “Digital Innovation for International Education” in November 2019.