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Our partner: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Christoph Buerglen
2019 08 07

IMPactDigital – the internationalization of universities: innovative measures to personalize university entry through digitalization

January 2019 – December 2019

Improving academic opportunities for international students through digital study preparation

As part of the joint project IMPactDigital, Kiron and its partners are developing innovative digital measures to improve the academic success of international students in Germany.

The project aims to address a variety of challenges across different stages in the “student journey” for prospective international students. This includes the development of scalable digital counseling services and orientation tools to support international students in finding the right study programs and to better understand the higher education landscape in Germany. Furthermore, personalized courses and materials are developed to effectively prepare prospective students for academic studies in Germany. Applicants to German universities are envisioned to discover knowledge and skills gaps early-on through digital competence assessments and online language examinations early in their journey.  This will contribute to decreasing potential academic challenges and university drop-out rates over the longer term.

The successful cooperation of the partners in the IMPactDigital project is based on the results of various research and development projects undertaken collectively in two previous projects:  INTEGRAL2 and INTEGRAL+. The experiences and findings of the consortium, working exclusively with refugees in these previous projects, will be adapted and tested to the needs of international students.

“Together with the project partners, Kiron would like to enable long-term study success for international student groups by providing modern and international solutions for access to education. Digitally supported learning formats offer the opportunity to improve expectation management in vocational options, to reduce existing hurdles and to make a contribution to more educational equity”.


  • Laura Marwede, Chief Partnerships Officer at Kiron and Network Coordinator

The project’s research focuses on four major fields of action, encompassing four working packages together with the RWTH Aachen University, the TH Lübeck and the Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development (g.a.s.t. e.V.) .

Funder: The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Find out more in the press release (in German).