What is the motivation behind IS:link?

The establishment of IS:link is mainly motivated by the desire to significantly increase the number of students that spend parts of their studies at a foreign university. We at IS:link aspire this mission, because we are convinced of a holistic, humanistic educational conception (in the wider sense of the German philosopher Wilhelm von Humboldt) that should enable students to become individuals who can act independently and socially responsible. International academic and student exchange constitutes, in our opinion, a crucial part in pursuit of this kind of educational model at universities, because it greatly influences personal formation and education due to experiencing cultural diversity on a social and academic level first-hand. 

Unfortunately, and even despite of the recognition of the importance of student exchange in politics and at universities, only few students actually take the opportunity of temporarily studying abroad, as they are confronted with many obstacles. In Europe, the Bologna Process has even aggravated this situation, in contrast to its original ambition. Hence, at many universities a great educational potential is wasted.

Therefore, the IS:link approach strives to demonstrate an innovative solution for overcoming the obstacles hampering student exchange and to serve as a role model for processes and structures of efficient and effective inter-university collaboration.

Our Mission: What is the purpose of IS:link?

IS:link is a network of renowned Information Systems schools at universities from all around the world. The network’s primary purpose is to promote international student exchange in Information Systems by removing the major obstacles that prevent students from spending parts of their studies at a foreign university, such as uncertain abroad credit acknowledgement that leads to prolonged graduation, high effort due to tedious bureaucratic processes, or tightly tailored curricula. Furthermore, IS:link is committed to foster international academic cooperation in teaching and research between the participating universities.

In order to accomplish this mission, IS:link presents an innovative approach to inter-university collaboration that greatly simplifies and improves student exchange based on three major concepts:

  • Establishing a university network

  • Process improvement and standardisation

  • Guaranteed credit acknowledgement 

At the same time the IS:link concept promises to significantly reduce the administrative effort and costs associated with student exchange programmes at universities, which is regarded as a complementary purpose of IS:link.