DigIn.Net Project History

The issues of internationalization and digitalization in the conditions of limited mobility not only between countries, but also between universities, have become especially relevant in the virtual contactless environment.

The DigIn.Net project provides an infrastructure for the effective dealing with modern ICT tools to increase the use of innovation capacity at the technical universities of Ukraine together with the expert groups in Germany and applies this infrastructure to create a transnational network of scientists working on innovative ideas. In 2019-2021, the German-Ukrainian Center for Digital Innovation (DUDIZ), based on an online cooperation platform, was actively used. The successful implementation of the DigIn.Net project demonstrates how digitalization tools can be used to deepen the collaboration between the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and its Ukrainian higher education partners and contribute to the internationalization of Ukrainian higher education institutions in order to facilitate the use of digital tools for promotion of the innovation processes.

The activities of Digin.net have contributed to the sustainable modernization of research and teaching at the universities. More than 200 master classes, seminars, online meetings, trainings and individual coaching sessions were held. In order to increase the level of digital literacy, a number of distance learning courses have been prepared and conducted at partner universities. A new course on modern operating systems has been developed. The Zoom remote collaboration platform was used, and new platforms such as Codetantra were tested and applied in conferences with up to 50 participants. During 2019-2021, 10 scientists from Ukrainian universities participated in research internships with the help of DUDIZ. The project funded the participation of Ukrainian scientists in the International Conference “Applied Innovations in IT 2020 and 2021” and topical workshops.

The first “Innovative Idea Competition 2020” was successful. The participants submitted 21 applications for the first round of the competition, of which 9 were selected for the second round and 5 were selected for the third one. Each participant actively worked on weekly online coaching seminars with an expert in the relevant field set in Germany. The third round was attended by 5 participants who successfully implemented their ideas in late 2020 – early 2021. One of the project participants completed the program of joint degrees “Communications and Embedded Systems” and successfully defended master’s thesis in December 2020.

The second “Innovative Idea Competition 2021” was also successful. The participants submitted 20 applications for the first round of the competition, of which 6 were selected to participate in the third round. They were able to successfully implement their ideas in late 2021. One of the project participants is studying in the program of joint degrees “Communications and Embedded Systems”.

The participants presented the results of their projects at international conferences and seminars, and several joint scientific articles were prepared for publication and published.