Franco-German exchanges: students from TU Berlin visit Télécom Paris

In March 2023, Télécom Paris had the pleasure of welcoming students from the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). This 2nd Franco-German exchange on documentary film-making is based on the Erasmus+ partnership established between our two institutions.

This year, fifteen German students had the opportunity to live this rich cultural and linguistic experience. Eleven students from Télécom Paris will be going to Berlin in June to complete these exchanges, which are financially supported by Erasmus+ and the Franco-German Office for Youth (OFAJ/DFJW).

Erasmus +

OFAJ logotype (Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse)

Since 2011, Télécom Paris and TU Berlin are partners in an Erasmus+ exchange agreement. This year and for the 2nd edition, 26 students from our 2 institutions have the opportunity to participate in a bilingual « tandems” project, within this framework. This project is directed by Verena Galganek, professor and coordinator of German at Télécom Paris, and by Jean-Philippe Hashold, director of the French and Italian Studies Department at the TU Berlin.

After a first phase of exchanges and research, the mixed groups make documentary films on subjects related to Franco-German cooperation. First, the topics concerning France are worked on and filmed in Paris. At the beginning of June 2023, the Télécom Paris students will in turn go on a study trip to Berlin to deepen their knowledge of German and finalize the projects by filming, this time, in the German capital.

For the 2023 edition, the themes chosen by the bilingual groups are:

  • Paris for all: accessibility of transport
  • Electricity in Paris
  • Brutalism
  • Das Fahrrad in Paris
  • How to make Paris more user-friendly: speed limits, pedestrian cities

During the lunch organized by the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of International Relations (DRI), students were able to advance their group work and exchange with Lu K., a student from TU Berlin. Lu has completed a graduate semester on our campus where she has been studying Deep Learning. One of the reasons she chose to study at Télécom Paris was the interesting experience she gained by participating in the « Tandems » project the previous year.

As Catherine Vazza, deputy director of the DRI, pointed out in a brief welcome speech: « If you are considering a study period in France, feel free to come to Télécom Paris! We would be delighted to welcome you to take courses in our areas of expertise: artificial intelligence, deep learning, image and signal processing, programming, etc. »

2022 visit

The aim of their visit? Work on projects in bilangual tandem groups supervised by Jean-Philippe Hashold, a French teacher at TU Berlin and Verena Galganek, a German teacher at Télécom Paris.

After an initial phase of exchange and research activities, the groups started producing documentary films on subjects related to Franco-German scientific cooperation.  In June 2022, Télécom Paris students will go on a study trip to Berlin to finalize the projects and further develop their German knowledge.

During the lunch organized by the Languages & Cultures and the International Relations Departments, Télécom Paris students interested in studying in Germany were able to discuss with German students in a very friendly atmosphere.