At the University of Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America supports the elite Rodman Scholars International Program for undergraduate engineering students. The program exposes distinguished students to challenges, opportunities, and benefits of international study and experience. Volkswagen Group of America and University of Virginia is also a partnership program that supports a fellowship for graduate engineers.
In May 2010, eighteen University of Virginia engineering students, selected to participate in Volkswagen’s first Global Ingenuity Program, recently concluded a two-week study abroad course in Germany.
Course highlights included a program designed to allow students to address and offer solutions to a real-world problem by participating in cross-cultural “think tanks” with students from the Technical University of Braunschweig. The two student teams worked collaboratively on a research and design problem assigned by Volkswagen Group’s Electronics Research Lab. The main goal was for students to find an innovative and safe way to assist the driver with performing different tasks and managing information while driving.
In addition to the “think tank” course, students went on various excursions and tours, participated in meetings, listened to lectures, and spent the final five days of their course in Dresden and Berlin.
The Global Ingenuity Program offers three course credits through the University of Virginia in conjunction with Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, and a subsequent industry internship program with Volkswagen Group of America.