Brief Description of Work Group INSTec
The Work Group International Networking in Science & Technology (INSTec) is a Consortium formed at the end of 2011 by the restructuring of the North South Study Group of RWTH Aachen (Arbeitskreis Nord-Süd), which in the previous 20 years helped to link RWTH Aachen Institutes with various partners in Developing Countries and Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs).
The new work group INSTec focuses mainly on networking and project coordination between RWTH Faculty Chairs and industry partners in NICs with the goal of acquisition and support of third party-funded projects, thus complementing the general internationalisation strategy of RWTH Aachen. In a somewhat broader sense, the activities of INSTec are directed towards international networking for industry cooperation and technology transfer, for collaboration with NGOs and related organizations, for fundraising and for funded R&D, infrastructure and technology project activities, primarily in developing countries and NICs.
During INSTec’s membership meeting on April 3, 2012, the Executive Board of INSTec (Vorstand) was elected and the By-laws (Geschäftsordnung) of INSTec were revised and approved by the membership. In a subsequent meeting of the Executive Board on April 11, 2012, the RWTH Chair to act as the Administrative Host of INSTec as well as the Speaker (Vorstandssprecher) have been elected. Furthermore, the Executive Board decided to install an additional Advisory Committee (Beirat) consisting of RWTH members with longstanding international experience.