Cooperative Product Design in Vehicle Engineering

Experience vehicle development - In the summer semester, the course "Cooperative Product Development in Automotive Engineering" will be offered in cooperation with Hongik University in Seoul, Korea!

During the course, vehicle concepts for a specific field of application will be developed within one semester. Together with 20 Korean students and 9 fellow students from RWTH, you will be able to experience the individual phases of the vehicle development process up close and gain practical knowledge while working directly with industrial partners. This unique experience will not only enhance your technical skills enormously, but also train your soft skills in interdisciplinary work with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds.

The goal of this course is to teach methods and tools of collaboration in distributed locations while applying them in international teams across time zones. Moreover, the interdisciplinary development of a vehicle concept in close cooperation with designers provides the students of RWTH Aachen University with unique insights into this otherwise somewhat alien discipline. At the beginning of the course, the theoretical basics are first discussed in lectures conducted jointly via the Internet, and project groups are formed with their own project tasks. In the further course, the project goals are defined and worked out during the semester. The process is accompanied by interim presentations and reviews. On the one hand, great emphasis is placed on efficient self-organization and project management. On the other hand, skills in the use of CAE tools and PLM systems of industrial practice are trained.

To intensify the group work, we aim for reciprocal visits. The RWTH students will travel to Korea for 10 days in May (approx. week 20-21) and get to know different sociological and cultural aspects of the partner country. The return visit will probably take place in week 25-26.

The students will have to pay a share of the travel expenses. The ika will try to keep this at the level common for excursions (max. 250 Euro). More detailed information will follow at a later date. It is currently unclear how the pandemic and the associated travel and contact restrictions will affect the planned excursions.


Participants in the event should have completed their bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or similar and, in the best case, be enrolled in the master's program in automotive engineering and transportation. Students from other Master's programs or students about to complete their Bachelor's degree may also participate in the course, if they have the appropriate personal qualifications.

Please note that due to the Korean Semester, classes start in March and require your continuous attendance (exceptions are possible after consultation with the lecturers).


There are only 10 places available on the RWTH side. Therefore, a written application with the following documents is necessary:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Current status of your studies (grades)
  • Tabular curriculum vitae

Only complete applications will be considered!

Please send all documents digitally by 13.02.2023 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Prof. Dr. Manuel Löwer


Matthis Hötter M.Sc.
+49 241 80 23548

Study programs

Maschinenbau M.Sc. Wirtschafts-Ingenieur M.Sc. Fahrzeugtechnik und Transport M.Sc.




Summer term


Institute for Automotive Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany
+49 241 80 25600

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