Continuing Education at Furtwangen University

We are the university for lifelong learning, offering continuing education courses for academic and professional qualifications. (Key statement contained in Furtwangen University's Mission Statement)

HFU offers continuing education for various target groups and in a variety of formats: part-time study programmes, seminarsfor professionals or even the Kinderuniversität (children's university); classic lectures, trainings and expert workshops or online courses. HFU chooses new paths and develops innovative customer-oriented education for companies, professional bodies and alumni.

HFU Akademie – Who We Are


An entire university’s competence and experience is at your fingertips: we offer seminars, workshops, executive training and blended-learning options. We support you in making your educational ideas and plans become reality.

HFU Akademie is a central service department of Furtwangen University, its goals are co-ordinating the scientific further education opportunities within the university as well as offering academic training programs on the market. Thus HFU Akademie is subject to the highest standards of quality as applicable to an academic organisation. Since its foundation in 2010, HFU Akademie continues the online course program of the “tele-akademie” which had been operating since 1995 – and has added numerous additional further education programs and options.

In addition to the high-quality portfolio of seminars, HFU Akademie is also a most competent service provider within the further education sector. Due to our long-standing e-learning expertise, we are also pioneering the application of new multi- and tele-medial learning technologies. HFU Akademie views itself as a Learning Service Provider (LSP). This means that HFU Akademie offers its cooperation partners and customers a wide variety of services in the further education sector.

German law (the so-called Hochschulrahmengesetz) requires all German universities to get involved in the further education sector in addition to offering traditional undergraduate study programs. HFU Akademie satisfies this requirement for Furtwangen University and also supports other cooperating universities in meeting this requirement.


HFU Akademie – Our Target Groups

HFU Akademie offers further education programs for

  • Staff and management
  • Young professionals, professionals and those returning to the work force
  • Individual clients and companies
  • Regional clients as well as
  • Online students around the world.

Academic further education includes educational measures which normally build on a previous degree or professional education. Its aim is to expand existing knowledge and capabilities as well as to update a previously acquired qualification. Therefore the HFU Akademie’s portfolio is tailored first and foremost to target persons with a previous degree or equivalent qualification.

Utilising the internet to provide learning materials as well as for the support of and exchange among learners allows us to offer online courses which are independent of time and place of learning. This is of particular interest to those learners who, for professional or personal reasons, prefer a flexible and individual approach to learning. Our wide selection of online courses is open to participants from around the world.


Content with practical relevance


The content of our portfolio is closely related to Furtwangen University's academic departments; it is bound to the rigorous quality level of academic teaching.


HFU Akademie – Our Quality Requirements

HFU Akademie is bound by the following quality standards

  • Part-time/executive Masters programs are fully accredited
  • Long-standing experience in planning and realising academic further education
  • University professors ensure well-founded, current academic content
  • Close contact between university and industry ensure that our seminars have practical relevance and offer useful insights
  • Our further education is tailored to working professionals‘ needs
  • Outstanding advice and support from experienced HFU Akademie staff
  • Evaluation and updating of our further education portfolio takes place on a regular basis



Standards of Quality for our Online Courses

These additional standards apply specifically to our online courses

  • Our online courses are vetted and approved by a dedicated German government body (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (ZFU) in Cologne)
  • We employ tried and tested – and most successful – e-learning concepts
  • We offer maximum flexibility through learning which is independent of time and place and allows for an individual pace of learning
  • Outstanding participant support through expert tele-tutors
  • Social learning is facilitated through virtual teams and networks utilising e-learning tools
  • Content focused on practical applicability allows easy transfer of newly acquired knowledge to working life
  • Constant monitoring of our online courses through academic advisors
  • Easy use of learning environment and software


Currently most of our clients require seminars and workshops taught in German. However should you wish for further education in English, we are prepared to provide this.


Please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

HFU Akademie
Hochschule Furtwangen
Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1
78120 Furtwangen
Germany

 

phone +49 7723 920-2680
fax        +49 7723 920-2681
Email    hfu-akademie@hs-furtwangen.de

Website (in German) https://www.hfu-akademie.de

 

Academic Management

Prof. Dr. Michael Lederer

HFU Business School and Rektorat
Finance & Controlling; Entrepreneurship, Country Coordinator Japan, Switzerland, Australia
Prorektor for International Affairs and Excutive Education
+49 7720 307-4301
Campus Villingen-Schwenningen, Room F 2.09
led(at)hs-furtwangen.de

Head of HFU Akademie

Dr. Thomas Jechle

Head of HFU Akademie
07723 920 2670
07723 920 2681
Campus Furtwangen, Room M-Bau 
jechle(at)hs-furtwangen.de