New International Management Programme excels in "Zeit" Rankings
In the latest master's degree programmes rankings in the "Zeit Campus" magazine, Furtwangen University has once again been awarded top grades. The relatively new master's programme, "International Management", has landed in the top category the very first time it has been evaluated. The programme, offered by the HFU Business School on Schwenningen Campus, began in autumn 2012. It is taught completely in English and as a result attracts students from around the world. Applicants for the programme far exceed the number of places available. "These outstanding rankings will mean even more competition for places in the future," says Wolf-Dietrich Schneider, Dean of the Business School.
Green ratings mean "International Management“ belongs to the top group of master's business programmes in the rankings published on 2 December 2014. The rankings award three colour categories: green is the top category, yellow the middle category and blue the final category. The ranking, carried out by the Centre for University Development (CHE) between October 2013 and April 2014, surveyed 7,800 students. The online questionnaire evaluates various aspects of the programme of study and the teaching. It also takes the teaching and computer facilities, as well as the library facilities into consideration.
The CHE Ranking tests consecutive postgraduate business degree programmes in both universities and universites of applied sciences across Germany and Austria. These are master's programmes that can be taken immediately following on from a bachelor's degree.
The ranking does not compile a numbered list of the top schools, as there are no "best" universities. Depending on the criteria looked at, different universities are top. However, the green award is clear — the International Management Master of Science degree is one of the very best.
"Zeit Campus“ magazine is available in all newagents. Detailed ranking results can be found on the internet under ranking.zeit.de.
Top nationwide rankings once again for HFU libraries
The libraries of Furtwangen University have proved once again that they offer a first class all round service. On 9 July 2014 they were awarded 4 stars, the top rating possible, in the annual BIX Bibliothekindex rankings of the best libraries in Germany, published by the German Library Association. The 4 star ranking is a repeat of 2013 when the HFU libraries were also awarded top grades. This year the BIX compared 82 scientific and 198 public libraries.
Only one other library in a University of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg, the library of the University of Constance, also received 4 stars. "Our success in being ranked among the best libraries in Germany shows us that we are achieving our goal of transforming the libraries into modern workplaces and places to learn," explained Prof. Dr. Ullrich Dittler, the Academic Director of the HFU libraries. "Nowadays modern libraries must offer quick access through a variety of technologies to a wide range of electronic books, magazines and databanks - all in a comfortable learning environment."
What was the award for?
"Besides the range of media offered, individual student counselling is becoming ever more important," explained Peter Daub, the Libraries Director. "Students are great at googling but that's just not enough for searching scientific databanks for specific, current information for academic needs."
Besides extending hardcopy and more importantly electronic reserves of books and academic journals, user orientation is another important success factor of the libraries. To this end, in 2013 the HFU libraries carried out a wide-ranging survey to determine levels of satisfaction and desired improvements in services. One of the results is the new opening hours of the campus libraries on Saturdays and Sundays during the exam period. Currently the HFU libraries have over 75,000 German and English e-books and around 60,000 printed media. "Our aim is to extend the e-media portfolio further and to ensure that our onsite media is kept as up-to-date as possible," says Peter Daub.
New library app
To make access to onsite books and to electronic media easier, the HFU libraries have developed an "HFU Bib App" which is available for Android and IOS. With the app it is possible to search the entire media reserves, to use the self-service functions, for example for renewals, and to locate various services such as book scanners, textbook collections or journals available onsite.
Staff training is one of the most important BIX indicators and is taken very seriously at HFU. With this in mind, staff from both 4 star libraries, Furtwangen and Constance, met up for a Best Practice Workshop in Constance in summer 2013. This Best Practice cooperation will continue in 2014 when the staff meet at the end of July in Furtwangen and Schwenningen to continue to work towards the perfect library environment.
Top CHE Rankings for HFU Faculties
Furtwangen University gets the green light!
In the new university rankings published in the Zeit newspaper on 6 May, 2014, Furtwangen University has once again been given top ratings. The HFU Business School and the Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering lead the way with "green lights" in all categories tested. "Green" means that they belong to the 6 best universities in the test.
The Centre for University Development (CHE) which produces the rankings, collects and evaluates data from thousands of questionnaires completed by students and professors in over 300 universities throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
According to the results published in the Zeit, the HFU Business School on the Schwenningen campus is one of the 6 best business schools in the German-speaking area. Respondents praised the general study environment, academic provision, teaching support, the international orientation and the hands-on focus of the business programmes.
Equally outstanding are the results for the Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering on the Furtwangen campus which was also awarded "green" across the board.
Other faculties were also given the green light in different categories. The Faculty of Business Information Systems in Furtwangen gained top ratings in the category of general study environment, academic provision, teaching support, variety of courses and the strong practical orientation of the courses. The Faculty of Digital Media also in Furtwangen made it into the top group of universities in the categories of general study environment and teaching support.
"We are delighted with the results," said Dr. Rolf Schofer, the President of the university. "This shows that our strategy of offering degree programmes geared towards the demands of the working world is definitely working".
The CHE university rankings is the largest and most-detailed university league table in the German-speaking region. Besides information about degree programmes, teaching, facilities and research, the ranking also includes student evaluations of the study environment of the university.
Every year a third of the study programmes are newly-evaluated. This year it was the turn of the business sciences, economics, business studies, law, social work, media and communications, business information systems, business administration and engineering, and business law.
Bartholdi Prize for Information Communications Systems programme
On Friday 8 November, 2013 the trinational degree programme "Information Communication Systems“ (ICS), offered jointly by Furtwangen University, Université de Haute Alsace and the University of North-west Switzerland (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz), received the Prix Bartholdi. This prestigious award is named after Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi the famous sculptor from Colmar who designed the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour. The award recognises the efforts of the three universities in creating technical degree programmes which promote cross-border social skills and foreign languages. The Head of Administration at Furtwangen University and the dean of the Furtwangen programme, Prof. Dr. Robert Hönl were present to accept the award.
Initiated in 2001, it is the only cross-border university award at this time. It can be presented to both individuals and institutions. In the past, well-known politicians Wolfgang Schäuble and Lothar Späth received the award for their efforts in encouraging cooperation between universities in the upper Rhine area and the internationalisation process.
In his speech, Pierre Fechting, a graduate of the trinational ICS degree programme, pointed out what makes the course Unique. The challenge is to adjust to the student life and educational system in three different universities, as one year is spent studying in each location. What students gain at the end are three separate degrees - one from each of the three countries, Germany, France and Switzerland.
"Excellent job opportunities in each of the three countries are the result", says Fechting. "It also opens the door for further education and work outside Europe, as shown by the careers of various past graduates." In his thank you speech Martin Meyer, the head of the programme in Switzerland, stated that its outstanding feature is the social and intercultural skills which graduates of the trinational programme gain. "Students can study technology at any of the three locations. The added value comes from the experience of dealing with other cultures on a daily basis," said Mr. Meyer. Prof. Dr. Jamel Hamouda of Furtwangen University thanked his colleagues Robert Hönl and Reiner Schmid, who were instrumental in designing and implementing the programme.
One of the best libraries in Germany
HFU policy to constantly improve and develop its library facilities paid off when it was awarded, in July 2013 the four-star top ranking in the annual nationwide "BIX" listing of libraries run by the German Library Association in which 84 academic libraries and 196 public libraries were tested. Only one other University of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg achieved the same ranking. Furtwangen University has taken part in the rankings since 2008 and in 2012 was awarded 3.5 stars. In 2011 the new library on Schwenningen Campus was opened, in 2010 the library on Furtwangen Campus was fully renovated and in 2009 the libary on the new Campus in Tuttlingen was set up. Besides approximately 70,000 traditional media, the libraries also have more than 50,000 German and English e-books. In addition, users have access to academic information in electronic media over a databank portfolio. The libary also offers advice and courses for students and staff in the area of Social Media.
2013 CHE Ranking praises practicality of HFU programmes
In the CHE (Centre for University Development) Ranking for Engineering Sciences issued in May 2013, Furtwangen University was praised for the high level of practicality of its programmes and for the outstanding level of support it offers students. In the "Bachelor Practicality Check" test, the degree programmes offered on our Tuttlingen Campus gained maximum points. The test evaluates how closely related the skills taught on the course are, to those required in practice. The laboratory facilities were also highly-praised, receiving a top grading of 1.2.
On the Schwenningen Campus, the Bio and Process Engineering degree programme was high in the league tables for student support and course duration. The two degree programmes Medical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, were again among the forerunners in the Bachelor Practicality Check category.
The CHE examined more than 300 universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands for its latest rankings. Every year a third of the courses are newly evaluated.
Computer Science top in 2012 CHE "Diversity in Excellence" Rankings
The Faculty of Computer Science at Furtwangen University has once more earned top points in the 2012 CHE “Diversity in Excellence” ranking. The CHE, the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of higher education institutions in German-speaking countries, evaluated 99 computer science faculties on the basis of research strength, practical orientation, internationality and focus on students.
The HFU Faculty of Computer Science made it into the top 15 on the strength of its excellence in lecturing, student approach and the practical application of its degree programmes. HFU students said they were particularly happy with the study environment, the variety of lectures and the academic provision* of the degree courses.
The high level of practicality of the computer science degrees at HFU was also reflected in excellent results in the categories of career prospects and practical application.
*Academic provision is making sure that appropriate and effective teaching, support, assessment and learning opportunities are provided for students.
1st place in International Student Barometer 2012
Furtwangen University can more than hold its own with competition in the international marketplace as the results of the International Student Barometer, published in April 2012, show. HFU took first place among all German universities.
Furtwangen also received excellent individual results in the areas of "Learning", "Quality of lectures", "Lifestyle", "Support", "Work experience" and "Preparation for the workplace", again coming out best among the 34 German universities which took part.
In total, 210,000 students from 208 universities in 16 countries took part in the survey. The "International Student Barometer“ is the largest study of mobile students and PhD candidates worldwide.
Excellent results for Faculty of Computer Science in CHE-Ranking 2012/2013
The Faculty of Computer Science has received excellent results in the CHE-Ranking 2012/13 published in the ZEIT Student Guide in May 2012. In the areas of "Variety of programmes offered", "Academic provision*", Practicality and Workplace relevance", "Library services", "Study semester abroad support" and "Study environment", the faculty ranks among the top universities in Germany.
*Academic provision is making sure that appropriate and effective teaching, support, assessment and learning opportunities are provided for students.
Top 10 rankings in Wirtschaftswoche Uni Rankings for Computer Science and Business Information Systems
Computer Science and Business Information Systems graduates from Furtwangen University have excellent career opportunities according to Wirtschaftswoche Magazine's 2008 "Uni rankings". Over 500 personnel managers in Germany's largest concerns are asked every year which universities deliver the best graduates. The Faculties of Business Information Systems and Computer Science at HFU have consistently made it into the top ten German universities over the last few years.