The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) is reacting to the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic with its largest study reform. The reform will make studying at the international university even more attractive, interactive and flexible for students from over 90 countries. The new ‘Job Promise’ underlines the claim to be one of the most practice-oriented universities in Germany.
For almost three million students in Germany, studying in the past three semesters consisted mainly of home studying. Elementary dimensions of everyday student life such as small talk and chance encounters on campus were absent during this time, especially at such an international university as the University of Europe for Applied Sciences.
With the biggest study reform since its foundation, the internationally renowned university is reacting to the experiences of the past three semesters, among other things. This will make studying at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences more attractive and flexible for students than ever before. The aim of the reform is to educate young people who think universally and find solutions for the great challenges of the future.
"Through the interplay of creative, entrepreneurial and digital thinking as well as an international perspective, the various fields of study will enrich each other even more in the future and offer new approaches in teaching and research tailored to the requirements of the labour market 4.0," explains Prof. Dr. Maurits van Rooijen, Rector of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences.
The details of the UE study reform in detail:
MORE INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY
With the new master's degree, the University of Europe for Applied Sciences is reacting to the new, changing demands of the labour market. The approach: to think of studying beyond classical subject area silos. In this way, students can deal with questions and topics that go beyond the original chosen subject area. This not only promotes interdisciplinarity, but also offers completely new networking opportunities beyond the departmental boundaries. Students gain insights into different subject areas and programmes.
MORE PRACTICE-ORIENTED STUDY
In addition to the cross-curricular linking of individual teaching modules, the master's reform makes each degree programme even more practice-oriented. The so-called "Capstone Project" links study and practice like never before. In concrete terms, this means that various practice-oriented projects are carried out in each semester. This builds a bridge from theoretical university knowledge directly to practical application in companies. Both students and companies win. Students test their knowledge in practice and companies get an insight into the ‘state-of-the-art’ studies at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences.
MORE FLEXIBLE STUDY
The UE study reform makes studying at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences more flexible than most universities. From now on, students can compile their study content in a modular way, meaning according to their individual interests, they can integrate individual modules from other subject areas into their course of study. This means that students from a wide range of programmes and subject areas meet to solve problems together against the background of their diverse perspectives. This reflects professional reality and is therefore the best preparation for our students for professional life.
STUDYING MORE INTERACTIVELY
With the project ‘Campus in the Cloud’, the University of Europe, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Lauritz Lipp, has begun to integrate various dimensions of students' everyday life into virtual teaching. Together with students from all over the world, UE was the first university in Germany to recreate its own campus in the virtual world and completely integrate it into teaching with access from anywhere in the world.
Because the private university is committed to the various measures of its study reform, it also gives its students a ‘Job Promise’ for the first time after successful completion of their studies. Those who complete their first degree at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences within a certain period of time and with a corresponding minimum grade receive the ‘promise’ of being offered a full-time or part-time job within twelve months. The job will be in the professional field related to the degree programme, either within or outside Germany.
University graduates need a competitive edge to improve their employability - especially in the future labour market. To give them an edge over the competition, the University of Europe for Applied Sciences has partnered with leading companies and tech giants such as IBM, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Facebook, Tableau and HubSpot to incorporate their latest technologies and expertise into the degree. The new certificates embody the private university's focus on combining creative, entrepreneurial and digital thinking on an international scale.
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