Profile / Mission Statement
As one of Germany's leading universities, Furtwangen University (HFU) is recognised for its excellence in the following areas:
- High quality and innovation in teaching
- Strong practical focus through collaboration with industry
- International focus
- Applied research
- Continuing education and lifelong learning
- Cooperation and motivation
- Social responsibility and safeguarding of the future
Furtwangen University's core focus is on employment-oriented education and training based on academic principles. Traditional boundaries between subject fields are removed in interdisciplinary projects. HFU is a leader in the specialist areas of engineering, computer science, information systems and management, business administration and engineering, media, international business and health. The range of courses and programmes is constantly being extended to take account of innovative developments. Our aim is to offer forward-looking degree programmes to talented young people, awarding top-quality, accredited degrees which open up exceptional career opportunities. At the same time, we support the journey our students make towards becoming responsible and competent individuals with the ability to identify and solve problems independently. Additionally, through application-oriented research and academic professional development, our university supports the next generation of scientists contributing to innovation and improved skills in business and society.
High quality and innovation in teaching
Our aim is to provide a top-notch, practice-oriented and professionally recognized academic education. We are continually extending our range of programmes and qualifications which include undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses as well as professional training at university level. In our bachelor's and master's degree programmes, academic, technical and methodological skills are taught using innovative teaching methods in an attractive learning environment. Studying at HFU provides students with an interdisciplinary, application-oriented education which prepares them well for their future careers.
Practical focus through cooperation with industry
Our university understands the importance of cooperation and strong partnerships with industry. Ongoing information exchange with our partners in companies and organisations guarantees a practical focus in teaching, research and professional development. We also work with those partners to develop new study programme models and relevant funding programmes for our students.
We support international education, research and cultural exchange by working in collaboration with universities and companies around the world. We develop our degree programmes with a focus on international opportunities and demands, and guarantee that they will be recognised around the world. The inclusion of international developments in our course content and the teaching of foreign languages and intercultural skills, as well as the provision of funding for travel abroad, all help to prepare graduates for work in an international environment. Our international profile is further strengthened by our worldwide collaborations and partnerships: study modules abroad; joint-degree agreements; recruitment of international students, staff and professors; and international research cooperation agreements.
We actively support cooperation between our university and partner companies in the area of applied research and technology transfer as it is an essential catalyst for innovation and the sustained relevance of our teaching. Lecturers are actively involved in application-oriented research, development and project work ensuring the relevance and quality of course content. Both students and companies are also encouraged to take advantage of results.
Professional development and lifelong learning
Our university enthusiastically supports lifelong learning, offering continuing education courses for academic and professional qualifications. We explore new approaches and develop innovative, customer-oriented programmes and courses for companies, organisations and graduates.
Cooperation and motivation
We are experts in crossing borders: in cooperative work between students, staff, and professors; in interdisciplinary projects bringing together different faculties and departments within the university; and between teaching, research and professional development. Our visiting lecturers act as important links between the university and industry. A focus on service, transparency and continuous improvement characterises all processes throughout our university. Motivation, personal aptitude and professional dedication, as well as research and development experience, all guarantee academic and technical expertise.
Social responsibility and safeguarding of the future
Social responsibility, sustainability and the safeguarding of our future are at the forefront of our goals. We provide our students with the necessary skills for forward-looking, sustainable action in industry, the environment and in society as a whole. In addition, we actively support work-life balance by creating a family-friendly culture for our employees and students.