|University of Hagen|
|FernUniversitÃ¤t in Hagen (German)|
|Motto||Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est|
|Motto in English||Knowledge Itself Is Power|
|Academic staff||1,029 |
|Location||Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany|
|Affiliations||European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
The University of Hagen (German: FernUniversitÃ¤t in Hagen) is a public research university focused on distance teaching. Its main campus is located in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany it is Germany's largest university.
The university was founded in 1974 as a public research university by the state Nordrhein-Westfalen and began its research and teaching activities in 1975. It was founded following the idea of UK's Open University to provide higher and continuing education opportunities through a distance education system in Germany. It awards the same qualifications as other German on-campus universities and maintains the same high entry requirements. Initially the university had only three faculties with 1,330 full and part-time students, but nowadays this figure has grown to more than 80,000 students in 2012.
The faculties of the University of Hagen award undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (bachelor's, master's, doctorate degrees (Ph.Ds) and enable habilitation), which are equivalent to those awarded by traditional universities.
The University of Hagen is a member of the European University Association (EUA), European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and it is accredited by ACQUIN, FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) as well as AQAS (Agentur fÃ¼r QualitÃ¤tssicherung durch Akkreditierung von StudiengÃ¤ngen).
- 1 History
- 2 Faculties
- 3 Campus and Study Centers
- 4 Academic Programs
- 5 Research and Cooperations
- 6 Ranking and Reputation
- 7 Notable Alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Lifelong learning, further education concurrent with work, along with the necessity to relieve the overcrowded on-campus universities have been important topics in the early seventies of the last century. All this inspired the then minister of of Higher Education and Research of the state North Rhine Westphalia to establish a public research university at Hagen dedicated to distance teaching. Under the NRW-Foundation Law of 1 December 1974 the â€œpioneersâ€ from academia and administration had only ten months for preparing the new university, so that 1,300 students could embark on their studies from winter academic term 1975/76. The two academic departments of economics and mathematics were soon joined by business administration, education, cultural sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as electrical engineering, information technology, law and computer science. After some restructuring these subject areas are organized in four faculties today. Simultaneously with the FernUniversitÃ¤t, the first study centres in North Rhine - Westphalia started operating.
According to the Bologna Process every course offered by the university has been transformed to bachelor and masters degrees. The transformation was finished in 2010. Due to the transformation a sharp rise in the number of students was observable, e.g. 3,400 new students seeking a bachelor's degree in psychology enrolled in 2009.
The university has four faculties:
- Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
- Faculty of Law
Each faculty is headed by a dean and a faculty council.
Campus and Study Centers
Initially, FernUniversitÃ¤tâ€™s departments were housed in rented apartments and buildings located all over Hagen and even outside the city. The development of FernUniversitÃ¤tâ€™s campus near the roadways A 45 and A 46 began in 1980 with the first office building Allgemeines VerfÃ¼gungszentrum (AVZ I). Since the first building constructed several further buildings followed and increased the university campus, among them: The Eugen-Schmalenbach-Building (AVZ II), the Philipp-Reis-Building, the Centre of Technology and Innovation (TGZ), the extension of the University Library, and the new canteen. As more and more university buildings are concentrated on the Campus, it has become easier for the academic staff of different academic areas to cooperate and engage in cross-disciplinary research.
Furthermore, as a distance university, the University of Hagen operates numerous regional and study centers located across Germany and other countries as well, which are an important aspect of the university's blended learning concept. At these regional and study centers students attend madatory seminars and preparatory classes for exams, study together with other students, borrow books, and find mentors. Today, the university has more than 50 study centres within Germany and cooperates intensively with several renowned institutions, like Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Kepler University of Linz or the University of Jena to broaden their teaching options and research.
Region Bonn and Greater Cologne
Region Coesfeld and MÃ¼nster
- Hagen (regional center)
Region Neuss (Lower Rhineland)
- Karlsruhe (operated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
- Stuttgart (regional center)
- SchwÃ¤bisch GmÃ¼nd
- Berlin (regional center)
- Hamburg (regional center)
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) of Business Administration
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) of Computer Science
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) in Cultural Studies
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) of Information Systems
- Bachelor (B.A.) of Laws
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) of Mathematics
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) of Pedagogy
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) of Political Science
- Bachelor (B.Sc.) of Psychology
- Master (M.Sc.) of Applied Computer Science
- Master (M.Sc.) of Computer Science
- Master (M.Sc.) in Management
- Master (M.A.) of Philosophy
- Master (M.Sc.) of Laws
- Master (M.Sc.) in Governance
- Master (M.Sc.) of Psychology
Research and Cooperations
The University of Hagen supports focus- and profile-oriented research. Interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaboration leads to the grouping together of competencies and to the formation of competitive research focal points. At the same time, basic and applied research is the basis for promoting the new generation of academics.
Ranking and Reputation
The special status of the FernUniversitÃ¤t Hagen as a university for distance learning mostly excludes the university from being ranked in general rankings. Only the renowned CHE Ranking included the university in its university ranking of 2005 and evaluated the quality of the subjects Economics, Sociology and Business Administration. While the Economics department was awarded with an average placement, comparable to the majority of other universities in Germany, the departments of sociology and business administration received stellar placements - both research intensity and quality were emphasized to be in line with those of other top placed departments of on-campus universities.
- Oliver Bierhoff, retired German Football striker and general manager of the German soccer team
- Alexander Erdland, CEO of WÃ¼stenrot & WÃ¼rttembergische (2006-2012)
- Michael Busch, Board Member of Douglas Holding
- Heinz-Willi MÃ¶lders, Board Member of RWE (2005-today)
- Bernd Lucke, German economist and Founder of the German party AfD
- Roman Inderst, German economist
- AndrÃ© Zimmermann, Venture Capitalist, Managing Partner at SHS
- Stefan Kirsten, CFO of Deutsche Annington (2011-today)
- Patrick Dahmen, Board member of AXA, Germany (2007-today)
- Michael Klug, CFO of Sony Music Entertainment, Germany (2011-today)
- Susanne Kortendick, Board member of Bombardier, Germany 
- Andreas Nauen, CEO of REPower SE (2010-today)
- Joachim Schindler, Partner at KPMG, Germany
- Oliver Kahn, German Football Goalkeeper
- Richard Nagorny, CFO of AstraZeneca, Germany (2005-2010)
- Theo Lieven, Founder of Vobis Data Computer
- Ulla Schmidt, German Politician
- Stefan Schulz, Member of the supervisory board of SAP (2002-2017)
- Bettina Anders, Board member of ERGO Insurance Group
- Joachim Limberg, CEO of Thyssen Krupp Material Services
- Heinz Sebiger, Founder and CEO of DATEV
- Dirk Mausbeck, Board member of EnBW
- Guido Westerwelle, former German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice Chancellor of Germany from 2009 to 2011
- Norbert Winkeljohann, CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Germany
- "Federal Statistical Office of Germany: Studierende an Hochschulen - Fachserie 11 Reihe 4.1 - Wintersemester 2010/2011".
- "University of Hagen: Facts and Data".
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