About University of Applied Sciences / Hochschule Mannheim
The University of Applied Sciences Mannheim has a wide range of study courses in the engineering sciences, biotechnology, social work and design, which is increasingly used in a comprehensive way by the different departments. Therefore it creates important impulse for further functional distinctiveness and the development of curricula. The university’s focus is on the engineering sciences and biotechnology.
The teaching’s characteristics are its strong practice-orientation within well-organized study courses, its organization in small study groups, and exams accompanying the studies. All study courses are consecutive Bachelor’s and Master’s study courses, modularized according to the 210cr/90cr (7+3) model with an integrated internship. The study courses are accredited and, some of them, already successfully reaccredited.
Every Bachelor’s course is followed by a consecutive Master’s. In some departments, the next generation of scientists can pursue their studies in doctoral programs of national and international universities as early as today.
The University of Applied Sciences Mannheim perceives itself as a university of the metropolitan region Rhine-Neckar. It cooperates with a network of internationally operating companies in the region who are major employers of the graduates.
The University of Applied Sciences Mannheim is one of the most active of its kind in research. It cooperates within a tight network of the near-by universities, particularly with the University of Heidelberg, as well as with extra-university research institutions such as the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in particular. This is documented by the fact that the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, although competing with much bigger universities of applied sciences, hosts most of the cooperative PhDs in Germany, according to the statistics of the Conference of German University Rectors (HRK) in 2009. The University of Applied Sciences Mannheim participates in both top clusters of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Here, the outstanding cooperative project is the Institute of Medical Technology, established with the Medical Department Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg.
In 2009, among very few other universities of applied sciences, the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim was admitted to the European University Association, the governing body of the European universities, because of its outstanding research activities.
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