FHWS building at Sanderheinrichsleitenweg Würzburg

Strategic university development

The University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) is actively developing a future-oriented strategy for higher education institutions. The focus of the strategic objectives is shaped by the challenges significantly changing and influencing our future society. These include global climate change, the increasing digitisation of industry and society, and the increase in international migration.

FHWS wants to actively contribute to these topics and thus defines the following strategic objectives:


Internationalisation

FHWS strives to further increase the internationalisation of the University. The aim is for FHWS members to further develop their intercultural competences and to promote international mobility by target group specific measures. By this, international exchange and the global network of FHWS will be expanded. As profitable cooperation partner, FHWS strives to increase its visibility in the areas of study, teaching and research not only within Europe but also worldwide. In 2014, FHWS was the first German higher education institution to offer the concept of TWIN degree programmes, which is unique in Germany. FHWS is planning to create a network with international partner universities based on this foundation. The long-term goal is to establish World TWINdegree programmes, which follow the concept of bilingual teaching (English and the national language), and  which match the curricula of FHWS programmes. Another important characteristic of these programmes is to promote networking between national and international students, and to qualify students for the international market. With the Internationalisation@Home-concept, FHWS also contributes significantly to the Main-Franconian region. The looming skills shortage will be met by the (continuing) education of international students.

The digitisation strategy of the University aims to further expand transnational teaching, and to gradually adapt processes within the internationalisation strategy.

The internationalisation strategy at FHWS is accompanied and driven by various, University-wide projects and cooperations and in particular by FHWS International. For an overview of all strategic projects, please click here.


Digitalisation

Our society is constantly moving towards a digitised future. Particularly the industries and the economy are facing major challenges due to increasing productivity and growing competitive pressure. With its significant competence in the area of applied research in robotics and artificial intelligence, FHWS supports the creation of an interface between technology, industry and society.  The Institute of Digital Engineering (IDEE) is taking the lead with its numerous research projects.

To meet the digitisation strategy in the area of study and teaching, FHWS set up the Centre for Digital Education as early as 2018. It’s focus is to create a symbiosis of digital teaching, learning and exam components, which optimally prepares all University members for the disruptive changes and challenges of society, economy and education.

The digitisation strategy is also applied to the university organisation. Looking ahead, the focus is increasingly placed on digitisation and automation of administration processes. One of the long-term goals is to completely replace paper-based processes with digital solutions.


Zero Carbon

The climate is changing. In the short- and long-term, targeted measures must be found to protect the natural shield of the earth against heavy CO2-greenhouse gas emissions. The University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt effectively contributes to teaching and research in order to help reduce climate-damaging emissions. The planned Institute “Zero Carbon” intends to promote research in the area of sustainable energy systems, and of applied energy and sustainability research. In order to educate specialists for industry and economy, FHWS is expanding the study portfolio. The flagship of this endeavour, the Bachelor’s degree programme Hydrogen Technology, has been offered since 2021 and is unique in Germany.


Regionalisation

In future, the Main-Franconian region is faced with the following challenges: the demographic change, the increasing digitisation of economy and industry, the change in mobility, and especially the growing skills shortage. FHWS acts as a strong, supportive partner for the region by providing national and international skilled workers with (continuing) education for the region. Due to the close collaboration of FHWS with regional companies, the University holds an interface role connecting students with the economy and industry. By the establishment of the new research institutes and competence centres for robotics and artificial intelligence, like the CAIRO, the University supports the Main-Franconian economic location as a whole. Regional networks are strengthened by knowledge and technology transfer. Here, special emphasis must be placed on the Technology Transfer Centre for E-mobility (TTZ-EMO), which was founded already in 2012 and has since conducted current research and development in the areas electronic energy technology, drive technology and electric mobility. With the development of additional technology transfer centres, the region will benefit from the expertise in applied research at FHWS.


Quality

High quality standards are expected in all university areas. Thus, the quality management and development of FHWS not only focusses on study, teaching and research, but also includes the promotion of young academics and the University administration. Already for a few years, FHWS has been implementing an integrated, process-oriented and systematic quality management with the expansion of the quality and project management unit. With support of the accreditation unit, all degree programmes of FHWS regularly undergo programme accreditations. Teaching evaluations and internal surveys as well as participation in national and international rankings aim to secure and develop quality in study and teaching. The development of a University-wide process management strives to standardise administration and strategic processes and increase their transparency to secure efficient processes at the University.

The Quality and project management unit actively supports the University with the implementation of the quality strategy.


Target agreement 2019 - 2022

Further pillars of the University strategy are laid down in the target agreement.

The detailed target agreements can be found here.


Strategic projects

FHWS-wide project, partly funded by third parties, facilitate to the implementation of additional and supporting measures of strategic University development.

For an overview of the current strategic projects, please click here.