A Spirit of Partnership, Practical Orientation And Good Support
Studying at the HNU: Personal and professional development
Professor Feser, how do the students learn at the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences?
Our students learn at a place where people reach out to and do not shun each other. The latter is often the case at large universities. We're different. We offer students seminars with a moderate number of participants and intensive support: The lecturers and students get to know each other during their course of study. Our mission – closeness and partnership – is a reality.
HNU is a place with attractive facilities: In 2008 we moved into a new building in the Wiley Park created to suit our needs. HNU has seminar rooms and lecture halls equipped with state-of-the-art media, a Usability Lab and a Logistics Lab – just to name a few of our facilities that enable successful practical teaching.
With what knowledge and skills do you want to see your students graduate from your university of applied sciences?
We want to give students the qualifications they need for the job market and produce qualified young talents for our partners in the business community. Extensive know-how is a must and our courses impart that. Yet we are always guided by the realities as well as current social and economic circumstances.
Know-how is necessary, but it's not enough on its own. Companies and institutions want to work with responsible and decisive people. The personal development and maturity of our students is a key concern of ours. Our Career Service offers seminars on leadership skills and teamwork; we invite people to take part in integration mentoring and support our students if they wish to study abroad.
A growing and maturing university of applied sciences
You yourself have worked at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences since 2000. Back then it was smaller and had fewer students, staff and subjects. Can you name the major changes that have taken place to date?
One big change for everyone, students and staff alike, was the move to our new building in 2008. It is symbolic of our growth. More young people study here. Above all, we are welcoming more and more students from abroad – and we like to see that because it enhances our diversity.
The HNU concludes partnerships with universities on all continents. We now have a stronger regional and international network than to begin with. What I personally find so wonderful is that all the changes we have undergone have made our everyday work more exciting and enriched our experience.
Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences is developing dynamically. Where will the HNU be in 2020?
I myself will be President of the HNU until 2021. The HNU will remain a firm partner for business enterprises and institutions in the region. I vouch for that. Yet our star will shine even more brightly beyond the region. With our degree programme in Information Management and Corporate Communications, we already offer something that, as far as I know, no other German university of applied sciences does in this form.
The issues of communication and information will remain topical, as will in-depth management know-how in the healthcare sector, a field that concerns all of us across all generations. We prepare people to tackle pressing tasks, which is why we will remain an attractive educational establishment for young people from all over Germany and from abroad. I feel sure that the HNU will be more colourful and livelier in 2020.