Vision and Guidelines

of the Fachhochschule Kiel, the University of Applied Sciences

1. For us, excellent teaching is interdisciplinary, application-oriented teaching, based on research and science, and characterised by its internationality and the wide range of methods used.
This means: Excellent teaching is a main feature of our higher education institute’s profile. Science-based approaches to answering questions and solving problems that arise in society and economy prove that our teaching is application-oriented. Our teaching methods are based on latest scientific findings which result from our own application-oriented research and development, too. Due to its diverse subject areas and numerous collaborations with international partners the University opens up the potential of inter-disciplinary and international teaching and thus allows teachers and students to change perspectives. From our point of view, excellent teaching also means focusing on continuous implementation of diverse teaching and learning methods which allow us to align with the individual teaching and learning opportunities and needs of all groups at our University. Integrated practical trainings and practical relevance of project reports and theses submitted by our students strongly enhance the application-orientation of our teaching. back...

2. Our graduates have a well-founded and wide range of professional competence in their specialisations as well as key competencies (soft skills). They pursue a solution-oriented approach, work well in teams, respect other perspectives and cultures, and assist in actively shaping their social environment.
This means: In Bachelor degree programmes excellence of teaching becomes apparent through wide ranging and expandable basic qualifications. Graduates are qualified to adapt to the changing demands of professional life and life-long learning. Master programmes serve recognised special demands for leaders and skilled professionals at enterprises and organisations. In addition, our graduates have acquired comprehensive soft skills and methodical competencies. They act solution-oriented, are open to criticism, and are able to understand other theories and academic disciplines.  Moreover, our graduates excel in open-mindedness, sense of responsibility, and tolerance. back...

3.  We incorporate relevant developments in the sciences, society and industry, and implement them in future-oriented degree programmes. Our University sees itself as an innovative pacesetter for the State of Schleswig-Holstein.  
This means: Our University is in a position to meet with social developments and to respond to them with attractive degree programmes, e.g. Multimedia Production, Education in Early Childhood, Physiotherapy, Wind Engineering, Mechatronics, Industrial Engineering, or Business Information Systems. Based on our interdisciplinary competences this ability to respond to advancements shall be further developed to become an outstanding feature of our innovative management. When creating our degree programmes we take into account the dynamic development of the regional labour market and qualify our graduates accordingly. back...

4. Our application-oriented research and development is the foundation for our excellent teaching. Our University is a reliable and innovative partner for businesses and non-profit organisations.  

This means: Pursuing own research and development activities ensures the high scientific level of our teaching. The expertise of high performing institutions like the Institute for CIM Technology Transfer and the Research & Development Centre FH Kiel GmbH is at our disposal to develop innovative solutions on a high scientific level for enterprises and non-profit organisations. In doing so, we are able to provide the required cutting-edge teaching and transfer this knowledge from the classroom into the real world for the benefit of society. Following this aim, we shall further avail ourselves of our interdisciplinary competences. Furthermore, we are convinced that the uncommitted creation of new knowledge acquired by free research is necessary, too, to gain a high academic level in teaching and technology resp. knowledge transfer.

In addition, excellent application-oriented research and development is a necessary pre-requisite for the acquisition of third-party funds, the reputation of the Kiel University of Applied Sciences and recruiting and retaining of highly qualified scientists. back...

5. Our University uses its international orientation to promote its regional strengths. It continues to expand its cooperations with other universities, organisations and companies.  

This means: The regional mission obliges the university to equip its graduates and partners in research and development with knowledge they can build upon in a global world. Therefore, we actively promote mobility and exchange of students and teachers and we perceive ourselves to be part of the international science community.  

We are aware that nowadays efficient research and development can only be conducted within an alliance and we therefore partner with other universities, research and development institutions as well as enterprises, and non-profit organisations, e.g. Centre of Excellence of Biomass, or Centre of Excellence of CE Wind.  The cooperation is not limited to R&D activities but covers teaching as well which, regarding special subject areas, we can only achieve mutually within the specific environment of Schleswig-Holstein. Trend-setting in this context are the joint Master degree programme Wind Energy together with the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, or the study courses Industrial Engineering, Business Management ONLINE, and Business Information Systems ONLINE in collaboration with Oncampus GmbH/Luebeck University of Applied Sciences and its partner associations in Germany and around the Baltic Sea.  

Globalisation has a strong impact on the political, social, ecological, and economic frame work of a society. We, therefore, regard internationalisation to be a cross-cutting task affecting teaching, research, knowledge transfer, continuous education, and administration. Therefore, our university promotes and expands its international relationships with universities, enterprises, and organisations. back...

6. Our University thrives on diversity. It creates educational processes we deliver that are gender appropriate, intercultural, and non-discriminatory.  

This means: Living diversity is a quality criterion of our University and includes a diversity of disciplines, cultures, nationalities, and learning and teaching methods which we experience to be enriching and that we foster. Diversity challenges us to take different perspectives and to respect them.   Gender appropriate teaching and research are an essential component of the university. We experience diversity of people to be enriching. All people studying or working at the Kiel University of Applied Sciences shall get best possible conditions to develop their talents in an environment that is committed to a culture of respect and characterised by appreciation and recognition of every single person. back...

7. Our University accepts its cultural remit in both its city suburb and the region.  

This means: The Kiel University of Applied Sciences is located in a historic part of Kiel. As a consequence obligations derive therefrom. The Computer Museum, the Media Dome and the Observatory, the Bunker-D as well as the old Howaldt Casting House nearby facilitated the University to become a supporter of culture in the urban quarter of Dietrichsdorf and on the eastern bank of the Kiel firth. The intention is to expand this task and to make it a characteristic of our University. Living diversity and our cultural mission allow us to provide educational processes for our members that go far beyond the acquirement of employability. back...

8. Our University is an attractive employer for all of its employees.  

This means: The University wants to attract and retain committed and high-performing staff. As an employer our university is equally committed to promote aims, motivation, dedication and collaboration of the employees, to allow academic freedom in teaching and research, and satisfy the demands of staff to experience safety and reliability. back...