|Sustainable textiles and more ecological production: Know-how from Münchberg in demand worldwide|
Networking with the Indian subcontinent is one of the pillars of Hof University's international strategy. Among other things, the Bavarian-Indian Center for Business and Higher Education (BayIND) is located on campus in Hof, and a large number of Indian students are enrolled in the city on the Saale. A current example from the field of materials science shows how much the expertise of Hof researchers is also in demand in India itself.
Dr. Michael Rauch, Professor of Innovative Textiles at the Institute of Materials Science (ifm) at Hof University of Applied Sciences, is a respected expert in the field of process engineering for textile finishing. He was now invited as a keynote speaker at the online event "Futuristic Trends in Textiles 2021" by the renowned Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in Mumbai. There, he provided information on sustainable textile production and the Master's program "Sustainable Textiles" running at the Münchberg campus, of which he is the program head.
Sustainable products in greater demand
The global textile industry is facing drastic changes and immense transformation. This is particularly evident in the leading manufacturing countries due to a changing demand: "The economic interest in more ecological solutions in textile production has now also been awakened in India and Pakistan - if only because Western customers are placing more and more value on sustainable manufacturing. Purchasing decisions are increasingly also based on the type of production and the production conditions. As a consequence, the expectations of major textile buyers are also changing in this direction. Producers can only fulfill these expectations if they employ appropriately trained staff," says Prof. Dr. Michael Rauch.
Changes in textile production
The challenge, he said, is to gradually transform particularly Asian production, which still largely relies on traditional process technologies, to more environmentally friendly manufacturing. "The first steps in this direction have been taken, but there is still a long way to go - in most cases, there is no link between the selection of the finishing process, the use of chemicals and the resulting problems with wastewater treatment," says Prof. Rauch.
At the Münchberg campus, on the other hand, the techniques of the future are already being developed and taught: innovative approaches and new production techniques are pointing the way to the future of textile manufacturing there. Fully taught in English, the Master’s program in Sustainable Textiles gives students an insight into the latest developments in sustainability and textile technology. It also teaches how to develop more environmentally friendly ideas and focuses on the social responsibility required in today's textile industry.
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|Summer semester 2021: hygiene regulations at Hof University|
Dear teaching and administrative staff, dear students,
we will start the summer semester 2021 largely in online mode, however, practical work in the laboratories will be made possible in presence. For the protection of all participants, we will provide rapid tests for this purpose. Find more information on the current hygiene regulations here. Please check your mails regularly to stay informed about new developments during the semester.
Please note that masks are mandatory on campus in all hallways and foyers - including individual workstations there - as well as in restrooms and outdoor areas marked with a sign and colored line. A map showing the designated outdoor areas can be found here.
|Sustainable Water Management: the solution to one of the most urgent questions of mankind|
The demand for high quality water is growing constantly and the challenges for the international water industry arising from climate change are getting ever more complex. Without a doubt: the availability of water in the most diverse places in the world is one of the most pressing future questions of humankind.
With the new Master’s program in Sustainable Water Management (starting in October 2021), Hof University offers a unique qualification linking management and technology skills while also integrating sustainability and digitalization. Graduates have numerous job opportunities in a growth sector.
The new Master’s program „Sustainable Water Management and Engineering“ is targeted at students with a Bachelor in Engineering who are looking for an additional qualification with social and environmental relevance:
Sustainable solutions to combat climate change
“We want to qualify a brand-new generation of engineers and managers. Systemic thinking with multi and interdisciplinary skills is the basis for a sustainable and future-oriented water industry – a sector that is significantly influenced by the complex challenges arising from climate change. To meet these challenges with innovative and sustainable solutions is the overall goal of our teaching”, states Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer, Head of the new Master’s program completely taught in English. The core task in the water sector is, according to Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer, to adapt the existing systems, concepts and technologies in the public and private water management to the ongoing changes, or even to establish new ones.
Unique link to digital solutions
The new Master’s program at Hof University has a unique focus on digitalization. Although both nationally and internationally, a few interdisciplinary study programs on water management exist (e.g. in U.S.A., Canada, Spain or Sweden), the new Master’s program at Hof University is unique: “Without the aspect of digitalization, sustainable water management can hardly be realized in the future. Therefore, we place a lot of emphasis on the question of how to tackle the upcoming challenges with digital technologies”, state both Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, President of Hof University, and Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer.
Interdisciplinary teaching as basis
The Master’s program is based on a multi and interdisciplinary teaching concept. Topics like sustainability and risk management are interconnected with resource management, water treatment, water circulation and sewage disposal. In addition, knowledge on digitizing technology and aspects of social responsibility play a vital role. Thus, students acquire versatile analytical and method skills as well as problem solving expertise and evaluation competencies.
Cooperation with many relevant parties
The Master’s program requires a first degree in engineering or business with a focus on environmental or water issues. “Professional experience in the water sector is an asset. In any case, close cooperation with innovative companies, public authorities and research institutes is integral part of the program”, says Prof. Dr. Wimmer.
Social and ecological components
Theory and practice are closely linked e.g. through group projects in companies. “Research projects, case studies and the Master’s thesis are ideal for linking up the three dimensions of sustainability: economic efficiency, social responsibility and ecological compatibility”, points out Prof. Dr. Wimmer.
Excellent job perspectives
Graduates of this Master’s program have excellent job perspectives: “The job profile of a sustainability manager with focus on water or a water engineer with focus on sustainability and digitalization is already in great demand today – just think of all those innovative companies, research institutes or public authorities that are potential employers. Our graduates are also qualified to work as project engineers, experts and appraisers. One thing is clear: with the growing challenges in water management, the demand for multi and interdisciplinarily qualified experts will increase”, states Prof. Dr. Manuela Wimmer who is active expert in many networks of the water sector.
The Master’s program „Sustainable Water Management and Engineering“ starts in October 2021 at Hof University. The application portal opens from April 15, 2021. Further information can be found here:
|International Textile Online Week|
In 2021, Hof University offers an International Textile Online Week. Take the chance and be part of it!
Course dates: July 12 - 16, 2021
During this digital program, you will get to know our lecturers and their innovative lecture content.
The event will be held as a series of zoom meetings. Free of charge for students and prospective students!
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