|20 scholarships awarded to international students|
In summer semester 2021, 10 scholarships were awarded from the funds of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art and 10 scholarships of the Graduate School. The scholarship holders are students from Master Operational Excellence, Master General Management, Master Software Engineering, Master Global Management, Master Logistics, Master Marketing, Master Sustainable Textiles, Bachelor Innovative Textiles, Bachelor Business Law and come from Cameroon, Nigeria, India, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and China. Congratulations to all scholarship holders and the best of success for your further studies!
|Familiar, modern, innovative and beautiful - satisfaction with Hof University increases significantly|
When it comes to personal support for students, Hof University of Applied Sciences achieves top scores throughout Germany. This is the result of the annual Universum Student Survey conducted by the employer branding consultancy Universum, part of the StepStone Group, in which the image of universities was analyzed. According to the survey, the general satisfaction ratings for Hof University also increased noticeably within the last year. Particularly appreciated are also the excellent research, the friendly environment and the good affordability of studying in Hof.
The brand analysis was conducted nationwide from October 2020 to March 2021. The survey included the evaluations of over 53,000 students at German universities, 374 of whom study at Hof University of Applied Sciences. Criteria from the fields of "image & reputation", "culture & student life", "employability & career opportunities" and the quality of the education offered were evaluated.
Familiar atmosphere to feel at home
When asked about their first associations with Hof University, there were only a few changes compared to the previous year. The terms "familiar", "modern", "small", "personal" and "beautiful" received the most mentions here, as in 2020. However, the term "innovative" is new in the field of characteristics most associated with the university.
Professional development strengthened
Students were also asked to rate how well their university met various - in this case predefined - criteria. Here, four areas were rated significantly better than in 2020: the "Focus on professional development of the university" was recognized by 43 percent of respondents (previous year: 25%), the "Good availability of learning spaces" was confirmed by 52 percent (previous year: 34%) and a "Creative and dynamic atmosphere" was attested to by 44 percent (previous year. 30%) of their university. Excellent research" also received significantly higher approval ratings than in last year's survey, with 28 instead of 13 percent. Particularly and predominantly positive ratings were given to the friendly and open environment, the affordability of studies, the quality of teaching and the promotion of innovative spirit.
In contrast, the assessment of employment opportunities after graduation dipped a little. This value fell from 41 to 35 percent - a decline that is certainly understandable in the Corona crisis with its economic uncertainties.
Over two thirds would study again in Hof
The general satisfaction with Hof University also developed very positively over the past year. On a scale of 1 (not at all satisfied) to 10 (extremely satisfied), it now reached 8.0 points. This corresponds to an increase of 0.3 points compared to the previous year. The German average here is noticeably lower at 7.1 points. There was also an improvement in the question of whether students would study at Hof again: 67 percent of respondents said they would choose Hof University again at any time. The German average is four percent lower here.
Brand essence confirmed
"Familiar, modern and innovative - that is our brand essence, with which we advertise nationally and internationally and which is once again confirmed in this analysis. In particular, our excellent support ratio between students and teaching staff repeatedly achieves the very best ratings nationwide. However, we are of course also satisfied that the quality of research and teaching is increasingly being recognized. In particular, we would like to add the aspect of sustainability - in line with our development concept towards a green tech university - to our public image even more strongly," sums up university president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann.
Overall, male students were slightly more satisfied than female students, while the satisfaction of bachelor's students was approximately at the same high level of master's students.
|Consul General of India Mohit Yadav connects with Indian community at Hof University|
Hof University and its large Indian student community were happy to welcome special guests on our campus: the Consul General of India for South Germany Mr. Mohit Yadav and the Consul Mr Harvinder Singh.
In an informal exchange, the honored guests connected with our Indian student community and enquired about their welfare, especially with regard to the pandemic situation. Students were encouraged to act as cultural ambassadors for India.
From Hof University, Prof. Dr. Daniel Werner, Head of M.B.A. in General Management, and Wiebke Dörfler, Managing Director of the Bavarian-Indian Center, attended the visit.
|Despite some advantages of digital teaching - students long for social contacts|
Hof University used the time of the pandemic to ask its students about their experiences with online teaching during the corona crisis. The results are clear: While the respondents find the flexibility of digital teaching enriching for their lives, face-to-face teaching is often considered indispensable for the quality of knowledge transfer. Accordingly, there is a strong desire for face-to-face courses, which will once again be offered in Hof from the winter semester of 2021/22.
Around 2.700 students were surveyed by Hof University of Applied Sciences in three survey periods, each lasting two weeks, between the summer semesters of 2020 and 2021. "We wanted to find out how the change to pure online teaching affects our students and what their experiences with digital options have been. After all, it's also about finding the right mix of offerings once the pandemic is over," says Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff, Vice President of Teaching at Hof University of Applied Sciences. On the one hand, learning success was examined but also the social and technical aspects of the situation.
Biggest advantages and disadvantages of online teaching
When asked about the greatest advantages and disadvantages of online teaching, a clear picture emerged: A clear majority appreciates the fact that online courses allow students to decide freely where and when they want to study and take part in events. The fact that you can determine your own learning pace thanks to the technical options for repetition is also seen as a major plus of lectures that can be accessed online at any time. On the other hand, the lack of contact and exchange with other students is seen as a clear negative. In addition, many students stated that they tire more quickly online. In addition, students need more self-discipline at home in front of the computer to achieve the necessary results.
Lack of exchange
Accordingly, the question about social contacts also provides one of the most salient results of the survey: more than half of all respondents said they were unable to network sufficiently with fellow students during the pandemic - despite all the technical possibilities for establishing contact. "We see here quite clearly that direct exchange and conversations with others are definetely perceived as an integral part of successful study. Here, a deficiency became obvious," says Prof. Dr. Wolff.
Long-term online teaching damages motivation
When asked about the success of online teaching, a similar picture emerges: Although a very clear majority state that they completed at least as many assignments and consumed at least as much learning material during the time of the pandemic as in times of face-to-face lectures, around 60 percent of respondents assume that they learned more or better in face-to-face lectures than online. Another result could also be related to this: Around 40 percent admitted that they were not always able to motivate themselves sufficiently to actively participate in digital content. "It can be assumed that this demotivation effect of extended online teaching also has its negative impact on learning success and on students' self-assessment," the university vice president said. More than two-thirds also said they did not feel better informed by online teaching, and only one-third said they had experienced better support from instructors. Still, one in five said their self-study had increased during their time online.
High satisfaction with digital tools
However, the students' divided view of the digital offerings seems to be independent of the technical options offered: "In the query about satisfaction with programs such as Zoom, Moodle or Panopto, an appreciation for the functionality of these tools is evident. They are undoubtedly suitable for online teaching and now offer many possibilities, and only a minority felt inadequately prepared for their use," explains Sina Ferfers, research assistant to the Vice President Teaching, who was responsible for conducting and evaluating the survey.
Online teaching is a supplement, not a replacement
Hof University of Applied Sciences has announced its intention to return to classroom teaching in the winter semester 2021/2022 - a decision that is in line with the results of the evaluation: According to the results, only one in four can imagine doing without face-to-face courses at the university altogether. However, 60 percent of students are in favor of supplementing classroom teaching with digital formats. University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann:
"We are very grateful for the results of this survey. They show that there is more to a course of study than just learning material and good technical equipment. There is no substitute for classroom teaching. However, the flexibility of online classes can help students to organize themselves. That is why they will continue to be part of our regular courses. How extensive this can be, we will discuss and decide in the circle of our university teachers."
|New double degrees with partner universities in Russia and Kazakhstan|
Students of Computer Science or Business Information Systems at Hof University of Applied Sciences will find it even easier to gain international experience in the future. The university has signed so-called double degree agreements with Perm University in Russia and KAZGUU University in Kazakhstan. The agreements allow students a fixed number of semesters abroad and mutual recognition of the degrees earned there. In addition, the local economy is expected to benefit from this.
In double degree agreements, the curricula of the respective degree programs are coordinated with those of the partner university. "This means that nothing stands in the way of mutual recognition of achievements - right up to the degree," explains Prof. Dr. Andrej Bachmann, Dean of the Department of Computer Science at Hof University of Applied Sciences. The agreements also define the semesters in which students will complete a stay abroad and the course content that will be offered. "These completed modules are then automatically mutually recognized," says Prof. Dr. Bachmann.
Renowned partner universities
Greater opportunities for advancement thanks to double degree
Strengthening the regional economy
|More international experience for students - cooperation program with partner universities launched|
Hof University of Applied Sciences has received a grant of 750,000 EUR from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for an interdisciplinary cooperation project with international partner universities. The project, which will run for 4 years, has thus prevailed over numerous competitors from all over Germany. The aim is to expand international teaching and practical cooperation. The cooperation program enables students to gain experience abroad as well as practical experience in intercultural teams without having to spend an entire semester abroad.
The new project is called "International Interdisciplinary Partnership Program" (I2P2) and was conceived in cooperation between the departments of Computer Science, Engineering and Business as well as the International Office of Hof University of Applied Sciences. The cooperative project with six international partner universities aims at students of all departments and disciplines. There is also the possibility of a scholarship to cover travel and accommodation costs.
Cooperation in five countries
In cooperation with six international partner universities in Finland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico and the USA (two partners), Hof University of Applied Sciences develops joint teaching modules. What is special about this is that all modules are interdisciplinary and open to students from all disciplines and departments. The course achievements can be credited in almost all bachelor's degree programs. "Through joint, intercultural and interdisciplinary learning in lectures and practical projects, students are thereby optimally prepared for work in a multicultural and networked world. In internationally mixed teams, students learn and work together on practical issues," says Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff, Vice President Teaching at Hof University of Applied Sciences.
Added value for students
In addition to communication and collaboration in virtual learning environments, integrated excursions between the participating partners in particular ensure an in-depth exchange between students. For the participation in excursions, Hof University of Applied Sciences can award some scholarships for travel and accommodation costs within the framework of the funding. Through I2P2, students have new opportunities to gain experience abroad without having to complete an entire semester or internship abroad. In addition to priceless experiences and international friendships, there are also unique opportunities to make contacts for later internships or career entry. Participation in the program is ideal for all students who want to enhance their digital, foreign language, intercultural and professional skills.
University president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann welcomes the funding: "As a University of Applied Sciences, we train specialists for the German economy and lay the foundation for the economic success of many companies. Even small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly international today. They are opening up sales markets around the globe and investing in new locations worldwide. That is why they need employees who are internationally trained and have the appropriate language and intercultural skills. This is strengthened by this program. For the students themselves, of course, it is very attractive anyway."
With the program initiative "HAW.International", the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) uses funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support model and cooperation projects for the establishment and expansion of international university cooperation. Hof University of Applied Sciences will be one of 14 universities funded in this project in the period from 2021 to 2024.
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|Summer semester 2021: Updated hygiene regulations at Hof University|
Dear university members,
The summer semester 2021 is largely running in online mode. Even though the situation has eased considerably in the meantime, we must continue to exercise caution and, above all, still ensure sufficient distance. Practical work in the labs is made possible in presence. For the protection of all participants, we will provide quick tests for this purpose. You will find all important information about this as well as the updated hygiene concept, which will be valid from June 10, 2021, in the information about the summer semester 2021. And please check your mails regularly to stay informed about new developments during the semester. There you will receive additional hygiene concepts that apply specifically to lab exercises and exams in a timely manner.
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.
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