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For20years,KielUniversityhasofferedthedegreeprogrammeinElectricalEngineering,InformationTechnologyandBusinessManagement.Thecombinationoftechnicalandbusinessknow-howopensupbrightcareerprospects.

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Photo:FriedrichWilhelmFuchs

In2004,CarstenLehmann(centre)wasthefirstindustrialengineergraduateattheCAU.SharingthejoyofhissuccesswerethedegreeprogrammecoordinatorsAchimWalter(ontheleft)andFriedrichWilhelmFuchs.

Attheendofthe20thcentury,thetraditionalunderstandingofinnovationinbusinesschanged:newproductsshouldnolongerprimarilyoriginatewithinindividualcompanies,butthroughcooperationbetweencompanyemployeesandexternalsourcesofknowledgesuchasexperts,customers,suppliers,researchinstitutes,etc.Atthesametime,andinordertotakethisintoaccount,theCAUstarteditsnewdegreeprogrammeinElectricalEngineering,InformationTechnologyandBusinessManagementinthewintersemesterof1999/2000.

ThedegreeprogrammeisafruitfulcombinationofengineeringtrainingattheFacultyofEngineering,andbusinesstrainingattheFacultyofBusiness,EconomicsandSocialSciences.ElectricalEngineering,InformationTechnologyandBusinessManagementgraduatesfromtheCAUarehighlysought-afterandextremelywell-trainedexpertsinthetechnicalfield,whoalsohavethebusinessprocessesandrequirementsofthecompanyfirmlyinfocus.Thedegreeprogrammetrainsstudentstobe"entrepreneurswithinthecompany,"saidProfessorAchimWalter,headofthebusinesspartofthetrainingprogramme.

TheDeanoftheFacultyofEngineeringatthetime,ProfessorUlrichHeute,andthefounderofthebusinesspreparatorycourse(Studienkolleg),ProfessorJrgenHauschildt,whopassedawayin2008,aswellasthenow-retiredProfessorFriedrichWilhelmFuchs,werethedrivingforcesbehindthesuccessfulcombinationofbusinessandtechnology."WewantedtomaketheElectricalEngineeringdegreeprogrammemoreinterestingbysupplementingitwithbusiness,"saidFuchs.Thefirstelevenstudentswhostartedwereallyoungmen.Theinitiatorsrecruitedthemthroughnewspaperandradioannouncements.Fuchsclearlyremembersthebeginnings:"Itwasaclosecall.Approvalbytheministrywasonlygrantedfourweeksbeforethesemesterstarted."Interestinthesubjecthasgrownquickly.Whiletherewereonlyafewstudentsatfirst,bynow95studentscanbeacceptedeverywintersemester.Around400studentshavesuccessfullycompletedtheDiplom,Bachelor'sandMaster'sdegreeprogrammesinthepast20years.About25percentofthemarewomen.

Theycanbuildbridgeswhichcangoinbothdirections-theyaretheinterface.

AchimWalter

"Twothirdselectricalengineering,onethirdbusiness,"ishowthedirectoroftheInstituteofElectricalEngineeringandInformationTechnology,ProfessorLudgerKlinkenbusch,describesthespecialconceptofengineeringtrainingattheCAU."Thisconceptiswell-received,particularlyinthepredominantlysmallandmedium-sizedcompaniesinSchleswigHolstein,whogladlyemploythegraduates,"saidFuchs,whodevelopedandintroducedtheconcept.Hesupervisedthedegreeprogrammefor13years.IntheBachelor'sdegreeprogramme,theyoungpeoplefirstofallacquireabroadfundamentalknowledgeinthefirstsevensemesters,whichformsthebasiswhichtheMastersdegreeprogrammecanbuildon.Thelecturersplacegreatimportanceonthestudentsdevelopingskillsbasedonthisfundamentalknowledge,sothattheyareabletorapidlyfamiliarisethemselvesinotherareas.Theimportantthingisthattheycanquantifytheproblemquickly."That'swhythestudentsonlylearnaboutfuturetechnologiesbywayofexample.Tous,moreimportantthanknowingthemisforstudentstodeveloptheabilitytodevisesolutionsintheshortestpossibletime.Theconceptoflife-longlearningisourprimaryfocus,"summarisedProfessorWalter.

Andthere'ssomethingelsethat'sspecialatKielUniversity:inthethree-semesterMaster'sdegreeprogramme,thestudentscanfreelychoosetheirsubjects.Theaimistopromoteindividualcreativityasmuchaspossible."ThestudentscanacquirespecialskillsinthefieldsthataretypicalforKiel,suchasrenewableenergies,medicaltechnologyorcommunicationstechnology,"saidKlinkenbusch.

FortheBachelor'sdegreestudentandindustrialmanagerKarolineSeidel,thewiderangeofspecialisationcoursesofferedattheCAUwasanimportantreasonforchoosingtostudyinKiel.ThereisvirtuallynounemploymentamongtheKielgraduatesinthisfield,accordingtoKlinkenbusch.AndWalteradded:"Theyhavebrilliantcareerprospects.Technologiesarekeyvaluedriversforbusiness.Understandingthemisalsoimportantforthosewhooccupymanagementpositionsincompanies.Thatiswhyindustrialengineersareoftenfoundatboardlevelorinbusinessconsultingcompanies.Theycanbuildbridgeswhichcangoinbothdirections-theyaretheinterface."

Andthat'showitshouldstay.Thecurriculumisconstantlybeingfurtherdevelopedsothatstudentsarepreparedforthechallengesofthefuture."Todoso,wealsotakeintoaccounttherequirementsbytheindustry:whatisneedednow,whatarethetechnologiesofthefuture?"saidKlinkenbusch.Soon,theMastersdegreecoursesshouldbeheldinEnglish,tomakethemevenmoreinterestingforinternationalstudents.

ProfessorCatherineCleophasstandsforthefutureofthesubject.SheteachescoursessuchasBusinessAnalytics,ServiceOperationsManagementandComputationalModellingforBusinessResearch.Digitalisation,bigdataorartificialintelligence-informationprocessingmethodsarebecomingincreasinglyimportantforthesuccessfulandsustainablemanagementofcompanies.

"ThisisatrulysuccessfulmodelatKielUniversity,"summarisedWalterwithpride.InMay,the20thanniversarywillbecelebratedonthepremisesoftheFacultyofEngineering.

Author:KarenaHoffmann-Wlfing