The HWTK Mission Statement
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HWTK University of Applied Sciences considers itself as an innovative Higher Education Institution, offering degree programmes with a distinct orientation towards practice and research in three different study models: full-time study, practice-integrated dual study and distance learning. A close interrelation between research and practice in our study and learning locations forms an integral part of the HWTK study concept. Alongside with economic Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, HWTK offers degree programmes in the fields of engineering and cultural studies. The design of these study programmes is oriented towards current economic, social and academic developments, as well as new technological challenges. Thus, HWTK will, according to its long-term strategic orientation and organisation, comprise the following study areas:

  • Business Administration,
  • Business Informatics,
  • Business Engineering,
  • Culture and Languages.

The concept of a multidimensional curriculum allows cooperation with partner institutions and organisations, both in Germany and abroad, in order to meet the cross-cultural requirements of a globalised world. These active networks enable HWTK students to critically review corporate and organisational procedures and decisions in a wide range of possible fields of activity and within a cross-cultural environment.

For all HWTK staff members, this mission statement serves as guidance for decisions and process designs in the areas of teaching, studies, research and administration. It commits all staff members to compliance with relevant quality standards, continuous training in their respective fields of activity as well as active participation in the improvement of university procedures. This creates viable conditions for an innovative, dynamic and sustainable profile of HWTK.

Graduates from HWTK act responsibly and meet the practice-oriented requirements that companies place on young professionals in a globalised and constantly changing economic and social environment, as well as specific requirements of an academic career. HWTK ensures compliance with these requirements through the transmission of subject-specific and solution-oriented knowledge at a high level and through the qualification of generic competences.

HWTK considers the interaction between students, lecturers, partner companies and university in an open, fair dialogue as a key element of the effective transmission of knowledge and professional skills. The development of subject-specific and generic competences is oriented to the current state of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.

HWTK offers an innovative combination of full-time study, practice-integrated dual study and distance learning models, in order to support its students’ individual lifestyles in an optimum manner. Through a flexible choice between the three study models, students can adapt their study plans to changing conditions in their social and professional environment. According to the specific requirements of the study model, smaller class groups enable an intense and sustainable acquisition of competences as well as the accumulation, transmission and exchange of knowledge.

Quality assurance of research and teaching is a continuous process which is accompanied by active and constructive contribution of all involved groups within the university and external institutions. Teaching and research content, transmitted competences and organisational structures of the university are constantly reviewed, in order to adapt these structures to current challenges and changing conditions.

Research at HWTK focuses on practical application in the offered range of academic disciplines, including new theoretical findings and contexts. The board of trustees provides additional impulses for research at HWTK. The combination of practice-oriented research and teaching is considered as a key element of the shared transfer of knowledge and experience within the university and between the university and its partner companies.

HWTK creates collective university identity for students, teachers, staff members and partner companies. The interaction between university members and a sense of belonging of all individuals involved enhance their identification with the university and its mission statement. HWTK is committed to the equality of all its members, their participation at all levels, and the promotion of disadvantaged groups in the academic field. The foundation of the self-conception of HWTK builds on the democratic and sustainable development in a free society, on the basis of a democratic and social constitutional state, as well as on the commitment to freedom of research and education.

Berlin, 2014