HNU President Prof. Dr. Uta M. Feser is very satisfied with the start of the winter semester 2021/22 and is pleased with the high number of students enrolled: "We have been able to keep the number above 4,100 for two years in a row - and that despite Corona restrictions on teaching. Our new study programmes make an important contribution to this." After three online semesters, the university reopened its doors in October 2021: lectures and seminars may once again be held on site, subject to the 3G rule; some courses will continue to be offered online. In her virtual welcome, Vice-President Prof. Dr. Julia Kormann pointed out that the university is in a process of change: "We cannot beam ourselves back to the time before Corona and pretend that nothing has happened," says Kormann. "What we can't promise is: All courses will take place in presence." But in addition to the face-to-face lectures that are already taking place again, it is possible to meet in small groups on site. The HNU canteen is also open again; students can arrange to meet for lunch here. Prof. Kormann sums up the current teaching with the term "new presence": "We combine what was successful before Corona with what was successful during Corona."
Two new Bachelor's and three new Master's programmes successfully launched
For the first time, prospective students were able to enrol in the two new bachelor's degree programmes Digital Enterprise Management and Data Science Management, which focus on practice-oriented training in the areas of management, digitalisation and innovation. Digital Enterprise Management is aimed at students who are interested in the digital transformation in society and companies and have a desire to design apps and develop skills in practical study projects, to conceive, design and market intelligent solutions. Data Science Management is suitable for those who are interested in the world of data, are enthusiastic about artificial intelligence and about connections and patterns found through data analysis.
The content of the three new Master's degree programmes is also largely related to digitalisation, each with a different focus such as start-ups, SMEs or the healthcare industry. The Master's programme Digital Transformation and Global Entrepreneurship is an English-language, international and online-based programme that equips graduates with skills in the areas of global entrepreneurship, digital transformation and research. The Digital Innovation Management degree programme guarantees both the connection to a young, international research direction and the direct reference to current entrepreneurial challenges and provides direct insight into current topics of medium-sized companies and global market leaders in the region. The Master Digital Health Management prepares students for the digitalised health industry in a multidisciplinary education. As future healthcare professionals and managers, students gain in-depth knowledge in the areas of digitalisation, working world 4.0 and healthcare processes.