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HNU Re­view of the year

21.12.2021, Re­searched :

Coronavirus crisis, floods, super election year: 2021 was an eventful and special year – also at Neu-Ulm University. In the HNU Year in Review, we look back at important moments, projects and successes of the last twelve months at our university.

HNU wishes all students, staff, partners and supporters a happy holiday season and a healthy and successful year 2022!

2021 in facts and fig­ures 

  • 74.543

    Zoom meetings were held at HNU in the last twelve months - that's more than 35 million meeting minutes spent in front of the screen.  The top month was April with 9,811 meetings.

  • 71.626

    accesses were registered to the most used video tutorial of the HNU library 2021: "Zitieren mit einem Klick: Citavi". In total, the library recorded 324,730 hits on its video tutorials.

  • 57

    Exchange students were welcomed at HNU in the summer and winter semesters of 2021/22, including 14 exchange students from Thailand (Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok).

  • 1.810

    new LinkedIn followers were added to the HNU channel in 2021. On Instagram, there are 817 new subscribers.

  • 3

    new professors started their work at HNU in 2021. If you would like to get to know them better, you can read their portraits on the HNU science blog (opens in a new window).

  • 3

    new partner universities have been added this year: Sebelas Maret University in Indonesia, the University of Mauritius and Tel-Hai College in Israel.

HNU pub­lic­a­tions

105 publications were produced at HNU in 2021, 65 of which were peer-reviewed. Eight new publications have already been announced for 2022.

6 Working Papers have been published at HNU in 2021, including an experiment on quantifying noise emissions of delivery robots (Fang Li), an overview of agile teaching concepts at universities (Ronja Weishaupt, Prof. Dr. Oliver Grieble) and the blended learning concept "Bridge the gap - scientific work for digital natives (Prof. Dr. Claudia Kocian-Dirr). All working papers are available here (opens in a new window).

The year on So­cial Me­dia

After the introduction of the new professors (opens in a new window), the LinkedIn post with the highest engagement rate is the second highest: the call for papers of the Institute for Digital Transformation (IDT) for an anthology of the Springer focus series "Business Model Innovation".

3rd place: In cooperation with the Uhlmann company, students of "UX Design" (Prof. Patricia Franzreb) develop prototypes for intelligent packaging, consumer apps and assistance systems and win donations for a charity of their choice.
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Twit­ter hit

The post with the highest engagement rate in 2021 on Twitter was the Call for Presentations for this year's IT Congress.


Did you know...?

The cities in which the HNU channels have the most followers outside Germany are Istanbul, Seoul and Oulu.

Fol­lower suc­cess

In Germany, HNU 2021 is the 11th university with the most followers on Instagram. The most popular Instagram posts this year can be found at the very end of our review.


Prof. Dr. Claudia Ko­cian-Dirr pro­motes the job pro­file of HAW pro­fessor

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January sees the launch of a new campaign by the State Conference of Women's and Equal Opportunity Officers at Bavarian Universities (LaKoF), which promotes the job profile of HAW professor. One of the campaign faces is HNU professor and women's representative Dr. Claudia Kocian-Dirr.

Fund­ing for co­oper­a­tion pro­ject with African part­ner uni­versit­ies

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Promoting entrepreneurial thinking and technology transfer: This is the goal of the cooperation project "Capacity Strengthening in Technology Transfer and Commercialization of University Intellectual Property" (TT-CUIP), for which the HNU, together with Kenyatta University (KU) in Kenya and the University of Rwanda (UR), is receiving almost 180,000 euros in funding from the DAAD funding programme "DIES Partnerships with Universities in Developing Countries 2021 - 2024". 


14 new pro­fess­or­ships and an ex­ten­sion for HNU

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The HNU receives 2.3 million euros from the Bavarian technology offensive "Hightech Agenda Plus", which is worth billions, for an extension and is allowed to advertise 28 new positions, including 14 professorships.

Fourth term: Pres­id­ent Feser re­mains at the helm of HNU

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Prof. Dr. Uta M. Feser receives the certificate of appointment for her fourth term at the helm of HNU from the hands of Science Minister Bernd Sibler. In December 2021, the University Council re-elected her as President. She will remain in office for another five years - until 28 February 2026.

New in-ser­vice train­ing pro­gramme in veter­in­ary medi­cine

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The Centre for Continuing Education (ZfW) at HNU is designing the new part-time educational programme "Management of Veterinary Practice/Clinic", which will be offered in cooperation with the bpt - Bundesverband Praktizierender Tierärzte e.V. (Federal Association of Practising Veterinarians) and Vetkom GmbH from May 2021 specifically for veterinarians for continuing education in business management.


HNU bids fare­wall to Vice-Pres­id­ent Jacob

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As an idea generator and innovation driver from the very beginning, Dr. Olaf Jacob enriched Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) since its founding in 1994 until February 2021, among other things as professor, dean and vice president. He will retire on 1 March.

New ex­change format for doc­toral stu­dents

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A new networking and exchange format for doctoral students is being designed at HNU and will be launched for the first time in the summer semester of 2021: The interdisciplinary doctoral colloquium will enable doctoral students at the university and their supervisors to engage in interdisciplinary academic discussions. Doctoral students from all faculties and in every phase of the dissertation can participate.

CARE RE­GIO: Fund­ing for the di­git­al­isa­tion of care

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New technologies for care workers, people in need of care and relatives: With the CARE REGIO project, the universities of Kempten, Neu-Ulm and Augsburg, as well as the University of Augsburg and the university hospital there, want to advance the digitalisation of care throughout Bavaria. The Free State of Bavaria is funding the implementation phase of the joint project to the tune of more than six million euros. 


HNU pro­fessor to be a juror at the Ger­man Com­puter Game Award 2021

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HNU Professor Michael Hebel is on the jury for the German Computer Game Award 2021. As part of the 38-member main jury, the professor of game art and design will decide on the best computer game, which will be selected on 13 April 2021.

New Bach­elor's and Mas­ter's de­gree pro­grammes 

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At HNU, five new degree programmes will be designed starting in the Digital Enterprise Management and Data Science Management will be introduced as Bachelor's programmes; Digital Transformation and Global Entrepreneurship, Digital Innovation Management and Digital Health Management as Master's programmes.

HNU Pro­fessor to be Jury Pres­id­ent at the Ulm Mar­ket­ing Prize

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HNU Prof. Dr. Wilke Hammerschmidt, Professor of PR and Marketing Communication, becomes president of the jury that decides on the awarding of the Ulm Marketing Prize (UMP). The prize will be awarded by the Ulm/Neu-Ulm Marketing Club 2021 for the eighth time.

New format for young fe­male sci­ent­ists at HNU: Frauen.Machen.Wis­senschaft (Wo­men.Do­ing Sci­ence)

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Within the framework of the Professorinnenprogramm III funded by the federal and state governments, Frauen.Machen.Wissenschaft offers female academic staff at HNU a qualification programme for the acquisition of career-relevant, interdisciplinary key competences.


Pro­mot­ing dual ca­reers: Found­ing a re­gional dual-ca­reer net­work

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Networking science and business in the region and promoting dual career partnerships: This is the goal of the newly founded Dual Career Network of the universities in Neu-Ulm, Biberach, Kempten and Ulm as well as the University of Ulm. The service is aimed specifically at the partners or families of professorial and academic staff at the universities. They receive support in making a new start in their careers and in establishing a common place of residence in the region.

Elect­ive sub­ject "Start-up": Play­ful busi­ness start-up

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In the elective course "Start Up", HNU students learn in a business simulation what is important when starting their own business. Over a total of four days in mid and late April 2021, the 20 participants develop business plans, logos and slogans, speak in front of investors and fight for market share.


Boot­camp Ap­pIn­vent­ors: Cod­ing for pu­pils 

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Prof. Dr. Dany Meyer, Professor of Software Engineering, conceives the "Bootcamp AppInventors": The coding summer school enables pupils to programme simple apps for smartphones or to steer robots through a course with their own programmes within one week.

New part­ner uni­versity: Uni­versitas Se­belas Maret (UNS)

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HNU and Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) sign a partnership agreement at a virtual ceremony. It is the first partnership for HNU with an Indonesian university. In the same month, the Indonesian education and cultural attaché, Prof. Dr. Ardi Marwan, is a guest at HNU.

Fund­ing for pro­ject with the Uni­versity of Rwanda

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The Africa Institute of Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences receives funding of 695,021 euros for a joint project with the University of Rwanda and the companies SINA GERARD Ese URWIBUTSO, Sharkbite Innovation GmbH and En-Crops GmbH. The topic is the establishment of a circular economy in the Rwandan agricultural sector. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

New re­search pro­ject for more food se­cur­ity: IN­FIN­ITY

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In many emerging countries, there is an acute need for action with regard to secure access to food. The Institute of Service Management (CROSS) at HNU is addressing this problem together with the University of Mauritius (UOM) in a research project that has now received funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The project is investigating how digital technologies can support food security in the affected countries and is preparing these findings for a new Master's programme at UOM.


Prof. Dr. Sylvia Schafmeister be­comes third Vice-Pres­id­ent of HNU

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 HNU has a new Vice-President: Prof. Dr. Sylvia Schafmeister will be part of the university management for the next three years together with HNU President Prof. Dr. Uta M. Feser, Vice-President Prof. Dr. Julia Kormann, Vice-President Prof. Dr. Thomas Bayer and Chancellor Marcus Dingel. The University Council elected Prof. Dr. Sylvia Schafmeister by postal vote.

Open­ing of the art­work "Delta" on the HNU cam­pus

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Munich artist Martin Wöhrl inaugurates his artwork "Delta" on the campus of HNU. In its basic form, the sculpture is reminiscent of a tank barrier and thus of the prehistory of the Wiley site, but it also symbolises the three pillars of the university: teaching, research and transfer.

5,000 euros for ex­cel­lent re­search-based learn­ing: Friedrich Braun Prize 2021 for HNU team

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The Friedrich-Braun-Stiftung awards its science prize of 5000 euros at the Sparkasse Neu-Ulm - Illertissen in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of research-based learning. The award goes to the CLIDE project, which six students developed under the supervision of Prof. Patricia Franzreb. In addition, six other HNU teams each receive 500 euros in funding for their innovative projects.


pho­toSCH­WEIZ names HNU Prof. Danny Fran­zreb "Best of Show

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At photoSCHWEIZ, Switzerland's largest showcase for photography, more than 250 national and occasionally international photographers present their latest work every year. This year, HNU professor Danny Franzreb will also be exhibiting his work and will be awarded "Best of Show".

Dr. Peter Fuss be­comes hon­or­ary pro­fessor at HNU

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Dr. Peter Fuss, lecturer at HNU, will be appointed honorary professor of the Faculty of Economic Sciences by HNU President Prof. Dr. Uta M. Feser on 24 August 2021. This is in recognition of Feser's commitment as a lecturer at HNU and as an expert in international politics and media and press relations.


AI against skin can­cer: HNU alumna re­searches solu­tions at Ger­man Can­cer Re­search Cen­ter

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HNU Master's graduate Sarah Haggenmüller has dedicated herself to optimising early skin cancer detection and diagnostic systems: as a research assistant in the Skin Classification Project in the Digital Biomarkers for Oncology Junior Research Group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, she is investigating digital solutions for skin cancer diagnostics under the supervision of Dr. Titus Brinker.

130 HNU gradu­ates say good­bye

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Under the title "Absolventen-Apéro", around 130 students toast their graduation from Neu-Ulm University (HNU). The event is held corona style in glorious late summer weather on the HNU campus. The Neu-Ulm University Award goes to Claudia Nehm for her outstanding thesis.

Neu auf dem HNU-Cam­pus: das "Haus der Nach­haltigkeit" 

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At the end of June 2021, the social entrepreneurship organisation "Haus der Nachhaltigkeit" (HdN) will move into the Founders Space at HNU. The House of Sustainability is a community of responsibility that forms an umbrella for all projects and initiatives working towards a more sustainable future. Neither regional nor thematic boundaries are set. The association promotes a common interest in achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Science, companies, NGOs, municipalities and citizens take an active part in the technological, economic, ecological and social shaping of the region.


More than 4,100 stu­dents at the start of the winter semester

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For the winter semester 2021/22, HNU welcomes around 790 first-year students. A total of 4,128 students are now enrolled at HNU. Two new Bachelor's and three new Master's degree programmes have been successfully launched.

Fi­nal of the Ger­man 3D Print­ing Chal­lenge at HNU

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A package caterpillar, topography maps, a floating moon as a night light or an order concept: 3D printing is versatile. The seven finalist teams proved this at the German 3D Printing Challenge 2021, the finals of which will take place at HNU in October. Team "Pelvisio" made it to first place with their 3D-printed teaching model of a female pelvis.

HNU is "fam­ily-friendly uni­versity" again

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For the fifth time, HNU secures the "audit familiengerechte hochschule" certificate. HNU's current family-friendly measures include the introduction of part-time study programmes and the increased use of digital formats.

Bav­arian Cul­ture Award for HNU gradu­ate

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Sarah Haggenmüller, a graduate of Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU), has been awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize of Bayernwerk AG (Bayernwerk), which is endowed with 2,000 euros. Her thesis in the Master of Advanced Management (MAM) degree programme deals with the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in the early detection of skin cancer and the acceptance of AI-based solutions in skin cancer screenings.


Di­gital skills for Bav­arian Swa­bia: 312,000 euros for HNU

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HNU receives 312,000 euros from a REACT-EU funding action of the European Social Fund (ESF), which promotes the transfer of knowledge from science to business. The funded project supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region to further their digital transformation.

Deutsch­land­sti­pen­dium for 29 stu­dents 

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Special academic achievements and voluntary commitment: On 25 November 2021, 29 students at HNU will be awarded the Deutschlandstipendium. The virtual handover ceremony with the scholarship holders and the sponsors from the region will be framed by a mocktail workshop with a bartending world champion. 

500 Teil­nehmende aus 12 Ländern beim vir­tuel­len IT-Kon­gress Neu-Ulm/Ulm 

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"From digitalisation shock to innovation push" is the motto of this year's IT Congress Neu-Ulm | Ulm. More than 500 interested people will watch lectures on IT trends of the present and future. The IT Congress is organised by the HNU, the Ulm University of Technology (THU) and the Ulm/Neu-Ulm Urban Development Association in cooperation with regional companies.


HNU Prof. Dr Gutiér­rez is "Pro­fessor of the Year 2021"

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HNU Prof. Dr. Michael Gutiérrez is the winner in the category of economics/law in the nationwide "Professor of the Year" competition. Students praise Gutiérrez's "practical and inspiring teaching" and his "great commitment" in preparing them for their future careers.

Co­oper­a­tion agree­ment between HNU and Tel-Hai Col­lege in Is­rael

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The Memorandum of Understanding provides for both colleges to develop active international cooperation and exchange teaching and research experiences. The document is signed virtually by Prof. Snait Tamir, Rector of Tel-Hai College, Eli Cohen, Deputy General of Tel-Hai College, and Prof. Dr. Uta Feser, President of Neu-Ulm University. HNU professors Prof. Dr. Daniel Schallmo and Prof. Dr. Jens U. Pätzmann are on site in Israel for the signing.

HNU stu­dent re­ceives schol­ar­ship from the Ger­man Na­tional Aca­demic Found­a­tion

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HNU student Mara Serek, who is in her seventh semester of industrial engineering, a cooperative degree programme between HNU and Ulm University of Applied Sciences (THU), has received a highly endowed scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.  She was nominated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Bihr from THU.

Uni­versity Award for Di­gital Teach­ing

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The Association for the Promotion of Neu-Ulm University awards the Neu-Ulm University Prize for outstanding digital teaching for the second time. The award goes to professors Dr Wilke Hammerschmidt and Dr Ulrich Bihler, whose concept of an integrated approach to two courses convinced the jury.

Last but not least

Place 1 of the most popular photos of 2021 on the HNU Instagram channel: HNU student Ana takes part in the TV show "Germany's Next Topmodel".

2nd most popular photo 2021 on the HNU Instagram channel: The first HNU-owned meme shared on the occasion of the exam period.


Rank 3 of the most popular photos 2021 on the HNU Instagram channel: atmospheric shot of the HNU campus.