Germany has one of the highest levels of upper secondary attainment. 86 percent of Germans aged 25 to 64 have completed at least an upper secondary degree, making the country one of the top countries in the world for upper secondary attainment. This has led to a complex and very diverse higher education system: Numerous universities with a wide range of distinctive features result in plenty of opportunities for students. To find the right university, prospective students have to compare and decide which criteria are important to them. Those who are looking for individual attention and support are better off at a smaller, private university.
Founded in 1983, Witten/Herdecke University is the oldest private university in Germany. It has been a leader among German institutions of higher learning ever since. The institution is known for its noteworthy teaching techniques and innovative course pedagogy as well as its approach of consistently linking teaching and learning to value orientation and personal development.
About 2,700 students study at Witten/Herdecke University at two faculties: The Faculty of Management, Economics and Society and the Faculty of Health. This makes Witten/Herdecke one of the smaller universities in Germany, allowing classroom activities which are rich in discussion and personal support ï¿½ an important criterion for deep learning and personal growth.
Noteworthy Teaching Techniques
The university's mission is to communicate the methods and strategies that will help students become both experts and generalists with the ability to evolve responsibly and actively throughout life. Witten's graduates are able to adapt to the challenging and constantly evolving demands of the current knowledge society. That is also because education at Witten/Herdecke University involves intellectual and personal growth simultaneously. The university provides an environment for growth, resulting in change, reform and transformation. It is a place where students can develop as active, responsible and socially accountable individuals.
By engaging in debate and critical discourse, Witten/Herdecke University's teaching techniques seek to actively and thoughtfully enhance students' learning and educational objectives rather than only lecturing them. Teachers help students develop their reflective abilities by organizing and leading discussions about the course material. Studying at Witten/Herdecke University improves communication, empathy, awareness and self-management abilities in addition to professional competence.
Students are encouraged by Witten/Herdecke University to gather and consider their own experiences, methodically shift their viewpoints and engage in open interdisciplinary discussion. In academic bodies, in the representation of student affairs, in the design of courses, in the planning of congresses or in the execution of commercial ideas, the university demands, encourages and supports initiative and responsibility. The students immensely reward dedication and take ownership of their education, themselves and ultimately society.
International Degree Programmes
International students can participate in two Master's programmes and starting from the winter semester 2023/24 in two newly designed Bachelor's degree programmes.
The interdisciplinary degree programme M.A. Philoshophy, Politics and Economics prepares students for their future roles as political and economic leaders by providing the skillset to address social, political and economic problems in an increasingly interconnected world. With their broad vision and interdisciplinary way of thinking, graduates of this programme will be prepared to develop sustainable and creative solutions for the future world society.
Students of the degree programme M.Sc. Strategy & Organization gain a holistic view as well as practical insights into innovative companies assuming responsible leadership positions early on in their career. They are encouraged to think strategically, to find innovative solutions and to help shape and change society in a sustainable way. A close collaboration with professors and business owners complements the experience.
Witten/Herdecke University expands its international programme portfolio with the new Bachelor's programmes B.Sc. Social Data Science and B.A. Global Sustainability: Climate, Justice, Transformation. Starting from December, interested students can find out more about these programmes on the university's website uni-wh.de/en. Additionally, prospective students are invited to reach out the student support team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody who complies with the study requirements and who fulfils the visa requirements for studying in Germany is welcome to apply for Witten/Herdecke University. The university offers a financing model that enables students to finance their studies in a socially responsible way regardless of their financial background. At Witten/Herdecke University, you find students from a variety of backgrounds, such as high school graduates from non-academic households or family business successors. A large number of students participate in NGOs and extracurricular activities.
Feroze Menon from India studies M.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics and describes his experiences at Witten/Herdecke University as follows: "I have had the wonderful experience to make lasting bonds with my fellow students and the faculty. The most significant aspect for me is the flexibility that studying in Germany and Witten offers. The elective courses, the assessments, the ability to conduct research and the time dedicated to reading, reflection and discussion is a breadth of fresh air for a student from the Indian education systemï¿½.
Eike Tauch, International Office
The International Office is the first contact point for international students who are interested in studying in Witten. Eike Tauch has been working at the International Office of Witten/Herdecke University since 2020. He attended the Universities of Dï¿½sseldorf, Hohenheim and Venice where he studied business administration and foreign languages. After his studies, he took on his first role as Erasmus+ Coordinator at Witten/Herdecke University and has recently been appointed Head of the International Office.