University of Bayreuth, Presse release No. 141/2022 - 29 August 2022
Fit for the digital transformation: University of Bayreuth and Hof University of Applied Sciences launch joint digitization college
The University of Bayreuth and the Hof University of Applied Sciences are setting up a joint digitization college on "Digital Methods" from September 1, 2022, offering a broad range of courses for students from all faculties. It is one of 13 new digitization colleges starting simultaneously at 17 Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences. The college in Bayreuth and Hof will receive funding of more than 700,000 euros from the Bavarian Ministry of Science over the next four years. The funding is part of the new junior researcher support programmes coordinated and supervised by the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt), an institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW).
In the Digitization College "Digital Methods", the chairs of Polymer Engineering and Business & Information Systems Engineering at the University of Bayreuth work closely with the Institute for Information Systems (iisys) at Hof University of Applied Sciences. Interdisciplinary courses of the new college, which also involve associated partners from other faculties and institutes, are aimed at bachelor's and master's students from all disciplines. They familiarize students with fundamental aspects of digitization and its interactions with society. Interdisciplinary teams develop innovative approaches to current issues from the natural, economic and social sciences. The course programme is currently being developed, and the first courses are expected to be offered from November 2022.
"In our digitization college, students in Bayreuth and Hof are given a great opportunity to get fit for the digital transformation and acquire key competencies that will give them an edge in the job market. Coaches with many years of experience in science and business impart practical, state-of-the-art methodological knowledge that students can apply and further develop independently in their respective subjects," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Ruckdäschel, Chair of Polymer Engineering at the University of Bayreuth. "Bridging the gap to our colleagues at the Institute for Information Systems at Hof University of Applied Sciences will further deepen our mutual cooperation in the coming years. We are delighted to be able to offer our students highly attractive courses in the new Digitization College that will significantly strengthen their problem-solving skills – whether in materials science, business administration, computer science or media studies, for example," says Prof. Dr. Ricardo Büttner, Chair of Business & Information Systems Engineering.