About University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

With more than 9.300 students and about 200 professors, the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, or FHWS, is one of the biggest universities of applied sciences in Bavaria. FHWS was founded in 1971 with two locations which are successful to this day - in the the cities of Würzburg and Schweinfurt. FHWS's ten faculties offer more than 40 bachelor's and master's degree programmes. The broad and forward-looking programmes cover technology, economics, social sciences, computer sciences, visual design and language. A practical semester, project work and a high share of practical work in laboratories and seminars underline the importance of a practice-oriented approach at FHWS. FHWS is also a part of "hochschule dual", an initiative by Bavarian universities of applied sciences which offers a dual study programme, either as a combined studies programme (training + studies) or as studies with intensified practice (studies + integrated practical/internship phases). Research activities are undertaken not only in cooperation close to practice with regional companies and institutes, but also in national and international research projects. As part of the research map of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), FHWS defines two main research areas: Energy technology and efficiency, and mobility and people. FHWS focuses on internationalisation as its differentiation strategy and has set itself the objective of being an international university where students from many different nations learn and study together. To accomplish this, FHWS has introduced an award-winning model of degree programmes unique in Germany. There, bachelor's programmes taught in English are offered as Twin-Programmes that are basically identical to their German equivalent. Thus students have the opportunity to switch between the degree programme taught in English and the one taught in German during their course of studies. In addition, FHWS is part of a worldwide network of about 140 international   partner institutions where FHWS-students can do a semester abroad. Digitalisation is changing the world of work and will gain further importance in future. FHWS is embracing this development by its digitalisation strategy. It includes a view outside, that is towards its students and imparting the related competence, but also a view inside, that is promoting digitalisation within the organisational structure of FHWS. Additionally, FHWS is a member of the Centre for Digital Innovations Mainfranken (ZDI) which supports and encourages digital business start-ups. The FHWS Campus for Professional Development and Language Proficiency is cooperating with companies and international higher education institutions to offer an innovative and practice-oriented programme in different disciplines geared toward individuals, companies and members of staff at FHWS interested in continuing education.

Key staff for the project:

These members of the International Management Office as well as the Professors attached to this special Department of the Faculty of Economics and Business Adminstration at FHWS are mainly involved in several European and national R&D projects:

Prof. Dr. Rainer Wehner is a professor for General Business and Accounting at FHWS. He is the Director of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and responsible for the faculty’s Double Degree programmes. Before he started his University career he worked in the tax consulting business and in a software company (DATEV e.G.). Beside the membership in several international networks and research projects he is the founder of the Würzburg International Business Forum (WIBF), an annually occurring international business conference. Furthermore he is responsible for the faculty’s activities in the region of Europe.

Markus Engert M.Sc. joined the International Management Team of FHWS as Research Assistant in 2018, after two years as an expert in tax law for non-profit organisations at Steinbeis in Stuttgart. His focus at FHWS is on Internationalisation, in particular further expansion of the international orientation and the sustainable international posititioning of the faculty in the context of globalisation, diversity and mobility in business and society. Besides the coordination of the Double Degree programmes he is also involved in the development of courses of study as well as responsible for the faculty’s activities in the regions of North America, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Dominik Winkler M.Sc. joined the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt as a Research Assistant to support the education of accounting and taxation. In 2016 he was one of the founding members of the Team International Management at FHWS and supported the internationalisation of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration since then. In addition, he is responsible for the so-called SD3i project, which is about the scientific based introduction of a new study and qualification programme, considering the chances of digitalization in an international environment and the intercultural and interdisciplinary context.

Katharina Götz B.A. tbd