FernUniversität celebrates its 40th anniversary
Written by David Klotz   
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 07:38 AM

FernUniversität celebrates its 40th anniversary

FernUniversität in Hagen, an ICDE member, was founded 1974 and started its study operations in 1975. During 2015, FernUniversität has had several events to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The highlight was the Dies Academicus on 13 November with a keynote by the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister, Hannelore Kraft. She termed the FernUniversität as an idea with prospect: “In times of digitalization of Higher Education the value of the FernUniversität will still increase.” More than 400 guests attended the ceremonial act.

With more about 77,000 students, FernUniversität in Hagen is Germany’s largest university. It is the only single mode distance teaching research-university in the DACH-state (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). The majority of its students are already in their mid-life phase, are in employment, and many have a family. They have completed their first vocational training or even a course of studies. Ninety per cent of our Master’s degree students have acquired their Bachelor’s degrees at another university. In recent years, university studies have also been opened nationwide to people with vocational qualifications in lieu of a university entrance qualification from a senior high school. These students prefer to enrol at FernUniversität in Hagen. In the summer semester 2015, 7,439 students with vocational qualifications studied here. Four faculties offer more than 20 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, ranging from Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Economics and Law to Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition to this, we offer advanced education programmes leading to a Master’s degree or qualification certificate. Opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral studies are also available. The system of studies at FernUniversität in Hagen is based on a blended learning approach with a continuously growing proportion of ICT. In addition to subject-related research, whose results are incorporated into teaching, the system of studies benefits from specialised projects relating to distance learning and media-assisted studying. In this way, teaching/learning scenarios with new media can be tested and subsequently introduced university-wide. The students are supervised online and in attendance from the campus in Hagen and from study centres in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. Liaison offices are maintained in Latvia and the Russian Federation. Dual degree programmes in partnerships with Hungary and Russia round off the portfolio.

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