New courses of study at Bavarian universities and colleges are gearing up for the future: A course of study that keeps you in tune with the times – that’s what many young people want. For them, it is definitely worth keeping an eye on the range of new courses on offer. This is because colleges and universities are generally agile in their response to changes and labor market requirements. They create new courses of study that are precisely tailored to a world that is becoming increasingly complex and at the same time more specialized. In Bavaria, many exciting degree programs are starting again in the summer and winter semesters. We present some of them:
The Campus Academy of the University of Bayreuth, for example, has developed a new master’s program in “Responsibility, Leadership and Communication (MBA)”. It starts in the summer semester of 2021 and leads to a degree in five semesters. The focus of this course is on “teaching value-oriented leadership and management skills,” according to a press release.
Study programs for leaders in politics, business and medicine
The aim, it says, is to prepare participants for the diverse challenges of a leadership position in everyday practice. The master’s program is part-time and cross-sectoral. It is aimed primarily at future managers or those already in positions of responsibility in the private sector, politics or medicine. “A well-founded content-related education is combined in this study program with the teaching of so-called soft skills,” explains Professor Eckhard Nagel,. He is a senior course moderator and managing director of the Institute for Medical Management and Health Sciences at the University of Bayreuth.
In addition, the University of Bayreuth will offer the English-language master’s program Global Food, Nutrition and Health (M.Sc.) starting in the summer semester of 2021. “The central issue of this interdisciplinary Master’s program, which is unique in Germany, is the supply of all people with sufficient quantities of high-quality and sustainably produced food to promote health. Thus, one of the most important challenges of the 21st century,” according to a press release from the university. Access to healthy and sufficient food is extremely unequally distributed. This also influences social development, which is also burdened by nutrition-related diseases of civilization. This affects socio-political as well as nutritional, political, economic, ecological and legal issues, he said. “We want to enable students to recognize and deal with complex interrelationships and issues,” says Professor Eckhard Nagel. He is largely responsible for designing the new course of study. He adds that translating this knowledge into practical recommendations for action, for example for companies, NGOs or governments, is also of great importance.
IT specialists are more in demand than ever
At Landshut University of Applied Sciences, the new master’s degree program in business information systems will start in the summer semester. “IT specialists are more in demand than ever – the Corona pandemic has given this development another enormous boost,” according to a press release from the university. The business information scientist is a special form, it says. He combines in his field the disciplines of computer science with those of business administration. “As already in the bachelor’s program, which has a top ranking in the current CHE ranking, the master’s program also focuses on the field of computer science,” the university informs. The teaching, however, puts special focus on the idea of “engineering”. As a result, the master’s program aims to provide students with the tools to develop solutions for IT-based problems using engineering and integrative methods.
Rosenheim Technical University (TH) is also expanding its offering. Among other things, the bachelor’s degree programs Applied Artificial Intelligence and Medical Technology will start there in the winter semester of 2021/22. They still have to be formally approved by the university council. With these courses, TH Rosenheim is supporting the training of highly qualified specialists for important future fields of the German economy.
Enhancing people’s quality of life
“Medical technology unites two worlds, it combines engineering sciences with medical progress,” says a press release from the TH. This brings with it numerous challenges: demographic change, digitalization and automation must be mastered. Medical technology is of central importance in this context. “It encompasses a wide range of products and procedures that save lives, significantly improve healing chances and generally increase people’s quality of life,” explains Professor Nicole Strübbe, the head of the study program.
The Applied Artificial Intelligence program is the only artificial intelligence (AI) program in Bavaria to be taught entirely in English. According to the TH, it is essentially a computer science course. In addition to the clear practical relevance and application of AI, there is also an emphasis on mathematical understanding of the fundamentals, he said. “Students are taught how to teach machines to see, hear, understand and learn, thus optimizing cooperation between humans and machines and developing them further,” says AI expert Professor Marcel Tilly of the Faculty of Computer Science. “In addition, they will learn how to use AI responsibly. They will be empowered to recognize what AI is allowed to do and what it is not allowed to do, and which ethical principles must be observed.”