A modern and flexible combination of science and practice
The title University of Applied Sciences makes it internationally clear what the Fachhochschule Erfurt stands for: the combination of scientific training and its practical applications. The new Bachelor and Master degrees are effective and compact degree programs, which provide a quick route into professional practice whilst opening up opportunities for further academic training.
The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt was founded on 01.10.1991. Now, 22 years on, it is an established, modern and practice-oriented university with a good reputation. This is underlined by top spots in national rankings (e.g. in complying with minimum legal study periods), countless useful contacts with business, intensive local and regional networking, and growing international status. The excellent cooperation with a wide variety of regional and community enterprises, institutions and organisations is particularly worth mentioning. Held annually since 1998, the business contact day ("Day of Research"), the bi-annual "in-house Heating and Sanitation Exhibition" organised as part of the degree in Building Services Engineering, and the annual careers fair ("company networking forum") are outstanding examples of intensive and mutually beneficial cooperation with industry. Application-oriented teaching together with practice-oriented research means our students are given the best possible preparation for their later careers. The comprehensive curriculum is rounded off by a wide range of courses in foreign languages, intercultural competence, key and basic qualifications.
There have been reforms to the degree system in Germany since 2000: the "Bachelor" and "Master" have become part of everyday academic life outside Anglo-Saxon states, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt has been involved from the start. Now 95% of all degree courses lead to a Bachelor's or Master's degree, enhancing students' prospects of studying internationally. Traditional courses are supplemented by innovative opportunities for cooperative study and training.
Restructured committees with greater decision-making powers and effective administration underpin teaching and research at a central level. The university has considerable potential for research and development, which it makes available to the region, and which provides students with various options to apply their newly-acquired knowledge in practical situations.
One striking feature is the relatively large proportion of female students and staff. More than 37% of employees at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, and around 50% of current students, are women. The proportion of female professorships at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt is now about 20%.
Between 1993 and 1997, the university was led by Professor Dr. Gisela Rauschhofer. She was succeeded as Rector by Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Wolfgang Storm from 1997 - 2001 and Professor Dr. Wolf Wagner from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2011, Prof. Dr.- Ing. Heinrich H. Kill was Rector and subsequently President of the university. Professor Dr. sc. agr. Kerstin Wydra was President of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt from 2012. Since 2014, Prof. Dr.- Ing. Volker Zerbe has been Rector of the University.
All professors and staff at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt work hard to spread its good reputation. A large number of students already come from outside Thuringia. By establishing new and innovative programs as well as further developing traditional courses of study, the university is responding to the rapidly changing demand for a modern, practice-oriented and progressive education for students.
This makes the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt a university with both a history and a future.