2009 ECTS label

As the first German university ever, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is awarded the European Commission’s ECTS label

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is an instrument to facilitate the recognition of qualifications and improve student mobility across national boundaries.

Higher education institutions implementing this instrument in an exemplary way were invited to apply for the ECTS label as a quality seal. “Today’s Label holders“, said Ján Figel’, EU Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, during the ceremony in Brussels on June, 11, “are outstanding examples of institutions that are serious about European academic mobility in a rapidly changing higher education sector.“

Of the 63 European higher education institutions that applied, 23 were awarded the ECTS Label of the European Commission this year. Amongst the successful institutions was Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, making it the only higher education institution in Germany to receive this quality seal so far.

To achieve this, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was required to publish, on the web, its comprehensive course catalogue in English, including detailed descriptions of study programs, course units, university regulations and student services, all of which is thus easily accessible to international students and partner institutions. Course descriptions also include learning outcomes, i.e. a description of what graduates are expected to know, understand and be able to do. In addition, the student workload is given, expressed in terms of credits. The credits are based on a workload of 1,500 to 1,800 hours for an academic year, with a credit point corresponding to 25 to 30 hours of work.

The following criteria essential to awarding the ECTS Label had to be met:

  • Is all the information relevant to foreign students made available in English by the university?
  • Are the individual files of incoming and outgoing students complete and do they correspond to ECTS standards?

“We were very pleased”, said the university’s President, Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, “to receive this award, as it reflects our efforts and activities to promote international student exchange. Since it is a central strategic aim of our university to expand our international study programs we are going to use the ECTS Label as a means to further promote this and communicate the quality assured so far to the students as an additional incentive to go abroad for part of their studies.“

press release dated 18 June, 2009

2009 CHE ranking

Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) together with ZEIT weekly

Based on the evaluation of nearly 300 institutions, this is the most comprehensive univeristy ranking in the German-speaking world. As well as taking into consideration criteria such as teaching and learning, research, funding and staffing, it is based on the judgment of about 200,000 students. In the area of Computer Science, HsKA was placed in the top group amongst German universities of applied sciences with regard to pastoral care, overall study conditions and research funds. For Business Information Systems, HsKA tied for second place overall with four other institutions. In the area of Media and Communication Studies the University can be found among the five top universities of applied sciences for its degree in Technical Communication.

May 2009

2009 trendence ranking of IT graduates

The trendence Institut in Berlin conducted a Germany-wide survey of 5,227 IT students who were about to graduate (5th semester or higher).

Among German higher education institutions and universities of applied sciences, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences HsKA was ranked in the following issues:

  • Practical orientation of the curriculum: second/first
  • Cooperation with industry: second/first
  • Quality of teaching: position 4/position 2
  • Mentoring by professors and lecturers: position 5/third
  • International focus of the studies: position 6/third
  • Career service: position 6/position 4
  • Service: position 6/position 5
  • Quality of student life: position 8/position 4

September 2009

2009 WirtschaftsWoche, Handelsblatt

For a ranking published by three prestigious business magazines, WirtschaftsWoche (issue 18, 27.04.2009), Handelsblatt, and Junge Karriere, 5,000 personnel managers of Germany’s biggest companies were asked from which universities they had recruited their specialists and future executive staff and which institutions had prepared their graduates best for their careers in industry.

In the area of Business Administration and Engineering, HsKA was ranked top out of all German universities of applied sciences. For Computer Science, HsKA ties for first place together with Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. For Electrical Engineering and Business Information Systems, HsKA came second, and for Mechanical Engineering, third. With places in the top three for five engineering, IT, and business disciplines, HsKA was ranked as Germany’s best university of applied sciences. HsKA has thus successfully re-confirmed its claim to the top position of recent years.

April 2009