Innovation and success in teaching and research – excellence in regional transfer

Nuremberg Institute of Technology is a key driver of innovation for the greater Nuremberg area. The university develops ideas for the world of today and tomorrow, and investigates the key questions facing our society. With its 13,000 students, the Nuremberg Institute of Technology - Nuremberg Tech for short - is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany.

Innovative teaching concepts provide fresh impetus for a modern teaching style. Thanks to the university’s excellent contacts with the business community, it is closely involved in regional research and development. Alongside the Faculties, successful research is being initiated by the competence centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary research platforms, such as the Energy Campus and the Nuremberg Campus of Technology (NCT).

Strategy and Profile

With its 13,000 students, the Nuremberg Institute of Technology - Nuremberg Tech for short - is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany. It develops ideas for the world we live in today and for tomorrow and conducts research into the key issues affecting society. As one of the most research-intensive Bavarian universities and one of the most successful in acquiring external research funding, Nuremberg Tech maintains excellent ties with the region’s business sector and is an important driver of innovation in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. Thanks to the university’s excellent contacts with the business community, it achieves great success in regional research and development. Alongside the Faculties, successful research is being initiated by the competence centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary research platforms, such as the Energy Campus and the Nuremberg Campus of Technology (NCT).

 

Regional research and development

The success factors of a particular region, what effect successful transfer of innovation has, and what constitutes an ‘innovation driver’ are particularly interesting from the perspective of economic, research and education policy. Interdisciplinary research and development in the form of projects conducted in close collaboration with the regional business community form a key component of Nuremberg Tech’s successful strategy, which the university’s management team is accountable for.

 

Innovative concepts for teaching

Nuremberg Tech is involved in the development of innovative teaching concepts. This focuses on the aim of developing the Center for Teaching and Learning into an integral part of the university, which dovetails with the university’s existing institutions in a variety of ways: to achieve a wide-ranging, sustained effect in all forms of teaching.
Its wide range of degree programs and its application-oriented teaching address the technical, economic, social, and creative challenges of our age and open up outstanding career prospects for our graduates. Twelve Faculties offer accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes that are flanked by certificate programmes, cooperative education models, and part-time programmes for professionals.

 

A multi-faceted university

A degree programme can change a person’s life and create opportunities to join networks in many fields. Forty per cent of students at Nuremberg Tech have no academic family background; they are the ‘first in family’ to attend university. A central aim of Nuremberg Tech regarding education policy is to build bridges through the “Mut zum Studium” (“Confidence to Study”) programme to ensure our university is diverse, with a wide range of backgrounds and a wide variety of ideas and influences.  The student mentors in our study tandem programmes provide an important point of contact for the ‘student trailblazers’. By developing new educational backgrounds, Nuremberg Tech is promoting positive development for the industrial centre of Nuremberg and the greater Nuremberg area.

 

Internationalization

Nuremberg Tech regards itself as a university with strong regional ties within a globalized residential, employment and research community. In particular, the greater Nuremberg area has consolidated itself over the last 15 years as a centre for research and development for global companies and as a centre of knowledge. International and intercultural orientation form a key component of life at the university. As the result of a year-long auditing process by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) entitled ‘Internationalization of Universities’, Nuremberg Tech developed its internationalization strategy, which defines five areas for action. The associated aim is to provide all members of the university with the opportunity to gain international experience – whether on campus or in other countries – and to promote international exchange.

 

Family-friendly university

Nuremberg Tech is an audited “family-friendly university” that has taken many steps in committing itself to ensuring that a degree programme, professional activity and family life can be effectively combined.

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