A Focus on Practice
In order to prepare students for the world of work, we attach great importance to practical and needs-oriented training. This orientation is evident in our diverse cooperative activities with companies, involving project work, practice-oriented final theses and semester-long internships - offered on some of our degree programmes.
An interdisciplinary approach is essential for solving the complex problems of modern business. The members of our teaching staff - over 40 professors and research assistants - bring several years of experience from a variety of industries into their classrooms. They know the needs of business, and prepare our students accordingly. This makes the transition from study to work considerably smoother for our graduates.
In addition, our contacts to more than 200 business partners open up even more possibilities for our budding business experts.
Research and Knowledge Transfer
We have also taken advantage of our position as one of the first universities of applied sciences to make use of the possibility of conducting cooperative doctoral examination procedures. A clear indicator of this is the large number of partnerships we have with universities, both at home and abroad. Interdisciplinary collaboration in research projects is another facet of knowledge transfer, which in our School is focused on several key areas.
The Transferagentur Fachhochschule Münster GmbH functions as a superordinate body, creating an interdisciplinary crossroads between science and business.
By now, virtually all companies have grasped the fact that business is international. For this reason, the School has long fostered cosmopolitan thinking and cross-cultural experience. Semesters abroad enable all students to acquire the skills required to be a successful player in globalised markets and in fields of work characterised by different cultural backgrounds.
By introducing our European Business Programme (EBP, in 1981) and the German-Latin American Business Administration degree programme (CALA - Carrera Alemana-Latinoamericana de Administración, in 1999), we were one of the first schools to successfully embrace internationally oriented instruction. Intense collaboration with international universities in our other degree programmes also promotes lively international exchange. Münster School of Business's Office for International Studies maintains intense contacts with more than 30 cooperation partners.
The internationalisation of the education market is additionally reflected in our Master's programme in International Marketing & Sales, which enables our students to graduate with an international double Master's degree. Our research is also international in nature: cooperative doctoral programmes are offered with partners from South Africa and Australia.
Studying no longer simply means pursuing a full-time degree. The educational landscape is experiencing rapid changes, and today higher education has become an interesting option at every stage of one's professional life, as well as in retirement.
In addition to traditional full-time study programmes, we also offer programmes that cater to the demands and requirements of these students. Our courses range from the dual Bachelor programme in Business Administration, which combines professional training with hands-on study, to the Master in Auditing, Finance and Taxation (MAFT) programme, in which parts of the Auditor (Wirtschaftsprüfer) Professional Examination are completed, and the binational Master in International Supply Chain Management (ISCM) in association with the Saxion Hogeschool Enschede in the Netherlands and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
Innovation is a major source of change in business and Society. "We create the source" for innovation, and accompany its introduction and application in the organisation.
At our School, innovation is clearly evident in the structure of our Business Administration programmes - for example, in our offer of international double degrees; in allowing assignments to count towards the Auditor (Wirtschaftsprüfer) Professional Examination; or in our practice-oriented Business Informatics programme.
In addition, research is chiefly characterised by innovation - innovation thrives on new topics and perspectives, and even facilitates the next generation of new ideas. One example of this is Science Marketing, and its approach to the marketing of scientific capabilities.
During their academic education, students are continuously encouraged to develop their professional skills, which means that they should be taught to make their own judgements, and to act competently and responsibly. This is why in addition to subject matter, we support the development of self-mastery as well as social and methodological skills, enabling students to take part in the economy and society as a whole.
For this reason, one of our most important principles in instruction is skills orientation. Every student has talents and skills, which we seek to identify, promote and challenge in each and every one of them. Not only is this true for our students, but also for our doctoral candidates and our professors, who also are encouraged to further develop their own skills.
For this reason, life-long learning is actively embraced at Münster School of Business.
Companies and organisations are only able to develop and use products, processes and systems by applying knowledge and methods from different subject areas.
For this reason, our study programmes either contain multidisciplinary aspects or are developed from the bottom up with interdisciplinarity. Examples of this include the Bachelor programme in Business Informatics and the Master's programme in Logistics. Our lecturers, who are qualified in various subject areas such as Business Administration, Economics, Law, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, contribute all kinds of perspectives and methods to university education. Research similarly reflects our interdisciplinary worldview.
The interdisciplinary subject matter at Münster School of Business supports the application of the fast-changing and wide-ranging educational requirements of both the world of commerce and the world of research.