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Universitšt der Bundeswehr Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany


University description (as per official university website)

The Helmut Schmidt University is one of the two universities in Germany in the interest of scientific study and the academic education of officers. It increases the attractiveness of the officer profession and is also the driving force and service providers for the armed forces.

The Helmut Schmidt University takes its responsibilities through research, teaching and training in the institution and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg guaranteed true autonomy. It strengthens their research with the scientific infrastructure in Hamburg.

It develops further the study and continuing education for the state of the science and the need for leaders in military, economy and society.
It emphasizes and develops them into opportunities for interdisciplinary research and teaching of natural sciences, engineering and economics, humanities and social sciences, to sharpen the profile of graduates in the national and international competition and improve their future opportunities. This applies not least in the promotion of young scientists.

The Helmut Schmidt University is characterized by openness from inside and outside and is guided by the goal of education through science for the 21st Century to convey.

That the federal government decided to deal with this pressure for reform and with universities in the Federation, had several causes.

First, should the one and a half decades earlier by Count Wolff Baudissin designed mission of the soldiers as "citizen in uniform" modern and technically demanding be taken into account through a fundamental reorientation of the training and education in the armed forces in the late 60s. His overall model of the "internal control" is inextricably linked to the soldiers who can think for themselves and for others and act responsibly. That this ability in turn refers back to a high level of education was not doubted by all parties to the new concept.

On the other hand was already in the 60 years that the officers at the time of the armed forces after high school and several years of time commitment on the civilian labor market is difficult to find connection. This experience had an impact on the number of candidates for the officer's career, as well as a growing social distance to the armed forces, which include events like the Vietnam War has been reinforced by contemporary history. The Bundeswehr had any new members. It was to the officer profession to increase the attractiveness.

A funded by the Bundeswehr, general courses was considered early on. Main state universities found themselves not in a position to guarantee required by the Bundeswehr short study periods and for the needs of the armed forces provide sufficient capacity. An alternative was a new foundation with its own distinct reform orientation.

The study model

The goal, to be awarded to the universities of the Bundeswehr generally recognized diplomas (university was to today's Helmut Schmidt University by awarding the doctoral and postdoctoral right at the beginning of the 80s), caused a substantive focus, partly over the curricular requirements graduate degrees for the country's universities. The first often expressed suspicion that it should be here militarized scientific teaching and research topics "lacks, therefore, is unfounded.

At the universities of the Bundeswehr was a course of study each additional duty imposed-long study, short "EGA"called. Through this - until the relevant examination - "education and social science shares" the expectation was taken into account, "the consciousness of the soldiers ... social and political problems of the democratic community "to improve on. End of the 90s "EGA was" modified. Student of the humanities and social science faculties have since technikwissenschaftliche shares as required subjects to also be particular, all non-economic programs are in addition to economics, it shares (EGTWA).

With the introduction of bachelor's and master's degrees were also EGTWA being reformed. From you in the fall of 2007, the ISA, the "Interdisciplinary Study Units".

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