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Universitšt Gesamthochschule Kassel
Kassel, Germany


University description (as per official university website)

Mission Statement of the University of Kassel, nature, technology, culture, society

The mission of the University of Kassel, Germany on 5 December 2007 adopted by the Senate of the University.

In an interactive network: natural and technical sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences
The University of Kassel - 1971 as part of the educational reforms founded as an independent general academic model - is characterized by an unusually complex network of Germany in skills, focusing on nature and technology, culture and society. Those interested in academic achievement and career opportunities in these fields is, in the working groups, institutes, faculties, colleges and research centers of the University of Kassel, a far-ranging, stimulating and challenging range of study opportunities and research directions. Characteristic of the potential of the University of Kassel grown the balance of her subjects range in engineering, natural sciences and mathematics on the one hand and the humanities, social sciences and the arts on the other. The equal combination of these great offers unusual opportunities for interdisciplinary subject cultures references and enables innovative collaborations.

Openness and sense of responsibility towards nature and challenges in society

Thinking and acting at the University of Kassel are characterized by openness to problems and challenges in society and nature. Artistic creativity, critical analysis, ethical reflection and unconventional thinking beyond the currently popular are major elements. Scientific subjects develop interdisciplinary features, many research areas of the University of Kassel, which deal with sustainable answers to questions about the future: today for tomorrow. Educational research, environmental research, Nanostructure and mechatronics are examples. The foundation developed interdisciplinary innovation are strong disciplines, their special range of services from basic research to applied last. Strategic partnerships with leading research institutes and scientific partners in strengthening their position at home and abroad on the national and international competition. Focus on future scientific priorities, the promotion of young scientists, are also through the establishment of college-wide structures, equality between women and men and to create a family friendly environment for the University of Kassel important foundations of successful development.

Permeability of the courses and cumulative skills

As a reform-University is the university since its foundation in a differentiated, graded, drained and internationally compatible degree programs that build on each other in modular structures, skills and opportunities to enable continuing today. The Kassel University in Germany has been the development of graded courses at times been playing a pioneering role, as this model here as in the European context was not unusual. In the course of the Bologna process, they can build on these experiences and to further accentuate their master programs use it. The University of Kassel, Germany sees the success of their model as an incentive and obligation to continue their study to develop innovative and contribute to the renewal of higher education. It is financial contributions of its students exclusively targeted and transparently to improve the study conditions of use.

Sustainability and application aspects, Vocational and Personal Development

In the doctrine lays the University of Kassel special attention to the proximity to professional practice. Whether in the training of teachers, engineers or artists, by nature or humanities scholars: Academic qualification should connect with problem solving and openness to professional development, but also with cross-curricular and social skills and with full personal responsibility. As a state university to see the University of Kassel kept in a special way to enable access to education without social, gender, ethnic or national selection and to ensure their full width. Students and graduates of the University of Kassel, key employees and partners, which they prepared in cooperation binding on her career, accompanied on her career and with which it remains connected to life-long education, skills, research and cooperation processes productive. The open campus of the University of Kassel is characterized by this idea. He is available to students not only open as a workplace, it is also developing and meeting room on time: characterized by openness, respect for different lifestyles and cultural backgrounds and of the opportunity, rational and emotional, to connect Instrumental and intuitive to set up and to develop further in his whole personality.

Internationally and regionally oriented home

The presence of the University of Kassel works in their environment. Science and art provide important impetus for the city of Kassel Documenta and the region of North Sydney as a center for arts and culture in the middle of Germany and Europe, with industry, service and high tech. Knowledge transfer, new businesses, attracting new research and development facilities are part of the mission of the University of Kassel, Germany. The cooperation with various partners in society and economy, culture and science is narrow, regional and international networking important. Internationally and regionally oriented home is understood as an institution, the University of Kassel, which has been the development of the European scientific tradition and the international commitment. Students and scholars from around the world not only shape the international atmosphere on campus, but also make a welcome contribution to the connection of the region and the country to international developments.

Creativity as a challenge to reform as a process of change as a design opportunity

Reforms are an ongoing challenge for society and especially for the university. The University is to reform openness. Their community in everyday life is marked by the will to make innovation together, trends to be put under scrutiny and priorities emerge anew. Change is an opportunity to creative participation. The internal organization and the will of the University of Kassel build participation, discussion, consensus on transparency and quality. to agree objectives and to assess results, calling for constructive cooperation, including in controversial struggle for answers. This practice establishes the confidence in the ownership and development delight of teachers, employees and students - and in the future development of the Kassel University.

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