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Intellectual Capital Report


Foreword

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Organization, Strategy, Targets

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Human Capital

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Structural Capital

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Relational Capital

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Teaching

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Research and Development

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Further Training

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Foreword


FOREWORD

Foreword

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Universities of applied sciences are comparatively young players in the Austrian education system. Nearly 24 years – not a very old age for a university. Our degree programs and further education programs have become firmly established, sometimes within a just few years. The economy is waiting, sometimes desperately, for our graduates. Within the given framework conditions, the field of research has developed excellently. And irrespective of parties and actors, there is broad consensus in politics that the UAS sector and technical studies in particular must continue to grow and be strengthened. All this could lead to the assumption that we have our finger on the pulse of time anyway and are in a comfortable position to meet new trends. Fortunately, we do not give in to this fallacy. We know where our inherent strengths lie, but – as the 2016/17 academic year has shown – we also try to identify where further development is needed. Examining the status quo and improving ourselves is part of our day-to-day business, yet in the last year the impetus came from the outside. We have the obligation to subject

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our quality management system to regular external audits. But that is not a mere formality. The preparation for the 2017 audit was a show of strength in which the entire university participated. The intensive process came to a very positive conclusion in August 2017: the quality management system of UAS Technikum Wien was certified unconditionally. Completely without formal obligation, but certainly justified, the university enacted an extensive strategy process in the 2016/17 academic year. In this context, we have dealt with how we – in a short time and with considerable growth – have become what we are today, what our challenges for the future are, and how we want to meet these challenges. The fact that it is important to have a clear view of the strategic development is shown by the wealth of changes in a single academic year: The number of employees and students has continued to rise. In autumn 2017, we were


able to launch a new and an advanced degree program: the Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering – Digitized Product Development & Simulation and in Integrative Urban Development – Smart City. With the Computer Science dual degree program, we have launched an innovative new organizational form for a degree program that has already been successfully conceived. In the field of postgraduate courses, there is now an MBA course entitled Business Development & Transformation. The series of events and initiatives on the topic of entrepreneurship has become a crowd puller and an important catalyst for innovation.

We are pleased to present this Intellectual Capital Report to you as a re-elected rector and new managing director. That makes us proud. At the same time, rest assured that, every day, we strive to create the conditions for further successful academic years.

Gabriele Költringer, EMBA Managing Director

FH-Prof. DI Dr. Fritz Schmöllebeck Rector

Vienna, February 2018

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Organization, Strategy, Targets


ORGANIZATION, STRATEGY, TARGETS

Organization, Strategy, Targets Strategy Process UAS Technikum Wien was founded in 1994 and is Austria’s only university of applied sciences focused solely on technical subjects. Its two locations, the main site in the 20th district of Vienna and the ENERGYbase in the 21st district of Vienna, offer high-quality teaching, research, and training. There are currently about 4,000 students studying in 16 bachelor and 18 master’s degree programs, and the number of graduates is just over 10,000.

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UAS Technikum Wien offers full-time, part-time, and / or distance-learning programs. Education is based on sound science and practical experience, with a focus on imparting technical specialist knowledge and expertise. It also covers business principles and personal development. There are a number of specialist laboratories (e.g. photonics lab, simulation of smart grids, game lab, etc.) to assist practical teaching and for research purposes. The Digital Factory tests the networking of independent systems and techniques in a real industry situation using autonomous robots. Collaboration and regular contact with businesses gives students and graduates of UAS Technikum Wien the very best career opportunities. A wide range of partnerships with foreign partner universities has resulted in networks with and study visits to other renowned universities. The Technikum Wien Academy also offers four short-cycle courses and three master's courses focusing on professional training and development.

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In order to ensure that UAS Technikum Wien is successful in the future under challenging environmental conditions, it instigated an extensive strategy process in the 2016/17 academic year. The project “Technikum 2025” was launched in autumn. Soon thereafter, a term went round in the establishment which stands for an atypical project structure: “Strategizing”. Driven by a ten-member core team, the status quo and future orientation of our university were researched and discussed with the greatest possible involvement of employees. The core team involved board members and organized an online survey as well as face-to-face group and one-onone interviews with staff and students. Existing strategies have naturally already been integrated, such as for R&D, internationalization or the digitization of teaching. Not only is there a vision for the future at the end of the past academic year. Thinking and sharing strategic questions should not remain a singular action, but should take hold in our DNA as part of the corporate culture.


Quality Assurance: Audit 2017 Universities are subject to high quality standards. In order to meet these, not only do they need appropriate quality assurance and development systems, but they are also required to have their respective quality management system certified by external agencies on the basis of the Higher Education Quality Assurance Act (HS-QSG). Back in February 2016, the German accreditation agency AHPGS was entrusted with the performance of this external audit. The intensive process now reached a very positive conclusion in August 2017: the quality management system of UAS Technikum Wien was certified unconditionally. UAS Technikum Wien’s quality management system is based on academic quality principles and constantly ensures that n strategic objectives are regularly defined, realized as

projects, and evaluated,

n the quality of the degrees and training courses is

continuously improved,

n relevance-focused R&D contributes to the skills devel-

opment of teachers and keeps the teaching up-todate, n processes are effectively and efficiently managed and continuously developed, n key data is gathered, analyzed, and used to help us manage our tasks effectively.

The on-site visit to UAS Technikum Wien took place in March 2017 by the following group of experts: n Prof. Dr. Johann Schneider, former Rector of the UAS

n n n n

Frankfurt am Main, member of the Accreditation Commission of the German Science Council Mag. Dr. h. c. Monika Kircher, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach Prof. (FH) Dr. Ing. Thomas Madritsch, Managing Director UAS Kufstein, Tyrol Prof. Dr. Gudrun Kammasch, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin Kerstin Bardsley, university student, University of Vienna

The on-site visit was followed by intensive discussions with university management, quality assurance, staff from teaching, research and administration as well as graduates and students. Once again, the five audit areas were discussed in detail: Quality strategy, structures and procedures of quality assurance in teaching and research as well as organization, internationalization and social objectives, information systems and involvement of interest groups as well as quality assurance of further education courses. As a conclusion to the audit process, a report is now available in which the evaluators and the AHPGS accreditation commission decide to issue an unconditional certification. The report also positively emphasizes that UAS Technikum Wien has taken the new legal framework conditions in the area of external quality assurance as an opportunity to design an understanding of quality appropriate to the university, which not only offers necessary and meaningful standardizations for the individual degree programs along with sufficient scope for innovation and individuality. According to the Accreditation Commission, it has become

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ORGANIZATION, STRATEGY, TARGETS

clear “that there is a high quality standard and an appropriate understanding of quality, both at the management level and at the degree program level, and that UAS Technikum Wien assumes responsibility for the control, quality assurance and further development of its degree programs and courses”.

Gender Mainstreaming

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Gender mainstreaming is a response to our social responsibility as a university and as an employer. When gender mainstreaming is talked about in technical circles, the increase in the proportion of women is particularly important. During the reporting period, more measures were therefore introduced to increase the proportion of women in under-represented areas. With regard to students, increasing the proportion of women across all stages, from prospective students to graduates, is a key objective. The proportion of female students has grown continuously over the last few years. Numerous projects and participation in events such as the FiT days, Daughters Days, and the Technolution Congress enable UAS Technikum Wien to target female pupils and secondary-school graduates, to inform them about engineering education opportunities, and to encourage them to study for an engineering / sciences degree. For the fourth time, we offered women a preparation course for the Transport and Environment bachelor’s degree in cooperation with Austria’s Public Employment Service’s FiT program (Women in Skilled Trades and Engineering), which provides specific preparation for the degree program. This increased the proportion of women studying this area, and we would like to congratulate the first graduates who have successfully completed the “Transport and Environment” degree program. Due to its

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success, we now offer to women who are enrolled in the FiT program by the Austrian Public Employment Service another preparatory course for a second study program, namely for the Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies bachelor's program; thus, we have also been able to increase the proportion of women in this area. One specific objective is to increase the proportion of women in leadership roles. In this academic year, there was therefore a focus on senior female executives. A joint workshop drafted supporting measures for junior and senior female executives. As a result of this workshop, there is now a monthly networking lunch for senior female executives that has quickly become both a well-used platform for exchanging information and a popular event. For employees in teaching, R&D, and administration, two Gender & Diversity training courses were offered during the reporting period, with the option of obtaining a certificate. Both workshops were fully booked. The aim of this internal training is for UAS Technikum Wien to firmly and sustainably embed gender-sensitive teaching with linguistic and didactic gender mainstreaming, and research and development that integrates gender and diversity perspectives. In spring 2017, the first “University and Family Audit” was successfully completed. 20 measures to improve the reconciliation of work or study and family were implemented between 2014 and 2017. Building on this, eleven further measures were developed that are to be implemented by 2020 in order to promote compatibility. For example, there are plans to further improve the availability of childcare at the UAS or to communicate the organizational framework conditions of all study programs at an earlier stage in order to make planning easier and avoid scheduling conflicts. We are proud to be a family-friendly college!


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Human Capital


HUMAN CAPITAL

Human Capital The number of employees at UAS Technikum Wien continued rising during the reporting period. At three percentage points, however, the increase is as low as the last time in 2010/11. In the 2016/17 academic year, a total of 1,094 full-time and part-time employees worked at UAS Technikum Wien.

Employee Gender Distribution For the first time in eight years, the proportion of women (based on the sum of full-time and part-time employees) has fallen, namely by two percentage points compared to the previous year. In absolute terms, this means that there were four fewer women working at the UAS during the reporting period, with 40 additional men employed. The proportion of women is 29 percent compared to 31 percent in the previous year.

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2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Number of female employees

217

256

275

324

320

Number of male employees

666

662

708

734

774

Proportion of female employees

25 %

28 %

28 %

31 %

29 %

Employee Age Distribution People born in the years from 1962 to 1991 represented the largest proportion of employees in the reporting period, i.e. a total of 889 people. People born after 1992 as well as from 1982 to 1991 made up a further increase of 55 persons, a fact which is attributable to the numerous student assistants who actively supported the UAS at external events such as various education fairs and open days.

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Employees in Administration, Teaching, and Research The number of administrative staff fell from 213 to 208 in the reporting period compared to the previous year. In the fields of teaching and research, the UAS recorded a year-on-year increase from 845 to 886 persons, which represents 81 percent of the total number of employees and thus an increase of one percentage point over the previous year.

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Employees in administration

158

177

170

213

208

Employees in teaching and research

725

741

813

845

886

Proportion of female employees in teaching and research

82 %

81 %

83 %

80 %

81 %

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Full-time employees (with employment contract) in full-time equivalents In the 2016/17 academic year, UAS Technikum Wien had 320 full-time equivalents (fixed employment contract) in full-time equivalents, which represents an increase of one percentage point compared to the previous year. Among its male employees, UAS saw an increase of 21 full-time equivalents, while the number of female employees fell by 17.

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Full-time male employees in full-time equivalents

135

138

153

166

187

Full-time female employees in full-time equivalents

94

115

123

150

133

Total

229

253

276

316

320

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HUMAN CAPITAL

Employee Backgrounds 158 from of a total of 1,094 employees did not have Austrian citizenship in the 2016/17 reporting period . As in previous years, the largest group comes from Germany, followed by Hungary.

Human Resources Development at UAS Technikum Wien Human resources management was approved during the last reporting period and is now in the implementation and consolidation phase. There was a particular focus on the further education and training of employees in teaching. 144 people took part in internal didactic short seminars and 54 in externally offered events. 32 people attended the didactic retreat, which successfully promotes the networking and further education of the teaching staff at UAS Technikum Wien. Twenty-six people took part in the R&D retreat for researchers at UAS Technikum Wien, taking place for the first time in 2017; several further education programs are planned for this target group also in the next academic year. 18

In total, more than 2,500 hours of employee training courses were carried out in 2016/17. This represents an increase of 700 hours compared to the 2015/16 academic year.

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Certifications and Initiatives

Course Hours Offered

In November 2014, the “University and Family” quality seal was awarded to UAS Technikum Wien, which serves to promote a family-conscious university culture and a familyfriendly everyday university life. In the 2016/17 academic year, an audit was held to review the implementation of existing measures and to develop new measures. Almost all of the 20 originally planned measures have now been implemented, with measures such as advisory services for researchers and lecturers from abroad (e.g. as part of the dual career service) or improvements in the availability of childcare planned for the future.

In the 2016/17 academic year, a total of over 91,000 teaching hours were recorded. Of these, almost 53,000 were covered by full-time teachers. This represents an increase of three percentage points to a total of 58 percent compared to the previous year. The majority of the courses offered at UAS Technikum Wien are still covered by full-time (permanent) employees.

Within the framework of the “HR Excellence in Research” award, which has been awarded by the European Commission since 2015, an interim evaluation was carried out in the past academic year. Previous measures as part of a staffing strategy for researchers were considered successful and further measures such as the promotion of job security for researchers were redesigned for the period up to 2020.

Course hours offered Proportion offered by full-time instructors

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2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

75,663

80,860

84,356

86,503

91,136

54 %

55 %

55 %

55 %

58 %

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Structural Capital


STRUCTURAL CAPITAL

Structural Capital Available Space In the 2016/17 academic year, building A was adapted by conversion and extension work. The conversion of the auditorium into an event area with bar area and lounge furniture was finalized. In addition, soundproofing measures were taken and the lighting renewed. A new computer room is now available on the fifth floor. The ramp on the gallery on the first floor was also rebuilt, with new tables and new lighting being provided. The ground floor of the BRC building part also underwent major renovation work and now houses the training rooms of the LLL Academy as well as a completely new area – the Open Workspace. It provides both fixed and flexible mobile workstations. In building parts A and BRC, the access system was further expanded and harmonized. All in all, these extensions and adaptations now provide a total area of 27,500 m2.

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2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total space in m2

25,000

25,000

25,400

25,700

27,500

Usable space in m2

15,000

15,000

15,300

15,600

15,600

Number of laboratories

63

58

58

60

62

Number of computer rooms

19

17

17

17

18

708

666

666

666

671

Number of computer workstations

Laboratories A variety of special laboratories are available for teaching and research in areas including: n Physics and Chemistry, Electron Microscopy, Tissue

Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Cell Culture, Cytometry, Microfluidics, Environmental Chemistry, Microanalytics, and Ecotoxicology n Embedded Systems, Smart Homes and Building Automation, Assistive Technologies and Alternative Human-Machine Interfaces, Electronics and Computer Networking, Industrial Electronics, Electronic Design Automation, Audio-Video, Telecommunication n Computer Science, Usability, Game Engineering, RoboCup, IT Security, Transport and Environment / Smart City

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n Mechatronics and Robotics, Life Cycle Design, Auto-

mation Engineering, Pneumatics, Control Engineering, Sensor Technology and Material Engineering n Renewable Energy, Heat Pumps, Smart Grids, Energy Generation Plants (Photovoltaics, Wind), Storage, Smart Meters, Interoperability n Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Technology, Respiratory Engineering, Healthy Interoperability, Sports Engineering and Biomechanics


New Fittings The Digital Factory at UAS Technikum Wien is a pilot factory in which, in a realistic industrial environment, research is carried out on the networking of independent systems and technologies as well the increased integration of manufacturing and business processes. On the premises of the Digital Factory, more than ten industrial robots from different manufacturers are responsible for digital production over an area of around 120 square meters. The Digital Factory infrastructure was developed with the extensive support of industrial partners in automation and robotics. The Digital Factory is an essential foundation for the Mechatronics / Robotics, Mechanical Engineering and International Business and Engineering degree programs and also serves as a platform for topics related to automation technology, robotics and smart manufacturing in other subjects or in further education and training courses.

Standardized smart home components and building automation systems have been installed in the Embedded ArT Lab at the Institute for Embedded Systems. These include various KNX components, a DALI system for lighting control and an automatic door opener. In addition, custom modules are available to design accessible user interfaces and assistive technologies for people with disabilities, including camera-based head and eye-tracking systems and specialized input systems developed as part of research at the Institute for Embedded Systems.

The e-learning lab (in the BRC) was re-launched in the last academic year. Teaching and learning videos can be recorded and edited in the e-learning lab, and workshops on e-learning are held here. The lab is equipped with an interactive whiteboard as well as lighting and recording equipment.

The GameLab has 17 workstations with high-end PCs including peripherals, five of which were equipped with the latest hardware in the 2016/17 academic year. There are also two PlayStation 3 dev kits, two PlayStation 4 dev kits, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles, so that programming can be done on the latest console platforms in class and as part of projects. In summer 2017, the GameLab was relocated to the BRC building on the fourth floor and supplemented with a new VR area. Students also have the opportunity to develop VR applications for the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. In addition, a 65-inch TV was purchased for development with the Sony dev kits and 30 new 24-inch monitors installed. There are plans to purchase additional consoles such as Nintendo Switch and Sony PS4 Pro.

The newly established simulation lab for mechanical engineering contains 22 high-end PCs with extensive special simulation software. At the Lichtenegg energy research park, small wind turbines from various manufacturers are tested by Technikum Wien GmbH together with EVN AG, Solvento energy consulting GmbH and energiewerkstatt e.V. to check and to certify their quality and performance. In future, as part of the SmallWindPower@Home project funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), building replicas will also be erected to be able to measure small wind turbines on buildings.

Since the middle of 2016, the Usability Laboratory has been using Tobii Glasses 2 (wearable eye trackers for studying in a realistic environment). In addition, the laboratory’s remotely controllable network cameras have been replaced with newer models with higher resolution and better optics.

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STRUCTURAL CAPITAL

IT Services The computer science lab was also relocated to the BRC building in summer 2017. Here, students are given the opportunity to study the latest developments in 3D printing at two workstations. There are three 3D printers available. To enable the development of electronic circuits, there is currently a soldering station and an oscilloscope. The printers can also be used outside academic hours. Other hardware, such as smart TVs, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, Microsoft Kinect 2, and VR equipment, is also available in this lab.

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In the five biomechanics and sports equipment technology laboratories, students can apply state-of-the-art biomechanic measurement techniques in teaching and in R&D projects. Various test benches developed at UAS Technikum Wien enable the precise testing of sports equipment such as that in the ski, snowboard and cycling sector. Tests are also carried out here on behalf of specialist magazines, the industry, and elite sports. The further development of sports equipment test stands now also allows individual product tests, for example on the adhesive attrition of special shoes and rolling resistance tests for bicycle tires. As such, the institute was able to actively participate in the further development of products of various sporting goods manufacturers. Findings from these collaborations are incorporated into teaching on an ongoing basis. The respiratory technology laboratory in the field of biomedical engineering was made even more suitable for practice-oriented training following additions to the available medical devices, thus being integrated even more into teaching. A fixed laboratory position was created to manage the laboratory. By moving from building A to building B, the Biomedical Engineering laboratory is now close to other laboratories and offers students more space.

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In addition to the creation of a new computer room, all the hardware in the computer rooms was updated. 140 PCs were replaced in the course of the regular renewal plan. Some 250 further devices were equipped with new, fast SSD disks. These improvements have significantly reduced the loading and log on times when using the Windows 10 operating system. An up-to-date GNU/Linux system was also available again through the already established dual-boot strategy. The latest software version of APP-V for application virtualization was rolled out. As such, a large part of the software for teaching can be made equally available on all computers. A list of software available in a particular computer room has been implemented in FH-Complete and published in the CIS. Our campus management software FH-Complete has again been supplemented with central functions: the reporting add-on became available with release 3.2, providing charts, reports and pivots from the central data inventory. An important step was taken in the substructure of FH-Complete to make the software more modular with the integration of the CodeIgniter framework. The central IT systems were renewed in several areas. For example, the video surveillance system was completely renewed (server software and cameras). Furthermore, the entire switch infrastructure in building parts A and BRC was renewed and modernised. The BRC was equipped with additional wireless access points and the Techbase auditorium with a new media facility. A new, more up-todate virtualization solution taken into service to operate our central systems. Proxmox, an internationally established and successful Austrian product for enterprise virtualization, is now being used. As it is open source software, it also offers a high degree of flexibility and


independence. At the beginning of May, the Linux weeks were held again at UAS Technikum Wien, where up to seven parallel tracks offered not only a broad spectrum of technical lectures and workshops, but also shed light

on socio-political issues. One example is the film documentary “Everything Under Control”, which was screened in the presence of the Austrian director Werner Boote.

Library One of the main focuses of the library in the 2016/17 academic year was further expanding the range of electronic resources on offer, which remain very popular among students and staff.

addition to the products already licensed by the library. With online access to more than 11,000 eBooks, over 6,000 papers and statistics, it is the portal for OECD data and analyses.

Since autumn 2016, the standards reading room has enabled electronic access to approximately 65,000 documents (ÖNORM and ÖVE standards as well as ÖVGW guidelines) , of which more than 38,000 are current standards. The newly acquired OECD iLibrary is also a good

Hence, the number of eBooks licensed by the library has increased to more than 16,000. Although the volume of print media has also increased, user demand for online resources is greater than ever before.

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total stock of print media

14,350

16,352

17,943

19,166

20,148

Number of licensed e-books

3,320

3,470

3,802

4,424

Approx. 16,000

118,453

109,269

110,393

104,984

100,575

5,669

4,855

Downloads of e-books / e-journals Lending

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STRUCTURAL CAPITAL

eLearning Laboratory In May 2017, a UAS-wide eLearning laboratory was set up to develop short teaching, learning and explanatory videos. Teachers can, with the help of experts, create videos for their classes. A closed YouTube channel has been set up to publish the teaching, learning and explanatory videos, making it easy to embed the videos in Moodle or other learning paths. Numerous videos have been produced and published since the inauguration of the eLearning lab. The UAS-wide roll-out of the service within the framework of the newly founded “Teaching and Learning Center” is planned for the 2017/18 academic year.

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In order to promote collaborations with other universities in the area of eLearning, a letter of intent was signed in February 2017 with the CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) of the University of Vienna. This cooperation aims to lead a bi-directional exchange of experience and knowhow in creating teaching and learning videos as well as open educational resources. In the course of conceiving and developing the eLearning laboratory, there was a lively exchange with the CTL of the University of Vienna. On the one hand, UAS Technikum Wien was able to shares its experience with the creation of learning videos in previous projects and, on the other hand, the available resources of the CTL could be tested for suitability. As part of the tests, it was decided to purchase a smartboard to enable the creation of learning videos with dynamic content. The experiences were integrated into the design of the new premises of the eLearning laboratory. Furthermore, a workplace to operate the smartboard and prepare graphic elements was set up, along with an editing suite for the learning videos.

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As far as possible, existing equipment from the City of Vienna-funded project “Development and Implementation of Quality Assurance Measures in Bridge Courses” was included in order to enable sustainable and resourcesaving implementation. As part of this, the production of learning videos has now been brought under the roof of the redesigned eLearning lab.


Milestones of UAS Technikum Wien Foundation of the first UAS degree program in electronics 1994

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2002

1998

UAS TW is the first institution in Vienna to obtain the status of university of applied sciences Relocation from TGM to Höchstädtplatz 3

Move into the main location at Höchstädtplatz 5, building A 2003

1997

2001

2000

1999

Foundation of the UAS TW Alumni Club

2004

Foundation of the further education academy “Technikum Wien Academy”

Move to the ENERGYbase location in Vienna’s 21st district, Giefinggasse 6

2005

2008

2006

2007

The first UAS in Austria to convert the entire range of degree programs to the bachelor’s and master’ system Move into the expanded main location at Höchstädtplatz 6, building F 2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2017

2018

Member of the European University Association (EUA) First short-cycle studies and master’s programs 2014

2015

2016

Opening of the Digital Factory of the UAS Technikum Wien


Relational Capital


RELATIONAL CAPITAL

Relational Capital There is a constant talk of increasing complexity and new challenges for society. Universities have an important role to play here. They should no longer merely generate and communicate knowledge through teaching and research, but instead play an active role in society. Sometimes there is even talk of a so-called third mission: knowledge transfer.

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On the one hand, UAS Technikum Wien is in a privileged position here while, on the other hand, it faces special challenges. Its advantage is that its partnerships with companies and other institutions have existed from the very beginning: closely involved in the network of the Association of the Austrian Electrical and Electronics Industries (FEEI) from the start and founded in response to the economy’s need for top talent, the close relationship with industry and practical applications is part of its DNA.

We maintain high standards of teaching as well as research, but we have never been an ivory tower, could never afford to be one. As a purely technical UAS, we also face a special challenge: while the demand for technical personnel in the economy in an era of digitization is greater than ever, there is still a degree of scepticism and some reservation in many places among young people, their parents and teachers about technical degree programs. They are considered too difficult, too boring or – contrary to the future opportunities – not very prestigious. Going to the schools, to events for young people, and opening up at the same time as well as eliminating contact fears, is an important requirement for us at UAS Technikum Wien, year after year, so as to work against these prejudices.

In constant dialog with the economy Contact between business and university is a permanent one: hundreds of external lecturers from various sectors make a contribution to our in-house teaching. In the degree programs, cooperation is maintained, for example, in the form of internships for students and regular guest lectures. Throughout the entire university, there were 33 recruiting partnerships in the 2016/17 academic year – more than ever before. Another 60 companies took part at the company fair, where potential employers present themselves to the students – a number that can not be increased at present due to the amount of space available. Actually, demand would have been significantly greater. The Alumni Club of UAS Technikum Wien, with 400 members at present, is an important factor for the university’s relational capital. It connects graduates, active students, teachers and businesses. Services such as career guidance for alumni and regular, well-attended

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network meetings are just two examples of its activities. At the core of the Alumni Club’s offer is the online job exchange, which regularly offers many interesting jobs as part of recruiting partnerships with companies. The second career event of UAS Technikum Wien, the Career Lounge & Master Night, offers companies another opportunity to present themselves exclusively at the University of Applied Sciences. Again in 2017, just under 40 companies were on site to promote current job opportunities in the fields of technology, IT and business as well as to get to know students and graduates in a cozy networking atmosphere. At the same time, lectures and presentations of our master’s degree programs were taking place throughout the university. As such, the Career Lounge & Master Night offers the ideal combination for those who wish to progress both professionally and academically.


Start-ups as a Driver of Innovation With an average of 400 job advertisements, the Alumni Club Job Exchange is the ideal platform for both students and graduates to take their (first) step into the world of work. A multitude of partner companies from various sectors use the Alumni Club job board to offer internships during the studies, part-time or project work as well as full-time jobs for experienced technicians after graduation.

Raising awareness among the youngest Partnerships are constantly maintained with 33 schools in the catchment area, where annual workshops and information events are held. In addition, the University of Applied Sciences presents its educational offerings at many other schools on site – measures that help anchor the option of pursing a technical course of study in the minds of potential students. Technical courses are, however, not just discussed through student advisory services. The UAS has been a member of the RoboCupJunior committee since 2007. This platform organizes annual national and international competitions for children and adolescents under the age of 19. Another initiative uses the subject of robots as an entry into the world of technology. As part of the “Robots for Kids” initiative, children between the ages of 10 and 16 are invited to work with robots for a week together with the Wiener Kinderfreunde, an association that supports children. 31 children took part. UAS TW was involved in the twelfth Vienna Daughters Day, together with 163 other organizations. And in addition to the general information events such as Open Days and the Bachelor Info Day, Robotics Day once again introduced students to robotics this year.

The issue of starting a business has come into increasing focus in recent years. Digital success stories from Silicon Valley, but also from successful domestic start-ups, are changing the way young people look at technology and self-employment. Since the 2016/17 academic year, UAS Technikum Wien has increasingly devoted itself to this topic on its own initiative. A series of freely accessible workshops followed at the first Start-up Lounge, where mainly in-house students and external interested parties listened to the experiences of active young entrepreneurs. The concepts of business plans, financing, project management and other aspects of founding a company were discussed with experts in intensive Saturday events. Another highlight of the start-up initiative: together with the UAS of bfi Wien, a “Special UAS Edition” of “Start-up Live”, an internationally established start-up event format, was staged at the UAS in April. UAS Technikum Wien has started to actively support individual student start-ups. There is now a lively exchange with many start-up students and graduates who have founded their own companies or are involved with start-ups. The technical innovations and innovative business ideas of new companies are increasingly becoming an important input for topics dealt with by the UAS in teaching. UAS Technikum Wien is in the process of establishing itself as a platform for the transfer of knowledge through its deliberately freely accessible start-up events.

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Internationalization as an Interdisciplinary Topic

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Building strategic partnerships, internationalizing degree programs, developing Internationalization@home and promoting and increasing mobility: These four fields of action defined in the 2015/16 academic year were ambitious goals that had to be implemented and followed through on this year. It was also important to raise awareness of international topics as interdisciplinary issues at UAS Technikum Wien.

with colleagues, a look beyond the borders of Austria and the different ways of working and approaches provide added value for all colleagues involved. Finally, the Chronicle shows that, behind the lofty word internationalization, there are always individuals responsible for driving such internationalization and without whom such undertakings would not be possible.

The fact that internationalization is not only present as a topic in the international offices of universities, but also as an interdisciplinary topic throughout the entire organization, is demonstrated by this year’s International Chronicle project by UAS Technikum Wien. Based on 16 contributions by colleagues from UAS Technikum Wien, staff from partner universities as well as the incoming and outgoing students of the previous years, it becomes crystal clear that internationalization affects each and every one of us. The present publication clearly shows, among many other aspects, that

Collaborations Create Synergies

n international experience is an important part of the

personal development and professional future of our students and staff,

n good cooperation between the institutions can have a

positive effect on the relations between the countries of the universities,

n the issues of equality and diversity in the future will

play an increasingly important role in dealing with different cultures and people and

n innovative approaches are needed in order to respond

swiftly to future opportunities and challenges.

The wide range of experiences and impressions in the international context once again shows that an exchange

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In April 2016, a milestone was set at UAS Technikum Wien in the field of virtual internationalization in software engineering: With the partner university Università degli Studi di Guglielmo Marconi (GMU), a university specializing exclusively in online learning, a joint degree program was set up which enriches the previous ideas of international experience. Students who were previously unable to go abroad for a certain period of time now have access to international experiences, along with learning and teaching contexts, via online elements. It enables students working on an extra-occupational basis to gain international experience whilst working at their usual job in Vienna. Significant added value is also seen in the cooperation with the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. The joint degree program “Big Data Systems” shows a lively exchange of teachers and students, financed on the basis of sustainable cooperation by the Erasmus+ project between program countries and partner countries (International Credit Mobility). In the meantime, the graduations of successful degree candidates are held once a year at the Austrian Embassy in Moscow. This cooperation demonstrates once again which synergies can arise beyond universities themselves. Similarly, in the field of eHealth, this added value conveyed by the influence of foreign universities is evident again at UAS Technikum Wien. The establishment of a strategic partnership with the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e


Alto Douro (UTAD), for which the first foundations were laid in 2012, shows to this day the importance of international exchange and input: the annual exchange of teachers between the universities as well as the staffing of and participation in the respective master’s examina-

tions in Biomedical Engineering in the form of a jury are now integral parts of the cooperation. In addition, the cooperation is a valuable research symbiosis of great importance for both lecturers and students for research and didactics.

Mobility of Students and Staff As part of recording stays abroad by employees of UAS Technikum Wien, the way in which data is collected was restructured in the 2016/17 academic year: n Staff mobility for further training purposes means, in principle, any mobility of colleagues of the university who have

visited a university abroad in the form of workshops, study visits or for short periods of work. Thus, this form of mobility includes both teachers and all the staff of a university.

n Staff mobility for educational purposes gives university lecturers the opportunity to spend at least eight hours a week

teaching at a partner university. The aim of such mobility is therefore to promote the expansion and enrichment of teaching at universities along with the exchange of expertise between scientific lecturers from universities.

As far as the mobility numbers of the past academic year are concerned, we can see an increase in the total number of stays abroad by employees: while 164 employees attended conferences, partner universities and workshops in the 2015/16 academic year, 199 employees of UAS Technikum Wien spent time abroad in 2016/17 for these purposes. Of these trips abroad, 64 stays were funded through Erasmus, of which 50 were staff stays and 14 teaching assignments. Of these 64 people, 34 were men and 30 women. In comparison, the 2016/17 academic year saw a decline in the number of guests at UAS Technikum Wien. While we received 111 guests at UAS Technikum Wien in the previous year, this number fell to just 73 in the

2016/17 academic year; of these 73, 30 colleagues received Erasmus funding at their home university. A balance can be identified here between the two types of mobility: while 13 people performed teaching activities, 17 people came to UAS Technikum Wien for further training. The aim should certainly be to increase this number of guests, also in consideration of the Internationalization@home initiative, as a measure for an international environment in the home country, among other things, for students for whom a stay abroad is not an option. In the field of student mobility, UAS Technikum Wien was able to achieve an overall increase. Both incoming students from partner universities and outgoing students

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Mobility for Everyone Beyond the Borders of Europe from UAS Technikum Wien to our partner universities showed a growing trend: from 80 incoming students in 2015/16 to 94 in 2016/17 and from 157 outgoing students in the previous year to 166 students at UAS Technikum Wien who went abroad for an exchange semester or an internship. This corresponds to the EU-wide trend: never before have so many students been mobile in Europe and never before has the topic of a stay abroad been so present in the students’ minds.

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The fact that internationalization always goes hand in hand with diversity was also demonstrated by the focus on people with disabilities in the past academic year. Erasmus+ provides support for individuals with a disability and chronic illnesses as well as for students with children. With this in mind, the aim was to raise awareness of this possibility in the Erasmus agreements with partner universities as well as on the website. A renewed submission of the EU project on International Credit Mobility, for the exchange of students and staff between program countries and partner countries, was able to finance and intensify mobility between partners of UAS Technikum Wien, including lecturer, staff and student mobility with the China Three Gorges University (China), the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia), the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (Mongolia) and the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (Argentina). The future focus will be on the specifics of the individual courses and the high diversity of the students. These topics need to be further developed in the coming years. Internationalization must be understood as an integral instrument for the further development of universities.

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Focus on the Moving Picture Printed matter such as the present intellectual capital report continue to have a special significance in university communication. Text and static images also dominate on digital channels, from the website to Instagram. In recent years, however, a strong trend towards moving images has begun. UAS Technikum Wien first appeared on television in the 1990s (such as on the ORF program “Modern Times”). However, since affordable cameras, broadband internet, and online platforms such as Youtube exist, moving images are no longer reserved for broadcasting and high-volume cinematographic works. The young generation is growing up today with the possibility to be able to film at any time and, at the same time, to have access to all kinds of moving images. Videos had to be increasingly used in marketing and communication so as to not to lag behind here with communication efforts. In the 2016/17 academic year, more than two hours of video material were produced – we interviewed and created portraits of students, course directors, and first and foremost, graduates. In the successful series of portraits, alumni are visited at their workplaces, providing a variety of answers to a question that always goes together with student guidance and university marketing: “What shall I do with my degree later in my professional life?” The video material can be found on the UAS TW website and on the YouTube channel of the University of Applied Sciences.

A portrait of all graduates: https://www.technikum-wien.at/newsroom/mediathek/ videos/absolventinnen-absolventen-im-portraet/


Teaching


TEACHING

Teaching In the 2016/17 academic year, 16 bachelor’s and 20 master’s degree programs were offered at the UAS Technikum Wien in three different organizational formats (full-time, extraoccupational, or distance-learning programs). Each degree program is assigned to one of four existing study centers with regard to content and organization: n Communication Technologies

& Electronic Engineering

n Information Technologies & Business Solutions n Engineering & Environmental Technologies n Life Science Technologies

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In the 2016/17 academic year, the master’s in Mechanical Engineering was successfully created as a new degree program. The new master’s program is intended to provide students with the know-how required to cope with the increasing digitization in mechanical engineering. The focus of this study program is on developing machinery and plants, starting from coming up with ideas and preparing drafts in a structured way down to the construction, calculation and simulation thereof. Graduates should be able to understand, organize, plan and manage this entire development process in a variety of mechanical engineering sectors. Austria’s first dual computer science degree program will start in the 2017/18 winter semester, meeting the strong demand for computer science study places with an attractive, practice-integrated study model. Compared to the full-time format, the “dual” organizational format has a much larger number of compulsory practical phases in partner companies, which are anchored in the curriculum in terms of content and organization and are aimed at promoting the systematic interlocking of knowledge and application, of theory and practice as well as of abstraction and problem.

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Even universities cannot and should not turn a blind eye to the current digitization trend. Particular importance is attached here to the resulting changes in teaching. Today’s students are digital natives who have grown up with digital technologies such as smartphones and the Internet and do not want to do without them in the lecture hall. Internet-enabled devices can be proactively integrated into lessons, for example, to conduct live surveys or online research. Ultimately, classes presented by lecturers and attended by students should also be enriched digitally. In the flipped classroom concept, for example, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the subject areas being dealt with in the next class by watching video tutorials and/or reading eBooks themselves. As an “incentive” to do such preparatory work, evaluation-relevant online quizzes may be held at the beginning of the class. The short, and therefore all the more valuable, time in the classroom can then be used to clarify open questions, to practice together, to take a closer look at specific examples or to hold discussions. The role of the lecturer as a presenter is thus expanded to that of a learning supervisor or coach. At the Institute for Management, Economics and Law at UAS Technikum Wien, several courses are supplemented by flipped classroom elements. With relevant didactic trainings as well as workshops on topics such as “Moodle” or “Creating your own teaching videos”, the Vice Rectorate for Teaching of the UAS Technikum Wien aims to provide such media didactic tools to a broader group of internal and external lecturers to enable teaching in the flipped classroom model to be successful.


Degree program

Type

Semester

Full-time extra-occupational distance learning

University places

Biomedical Engineering

BSc

6

FT

80

Biomedical Engineering Sciences

MSc

4

FT

20

Electronic Engineering

BSc BSc

6 6

FT EO

40 60

MSc

4

EO

35

Electronics & Business Embedded Systems

BSc MSc

Game Engineering and Simulation

MSc

Renewable Urban Energy Systems

Healthcare and Rehabilitation Technology

MSc

6 4 4 4

Industrial Electronics

MSc

Information Management and IT Security

MSc

BSc

6

Information and Communication Systems & Services Innovation and Technology Management

DL EO FT FT

30 30 15

30

4

EO

20

4

EO

40

BSc

6

EO

60

MSc

4

EO

35

MSc BSc BSc

4 6 6

EO FT FT

55 62 60

MSc BSc

4 6

EO FT

20 30

Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology

MSc MSc

4 4

FT EO

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

MSc

4

EO

30

FT FT

40 30

DL EO

30 30

DL

30

Computer Science

Integrated Urban Development – Smart City International Business and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics/Robotics Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies

Software Development

Sports Equipment Technology Telecommunications and Internet Technologies Urban Renewable Energy Technologies

Transport and Environment Business Informatics

Business Informatics

FT Full-time, EO: extra-occupational, DL: distance learning

MSc BSc

MSc

MSc BSc

MSc BSc

BSc BSc

BSc

BSc MSc

MSc

MSc

4 6

4

4 6

4

6

6 6

FT

EO EO

FT

EO FT

EO FT

6

EO

4

EO (English)

6 4 4

70

28 75

20

30 50 30 35 33

75

30

30

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Students The slow but steady increase in the number of students in recent years continued. For the first time, more than 4,000 people studied at UAS Technikum Wien in the 2016/17 academic year. Both the ratio of full-time and extra-occupational degree programs and the proportion of women in these types of study showed only minor changes compared to previous years.

2013/14

3,973

2016/17

3,710

Full-time students

1,721

46 %

1,795

47 %

1,875

47 %

1,958

48 %

– Full-time female students

292

17 %

322

18 %

337

18 %

362

18 %

1,989

54 %

2,032

53 %

2,098

53 %

2,135

52 %

301

15 %

316

16 %

360

17 %

387

18 %

– Extra-occupational female students

3,827

2015/16

Total students

Extra-occupational students 40

2014/15

4,093

Due to the continuing increase in demand for technical training and development, UAS Technikum Wien also accepted more students in the 2016/17 academic year than there were state-funded places. These additional spaces are provided in accordance with the available budget and without impacting the consistently high quality of education at the university.

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Proportion of Female Students The proportion of female students has risen slightly, following the trend of recent years. Currently, just over 18 percent of all students are female. At the Life Science Technologies study center, one third of all students are female – more than twice as many women as the average of the other three study centers. It is likely that this is related, among other things, to teaching content, especially in the chemical and medical fields, which are traditionally more strongly perceived as an option for female students than other technical fields. The proportion of women in technical training programs / professions is still low. UAS Technikum Wien has introduced several measures to attract more women to engineering and technical study programs and designed underlying conditions that particularly support female students. Conferences and events such as Daughters’ Days or the FiT Study Program Information Fair aim to attract female school students and high-school graduates and inform them about technical and engineering training options. The measures implemented in the past four academic years to boost the share of women among students as part of the “Women in Skilled Trades and Engineering” (FiT) program were successfully continued in the 2016/17 academic year. The number of preparatory courses for women in cooperation with the Austrian Public Employment Service doubled from one to two. The female participants are specially prepared for the Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies as well as Traffic and Environment bachelor degree programs. The goal of UAS Technikum Wien in the context of supporting women is not only to generate interest among women for studying, but also to promote and support those female students who have already decided in favor of technical education.

As such, in the past academic year, a separate information platform was set up, among other things, for topics that mainly concern female students. The decision to take a technical or engineering course often depends on having suitable role models. This is why, in 2017, the four best female students at UAS Technikum Wien were presented with “1000 euros, not flowers”, a performance-based scholarship for female students with outstanding grades; this is the eleventh year in a row that the scholarship has been awarded. Two further scholarships focusing on the compatibility of family, career, and studies, were also awarded. These six female students are accompanied by female business mentors at work. In addition, in cooperation with the Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry (FEEI), two meetings were held already to promote networking for female students and graduates of the UAS Technikum Wien on the subject of “Start-up or Corporate Career”. In spring 2017, the first “University and Family Audit” was successfully completed. 20 measures to improve the reconciliation of work or study and family were implemented between 2014 and 2017. Building on this, eleven further measures were developed and to be implemented by 2020 in order to promote compatibility. For example, there are plans to further improve the availability of childcare at the UAS or to communicate the organizational framework conditions of all study programs at an earlier stage in order to make planning easier and avoid scheduling conflicts.

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Students with Foreign Citizenship The trend towards a slowly but steadily more international student body at UAS Technikum Wien continued in the past academic year. While the proportion of students from the EU area remained largely constant, the proportion of third-country students outside the EU increased. However, by country of origin, Germany, with more than three times as many students, still plays an important role at the UAS Technikum Wien as the next largest country of origin. Iran, Ukraine and India are, as in the previous year, the three next-largest countries of origin. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that an increasing number of foreign students coming to UAS Technikum Wien are female. The internationalization of degree programs, which was decided and started in past academic years, offers these foreign students additional opportunities to study at the UAS Technikum Wien, among others.

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2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Proportion of students with foreign citizenship

15 %

16 %

18 %

20 %

– of which EU

8 %

8 %

7 %

8 %

– of which non-EU

7 %

8 %

11 %

12 %

Proportion of female students with foreign citizenship

20 %

24 %

26 %

28 %

Proportion of male students with foreign citizenship

14 %

15 %

16 %

18 %

75

78

82

84

Nations represented

Germany

Iran

Ukraine

India

Students 2014/15

151

26

54

35

Students 2015/16

142

44

45

44

Students 2016/17

166

54

39

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The differences between the study centers regarding the proportion of foreign students have become less pronounced. In Communication Technologies & Electronic Engineering, the proportion of students from outside the EU is highest, while in Life Science Technologies, the share of students from other EU countries is higher.

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Students by Type of School There were no major changes compared to previous years with regard to the previous education of students at UAS Technikum Wien. Graduates of a vocational high school (BHS) continue to represent the largest group of students. The second-biggest group is made up of graduates from a high school providing general education (AHS). More than 70 percent of all students have come from one of these types of schools. The proportion of students with a foreign school-leaving certificate – the third largest group – has steadily increased in the past, yet decreased slightly in the 2016/17 academic year. While female students increasingly start at UAS Technikum Wien after graduating from a high school providing general education, male students mainly came from vocational high schools.

2015/16

2016/17

total

in %

Proportion of women

total

in %

Proportion of women

BHS (incl. college)

1,664

42 %

10 %

1,769

43 %

10 %

AHS

1,199

30 %

27 %

1,203

29 %

28 %

Graduates from foreign secondary schools

598

15 %

25 %

579

14 %

21 %

Non-conventional access

283

7 %

8 %

317

8 %

7 %

Others

229

6 %

16 %

225

5 %

18 %

18 %

4,093

Total

3,973

18 %

For some years, UAS Technikum Wien has been offering preparatory courses in mathematics, physics, English, and German to prepare potential students for the qualification exam.

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Master’s Students after Completion of Academic Degree The vast majority of all master’s students at UAS Technikum Wien still have a bachelor’s degree. Once again, most of them have graduated from universities of applied sciences, even if the proportion of students with a bachelor’s degree has increased in the last few years (from 12 percent to 20 percent within three years). Female students are more likely to have a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or higher) than male students. 77 percent of all male master’s students, but only 47 percent of all female master’s students, had a degree from a university of applied sciences. By contrast, 50 percent of female students, but only 22 percent of male students, hold a university degree. It is also striking that female master’s students already have a master’s degree or higher degree from a university or college more often (19 percent compared to eight percent of male students), meaning they did not chose the “traditional” path of doing a master’s degree immediately after completing a bachelor’s degree.

2015/16

44

2016/17

total

in %

Proportion of women

total

in %

Proportion of women

992

67 %

14 %

1,002

67 %

13 %

8

1 %

38 %

8

1 %

25 %

University bachelor’s degree

269

18 %

32 %

306

20 %

36 %

UAS master’s degree

64

4 %

25 %

55

4 %

25 %

University master’s degree (and higher)

132

9%

34 %

106

7 %

41 %

Others

18

1 %

50 %

16

1 %

50 %

20 %

1,493

UAS bachelor’s degree Post-secondary program

Total

UAS Technikum Wien

1,483

20 %


Student Mobility From 2014/15 to 2015/16 – among other things as part of the implementation of the internationalization strategy – the number of students at UAS Technikum Wien going abroad (outgoings) increased by more than 50 percent. In the 2016/17 academic year, there was another – much smaller – increase in outgoing students. Student internships abroad increased particularly strongly. 2015/16

2016/17

total

female

male

total

female

male

Total outgoings

157

43

112

166

46

120

– of which semester abroad

99

26

73

86

25

61

– of which internship

56

17

39

80

21

59

– of which summer school

2

0

2

0

0

0 45

In the 2014/15 academic year, the number of students who went to UAS to study abroad was about the same as the number of students who came from abroad to UAS (incomings). In the 2015/16 academic year, however, the number of outgoings was double the number of incomings. Even though a few more incoming students studied at UAS Technikum Wien in the 2016/17 academic year, the number was still considerably lower than the number of outgoing students.

2015/16

2016/17

total

female

male

total

female

male

Total incoming students

80

29

51

94

36

58

– of which semester abroad

78

29

49

93

36

57

– of which internship

2

0

2

1

0

1

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Course Completions / Graduates Altogether, a little over 10,000 graduates have completed a degree at UAS Technikum Wien so far. In the 2016/17 academic year, slightly fewer students completed their studies than in 2015/16. The numbers remained at about the same level as two academic years ago. The year-on-year decline relates to the master’s degrees, while the bachelor’s degrees reached a new high of nearly 600 graduates. The proportion of female students among the graduates continues to rise slowly but steadily.

2013/14

46

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

total

w

m

total

w

m

total

w

m

total

w

m

Bachelor’s degrees

515

70

445

569

86

483

545

79

466

589

101

488

Master’s degrees

443

82

361

491

92

399

556

121

435

487

100

387

Total degrees and certificates

958

152

806

1,060

178

882

1,101

200

901

1,076

201

875

16%

Proportion of fem. graduates

Change as compared to the previous year

UAS Technikum Wien

+3.8 %

17 % +10.6%

18 % +3.9 %

19 % -2.7 %


Applicants While there was a slight increase in applicants (those who have completed a ranking procedure at UAS Technikum Wien) for bachelor’s degree programs and thus reached a new high, there was a slight decrease in those for master’s degree programs. 2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Applicants

Accepted female st.

Applicants

Accepted female st.

Applicants

Accepted female st.

Applicants

Accepted female st.

Bachelor’s degree programs

1,660

971

1,774

923

1,942

1,082

1,966

1,034

Master’s degree programs

1,010

681

954

635

998

651

927

627

Total

2,670

1,652

2,728

1,558

2,940

1,733

2,893

1,661

The ratio of admissions to applicants continues to show greater differences between bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Approximately half of all applicants were enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs and two out of three applicants in master’s degree programs. Over the long term, the enrollment rate for both bachelor’s and master’s degree courses has declined; five years ago, in the 2012/13 academic year, it was ten percentage points higher for bachelor’s degree programs and two percentage points higher for master’s degree programs than in the 2016/17 academic year.

Ratio of accepted students to applicants

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Bachelor’s degree programs

58 %

52 %

56 %

53 %

Master’s degree programs

67 %

67 %

65 %

68 %

Total

62 %

57 %

59 %

57 %

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The proportion of women among enrolled students, at 19 percent, was slightly higher than the share of female students to the total number of students. The proportion of female students is therefore at least remaining constant. The interest of female students in the degree programs at UAS Technikum Wien – compared to the proportion of female applicants in all applicants – has remained virtually unchanged, although slightly more female applicants have been admitted than in the previous year.

2014/15

2016/17

Female applicants

Accepted female students

Female applicants

Accepted female students

Female applicants

Accepted female students

Bachelor’s degree programs

20 %

16 %

21 %

16 %

22 %

18 %

Master’s degree programs

20 %

20 %

23 %

21 %

23 %

22 %

Total

20 %

18%

22 %

18 %

22 %

19 %

Proportion of women

48

2015/16

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Digitalization of Teaching The term digitization refers to the creation of digital representations of physical objects or analog media and, subsequently, to the associated change of processes as a result of the use of digital devices. This will enable the extension or replacement of existing forms of teaching and learning and the reinforcement of collaborative learning scenarios as well as the development of new target groups for study and the increasing individualisation of learning. From an educational point of view, these possibilities have been apparent since the 1990s in the context of eLearning and blended learning. The concept of digital learning – formulated in contrast to analog learning – includes the possibility of eLearning as well as the possibilities of online learning and social learning. Looking at the technological educational options in detail, they can be differentiated as follows: n Interactivity of learning objects. Examples: inter-

n

n

n

n

active exercises on programming languages and statistics, flashcards for language learning. Flexible distribution of learning times. Examples: online-based learning environments, lecture casts, screen casts and audio casts, online courses with large numbers of students (so-called MOOCs). Networking of asynchronous and synchronous learning phases. Examples: webinars, online conferences, chats (synchronous) and forums (asynchronous) on learning platforms or in virtual classrooms, flipped or inverted classroom approach with media offers such as explanatory videos, etc. Integration of collaborative elements. Examples: communities of practice in a dual study course, social learning in the context of a MOOC. Virtualization of learning objects. Examples: virtual microscope, case work with virtual patient.

These technological educational options make it easier to design individual learning paths in the sense of enabling the free choice of learning times, an individual choice (at least in part) of the learning objects to be processed and individual feedback, as far as possible, on the learning achievements. In the higher education sector, this is exemplified by the flipped classroom approach, in which the learning content (“transfer of content”) is prepared prior to the actual class. There are various media offerings available such as explanatory videos, slide scripts, screen casts, web-based training, etc. In the classroom, the focus is then on applying the learning content through practical action and the processing of tasks. In principle, good teaching can be ensured using all didactic methods – from keynote lectures to group puzzles and the flipped classroom – as long as the university teachers manage to challenge the students to think. The particular advantage of digital teaching is that such forms of teaching, learning and studying also serve the needs of students in a contemporary way. At UAS Technikum Wien, digital learning is currently being implemented, among other things, through teaching and explanatory videos (particularly in mathematics and physics) and through eBooks, through the processing of mini-tasks (including in larger groups) and through the use of surveys (such as to obtain opinions or to determine preliminary knowledge) as well as through online conferences and electronically supported forms of examinations. Prof. (FH) Dr. Martin Lehner Vice Rector for Teaching


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Research & Development Following consolidation in the 2015/16 academic year, research activity at UAS Technikum Wien increased again during the past academic year. The long-term trend towards a change in the support structure continued.

A Summary of R&D Developments In the academic years before 2015/16, both the number and total volume of R&D projects at UAS Technikum Wien (including the wholly owned subsidiary Technikum Wien GmbH) grew steadily. In the 2015/16 academic year, the volume of projects remained virtually unchanged; in the 2016/17 academic year, there was again a considerable increase in the research activity carried out by researchers at UAS Technikum Wien. For the first time, over one hundred projects were running in one academic year with a total volume of over five million euros, which had not previously been achieved. In absolute terms, the increase in volume is disproportionately due to subsidized projects. The number of commissioned projects increased from 29 in the 2015/16 academic year to 41 in the last academic year but, due to the comparatively lower volumes in this area, this increase is not matched by a proportional increase in volume or third-party funds due to orders.

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Developments of the Funding Structure The structure of funded projects has changed over the past few academic years. While, in the 2012/13 academic year, ten projects (with a share of 16 percent of third-party funded projects) were financed by international sponsors, there were only four such projects (with a share of two percent) in the last academic year. The continuous decline in international funding is mainly due to different success rates between the EU’s previous (FP7) and current European Framework Program (Horizon 2020). While approval was given to participate in several FP7 projects, this is not yet the case in Horizon 2020, despite numerous submissions being made in this funding channel over the

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past few academic years. The growth in research activity is therefore mainly due to national and local funding. The national subsidies are grants from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, which make up around 30 percent of all third-party funding, as well as grants from the Christian Doppler Society for a Josef Ressel Center. Local subsidies are those from the University of Applied Sciences funding program of the City of Vienna. Their share of total third-party funding from R&D has increased in recent years, from 48 percent in the 2012/13 academic year to 59 percent in the past academic year. This funding scheme is currently of great importance to ensure the continuation


of research and development at the UAS Technikum Wien at the current level. With regard to the size of the completed projects, the number of micro projects (with a volume of less than EUR 100,000) as well as those of large-scale projects (more than EUR 500,000) has increased. Together, these already account for 71 percent, compared to just 44 percent two years ago. The trend is therefore towards projects with a very short running time and that have results that can be implemented immediately in practice on the one hand, and towards projects with a longer term and to develop R&D activities on the other. “Medium-term� projects are steadily decreasing in the portfolio of UAS Technikum Wien.

Current small-scale projects are largely the innovation checks and qualification projects for the economy (such as the qualification networks) sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. Current large-scale projects include a number of projects supported by the City of Vienna, and two projects funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, which serve to build research expertise for the economy (COIN funding program). There is also a Josef Ressel Center, which is funded by the Christian Doppler Society for a total of five years.

R&D in a General Context Within the last five years, the R&D volume at UAS Technikum Wien increased by 66 percent. It remains to be seen if and how this growth will continue over the next few years. Above all, the situation of the funding agencies with partly stagnating funding budgets and an increasing number of applicants for funding is serving to limit a continuation of this growth. For example, the proportion of approved applications to that of all Horizon 2020 applications is only around 11 percent. Against this background, the targeted development of research topics as well as the strategic use of funding channels are of great importance for UAS Technikum Wien. Dialog within the scientific communities is an indispensable prerequisite for state-of-the-art research. On the other hand, networking with other research institutions and business partners is a necessary condition for promising project applications, especially in international funding programs such as Horizon 2020 or foreign cooperation of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. In the past academic year, 90 publications were published by UAS Technikum Wien researchers. There was particularly strong growth among scientific dissemination activities of researchers: from 148 scientific lectures or poster contributions in the 2015/16 academic year to 187 in the past academic year. The researchers at UAS Technikum Wien are also very well connected, as 70 different memberships in scientific committees show.

In order to enable the scientific staff at UAS Technikum Wien to achieve a higher degree of qualification, there is has been the possibility to obtain UAS-internal thesis funding since the 2014/15 academic year, meaning that researchers employed at UAS Technikum Wien can use part of their working time for their doctoral thesis. Conference participation and publications within the context of the thesis are financially supported. In the past academic year, eight researchers were supported in this way, including two women. The close connection between teaching and research is very important at UAS Technikum Wien. Teacher research activities enable current developments to be incorporated into teaching. In the 2017/18 academic year, several R&D projects funded by the City of Vienna have been launched to intensify this relationship by testing new methodological approaches to transfer knowledge or create new curricula in various degree programs. Thus, for example, didactic approaches of problem-based learning are being implemented or new tools to teach IT security concepts are being used.

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Organization of R&D at the UAS Technikum Wien The strategic research activities of UAS Technikum Wien are organized via the cross-institute research focal areas: n Embedded Systems & Cyber-Physical Systems n Renewable Urban Energy Systems

n Secure Services, eHealth & Mobility

n Tissue Engineering & Molecular Life Science Technologies n Automation & Robotics

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This is the largest relevance-based research field at UAS Technikum Wien and it covers every conceivable aspect of embedded systems and cyber-physical systems. Located at the Department of Embedded Systems, this research focal area includes the two basic technological fields of “testing and verification of distributed embedded computer systems” and “design of embedded computer systems” as well as “smart home and assistive technologies” applications. The research activities focus not only on the development and expansion of competencies, but also on the utilization of the results for academic teaching in subject-relevant degree programs at UAS Technikum Wien. The two projects, OpenLab and iPLAT, funded by the MA23 as part of the University of Applied Sciences funding program of the City of Vienna, are a good example of this. The OpenLab competence team is involved in the implementation of open, cost-effective laboratory infrastructure, which will enable students in electronics/electrical engineering laboratory courses to enjoy greater flexibility in terms of time and space. As part of the research phase at the beginning of the project, specifications for typical measuring instruments of an electronics laboratory were extracted from the training data of the different courses and used as a starting point to develop the laboratory infrastructure. In its final version, the OpenLab Signal Toolkit provides a pool of microcontroller-based gauges, ranging from an oscilloscope and signal generator to an

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RCL multimeter, a constant voltage/current source and a logic analyzer. Based standard components, specific hardware was developed for each gauge, which processes the measured signals and transmits them to the control PC, through which the energy is supplied via the USB interface. It was possible to achieve a significant project goal of keeping the cost of the OpenLab signal toolkit low by using standard components, There is also a Java-based app for each gauge, allowing students to analyze the measured signals in a variety of ways to interpret and reflect on the measurement results. The core content of the iPLAT (Innovative Platforms for Mixed Hardware / Software Systems) project is the replacement of microelectronics boards currently used in teaching at UAS Technikum Wien with innovative platforms and modern development tools for mixed hardware/software systems. Several degree programs of the Institute for Embedded Systems will benefit from this. Among other things, the goal is to be able to continue providing students with up-to-date qualifications at UAS Technikum Wien. At the same time, this enables the interdisciplinarily alignment of existing courses with an increased level of networking for hardware and software topics. However, it would not have been possible to provide the effort required here without such a funded project. For example, a large


number of new teaching boards were purchased in the first year of the project. Specifically, numerous teaching materials were created in the past year, examples developed of how to get started in the topic and work begun on the construction of an interactive demonstrator. The Moodle e-learning platform used at UAS Technikum Wien will also be integrated to a considerable extent. Given the possibility for students to borrow these platforms at any time, the situation is also set to get better for student groups at UAS Technikum Wien, who are faced with specific obstacles while studying (professionals, persons with physical impairments, single parents, etc.). Thanks to the creation and integration of tutorials, examples of getting started or overview documents on

available platforms and tools in a barrier-free and preferably multilingual project wiki, groups of people outside UAS Technikum Wien can also be provided with an easy and barrier-free introduction to the topic. The use of opensource tools or free “Student Editions” is also intended to make the technology available to people from low-income groups (including in poorer countries) and thus counteract the digital divide. By realizing an interactive demonstrator for events such as the “Open Days”, the “Long Night of Research” or the “Vienna Research Festival” as well as other accompanying measures, the aim is to achieve a broad awareness of technology and natural sciences, thereby resulting in a long-term increase in the number of students as well as of the non-professorial teaching staff at UAS Technikum Wien. 55

Renewable Urban Energy Systems The energy transition is the name given to the transformation of a worldwide energy system that is currently built mainly on coal, oil and natural gas. Climatic effects and dwindling supplies are reasons for the transition, which will be a generational task. Above all, the increase in the use of energy generated from photovoltaics and wind, as well as hydropower, poses a major technological, systemic and economic challenge due to the variable nature of such production. Questions relating to the overall environmental impact of this change – economic, social and, above all, user acceptance issues – are examined in a variety of ways under the Renewable Urban Energy Systems focus at the Institute of Renewable Energy. Many research projects are focusing in particular on very densely populated urban areas with high energy densities.

UAS Technikum Wien is expanding their R&D activities in this area, in collaboration with universities and other research institutions, and with the energy industry and other Austrian companies; they are also acting in a consultancy function to the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation, and Technology. In 2016/17, work was performed on more than 20 national and European research and education projects. Senior tasks in national and international expert networks – for instance the deputy head of the photovoltaic research program of the International Energy Agency (IEA) or the chairman of the Austrian Technology Platform Photovoltaics – are in the hands of the experts of the institute as well as the position of scientific director of symposia such as the annual “Austrian Photovoltaic Symposium”.

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Interoperability is a key component of the success of the energy transition and contributes to investment protection on the part of users as well as manufacturers. The normalized use of technical standards for interfaces and communication protocols is a central requirement for cost-efficient system integration. Seamless interoperability is particularly important in smart grids (power grids that communicatively connect consumers, producers and storage units and can be controlled in real time), as the transition to smart grids is implemented gradually and new components need to be integrated into an existing overall system. The aim of the IES project, which is being implemented in cooperation with the Austrian technology platform Smart Grids Austria, among others, is to develop a modular process chain to achieve smart grid interoperability. Standards are normalized as interoperability profiles for various applications, followed by a demonstration of the processes and interoperability tests. The project builds on existing methodologies for evaluating and testing the interoperability of technical solutions. The most important innovation in the project is the cross-industry transfer of the existing knowledge of project partners, for example with regard to profiling and the test environment, to the smart grid area. The result of the project is a detailed, documented procedure for the normalized use of standards in smart grids. The description of the processes and the practical implementation thereof is producer-neutral in order to ensure long-term interoperability and acceptance in the energy sector. The transparent process and the open accessibility of the database for technical specifications and profiles guarantee sustainable investment protection to technology providers of interoperable products and services. In this way, interoperability will create an increasing level of competition for better products with falling prices and a given level of security. Photovoltaics is one of the key drivers of the EU’s planned increase in the share of renewables to 20 percent of total energy production by 2020, given the high availability of solar energy. The rapid growth of the market for photo-

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voltaic modules in recent years has led to an enormous drop in prices and consolidation in the industry. The current situation is characterized by competition between existing technologies and global production locations (Europe and America vs. Asia). Nevertheless, the market continues to grow steadily, especially in climatically sensitive regions with high levels of solar radiation. The main competitive challenges comprise a more efficient use of material and energy resources in the manufacture of photovoltaic modules and the development of new and innovative product solutions that are optimized for different climatic conditions in order to open up new markets. The INFINITY project will address these challenges – in cooperation with Carinthian Tech Research AG, the Austrian Institute of Technology and Infineon Technologies Austria – and design innovative components and photovoltaic modules for operation in different environmental conditions as well as load profiles for emerging markets. In the long term, these are to be established in global growth markets and evaluated under real conditions. In addition, in order for photovoltaic systems installed in different (e.g. temperate, desert, tropical, alpine) climate zones to operate efficiently, technically and economically adapted as well as location-dependent guidelines for monitoring and maintenance are being developed. The present project focuses on creating the foundations for competitive, innovative products, such as climate-adapted materials and photovoltaic modules, which can be flexibly and quickly adapted to defined conditions of use. The project consortium comprising scientific and industrial partners covers all aspects along the value creation chain. The research institutes involved develop innovative solutions for different climatic zones and regional characteristics, such as unstable electricity grids. The company partners will translate the findings into successful innovations for global markets. The INFINITY project will therefore make a fundamental contribution to helping Austria assume a pioneering role in specific areas of the photovoltaic industry.


Secure Services, eHealth & Mobility The provision of “smart services” is a key challenge for organizations involved in research and development in the field of information and communication technologies. “Smart” means, on the one hand, using the most up-to-date technologies and available data, and on the other, solving societal challenges with the help of technology in an intelligent manner. Important approaches to this include not only the use of modern technological architectural approaches but also intelligent processes involving the users. The interdisciplinary research focus has set itself the goal, based on in-depth knowledge in the field of development of desktop as well as server and mobile systems, of developing future-oriented concepts, technologies and services in the field of eHealth and mobility, and to make them available for embedding in the organizational and social ecosystems. Since it often involves the processing of sensitive personal data, concepts for cyber security and privacy play a central role. In a globalized world, it has been determined that the interoperability of systems is one of the most essential requirements. Corresponding and extensive competencies have been developed through the active participation of employees in numerous international standardization bodies. Thanks to the extensive competence of the staff in the interdisciplinary research focus, it was possible to involve, in the context of collaborative and complex R&D projects, not only the core specialist institutes, but also numerous institutes with different R&D focal areas at UAS Technikum Wien. The aim is to further promote such work in the future so as to make greater use of interdisciplinary strength. In addition to the numerous funded R&D projects (such as REHABitation, LOALiS, KitSmart, IESAustria, Innovate, GreisslerPLUS), various projects were commissioned by industry and public institutions as well. These include the development of a telemonitoring framework architecture (which was up for public appraisal this year), the development of numerous CDA documents for the Austrian healthcare system and the processing of numerous innovation checks in cooperation with Austrian SMEs. Although Austria is at the forefront of developing eHealth and mHealth solutions in the EU, innovation in this area will continue to be essential in the near future to leverage existing developments and technologies, find new

approaches, and to stay ahead of the pack and continue expanding. In practice, however, there are significant challenges when implementing innovative ideas: the interoperable integration of complete systems, the implementation of security and privacy or the provision of suitable test, simulation and presentation environments are major entry barriers. The aim of the the Innovate project is thus to implement an innovation lab for medical technology and eHealth at UAS Technikum Wien. This should provide an easy-to-use technological basis on which privacycompliant, easy-to-use solutions can be developed even without high-level specialist knowledge. This technical foundation as well as the test and demonstration laboratory reduce the technological entry threshold for development teams and make innovative products accessible and tangible for everyone. The laboratory also demonstrates structured innovation processes, from user requirements through to the implementation of systems, and makes it possible to actively shape the knowledge society of the future. In this environment, students and young researchers, as well as companies themselves, are able to research innovative applications and solutions, and also to expand and improve existing solutions. For the economy, the technological base that has been developed may substantially lower the barriers to entry for future innovative new (mobile) eHealth products for Austria and the world market. Being supplied with everyday goods is a basic need of all people. Major food companies often offer a wide range of goods at competitive prices and are able to promote these with expensive marketing campaigns. Small grocery stores, which are often found in the heart of rural communities, have difficulty in being competitive and operating in these conditions. Due to these developments, the supply of everyday goods is increasingly difficult especially in rural areas.

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Tissue Engineering & Molecular Life Science Technologies For older or less mobile people, this development jeopardizes the ability of such people to take care of themselves and to live independently. Previous research results in the small region of Schneebergland have led to the idea of an ICT platform that will help local producers as well as residents to meet their local needs. The cooperative research and development project GreisslerPLUS focuses on raising the requirements for such a platform, designing a prototype for the small region of Schneebergland and trialling it as part of a test phase.

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Intelligent production concepts such as Industry 4.0, Smart Production etc. require the ever-increasing use of ICT and a higher degree of interconnectedness of ICT and production environments. However, this also changes work situations and thus the demands on safety, because the merger of production and ICT systems means that machine safety and IT security can no longer be separated. The interconnectedness of the systems creates new cybersecurity risks that interact with safety. The project analyzes the complex interactions of safety and security in smart production for relevant hazards in four application scenarios and, on this basis, develops an integrated security concept including implementation guidelines in practice, which meets TÜV requirements for forwardlooking, legally compliant security. This safety concept is implemented as a pilot project in the Digital Factory of UAS Technikum Wien, to be validated and certified by TÜV Austria. The Digital Factory is thereby transformed into a “Living Lab” for the transfer of knowledge to companies (especially SMEs) and universities.

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The research activities of the Department of Biochemical Engineering uses Molecular Life Science Technologies and biochemistry concepts. This approach makes it possible to examine potential risks for the environment and the health of people. In the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Therapies fields of competence, techniques are being further developed and optimized that make it possible to replace damaged or destroyed tissue in patients. One of the focal areas of regenerative medicine at UAS Technikum Wien is to discover how shock waves affect cells and tissue. In the fields of ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry, cellular systems and simple organisms such as bacteria and algae are used to identify the risk potential of chemicals and their combinations in the environment. Molecular biological methods are used to understand how these undesirable substances works. The focus of microsystems is on the miniaturization of cell-based assays. A particularly promising feature here is the realization of conditions that enable the tiniest 3D classification of organ-like cells on the microchip (organon-chip). In the field of Biomaterials, many years of intensive research and development work on an innovative silk fiber-based framework for the regeneration of tendons and ligaments in 2017 received the science award from the Austrian Society for Trauma Surgery (ÖGU) for the best experimental work in the field of trauma surgery. In a long-term study, the regeneration of the anterior cruciate ligament under in vivo conditions has been successfully demonstrated.


New findings in the field of signal transduction and disease models for use in the regeneration of skeletal muscle have also received international acclaim and were recognized as the best original work in experimental shockwave therapy at the International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment Congress in San SebastiĂ n (Spain) in 2016. It has been shown that shockwave treatment of myoblasts and muscle stem cells results in a higher proliferative capacity compared to their controls in an energy-dependent manner. The beneficial effect of shockwave therapy could induce a new therapeutic use of shockwaves to treat patients suffering from muscular atrophy caused by the lack of functional muscle stem cells due to aging. In the area of ecotoxicology, the fish embryo toxicity test with zebra fish embryos was successfully established.

Since 2013, this test has been an internationally recognized alternative method to previous standard toxicity tests using adult fish, as in these early stages of development, no pain sensitivity has been detected. In addition to delays in development and deformities as a result of environmental chemicals, a tracking system enables the swimming behaviour of zebra fish larva, which may also have been changed, to be characterized. By adjusting the system and adapting the analysis software, the tracking system can also be successfully and automatically be applied to the swimming behaviour of water fleas (daphnia), which are also a key model organism in aquatic ecotoxicology. These research results were presented at the international congress of the European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing and received with great interest by the research community.

Automation & Robotics Automation and robotics are important core areas for the development of efficient, resource-conserving production systems, but also for non-industrial applications. Both society and the market require mechatronic systems that are user- and environmentally-friendly, as well as being highly efficient and adaptive, i.e. intelligent. The primary driving force here is the digitization of machines, systems, products, and associated components. Innovative automation and robotics solutions combine engineering expertise with highly developed sensor concepts and efficient computer algorithms. The networking and communication of system elements via the Internet and the processing of the data acquired in this way enable a wide range of technical concepts and business models, the development of which has only just begun. When it comes to system architecture, security, and direct cooperation between humans and machinery, current concepts regarding this “fourth industrial revolution� leave many questions open.

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The automation and robotics development field focuses on application-oriented research in the following issues: n Advanced automation: smart anufacturing in the Digital Factory, control and regulation of mechatronic systems, artifi-

cial intelligence in the factory of the future

n Innovative sensors: imaging sensor systems, intelligent sensors and sensor signal processing, multimodal sensors and

sensor fusion, machine learning

n Robotics: selected issues relating to industrial, mobile and service robotics, collaborative robotics, intelligent industrial

work assistants, cognitive robotics, human machine interface

n Material technologies and generative manufacturing procedures: new materials (long fiber reinforced) and intelligent

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n Industrial operations management: business models, ontologies, and architectural models for the digital factory; inte-

grated process simulation, control, and optimization

To this end, UAS Technikum Wien, funded by the City of Vienna and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), with comprehensive support of Austrian industry partners, managed to set up a high-performance infrastructure in the field of automation and robotics. Of particular note is the recent development of a Digital Factory, a teaching and research lab which has been successively expanded as part of R&D and commissioned research projects. This Digital Factory is a model in which a wide range of robots carry out a typical industrial assembly process. The aim is to examine the integration of cutting-edge automation and IT concepts with production and logistics processes as part of smart manufacturing concepts. A second physical instance of this smaller-format factory (3-D printed robots) offers the opportunity, as a “mini-factory”, to study the management of networked production systems. The architecture of these digital factories shows how modularly designed factory concepts can result in intelligent, easily reconfigurable distributed production systems.

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3-D printing is an emerging manufacturing technology that produces prototypes and serial products layer by layer, primarily from plastic. The mechanical properties of the generatively manufactured plastic parts can be increased through the use of fibers, although the full potential of the materials has not yet been exploited. In nature, the structure of a tree, for example, is oriented on the power flow. Derived from this, the goal of the Natural3D project is to develop a generative manufacturing process using continuous fiber-reinforced bioplastics, which is able to print freely in space. UAS Technikum Industrieunternehmen and the University of Shanghai are partners in this project area, in addition to K Wood, which is the project leader. At UAS Technikum Wien, research focuses on process development using two robots and developing the optimized adhesion of matrix (PLA) and reinforcement phases (glass fibers, carbon fibers, aramid fibers and natural fibers). The project will be carried out at UAS Technikum Wien with the involvement of master’s and bachelor’s theses.


New Ideas and Competencies for Research As the current state of research continues to evolve, so do the demands placed on the knowledge and skills of researchers. In the spirit of the “HR Excellence for Research” award, UAS Technikum Wien aims to support its researchers in this area as well. Against this background, there are various offers for researchers to further educate themselves in transdisciplinary areas and acquire new skills. Funded projects make up the majority of all R&D projects at UAS Technikum Wien. The demands being placed on researchers by funding agencies such as the Research Promotion Agency or the EU are increasingly going beyond purely technical knowledge. On the one hand, in various funding programs, great importance is attached to the impact, i.e. the most direct economic or social exploitation of results from R&D, in addition to the assessment of research itself. On the other hand, there are transdisciplinary requirements surrounding the topics of Gender & Diversity Management, Open & Responsible Science, Intellectual Property Management, Technology Assessment and much more, the inclusion of which in research is being increasingly demanded. While the development and expansion of specialist or technical knowledge takes place in the institutes and the disciplines themselves, the corresponding opportunities for transdisciplinary topics are often difficult to understand. In order to support researchers at UAS Technikum Wien, internal further training opportunities, in cooperation with the project service since the 2016/17 academic year, have increasingly included offers focusing on R&D. This will give researchers another opportunity to develop their skills and strengthen the bundled competences for carrying out funded projects. This further education offer will be continuously expanded over the next few years and adapted more specifically to the requirements of this target group.

Besides additional qualifications, the networking of researchers at UAS Technikum Wien among themselves should also play a greater role in the future. Expert exchanges between different focal areas and institutes as well as synergy effects between R&D projects cannot be harnessed if current research topics from other areas are unknown. As the size of a university of applied sciences increases, informal exchanges often reach their limits, necessitating new structures. In May 2017, the first R&D retreat of UAS Technikum Wien was held, where, in addition to expert input, the focus was on networking among the participating researchers. The next R&D retreat will be organized next spring. In addition, plans are already being made for additional continuous networking measures to increase the level of exchange between researchers. Aside from these qualification and networking measures, UAS Technikum Wien will continue to promote the professional development of researchers through doctoral studies. The UAS-internal thesis funding allows researchers to reduce their working time in teaching or R&D projects to make time for their doctoral thesis, as well as financial grants for conferences, among others. In addition, a thesis cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology was launched in summer 2017, and further institutional thesis collaborations are currently being set up. All of these further education and networking offers are designed to facilitate the design and implementation of R&D projects and provide new perspectives on research. As research continues to evolve, the range of offers provided by UAS Technikum Wien continues to be a “work in progress” – new topics and concepts will continue to be developed. Dr. Georg Schinko Project Service


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Further training The Technikum Wien Academy is part of Austria’s largest university of applied sciences, offering further training and development courses. It has access to a substantial pool of knowledge, with tailored, in-house expertise across disciplines that can be expanded by external experts if required. Constantly evaluating the training and lectures provided ensures their quality and the satisfaction of participants with the courses offered. All programs have been designed in close cooperation with business and industry. The teaching content and learning outcomes therefore reflect the qualifications and skills that are currently in demand on the labor market.

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Developments in the 2016/17 Academic Year In the field of vocational education and training, the 2016/17 academic year was dominated by the consolidation of the overall range of courses on offer and preparatory work for the standardized digitization of classes in the various courses. The number of participants increased across the board as envisaged. There was a particularly sharp increase in master’s programs, as well as in seminars and certifications, compared to previous years. The specific range of courses on offer has “arrived” on the market and the strategy of offering only courses in special “niche areas”, thus addressing very specific target groups, has proved successful. The international range of courses on offer – the two pre-study courses “Pre College Program” and “Pre-College Program extended” – has also become attractive on the market. In these programs, foreign students with intermediate-level or no knowledge of German are prepared for technical studies in Austria. Demand and subscriber numbers also saw a sharp increase here. In the classes of the further education courses as per the Law on Studies at the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschul-Studiengesetz), work was characterized

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by the overhaul of the didactic concept. All courses will be supported and digitized as standard by the learning platform Moodle in the future. In this way, students are introduced to the subject matter of the courses prior to the actual class, supported in the classroom with various documents and videos, and also prepared for the exam during the self-study period via a learning path and best practice examples. The course attendance times adapted to extra-occupational learning needs – three blocks per semester from Wednesday to Saturday or from Sunday to Thursday – have proven themselves and, despite additional studies, help students achieve a work-life (family) balance. As part of the Institutional Evaluation of UAS Technikum Wien in accordance with Sec. 23 HS-QSG, the courses were also audited and successfully quality-tested. In the run-up to this audit, all processes underwent an internal review or adaptation in order to improve efficiency and ensure the best possible level of quality assurance. The successful path taken in further education for the specific topics of eHealth, usability, information & communication technologies (ICT) and requirements engineering was continued this year. All seminars and lectures are taught by experts from UAS Technikum Wien and from collaborating institutions and companies. This ensures both the academic and teaching quality of the courses.


Seminars and Certifications The training and development courses offered in 2016/17 included the following seminars, which included certification upon completion:

In addition to the certification course, there are also “tailored” seminars in Engineering, Business, and Personality Studies, to match the specific needs of companies.

n ICT certifications (Basic, Advanced)

The stated seminar and certification offers were taken up by a total of 376 participants in 2016/17. The proportion of women here was about 26 percent.

n Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering

(CPRE Foundation Level)

n eHealth certifications

(ELGA-CDA implementation, ELGA IHE HL7 certification, HL7 online certification) n Usability certifications (IBUQ Basics & Advanced Expert)

This year, too, the most popular certification courses were in the ICT sector with 87 participants. In addition to the technical and specialist qualifications, these training courses also comprise customer-oriented behavior and soft skills. Thanks to the ELGA, IHE, and HL 7 initiatives, the Technikum Wien Academy has become an established and in-demand eHealth training program provider. The employees of UAS Technikum Wien are recognized throughout the industry as experts in this field and are actively involved in the refinement of the standards. A total of 57 participants benefited from the knowledge of these eHealth experts in the 2016/17 academic year. In addition, 26 people visited the MedTech Summer Academy.

Pre-College Program & Pre College Program extended The objective of the two pre-college programs – the twoor four-semester pre-study courses – is to prepare foreign students with average or poor German language skills for technical studies in Austria. The focus of the program is therefore on developing sound language skills in German. In 2016/17, the program was attended by 58 potential foreign applicants, including 16 women, meaning that the proportion of students almost doubled in comparison to the previous year. A considerable share of participations came from China.

The segment has also developed very strongly in the field of CPRE – Requirements Engineering. The focus here is on the systematic, structured and high-quality recording of requirements, customer wishes and needs in order to develop customer-oriented products and services. 75 participants took part in the corresponding certification courses this year.

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FURTHER TRAINING

Short-cycle Courses (Academic Training Courses) Short-cycle courses, which were designed as short, condensed academic training courses lasting no more than three semesters, were also quite popular in the 2016/17 academic year. 61 people, including 49 women, attended these programs as external students. The decrease in the number of participants in comparison to previous years can be explained by the change in the booking behavior of the interested parties – including immediately deciding for a master’s degree – and the reduced number of shortcycle courses offered by the Technikum Wien Academy. The high proportion of women is attributable to the FiT (Women in Engineering) campaign. n Academic App and Web Development

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The academic courses for app and web development were offered for the fourth time. The two short-cycle courses are geared towards one another and can be taken simultaneously. The focus is on new career areas related to the mobile Internet. In 2016/17, 44 participants received well founded, academic training.

n Academic Digital Marketing Manager

The course on Digital Marketing Management provided the students with extensive knowledge on how to plan and implement digital marketing activities used to market products and services interactively. This short-cycle course is part of the FiT (Women in Engineering) program and is attended solely by women.

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Postgraduate Master’s Programs Since the 2015/16 winter semester, UAS Technikum Wien in collaboration with the Technikum Wien Academy offers master courses according to the Law on Studies at the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschul-Studiengesetz) Due to the course being unique on the further education market in Austria and its specific focus of the topics, interest in this new further education option was considerable from the very start; 34 external students were welcomed onto these first master’s courses. In its second year of existence, as many as 70 people, including 39 women, are attending a master’s course. The highly future-oriented master’s courses “Digital Business”, “Project and Process Management” and “User Experience Management” address topical issues of the employment market. For example, the networking of online, social media and mobile marketing is at the heart of the master’s course “Digital Business”. In addition to the core competencies in the areas of project and process management, the “Project and Process Management” master’s program also deals with knowledge management and requirements engineering, while “User Experience Management” covers all relevant areas of software testing such as user experience, usability and user centered designs. Furthermore, the management and soft skills of the students are considered and intensively trained in all courses. The MBA course “Business Development and Transformation”, which was developed last year, got off to a good start. Students in this course acquire comprehensive skills to adapt entrepreneurial activities to constantly changing economic and competitive conditions. Delivering technological, economic and methodical knowledge in a networked way enables them to identify new trends and the associated business opportunities, to translate them into new, innovative business models and develop them further. In workshops and “hands-on” seminars, established experts from different economic sectors deliver modern, practice-relevant knowledge.


Seminars and Certifications

Total days

Participants

of whom women

ICT

41

87

9

eHealth

43

57

10

CPRE

32

75

23

Usability IBUQ

12

41

17

Seminars

14

60

19

International Programs

19

30

8

MedTech Summer Academy

8

26

11

169

376

97

Certifications

Total Pre-College Programs 2016/17 Pre-College Programs

Number of semesters Number of students

of whom women

Pre-College Program

2

50

16

Pre-College Program extended

4

8

0

58

16

Total Short-cycle courses (academic programs) 2016/17

Number of semesters Number of students

of whom women

App and Web Development

3

20

20

App Development

3

10

2

Web Development

3

14

10

Digital Marketing Management

3

17

17

Total

61

49

Master’s programs in 2016/2017

Number of semesters Number of students

of whom women

MSc Digital Business

4

17

15

MSc Project and Process Management

4

21

7

MSc Management & Environment

4

7

MAS User Experience Management

4

7

5

MBA Business Development & Transformation

4

6

1

Upgrade master’s module Digital Business

2

12

11

Total

70

39

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Degree programs 2016/17 ROBOTICS, INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING & INNOVATION

ELECTRONICS, COMPUTER ENGINEERING, ICT & SMART HOMES

COMPUTER SCIENCE & BUSINESS INFORMATICS

International Business and Engineering Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Erich Markl

Electronics and Business Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Christian Kollmitzer

Computer Science Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Robert Pucher

Mechanical Engineering Head of Degree Program DI Dr.mont. Andreas Kollegger

Electronics Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Martin Horauer

Mechatronics and Robotics Head of Degree Program Prof. (FH) Dr. Corinna Engelhardt-Nowitzki

MEDICINE, SPORTS & HEALTHCARE

POSTGRADUATE MASTER’S PROGRAMS

Urban Renewable Energy Technologies Head of Degree Program DI Dr. Manfred Tragner

Biomedical Engineering Head of Degree Program DI Dr. Carina Huber-Gries

Business Development and Transformation Head of Postgraduate Program DI Gerhard Käfer

Dual Studies Computer Science Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr.techn. Harald Wahl

Transport and Environment Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr.techn. Harald Wahl

Sports Equipment Technology Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. Ing. MMag. Dr. Anton Sabo

Digital Business Head of Postgraduate Program FH-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Geyer

Electronics and Business Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Christian Kollmitzer

Business Informatics Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. David Meyer

Renewable Urban Energy Systems Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Hubert Fechner, MAS, MSc

Healthcare and Rehabilitation Technology Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Johannes Martinek

Project and Business Engineering Head of Program DI Dr. Andreas Kollegger

Innovation and Technology Management Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Thomas Wala, MBA

Information and Communication Systems Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Peter Balog

Game Engineering and Simulation Head of Degree Program

FH-Prof. DI (FH) Alexander Hofmann

Integrative Urban Development – Smart City Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr.techn. Harald Wahl

Medical Engineering & eHealth Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Stefan Sauermann

Professional Project and Process Management Head of Postgraduate Program FH-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Geyer

International Business and Engineering Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Erich Markl

Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. Mag. DI Dr. Friedrich Praus

Information Management and IT Security Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Alexander Mense

Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dominik Rünzler

Sports Equipment Technology Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. Ing. MMag. Dr. Anton Sabo

User Experience Management Head of Postgraduate Program Benedikt Salzbrunn, MSc

Mechanical Engineering – Digitized Product Development & Simulation Head of Degree Program DI Dr.mont. Andreas Kollegger

Embedded Systems Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Peter Balog

Software Development Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Robert Pucher

Mechatronics and Robotics Head of Degree Program Prof. (FH) Dr. Corinna Engelhardt-Nowitzki

Industrial Electronics Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Christian Kollmitzer

Business Informatics Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Helmut Gollner

Telecommunications and Internet Technologies Head of Degree Program FH-Prof. DI Dr. Thomas Sommer Key Bachelor’s degree programs Master’s degree programs

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Head of Degree Program DI Dr. Carina Huber-Gries

SHORT-CYCLE COURSES App Development Head of Program Mag. Florian Eckkrammer, Bakk.

Web Development Head of Program Mag. Florian Eckkrammer, Bakk.

Sports Technology Head of Program DI (FH) Markus Eckelt, MSc

Software Testing Head of Program Ing. Philipp Urbauer, MSc


UAS Technikum Wien Association UAS TECHNIKUM WIEN RECTOR’S OFFICE n n

UAS TECHNIKUM WIEN MANAGEMENT

n n n

n

Marketing & Communications n HR Service n Accounting

n n n n n

Library Center for International Relations Didactics and Higher Education Development Research Organization & Project Service Quality and Degree Program Development Further Training Infrastructure Gender Mainstreaming & Promotion of Women Law Diversity & Inclusion

TECHNIKUM WIEN GMBH MANAGEMENT n

Technikum Wien Academy Technikum Wien Solutions n Technikum Wien Alumni Club & Corporate Partnerships n

COUNCIL ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT TEAM

STUDY CENTER Communication Technologies & Electronic Engineering

STUDY CENTER Information Technologies & Business Solutions

STUDY CENTER Engineering & Environmental Technologies

STUDY CENTER Life Science Technologies

DEGREE PROGRAMS

DEGREE PROGRAMS

DEGREE PROGRAMS

DEGREE PROGRAMS

n

n Computer

Science (B) Studies Computer Science (B) n Transport and Environment (B) n Business Informatics (B) n Game Engineering and Simulation (M) n Information Management and IT Security (M) n Integrative Urban Development – Smart City (M) n Software Development (M) n Business Informatics (M)

n Int. Business

and Engineering (B) Engineering (B) n Mechatronics and Robotics (B) n Urban Renewable Energy Technologies (B) n Renewable Urban Energy Systems (M) n Int. Business and Engineering (M) n Innovation and Technology Management (M) n Mechanical Engineering Dig. Product Development & Simulation (M) n Mechatronics and Robotics (M)

n Biomedical

DEPARTMENTS n Computer Science n Business Informatics n Information Engineering & Security

DEPARTMENTS n Advanced Engineering Technologies n Renewable Energy

DEPARTMENTS n Biomedical, Health & Sports Engineering n Biochemical Engineering

n n n n n n n

Electronics & Business (B) Electronics (B) Electronics and Business (B) Information and Communication Systems (B) Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies (B) Embedded Systems (M) Industrial Electronics (M) Telecommunications and Internet Technologies (M)

DEPARTMENTS n Embedded Systems n Electronics and Telecommunication

n Dual

n Mechanical

UMBRELLA DEPARTMENTS n Applied Mathematics & Science n Management, Business & Law n Social Competence & Management Methods n Languages & Cultural Science

POSTGRADUATE MASTER’S PROGRAMS n Business

Engineering (B) Sports Equipment Technology (B) n Healthcare and Rehabilitation Technology (M) n Medical Engineering & eHealth (M) n Sports Equipment Technology (M) n Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology (M) n Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (M) n

Development and Transformation n Digital Business n Project and Business Engineering n Professional Project and Process Management n User Experience Management SHORT CYCLE PROGRAMS n App

Development Development n Sports Technology n Software Testing n Web

(B): bachelor’s degree program; (M): master’s degree program


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