Fulda University of Applied Sciences (UAS) covers a broad spectrum of academic and professional education. It offers numerous first-degree programmes, graduate programmes and other educational offerings and counts currently approx. 9000 students. In 2014 the University was awarded with a national grant to establish continuing education programmes targeted to professionals (part time study programmes).
As a UAS strong cooperation with enterprises is a natural part of the mission of the University. The university start-agency supports
business start-ups and entrepreneurship education with special ties to local, regional and European economic actors. In the beginning of 2015 the concept of “Entrepreneurs in Residence” was introduced with two entrepreneurs, who support entrepreneurial counselling and teaching activities of the University.
In collaboration with regional and supra-regional companies Fulda UAS has built up dual study-programmes, where academic training takes place in the university as well as in a company. 250 students are currently enrolled in nine dual study programmes.
The University has been project coordinator and partner of several European projects (FP7, Horizon2020, LLP, Erasmus+, COSME) and numerous national as well as regional research, education and innovation projects. It has been coordinator for Erasmus Traineeships, Erasmus Placements (LLP) and Leonardo (PLM) Mobility Projects for 11 universities in Germany for more than 15 years and is coordinator of the European OPEN-EYE consortium (Erasmus for young entrepreneurs Programme as part of COSME) together with the Institute inter.research e.V. The UAS, together with the Institute inter.research e.V., coordinates the network for EU-Traineeships which consists of 11 Universities and the UAS (www.eu-placements.de). The network supports around 200 students and graduates per year with funds of the ERASMUS+ and Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Mobility Programmes. In 2011 the UAS Fulda and the network for EU-Traineeships were awarded with the E-Quality-Award of the German Academic Exchange Service to acknowledge the quality of the work of the network. The preparation and support of outgoing mobilities through an On-line academy has contributed to the quality of the mobility programme. EU-funded projects such as the Uni-Key Project (www.uni-key.eu) allowed the development and implementation of innovative training schemes for mobile learners.
In the field of European Integration a variety of research and lecturing activities have been implemented with the support of the Jean Monnet Chair:
- Lecturing: Research topics on Europe are an important part of the curricula of different study programmes; the UAS offers general study programmes such as the “European Knowledge Certificate”; the international bi-lingual Master’s programme “Intercultural Communication and European Studies” is being held for 15 years now.
- The research activities concerning European Integration are pooled in the “Center for Intercultural and European Studies” (CINTEUS). The speaker of the center was rewarded with the Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in 2000 (renewed with a follow-up project in 2013)
The UAS has a EU research support strategy; with the institute inter.research e.V. acting as its EU-liaison office The UAS has a broad set of experience in the involvement and coordination of research and development projects, i.e. in the EU framework programme for research and the Lifelong Learning Programme as well as some first experience in the new generation of programmes Erasmus+ and Horizon2020).
Activities and experience of the partner organisation in the areas relevant for this project:
The University will contribute experience in mobility programmes and through its Jean Monnet ad personam Chair the expertise in the development of European and civic key competences.
The University will furthermore contribute expertise in university-business-cooperation, e.g. experiences from dual study programmes, which are offered together with enterprises.