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26.07.2012

UW/H economics programs in great demand

85 % more applications in three years.


Economics programs at Witten/Herdecke University are in great demand. Applications for the winter semester 2012/13 increased by 85 % compared to three years before.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Sauerland, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Economics, welcomes this positive trend and ascribes it to top rankings achieved (e.g. CHE, trendence and Universum), but also to attractive new programs, and of course to the well-known characteristics of UW/H curricula: high-quality teaching, excellent student teacher ratio, and practice orientation.

The Faculty of Economics and Management started two new programs in the winter semester 2010/11, the interdisciplinary Bachelor program “Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)” jointly with the Faculty of Humanities & Arts, and the Master program “Family Business Management”. Both programs meet the high standard of the Faculty to explore economics issues in wider contexts.

Sauerland: “The PPE program addresses applicants who do not wish to  confine their studies to one discipline exclusively, such as politics, economics or cultural studies.” They acquire a broad basis of knowledge in preparation for responsible positions in a wide range of settings. The curriculum offers not only subjects like micro and macroeconomics but also courses on political and social issues, philosophical thinking, political economy and business ethics, academic writing and fundamental studies.

Despite the higher number of applications, Germany’s oldest private university will adhere to its selection procedures with a focus on detailed personal interviews. Not school leaving grades are the key factor but a candidate’s motivation, social commitment and vision of a professional future – character is what counts. This admission procedure, much approved by the CHE, is under continuous revision. UW/H President Prof. Dr. Martin Butzlaff: “We combine highly individual and extensive selection procedures with a tuition payment scheme that permits all talented applicants to conclude their studies with success, independent of the parents’ financial situation.”         

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