Needless to say, professional qualification is a major objective of studies in Witten. But we believe that more is needed to attain this goal than mere methodological competences and knowledge transfer. Future leaders and decision-makers need a broad-based education - a type of education which exceeds the boundaries of a single discipline in order to become effective in the field of work and convey navigational competences for the future. This is what we offer in two respects: we always consider economic science in wider scientific, social and political contexts; in addition, fundamental studies offer essential scope for reflection and a change of perspective and thus help to prevent tunnel vision.
The Bachelor programme in Management starts with fundamentals in methodology. Only those who master their craft can expect to find viable solutions in future. Hence, training in methodology is not a cumbrous theoretical exercise but always refers to practical contexts and the solving of actual problems – and thus forms part of the freestyle programme. Having successfully completed this training in fundamentals, students are well equipped to address subsequent curricular challenges. This applies to advanced courses as well as to interesting internships and research projects.
The Faculty of Management and Economics offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students the opportunity to participate in international double degree programmes. These programmes are organized in collaboration with international top universities in the United Kingdom (M.A. PPE and, starting in 2018/19, also M.A. Management) as well as in Canada (B.A. PPE). The PPE Bachelor’s degree can be combined with the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Victoria/BC in Canada. Qualified PPE Master’s degree students have the option to spend one of their two years of studies at the University of Buckingham, where they may combine the M.A. PPE either with the M.A. Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy or the M.Sc. Money, Banking and Central Banking.
In both double degree programmes, UW/H students obtain two degrees from two universities in two countries – in short: the best of both worlds!
The Witten Congress for Family Businesses is the largest event of its kind in Europe and a regular annual occasion at Witten/Herdecke University since 1988. It offers an ideal context for the immediate transfer of academic findings into practice and for exchange and discussion among families of entrepreneurs. As a typical Witten feature, a student team is in charge of the organization. Representatives of owner families find an ideal and protected setting for discussion, advice and support. Consultants, banks and the press are not admitted.
One-sidedness can sometimes make life easier, but is often unrewarding. Only changes in perspective produce well-established insights. This is why we offer not only one school of thought but also alternative approaches to economics. Students receive a comprehensive and comparative overview of methods and concepts. This helps to train judgment and prevent tunnel vision. What we expect from you is that you do not choose the easiest way, but challenge us and yourself.
Entrepreneurial spirit is one of the specific features of Witten/Herdecke University and its Faculty of Management and Economics. Our students assume responsibility for curricular organization and themselves at an early stage of their studies. They discover, test and hone their talents in a variety of format and settings, e.g. the prize-winning Start-up Workshop, in student initiatives and business activities. These may take the form of start-up enterprises, social projects or initiatives to enhance campus life. Students who learn this within the secure surrounding of the university will have an advantage later on in their professional life.
It is easy to claim a high degree of practical orientation. We convincingly substantiate this claim via a comprehensive network of companies, alumni and experts from practice:
Independent Projects serve two purposes at the same time: we encourage students to autonomously identify and explore research topics at an early stage in their studies. Secondly, they have the opportunity to flexibly include specific issues into the curriculum which is not addressed in regular modules. This is how Witten students proactively contribute to curricular organization and determine their individual focus.
Hon.-Prof. Tom A. Rüsen; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Sauerland
Dr. Axel Kölle; Dr. Christian Geßner
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Bohnet-Joschko
Associated independent institute / Prof. Dr. Karl-Ulrich Rudolph
Associated independent institute / Hon.-Prof. Dr. Michael Westendorf