The FHM – Our self-image
The accredited, private university of applied sciences (FHM) was founded in 2000 by medium-sized companies for medium-sized companies. It prepares students for professional specialist and management activities in Germany and abroad through application-oriented teaching and studies. The successes of the graduates stand for the training concept of the FHM: close to practice and compact in knowledge transfer. The students are taught well-founded scientific knowledge and methods that enable them to perform outstanding tasks in the – especially medium-sized – economy and in society.
Eight locations are currently at the FHM. Over 5,000 students are enrolled at the locations in Bamberg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Hanover, Cologne, Frechen, Rostock and Schwerin. The university’s range of courses includes classic full-time courses, part-time courses for working people and dual and trial study models developed in cooperation with industry. There is also the area of distance learning and certificate courses in the area of scientific further education. In cooperation with British partner universities, the FHM in addition, an international doctoral program to obtain the doctoral degree (Dr.).
Cooperation with business partners does not only exist on paper. Students, lecturers and employees live this cooperation every day: In total, the university’s network comprises more than 4,000 company contacts. Numerous collaborations are intensive and have been cultivated by the university’s locations for many years. The FHM sees itself at the same time as an application and research-oriented, regionally anchored and internationally oriented university. This is reflected in the everyday life of the students: The course includes a six-month practical course (SiP phase) at a company, numerous projects with companies, guest and lecture series with experts as well as regular excursions to companies. A particular concern of the university is the promotion of independent, entrepreneurial and global thinking and acting.
The FHM develops its international relationships and collaborations and thus contributes to the development of intercultural competencies in students and teachers. Under it prepares a state-approved preparatory courses before foreign students to study in Germany. The university offers students optimal study and practical phases for an individual career path with international study program partnerships.
Since its foundation, the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands has focused heavily on research and development projects in addition to studying and teaching, and maintains a sustainable transfer system. The application-oriented research has already been rated as „impressive” by the Science Council of the Federal Republic of Germany; the European Union also considers the FHM to be one of the strongest research universities.