What do cars, x-rays, and MP3s have in common? They were all first engineered in Germany! Today, Germany is one of the leading export countries of machinery and technology. This elite status is primarily owed to the German phenomenon “Der Mittelstand”. The Mittelstand refers to the wide range of small to medium-sized enterprises that form almost 99% of all German companies, making them the heart of the German economy!
As products increase in their technological complexity, companies could choose to specialize in a part of some product’s value chain. One company could provide only logistical solutions, for example, aiding other companies in completing their end product. And that’s how the Mittelstand contributes to the variety of value chains, both on the local and global level!
Come and visit us this summer at the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences as we break down the major components of the German engineering business: Science, Business, and Culture.
As the name suggests, the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences focuses on the application of knowledge. Our students are taught application and theory hand in hand and participate in many group projects throughout their studies.
What does that mean for you? Company visits! Daily visits to several of the region’s successful Mittelstand engineering companies are planned just for you to get your foot through the door. You learn about the technology during the morning lecture and in the afternoon you experience first-hand how the company excels in its niche of specialized technology. Networking with the company representatives is also on the table. So, you might want to print out your resumes!
Maintaining a work-life balance is important in every profession and especially engineering. Engineers need to cool down, somewhat like the machines they develop, in order to stay productive and creative.
Summer is the ideal time to discover the variety of cultural activities Germany has to offer. Visiting some of Germany’s cultural heritages such as the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, trying out the local cuisine, and enjoying night life in the region’s metropolises are some of the recommended ways to enjoy your stay!
Facilitating networking opportunities between students and professionals is a primary goal of our Summer School. Learning the German language can greatly improve your career prospects in the German job market, and we will help you achieve this.
Every participant of our Summer School will receive a six months access to the language learning App Babble at no extra cost! The membership starts as soon as you are admitted to the Summer School, so you can start practising before you travel to Germany and continue long after you return.
Whatever your long-term goals may be, a foreign language will always look good on your CV!
You might wonder what it means to be studying at a German university of applied sciences.
The universities of applied sciences are a vital part of the German higher education system. Around 40% of all students are enrolled at a university of applied sciences and the system keeps gaining popularity outside of Germany. With a position right at the transfer point of science and business, students get the best of both worlds combined. The students not only learn about latest scientific findings, but also about how they can be applied to business.
Learning in universities of applied sciences takes place in relatively small groups, hence in a personal atmosphere and with a high teacher-student-ratio. The professors are required to have at least five years of practical experience in their field of teaching so that practical orientation and relevance of the content is guaranteed.
Another specialty of universities of applied sciences is that they maintain strong bonds with regional or international companies. They cooperate on projects, letting the students get highly relevant insights about business from early on. This way, useful connections can be made, and students get the chance to build a network early in their career. For the students, all of this leads to an easy entry into the professional work life and can open various job opportunities.