Kiel University of Applied Sciences
With more than 6,900 students, the Kiel University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Kiel ["FH Kiel"]) is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Schleswig-Holstein.
It is centrally located in the suburb of Dietrichsdorf in the State Capital of Kiel and includes the Faculties of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Media, Social Work and Health as well as Business Management, while the Faculty of Agriculture is located in Osterrönfeld, near the City of Rendsburg.
Highly efficient, innovative, regionally based and yet internationally oriented, the FH Kiel offers a wide range of subjects: about 35 Bachelor's and Master's courses as well as part-time and further education courses are available.
Courses are optimally adapted to current and future requirements of the labour market; to this end, the University cooperates in many ways with companies located in this region. While working on projects, in practical semesters or completing their final thesis, this allows students to gain an insight into practical work at an early stage. At the same time, companies can verify the quality of the Universityâ€™s teaching.
Research at the University focuses, among other things, on wind energy and biomass utilization, shipbuilding, immersive media, nanotechnology, electromobility as well as basic research in the field of social work and health. Once every semester, students can familiarize themselves with other fields of knowledge and areas of study during the Interdisciplinary Weeks (Interdisziplinäre Wochen [IdW]).
Every year at the beginning of November, the students organise a "Company Contact Day" (Firmenkontakttag) at the Kiel University of Applied Sciences. This is the largest higher education fair in Schleswig-Holstein.
In addition, further projects enliven the campus and stimulate the courses of study: students from different faculties, all motor sports fans, design and build a racing car for the "Formula Student"; the Campus Editorial Department publishes â€śviel.â€ť, the University magazine, twice a year; a group of students from the Faculty of Media puts important and interesting events into perspective for the Campus TV programme. Each faculty offers projects in which students can apply their knowledge in a practical way.
The campus of the Kiel University of Applied Sciences is exceptional. If you wish, you can take the ferry to your lecture. The cafeteria is located in a former boathouse, directly on the water. Industrial history was written at this site: the shipyard Howaldts-Werke Deutsche Werft formerly built ships at this location; Rudolf Hell discovered the fax machine here; Albert Einstein departed from here together with Herrmann Anschütz-Kaempfe, the inventor of the gyro compass, on their joint sailing trips.
The University includes historical buildings in its development of the campus. For example, students and volunteers restored a former factory air raid shelter, turning it into Bunker-D, a centre for culture and communication. In the summer of 2011, a former protective shelter was rebuilt to accommodate the University's Computer Museum.
Every year, the Media Dome's wide range of offers from the fields of astronomy and knowledge as well as cultural events and entertainment attract thousands of guests to spend time under its dome. Visitors to the observatory can watch swarms of meteorites as well as lunar and solar eclipses.
Photos top: Matthias Pilch / FH Kiel; FH Kiel
Photos bottom: FH Kiel