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Mission statement

Preamble

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main puts its students at the centre of its work.It provides a practice-oriented and academic education, based on international academic standards.All members of the university – students, professors, lecturers and administration – strive to fulfil this common task through their respective activities.

Location

The economic and social importance as well as the dynamism and internationalism of Frankfurt am Main and the Rhein-Main region are both a source of stimulation as well as a challenge. The educational services provided by the university take into account the local economic and cultural environment as well as international standards.

Education and Qualification

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main qualifies the members of the university to be successful in their work and to work with h2 motivation and a high level of expertise. The university trains in key qualifications and the ability of lifelong learning.Education is based on practice and theory in a continuous, dynamic process, which takes into consideration both academic requirements and the responsibility of professional practice for individuals, families, society and the environment.

Internationality

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main prepares its students for international professional fields, supported by foreign language programmes and the continuous exchange with partner universities. In addition, the attractiveness of the university for foreign students is to continue to be raised through suitable study programmes and student services as well as availability of both bachelor and master programmes.

Internal and External Partners

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main considers both students and teaching staff to be active planning partners. A successful partnership requires commitment and intensive didactic efforts as well as inquisitiveness, hard work and personal responsibility. The university uses its close contacts to companies, institutions and associations to continually expand its political, economic and social dialogue, with alumni playing a pivotal role.

External Vocational Training; Research and Development; Transfer of Technology; Multidisciplinarity

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main considers a wide range of vocational training programmes to be essential. It uses the mutual stimuli between vocational training and studies as well as that between science and practice to develop an innovative range of programmes. Through research and development and projects and dissertations, the university contributes to the discovery of concrete solutions for product development, processes and services. In order to offer its students an up-to-date and interesting education, the university is committed to the continual integration of the results of the above mentioned co-operation into teaching and studies. Through its wide range of study programmes and their mutual connections, the university stresses interdisciplinarity of studies and research.

Service, Organisation and Management

On the basis of well-functioning and lively communication and co-operation, all institutions of the university together contribute to the continual improvement of their services and the implementation of the goals of the university. To this end, team and decision-making structures are established on the basis of self-government that clearly define responsibilities and enable appropriate, rapid and flexible decisions to be made.  Decisions are to a large extent made, and responsibility is taken for those decisions, on a decentralized basis. Decisions are made on the organizational level of the correspondingly greatest relevance.The management of the university ensures that there is transparency and a smooth flow of information. It moderates and leads the joint decision-making process.

Personnel Development and Internal Vocational Training

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main supports its staff in the fulfilment of their tasks by consistently advancing their personal and professional development. Important goals are therefore:

  • systematic education and training of staff for the development of their individual abilities and advancement of their performance,
  • the establishment of “Principles of co-operation and leadership at the university” as a foundation for a common collegiate culture,
  • the creation of a system of salaries and remuneration appropriate for a university,
  • the continuous development of corporate identity (on the basis of the Mission Statement).

In the tailoring of responsibilities and the creation of interesting fields of work, the goals of the university are taken into consideration as well as individual professional and familial interests of employees.

Quality Management

Concrete quality standards for the fulfilment of tasks are being formulated at the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main. The quality management required for this calls for regular documentation and publication as well as quality control and evaluation. Constructive critique - both from within the university as well as from without – is an essential and welcome part of this process.

Facilities and Campus

Well-equipped lecture halls, laboratories and workspaces are to contribute to the motivation and support of students and staff of the university. This is a basic condition for the application of future-oriented methods, particularly in teaching, but also in service and administration. As a central facility of the univeristy, the library is a service point for educaton, information and culture, equipped with an up-to-date and wide range of media.The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main is centrally situated. This advantage is being optimally utilised through the ongoing constructional developments. This will more effectively integrate the university into the life of the city.

The Mission of Political Education and Political Positioning

Education is a personal right. The educational mission of the liberal democratic and social constituional state to which the university is committed, creates scope for the development of the personality beyond ideological and economic interests.Rationality and argumentative analysis, as well as openness for the perception of interests and the determination of standards of judgement, contribute to the maintenance and further development of the university’s autonomy.The university strives for the formulation of joint public statements on important issues, and thereby secures the support of its allies.

Equality of Opportunity

Education and studies must not be restricted by economic circumstances or national or ethnic origin.The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main actively counteracts all forms of discrimination and racism.The raising of children and the commitment to relatives in need of care must not lead to avoidable disadvantages in studies and profession. The continuous development of the status of ‘family friendly university’ is therefore an important goal. The university will do everything in its power to counteract disadvantages resulting from disabilities of its students and staff.

Gender Mainstreaming

The University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main supports the equal und balanced participation of both sexes, not only at the university, but also in society at large. The viewpoint of balance between the sexes is to be considered in all decision-making processes in the realms of teaching and research.

Campus Culture

Cultural, social and political initiatives, as well as open communication, shape the campus culture of the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main. The creative, academic and organizational abilities of students and staff result in a lively and creative atmosphere at the university.

An essential element of campus culture for all university members is the wide and attractive range of sports offered.

The basic principle of the campus culture is that of respect and tolerance among and between students and staff.