Fraunhofer Academy

Introduction

The Fraunhofer Academy is the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s specialist provider of continuing education and part-time training for people in employment. The Fraunhofer Academy offers specialists and managers outstanding courses of study, certificate courses and seminars based on the research activities of the Fraunhofer institutes in collaboration with selected and prestigious partner universities.

Continuing education and advanced training – the Fraunhofer approach

Learning to handle new technology and new techniques is an essential part of the innovation process. The Fraunhofer Academy understands that it takes real expertise to channel the innovative potential of research findings into a company’s day-to-day operations.

The Fraunhofer Academy works together with prestigious partners to make sure specialists and managers have the qualifications they need. Established by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to provide part-time training, it offers a unique opportunity for specialists and managers to transfer knowledge from Fraunhofer research projects directly into their own company. In this context, the “knowledge generators” take on the additional role of “knowledge communicators”.

In addition to academic credentials, the Academy also offers professional certificate courses as the second core component of its overall training program. These transform industry’s current requirements for modern production processes into hands-on training courses. As the importance of certified, expert validation increases in key industry sectors, so too does the demand for recognized part-time qualifications in the advanced training sector. The third component of the Academy’s training program comprises seminars held over two or more days which provide practical, evidence-based know-how that can be directly applied to your everyday work.

Our courses are divided into five thematic areas:

  • Technology and Innovation
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Logistics and Production
  • Manufacturing and Testing Technology
  • Information and Communication

Partner universities and other training partnerships and collaborative educational ventures run by the Fraunhofer Academy

The Fraunhofer Academy’s collaborative partnerships in education and training

The Fraunhofer Academy cooperates both with prestigious educational institutions and with initiatives in the realm of business and politics which aim to promote and support continuing education and vocational training in Germany.

The Fraunhofer Academy’s partner universities and institutes

The Fraunhofer Academy offers outstanding continuing education and vocational training opportunities to professionals and executives based on the research activities of the Fraunhofer institutes in cooperation with selected, prestigious partner universities.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Master

Master In Automotive Production Engineering

Campus Part time 5 semesters Germany

In the courses, great importance is placed on a continuous interaction between theoretical and scientific knowledge and practical application. [+]

Study contents The course includes content from the three areas of expertise: A: manufacture and production technology Automotive B: Management and Leadership / Entrepreneurial activity C: Methodological and practical project skills An individual deepening of technical content is possible in elective modules. Study Organization eg preparatory courses, modules, elective and core courses etc. Admission Requirements - A first professionally qualifying degree (eg bachelor, diploma) in an engineering degree program (minimum 180 ECTS) - Applicants must also be at the time of study entry in ungekündigter and professionally relevant employment Content of the course In the courses, great importance is placed on a continuous interaction between theoretical and scientific knowledge and practical application. This orientation is supported by accompanying scientific and technological enterprise projects during the first 4 semesters. Through elective modules, students can expand their individual skills either strong in the engineering expertise in automotive production technology or set priorities in the field of leadership and management in the automotive industry. 1st semester: Materials Science automotive materials, lightweight construction concepts, Industrial Production 1, Logistics and Supply Chain Management 1, Entrepreneurial activity / International Management and more. 2nd semester: Industrial Production 2 (assembly technology, robotics and transport equipment), digital technology in production, instruments for quality management, strategic management, and more. 3rd semester: Quality assurance and non-destructive testing, Industrial Production 3 Logistics and Supply Chain Management 2, International Business Communication and more. 4th semester: Industrial production 4, vehicle and mobility concepts, marketing and sales, performing employees and more. 5th semester: Development of the master's degree thesis and colloquium for master's degree work. Addition: In the first and third semester is ever a project housework create. In the second and fourth semester, a R & D project is to be processed (Business Project). In all semesters in addition is still an elective module to occupy. Requirements for participation A first professionally qualifying degree (eg bachelor, diploma) in an engineering degree program (minimum of 180 ECTS). Applicants also must be at the time of study entry in ungekündigter and professionally relevant employment. The end of the study program The Master's program is coordinated with his lectures and office hours, on the working hours of managers and professionals. The study covers 5 semester, is entirely part-studyable and it acquired a total of 120 ECTS credits. At the end, students get certified in the European context academic degree "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.), So all the doors for other career paths are open. More about this program [-]

Master in Software Engineering for Embedded Systems

Online Part time 4 semesters Germany

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE offers a unique part-time Master’s course which is primarily run as a distance learning program by the Distance and International Studies Center (DISC) of the. [+]

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE offers a unique part-time Master’s course which is primarily run as a distance learning program by the Distance and International Studies Center (DISC) of the. The course is geared to international participants and is therefore conducted entirely in English. Type of course: Part-time distance learning course Qualification: Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Language of instruction: English Course contents: Software development for embedded systems, project management, requirements engineering, software product line engineering, etc. How the course is organized: Self-study plus face-to-face modules at Fraunhofer IESE’s Software Engineering Laboratory in Kaiserslautern Admission requirements: Candidates must have completed a university degree in an engineering, science or information technology discipline and must have at least two years of professional experience in software development Additional information: ASIIN accreditation Target Group The distance education program is designed for professionals working in the field of software development who need to acquire advanced knowledge about emerging technologies and who wish to broaden their software engineering skills by pursuing graduate-level education in software engineering. The program targets graduates of engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering, graduates of IT disciplines such as computer science and business informatics, and graduates of non-engineering disciplines, such as mathematics and physics. [-]

Online Master In Logistics Management

Online Part time Germany

The range of business requirements for logistics managers is varied and extensive: It ranges from well-founded knowledge in storage, conveying and handling technology, automation and identification technology on commercial and legal knowledge to key skills such as project management, customer approach, leadership and intercultural communication. [+]

The range of business requirements for logistics managers is varied and extensive: It ranges from well-founded knowledge in storage, conveying and handling technology, automation and identification technology on commercial and legal knowledge to key skills such as project management, customer approach, leadership and intercultural communication. Target Group The master's degree at the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Academy offers young professionals inside and -einsteigern and future leaders in logistics comprehensive training in all subject areas of logistics management. This content, structure and services of the studies are specifically adapted to the needs of working professionals, enabling a logistics study without professional interruption. Study contents A total of 25 modules (divided into compulsory modules, specialization modules and specialization modules) with majors in Business Administration and Law, Logistics, Logistics Management and key skills such as social and methodological skills also assignment of individual modules possible with certificate. Study Organization Online self-learning phases (80%) and presence phases (20%) Admission Requirements university degree in ingeneurswissenschaftlichen / business area and min. one year of experience Additional Information ASIIN accreditation; OAQ Syste Content of the program Value Stream oriented factory and order planning The Master Online Logistics Management, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and the University of Stuttgart offer a course of study that raises all the relevant challenges of the future logistics management. The Master prepares students for management positions within the logistics and enables them to make informed career decisions autonomously and competently and to evaluate work appropriate actions. In 25 course modules the logistics program combines technical and operational elements and ends with the internationally recognized degree "Master of Business and Engineering in Logistics Management (MBE)". The educational content geared to the labor market requirements and provide expertise in logistics planning, business administration and law, materials handling and material flow engineering sectors as well as social and methodological skills. The assignment of individual modules is possible. Here the students receive a certificate upon successful completion of the module. Pre-requisites ​The Master Online Logistics Management aimed at employees and managers in logistics with an above-average first university degree (in engineering or business administration) and a relevant professional experience of at least one year. The conception as working students makes the logistics management degree practicable: Without interrupting one's career, students can qualify while working. The companies do not have to renounce their professionals in the time of development. [-]

MSc

Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics

Online Part time 4 - 6 semesters Germany

The boom in the photovoltaic industry shows no signs of abating. Germany has been and will be one of the leading drivers of technology and development in this sector. To prosper and maintain a leading position in the renewable energy and photovoltaics markets of the future, companies will require superbly trained specialists who are capable of channeling their skills into research and development. [+]

The boom in the photovoltaic industry shows no signs of abating. Germany has been and will be one of the leading drivers of technology and development in this sector. To prosper and maintain a leading position in the renewable energy and photovoltaics markets of the future, companies will require superbly trained specialists who are capable of channeling their skills into research and development. Content The Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics offered by the University of Freiburg in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is an international distance learning program which focuses on photovoltaics research, development, production and marketing. It provides participants with the skills they need to develop, design and optimize photovoltaic systems. Divided into 3 preparation modules, 5 mandatory modules and 3 elective modules, the program explains the technological and physical foundations of photovoltaics and provides a comprehensive overview of the interrelated economic and ecological aspects of renewable energy. Course modules include semiconductor devices and semiconductor technology, material and solar cell selection, thin-film solar cells, photovoltaic electronics, fatigue analysis of photovoltaic systems, and the production and economics of renewable energy. Admission Requirements The Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics is aimed at people who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of photovoltaics and at companies who are looking to upskill their employees. Candidates are required to have a university degree in a scientific or technical discipline (physics, chemistry, electronics, mechanical engineering, material sciences, computer engineering) plus one year of professional experience. Candidates with an economic background (e.g. industrial engineering) or a broad technical background (e.g. environmental sciences) are asked to contact the Program Coordinator early and talk about their possibilities. Flexible course structure Depending on each candidate’s qualifications, the duration of the Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics course varies between four and six semesters. Previously acquired qualifications such as university degrees and professional experience are converted into points based on the currently applicable European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and may be credited. With the completion of the Online Master of Science in Photovoltaics the candidates reach a total of 300 ECTS points, which entitles them to embark on doctoral studies. ACQUIN-accreditation [-]

Online Master of Science in Wind Energy Systems

Online Full time Part time 5 - 7 semesters Germany

The main objective of the master program for<strong> Wind Energy Systems</strong> is capacity building in the field of wind energy for research and industry. [+]

The main objective of the master program for Wind Energy Systems is capacity building in the field of wind energy for research and industry. Methods and technology innovations will be developed in learning alliances with the industry within the framework of master theses and doctoral dissertations. Prospective target groups for the Master program are natural scientists and engineers. Our students are offered on-job training to complete a whole master program or individual specialization modules. Course structure The study program Master Online Wind Energy Systems consists of four core elements: Fundamentals of mathematics and engineering for wind energy (30 ECTS) Two specialization areas: (1) Energy system technology and (2) Simulation and structural technology (Minimum 30 ECTS must be selected in one of the specializations) Additive Key-Competences (economy and law) Master-Thesis (30 ECTS) The Masters Program, carrying 120 ECTS, is an occupational degree course and is held in English, mostly online, and eventually leads to a Master of Science (M. Sc.). Course contents Core topics include fundamentals of mathematics and engineering for wind energy, specializations in energy system technology, and simulation and structural technology, as well as additive key-competences (economy and law) How the course is organized A total number of 120 credits must be achieved to complete the master program. This number is divided into basic modules (30 ECTS), two specialization areas and non-technical modules (60 ECTS) (Note: at least 30 ECTS must be selected in one of the specialization areas) and a Master-Thesis module (30 ECTS) General requirements and other information The participants: Potential target groups for the Master’s program are scientists and engineers from research and industry who are looking for professionals training in the scope of a whole Masters or single specialization modules. Admission requirements: The minimum entry requirements are a Bachelor in relevant natural and engineering sciences and a 1-year work experience. Degree: The participants receive a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree from the University of Kassel. The degree title given to successful students at the end of the course is “M.Sc. in Wind Energy Systems”. This degree qualifies for further post graduate work towards PhD. Accreditation: Accreditation is granted by the agency ASIIN. Accreditation is planed by the agency ASIIN in 2013. Course start date Course of Study begins winter semester 2015/2016 Pilot modules in summer semester 2015: Electrical Engineering (6 Credits) Fluid Mechanics (6 Credits) Additional information a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the "Advancement through Education: Open universities" competition [-]

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