Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H)

Introduction

Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H) was founded and state recognized in 1983 and ever since has been a pioneer among Germany’s higher education institutions. Over a period of 30 years, we introduced significant innovations in research and teaching. As a model university we stand for dynamic reforms of the traditional alma mater and the pursuit of a humanistic educational concept adapted to the challenges of our modern knowledge society. In adherence to Humboldt’s educational ideals we perceive ourselves as an entrepreneurial university and strive to integrate research and student education, provision of scientific services, practical application and social responsibility. Theory-based and practice-oriented teaching at UW/H is always associated with the acquisition of subject-related, methodical, social and cultural competences, value orientation and personal growth.

Witten researches.

Research at UW/H is interdisciplinary, highly diverse as to methodology, and focuses on well-defined areas. As a private university with a moderate percentage of state funding in our budget, we feel obliged to contribute something to society in return for the funds we receive. One way to do so is to generate innovative research results. Real-life problems call for transdisciplinary research. The social relevance of our chosen fields of research is as important in this respect as transparent and generally understandable publication of research findings.

Numerous UW/H projects are third-party financed. Over 40 applications for third-party funds were successful in 2010 alone. Our researchers cooperate with renowned national and international partners. All UW/H Faculties strive to address new and previously unexplored research areas and thereby to trigger significant developments.

Witten educates.

Education is much more than training for the job. In addition to subject-related expertise and skills, we also convey methods and strategies which enable our students for the rest of their lives to cope with complex and permanently changing demands of the modern knowledge society, either as generalists with specialization competences or as specialists with a broad general basis of knowledge. In line with the Witten didactics, student education is problem oriented, state-of-the-art and close to practice. Personal growth is another of our core objectives.

Interdisciplinary – undisciplined

Following Humboldt’s educational concepts, UW/H students study in small groups with an excellent student-teacher ratio and sufficient time and space to discover their talents and potentials and form their own opinions. Students are encouraged to think in wider contexts and assume social responsibility in and beyond a chosen discipline. The economic, ecological and social challenges of the future will certainly not respect the boundaries of academic disciplines.

Witten – fundamental.

Fundamental studies are a core element of the Witten/Herdecke identity. They foster out-of-the-box thinking. They embody the university’s guiding idea and facilitate learning processes beyond subject-related expertise. Here students tackle questions for which we have no ready answers, or for which there may be no answers at all. Education needs protracted reflection and a change of perspective, needs alienation and distance from self and the world. Fundamental studies offer this opportunity to call a halt. They constitute an undisciplined and decelerated approach to a wealth of perspectives between reflection, communication and art. Fundamental studies are the contemporary successor of ancient schools of the art of life and studia humanitatis. Among Germany’s universities the UW/H fundamental studies are the oldest and most sophisticated model that integrates academic issues and questions related to society, the arts, social justice, concern for one’s personal future, politics, psychology, philosophy and history, and assesses their relevance for an individual’s attitude, actions and conduct of life. In an increasingly complex, rapidly changing and insecure world, prospective physicians, entrepreneurs, managers, politicians or consultants need methodical, social, ethical and cultural competences as much as subject-related expertise.

Witten gets involved.

The role of higher education in society underwent radical changes in recent years. Research and teaching are still core activities at universities. But today we expect more. Civic engagement as the “third mission” in addition to research and student education has always been part of UW/H identity. At the founding ceremony of Witten/Herdecke University, Alfred Herrhausen spoke of “esprit engagé, a dedicated spirit to be developed and employed for the fostering of our society”. This spirit is an essential part of our philosophy and attaches equal importance to social responsibility, student education and generation of innovative research results.

Right from the start Witten/Herdecke University assumed social responsibility in many forms and on various levels. Witten/Herdecke University is in a continuous lively exchange with the community: with Witten’s citizens, the local and regional business world, social and cultural institutions, even international organizations, corporations and foundations. In view of our tender age and a comparably small number of 1.300 enrolled students and 400 staff, we have produced an impressive number of social, cultural, commercial and non-profit initiatives.

Witten works.

Despite Bologna reforms, increasing economic constraints for universities and new degree programs for formerly non-academic professions, Witten/Herdecke University still offers the freedom of studies that are theory-based and close to practice, ethical and aesthetic, speedy or relaxed, dissident and unconditional, interdisciplinary and undisciplined. And if Harvard University President Drew G. Faust is right in her belief that university culture is essentially undisciplined and that this should be the starting point for future universities, then we seem well-positioned at UW/H.

Accordingly Witten/Herdecke University understands itself as an unconditionally undisciplined university in the sense proclaimed by Drew and Derrida, and as a place of critical thinking. Witten makes a difference, Witten works: in research, teaching and in society. In – and at the interfaces of – health, economics and culture.

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Master in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Campus Full time 2 - 4 semesters October 2017 Germany Witten

The Master programme PPE at Witten/Herdecke University offers cutting-edge education at the intersection of the social sciences and philosophy. Unlike other Master programmes in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, the focus in Witten (Germany) is on the sound academic analysis of real-life problems in an increasingly interconnected world. It addresses the challenges of the 21st century in a globalized... [+]

The Master programme PPE at Witten/Herdecke University offers cutting-edge education at the intersection of the social sciences and philosophy. Unlike other Master programmes in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, the focus in Witten (Germany) is on the sound academic analysis of real-life problems in an increasingly interconnected world. It addresses the challenges of the 21st century in a globalized world. The Master PPE in Witten is also a tailor-made programme for any career in leading positions at the interface of politics, economics and (civil) society. Our graduates find career prospects in a range of political and social fields, NGOs, management, further education, personnel and organisation development, economic and political consulting. Programme duration 2 semesters (60 ECTS) or 4 semesters (120 ECTS) Fees 13.980 Euro (2 semesters) 21.480 Euro (4 semesters) Payment modes 1. Study first - pay later: payment (depending on income) after graduation 2. Direct payment of fixed monthly rates (fixed sum) 3. Direct payment 50%, income-related repayment after graduation 50 % The document below has detailed information on our tuition payment scheme. Admission requirements Bachelor in Economics or Politics or Philosophy or 60 ECTS in an interdisciplinary degree programme* Advanced English language skills (e.g. TOEFL: 110) If you are unsure about meeting the admission requirements, please get in touch with us. Diego Tuzman, international PPE student, about the Master programme at Witten/Herdecke University: “After studying Economics in Uruguay, I was looking for an international master programme that offered the opportunity to broaden my perspective through a multi-disciplinary approach. Witten/Herdecke’s PPE MA is all that and more. As an international student in Witten, not only did I find an excellent academic environment but also a truly warm and welcoming one. Having moved from a different continent - and with virtually no knowledge of the German language - I feel that people here are certainly going out of their way to make me and all of the international students feel welcome. This is an open-minded university which offers a pluralistic education in an international environment, alongside the Studium Fundamentale as a truly innovative aspect of its curricula. As for everyday life, Witten is a town that is at the same time relaxed and full of activities, both academic and cultural. Many interesting student initiatives and its closeness to Bochum and Dortmund guarantee that a lack of options will never be a problem.” [-]

Contact

Witten/Herdecke University

Address Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50
58448 Witten, Germany
Website http://www.uni-wh.de/
Phone +49 2302 9260