Carrying out practical research and development projects and the development of scientific knowledge for practical application is more than just a legal obligation for the FHW. Our own research and own traser of knowledge makes it possible for us to provide up-to-date vocational training for our students for the labour market. In addition, the transfer of research results contributes towards improving the competitiveness of companies, facilities and other institutions in the western part of Schleswig-Holstein and beyond. Research and the transfer of our own research results are essential components of the profile of the FHW.
The FHW is very successful in research and development at the national level. The university always speaks to its partners and customers as equals, regardless of whether it is dealing with the development of products, the prospects of a company or complex research tasks.
Should you be looking for a general partner at the university, with whom you can discuss your topic, please contact a member of the Steering Committee. We will then happily direct you to the experts in our house. The university also runs a number of institutionalised R&D institutions and major R&D projects, which are presented in this section.
The research and development in the Faculty of Technology is supported by systemic concepts, i.e. the integration of various – also interdisciplinary – competences into a single device, a system or a process. This is reflected in the focus on “Intelligent Embedded Systems” and is also visible in the three technical education directions “Automation and Computer Science”, “Micro-technologies and Electronic Systems” and “Building Management Systems”.
The close collaboration between the disciplines makes it possible for us to tackle superior, current and technical tasks such as e.g. a topic that has special significance for the region – The Energy Revolution. Implementation orientation is highlighted with the comprehensive study programme Management and Technology and its focus on “International Project Management”. All professors and a lot of the employees in the Faculty stand for the unity of research, teaching and transfer. This is particularly evident in the exceptionally high proportion, close to 100%, of Bachelor and Master’s theses that are written in companies.
The Institute for Building Technology is located in the Faculty of Technology. It focuses on innovative projects for energy optimisation of larger buildings or facilities. It has been working in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer ISIT for more than 10 years, whereby this cooperation was especially highlighted again by the joint BMBF working group “Micro-systems for Human-Machine Interfaces” in 2013.
The Faculty is involved in the Competence Centre for Wind Energy (Cewind) and the Competence Centre for Wind Power Schleswig-Holstein. Under Technology projects you can find information about other ongoing and completed projects. Of particular note are the research project High-precision Weed Recognition, for the field of organic farming and the Innovation Study Pellworm, for the realisation of smart grids on the North Sea island.
Research and knowledge transfer play a central role in the Faculty of Business Studies. Its activities include funded research projects, studies, research projects with partners from industry and society as well as the transfer of knowledge through lectures, workshops, brochures and publication. The activities mentioned above are integrated into the research focus “Man as an Economic Subject in Work and Leisure”. The knowledge of human behaviour in different contexts is relevant from an economic perspective and gaining in importance for entrepreneurial activity.Under the umbrella of this focus, various professors bring together the existing know-how and experience in this field with their research associates. The aim is to develop innovative models and methods for business operation. The particular focus is on tourism, marketing and personnel management. In addition to individual initiatives and projects, there are five institutional facilities for research, transfer and further education:
- German Institute for Tourism Research (DITF)
- Institute for the Controlling of Regional Development Processes (IzSRE)
- Institute for Regional Marketing Research and Consulting (regioMAR)
- West Coast Institute for Personnel Management (WinHR)
The advances in knowledge resulting from the research are directly received by our project partners and increase their competitiveness as well as the nationwide awareness of the region.