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The KU… connected


The KU sees connecting with wider society as a third mission. It places great importance on collaborating with social, Christian and cultural institutions, and with industry as part of its commitment to social responsibility and in order to ensure students have the best possible start to their careers.

 

 

Knowledge transfer as a third academic mission

The KU aims to conduct research with society and for society. It sees knowledge transfer as a third academic mission alongside research and teaching. Constructive discussion with society has an economic, cultural, social, political and Christian dimension at the KU. Research and teaching, the two traditional missions, provide the basis for social action as a third mission and benefit in return from contacts outside the University.

For example, the KU works closely with Bund Katholischer Unternehmer, an association of Catholic entrepreneurs. Each year the University and the association organize the Eichstätter Gespräche where practical business experience is combined with economically valuable academic knowledge. KU researchers are also involved in a variety of high-level commissions such as the Bundestag’s study commissions and the Central Committee of German Catholics. The KU also aims to make valuable knowledge available to society through the Center for Interdisciplinary Flight and Migration Studies which is in the process of being established. Last but not least, the University connects with the community through the Kinder- Uni project which provides school children in fourth to sixth grade with insights into topics in the natural and social sciences and the humanities.

Study with a practical focus

The KU believes that preparing its students for their future careers is just as important as their academic education. They have access to a wide range of opportunities to put the theory that they have learned into practice. The University encourages students to write their theses in collaboration with companies and has a high number of lecturers from practical fields who enrich various degree programs with their experience.

Partners in society

The Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI) collaborates particularly closely with major companies in Germany and abroad, providing its students with excellent opportunities when it comes to finding internships and starting their careers. Firms introduce themselves on campus during the School’s Company Day. Recruiting and sport are combined in the WFI Summer Challenge which is organized by students. In addition, the WFI-Talente career portal helps students get in touch with potential employers. In the Master’s degree program in Journalism: Innovation and Management, students regularly collaborate on research projects with media companies such as Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk and weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

The Faculty of Social Work has excellent contacts with social institutions on all five continents. Important partners include Christian charities and the diocese of Eichstätt’s international partnerships office. Students can choose from over 150 internship places and spend a semester supporting a literacy program in Tanzania, caring for victims of domestic violence in India or doing street work in Bolivia, for example.

International teacher training

In its teaching degree programs the KU places great importance on enabling students to experience different educational contexts. Each year, with funding from the DAAD, students and lecturers travel to Kampala as part of the KUganda project where they hold workshops with local teachers, develop teaching materials and test educational concepts. The KU is also involved in an exclusive collaboration with the Goethe Institute as part of Schulwärts. This project organizes internships at partner schools in other countries and also provides participants with grants. Four places on the program are reserved for KU students.