Prof. Dr. Gabriele Beibst: Theory and practice in one package – The Jena University of Applied Sciences

The Jena University of Applied Sciences (FH Jena) was founded on 1 October 1991 as one of the first educational establishments of its kind in the new federal states. Since then it has rapidly developed. Today, with more than 4,900 students, it is not only the largest university of applied sciences in Thurin­gia, but also the third-largest university of this federal state. An innovative com­­bination of practical-oriented and scientifically sound study courses is what draws young people from all around Germany and beyond to the Jena Uni­­versity of Applied Sciences.
The Jena University of Applied Scien­c­­es, a “Selected Venue in the Land of Ideas 2007” and an important partner in “Science City 2008”, strives to create optimal conditions for learning, research­­ing and working. The course selection of the young university is based on three pillars: Engineering Sciences, Bu­­siness Administration and Social Sciences.


The faculties of FH Jena:
• Business Administration
• Electro-Technology and Information
• Fundamental Sciences
• Mechanical Engineering
• Medical Engineering and Biotech­­no­logy
• SciTec
• Social Sciences
• Industrial Engineering
Currently the Jena University of Applied Sciences offers 32 attractive bachelor and master degree courses. The change­­over to the bachelor and master de­­gree system has been successfully im­­plemented with the accrediting of all direct study courses of the Jena Uni­versity of Applied Sciences. In the whole of Thuringia this is unparalleled.
Additionally, as from the 2007/2008 win­­ter semester, a dual course of study with an integrated apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with the “IHK Ostthüringen” (Chamber of Com­­mer­­ce and Industry of Eastern Thurin­gia in Gera) for trainees with university admis­­sion qualifications. Also in the win­­ter se­­mester, the dual practice-oriented bache­­lor study course “StudiumPlus” for Indus­­trial Engineering starts at the Jena University of Applied Sciences, in cooperation with the “Kompetenzzent­rum StudiumPlus Altenburger Land” and the city of Altenburg. The knowledge available at the Jena University of Ap­­plied Sciences is passed on through training courses, seminars, lectures and assessments. A continuous exchange of experience takes place through colloquia and conferences. The extensive library (approx. 240 000 volumes) and its patent information centre is capa­ble of the swift availability of up-to-date information.



Research and development at the Jena University of Applied Sciences
Intensive research and development is one of the location advantages of the Jena University of Applied Sciences. With the structuring of research and development at the university into seven focal points, the “fields of re­­search and development”, competen­cies and offers have not only become concentrated but also more transpar­ent. Furthermore the service spectrum in the area of research and development has been continually extended. The Jena University of Applied Sciences was particularly successful in their fund-raising in 2006 from the Federal Go­­v­ernment of Germany (Ministry of Edu­cation and Research and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology). The fund-raising from external sources presents an important focus for the Jena University of Applied Sciences: on the one hand the great practical ex­­perience of applied research and devel­opment is clarified and on the other hand about 50 employment positions per year can be financed.
Research and development play a particularly significant role in the im­­plementation of the Bologna Process in the FH Jena. The successful selection of the master degree courses, in partic­ular, places high demands on applica­tion-oriented research and development at the university.


Fields of research and development at the Jena University of Applied Sciences

Life Sciences
• Medical Engineering – new diagnostic and therapeutic processes
• Care
• Pharmaceutical-biotechnology eye-care
• Environmental technology – environmental compatibility

Precision Engineering – Optics
• Applied optics
• Laser material processing
• Process control and quality assurance
• Mechanical vibrations and technical acoustics

Information Processing – Simulation
• Simulation of mechanical, electrical and thermal fields and systems
• Simulation of operational sequences
• Microprocessor technology and electronics design
• Electromagnetic compatibility
• Multimedia in teaching

Automation Engineering
and Mechatronics
• Design and testing of mechatronic systems
• Regulation and control technology
• Actuating elements
• Measurement – sensory properties
• Communication technology

Materials and Product Technology
• Ceramics
• Synthetic materials
• High temperature materials
• Processing procedures, machines and manufacturing automation
Social Sciences
• Child and youth welfare services
• Social inequality

Foundation and Management
of Enterprises
• Regional marketing
• International entrepreneurship


The promotion of graduates
The further support of outstanding gra­d­­uates enjoys high priority at the FH Jena. Every year 15 to 20 postgradu­ates are looked after by “cooperative doc­­torates”, financed through the university itself or through external projects. In 2006 three doctorates were success­fully completed, all with “magna cum laude” merits. Two graduates in the En­­gineering Sciences Department were each awarded the “Doctorate Prize” by the Foundation for Technology, Re­­search and Innovation (STIFT) for their doctorate work.

Cooperation and networks
With the transfer of knowledge and technology, the Jena University of Ap­­plied Sciences makes an important con­­tribution towards the strengthening of the Jena and Thuringia region. The large selection of courses offered by the uni­versity, in conjunction with the mo­­d­­­ern infrastructure on campus, opens a myriad of possibilities for cooperation. The students and graduates ensure a steady transfer of personnel. This ex­­change is supported by the regular or­­ganizational network contacts, bulletin boards and social networks.

The interlinking with the regional econ­omy is also seen through the integra­tion of the Jena University of Applied Sciences with numerous regional competence networks. Amongst these are the BioInstrumente eV (network for bio­technology), OptoNet eV (network for optical technology), Fanimat (network for functional, inorganic-non-metallic materials), JCB (network for bio-informatics), KPVJ (precision consortium in Jena) and micro (micro technology network).

The Jena University of Applied Sciences cooperates with numerous universities in the interest of comprehensive practical-oriented study courses. The colla­b­­­oration with organizations like Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Jenoptik AG, Siemens and IBM as well as a variety of smaller firms, ensures an optimal education. Most of the bachelors’ theses are completed in close cooperation with the industry. The interlinking of economics and science at regional and national level, and the “Cluster Jena” as well as the high priority given to research and development, is what constitutes the young, flexible Jena University of Ap­­plied Sciences.

Living in Jena – The campus
Not only is the campus notable for its close proximity to the Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, but also for its extraordinarily interesting architectural design. After extensive renovations, the entire range of faculties, university administration and the central library with its patent and enquiry section, have been concen­trated. Four of the five buildings are already in use and the fifth will have received a facelift by 2008. Moreover: situated to the south-west of the Jena city centre, the campus is easily reached. The supply in the new canteen as well as the close proximity of student ac­­commodation completes the advantages of an education at the Jena University of Applied Sciences.


ATT24939The author was born in Weimar in 1951 and studied Engineering Economics. She obtained her doctorate in 1983. After numerous studies abroad she was appointed as a professor at the Jena University of Applied Sciences in 1993. From 1999 to 2001 she was Vice-Rec­­tor for Research and University Devel­opment. Since 2001 Prof. Dr. Gabriele Beibst has been the Rector at the Jena University of Applied Sciences.