05/21/2012 Students at Leuphana University Lüneburg can from now on develop their own program of study.
Lüneburg. Students at Leuphana University Lüneburg can in the future determine for themselves what their program of study will look like. The new “Individual Study Program” gives them the freedom to cross disciplinary boundaries and to build from Leuphana College’s existing Bachelor programs of study their own individual, new program. Guidelines regulating course combinations, like those within traditional programs of study, are no more. The first 35 students in this new program of study have been accepted for the next winter semester. Leuphana’s “Individual Study Program” is a first-time experiment in Germany that aligns university education even more closely with students’ individual goals and needs. This study model follows the programs of study found at American Liberal Arts colleges. Students will earn a diploma in a professionally qualified Bachelor’s degree, which they can then use to either immediately start their career or to continue on to a Master’s program.
First-semester students will determine what goals and subjects they want to pursue in their “Individual Study Program” together with their teachers. They will develop concrete curricular goals and individual plans for their course of study. “With this [program] we want to reach the point where students pursue the fundamental questions that really interest them, independently and for themselves,” said University President Sascha Spoun as he explained the university’s aspirations.
The program of study is aimed above all at young people, who want to design and understand, who are creative, who think against the grain and who work well together with others to solve problems. During this program of study they will learn methods and argumentative structures from various disciplines. They will thereby have substantive intellectual expertise at their command, as well as the ability to approach the responsibilities and challenges inherent to scholarship and practice, independently and from various perspectives.
Many combinations are possible, such as for example study modules from political science, economics and engineering. They offer a good basis for working later in third-world developmental cooperation. Those who see their future in public management can combine courses in business economics, political science and law with each other. Future science journalists will find offerings from cultural-, environmental- and sustainability studies interesting.
In order to make sure that studying without disciplinary guidelines can succeed, Leuphana has built a special teaching and advising relationship into the Individual Study Program. Teachers meet with students as partners in order to help them reach their individual educational goals. Mentoring, coaching or education self-analysis will offer additional support.
Students interested in Leuphana College’s “Individual Study Program” can learn more during the Bachelor Information Day held on 14 June 2012. More information is available online at Bachelor-Infotag
Leuphana University sees itself as a public university for the civil society of the 21st century. Its educational model is unique within Germany and offers Bachelor and Master’s degrees according to the established international norms. Leuphana’s award-winning research concentrations and its close cooperation with business have been cited many times. Its core elements are the College for the first degree, the Graduate School with integrated Master’s and Doctoral programs, as well as the Professional School for continuing career education and knowledge transfer. Four academic initiatives define the university’s disciplinary spectrum: education research/teacher training, management and entrepreneurial decision making, cultural research and sustainability research.
The newly planned campus with its pioneering central building designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Daniel Libeskind symbolizes Leuphana’s new orientation. Through its Innovation-Incubator, the university strengthens the research and economic potential of Lüneburg as an academic center. The incubator is currently Europe’s largest regional development project focused academic research. It has a budget of approximately 100 million Euros and receives massive support from the European Union.
There are 7,300 young people studying at Leuphana. About 600 of the up to 1000 Leuphana staff members are researchers, of which 140 are professors.