Digitalisation is becoming increasingly important in many areas of life. One consequence of this is the storage of large amounts of data. The task of data science is to process this mostly unstructured and complex data in such a way that important information can be gained from it. Data analyses should result in concrete recommendations for action. This opens up many possibilities for science, for example. But business is also increasingly working on this basis. How well a company understands how to use existing data has a great influence on its chances of success. And this influence will increase even more in the future. Mathematical-statistical methods form the basis of the analyses. With the help of the insights gained, product design and marketing, for example, can be geared more specifically to the individual needs of each customer. Reliable forecasts about future developments are also possible in many areas. This gives corporate planning and management a new quality.
Experts for data analysis - in demand in many sectors
Data scientists know the methods with which large amounts of data from different sources can be made usable. They design structures and applications for analysis. This includes data integration and modelling as well as the design of front ends. Business informatics specialists also bring their business knowledge to bear on these tasks. Therefore, they are often the link at the interface between IT and the business departments. A typical field of activity is the area of business intelligence. This involves analytical methods that support business decisions at various levels. The job market opportunities in this occupational branch are extremely good.
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Accreditations & awards
FHDW is “Top Digital Education Provider”
The market research institute ServiceValue examined the user satisfaction of digital education providers for the magazine Wirtschaftswoche. The FHDW received a grade of 2.50 – only 0.08 grade points behind the first-place finisher in the business school category. For this, the FHDW was awarded the “Top Digital Education Provider” seal in November 2020.
In various categories, users of 115 providers gave school grades for the quality of the education provided online. A total of 10,750 evaluations were collected.
Institutional accreditation by the German Science Council
As the most important advisory body for science policy in Germany, the Science Council confirmed in 2008 that the FHDW, as a private university, provides teaching and research according to recognised scientific standards and has the necessary material, personnel and financial resources. Most recently, the FHDW was re-accredited for another five years in 2019, once again confirming that it meets the high quality requirements.
System accreditation according to the Accreditation Council by FIBAA
In system accreditation, the quality assurance system of a higher education institution is examined to determine whether it functions in such a way that the higher education institution can guarantee the quality of its study programmes.
The Foundation Accreditation Council is a joint institution of the Länder for quality assurance in teaching and learning at German higher education institutions. It commissions accreditation agencies for this task. At the FHDW, the accreditation agency FIBAA reviewed the quality assurance system according to the specifications of the Accreditation Council. For example, the teaching evaluation, the examination system and the management of teaching assistants were scrutinised. In December 2018, the FHDW successfully completed the system accreditation. The experts came to the conclusion that the university can be released into independence. This means that the FHDW will carry out programme accreditations itself in the future.