With a population of about 70,000, Bamberg is a comfortably sized community in which you will quickly feel at home. It is a city that both preserves tradition – since 1993, the historic old city has been a UNESCO World Heritage site – and embraces modern life – as the city’s many sculptures, including by noted modern artists Botero and Lüpertz, demonstrate.
Adding to the city’s appeal are Bamberg’s location in the Regnitz river valley, its seven hills, Hain Park and its unique swimming facility on the river, and its close proximity to the famous Franconian Switzerland tourist areas and Steigerwald nature park.
The University of Bamberg is one of Bavaria’s oldest, founded in 1647 and today with several locations in the area, many in the city center. In Autumn 2012, the university expanded to Erba Island, in the north of Bamberg between the Regnitz and the Main-Danube Canal, where today a new building houses the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences. Inspiring environs surround this new university building: a park that hosted the Bavarian State Garden Show in Summer 2012. The park, which affords students and faculty opportunities for outdoor relaxation, is also open to the public.
The University of Bamberg’s Information Systems degree program stands on nearly three decades’ tradition. First established in 1987, it was only the third such program in Germany. In line with the accords of the Bologna Process, the diploma programs offered in Information Systems were expanded in the Winter 2004/05 semester to include bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
As an academic field, Information Systems addresses the structural and behavioral characteristics of information systems, the procedural methods for developing and operating these systems, and the economic and social implications of their operation. The degree program is thus linked both to the academic disciplines of economics, computer science, and business administration and management.
The bachelor’s degree program in Information Systems aims to develop students’ ability to apply academic methods to solve problems arising in the field, including those of an interdisciplinary nature, and continue to develop these methods. A further goal is to equip students to engage in their own continuing education independently, as is often required to keep pace with the field’s continual, dynamic development. Studies in Information Systems are oriented both towards method and application, and they prepare students for a variety of professional paths. The elective options built into the program allow students to develop individually specified areas of focus.
The bachelor’s degree program in International Information Systems Management has been offered at the University of Bamberg since the Winter 2010/11 semester, and it rounds out the range of degree programs offered in the faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences.
The program, of seven semester’s standard duration, is geared towards providing students seeking qualifications for the international IT and information systems field with an internationally relevant and management-oriented education. The curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills required to manage in-house and inter-company information systems, along with project management skills, foreign languages, cultural administration skills, and general social or “soft” skills. Mandatory studies and/or internships abroad give students practical international and intercultural experience in academic as well as business environments. In the program’s later phases, the curriculum includes a module of courses offered by visiting instructors from the corporate sector; this establishes an intensified transfer of practical knowledge for students.
The master’s degree program in Education in Business and Information Systems (Wirtschaftspädagogik/WI) was initiated at the University of Bamberg in the Winter 2001/02 semester in response to increasing demand. This interdisciplinary curriculum combines topics from economics, teacher training, and computer science in an integrated offering that is unique in Germany. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in economics and administration, extracurricular and corporate educational institutions and as teachers in trade schools. The State of Bavaria recognizes the degree from this program as equivalent to the State examinations for vocational school teachers and thus it qualifies graduates to enter the postgraduate traineeship (Referendariat).
The program objectives are the acquisition of general and subject-specific decision-making skills, as well as communication, cooperation, and dealing with criticism as a basis for teamwork, project management, and leadership functions. Students in this degree program learn the skills needed to recognize and deal with problems and issues that characterize the fields of Information Systems, Economics, and Business Education. Graduates are able to illustrate and analyze these problems accurately, as well as assess their main, subsequent, and ancillary effects so they can solve them independently.
This master’s degree program also aims to develop the students’ ability to educate themselves independently in the future, as the dynamic nature of the field makes this an ongoing necessity. Furthermore, students acquire skills necessary to reflect on prevailing procedural methods and contribute to the further academic development of the subjects studied. The program offers students excellent prospects in the labor market.
As an academic field, Information Systems addresses the structural and performance characteristics of information systems, the procedural methods for developing and operating these systems, and the economic and social implications of their operation. The degree program is thus connected not only to the academic fields of economics and business administration and management, but also to computer science.
The master’s degree program in Information Systems at the University of Bamberg aims to provide students with the skills needed to apply scientific methods to solve problems arising in the field, including those of an interdisciplinary nature, and continue to develop these methods. A further goal is to equip students to engage in their own continuing education independently, as is often required to keep pace with the field’s continual, dynamic development. Studies in Information Systems are method- and application-oriented, and they prepare students for a wide range of professional fields of application. The core curriculum’s elective options allow students to develop individually specified area of focus within the degree program.
The master’s degree program in International Information Systems Management (IISM) has been offered at the University of Bamberg since the Winter 2014/2015 semester. Students develop technical and social competence in the field of information systems management with a specific focus on international corporations and inter-corporate cooperation.
The IISM program, with a three-semester standard duration, emphasizes strategic questions of IT management and provides students with in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge for the international IT and information systems field. The curriculum is formed from the core area of information systems as well as from the related fields of business management, economics, and law. The focus is on knowledge and skills that pertain to management of in-house and inter-company information systems, supplemented with project management, foreign languages, cultural administration, and general social or “soft” skills. Technical skills established in the program are of an interdisciplinary nature. A mandatory internship abroad gives students practical experience in international and intercultural business environments.
To ensure students are prepared for today’s working world, the curriculum goes beyond information systems to include analysis of socio-cultural, economic, political, and legal issues. The program teaches important management skills, including negotiation skills, conflict resolution, presentation skills, and foreign languages. The social and ethical responsibilities of managers are at the program’s center. And finally, the program seeks to improve students’ awareness of sustainability as an issue in the management of international corporations and their information systems.
The Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Bamberg, in collaboration with other university partners, offer a web-based master’s degree in Information Systems, with a three- or four-semester standard duration. The program affords students, who typically pursue the degree part-time, with flexible time management. Students attend brief on-campus sessions at the beginnings of semester and participate in multimedia-supported e-learning (with intensive support by instructors) during each semester’s remaining time.
Students with a university degree, at least a one year professional experience and with competence in the field of information systems will, through this program, expand their skills, deepen and update their knowledge, and add specialization in Information Systems to their academic portfolios.