The Hochschule Niederrhein (HN) has around 14.200 students, of which some 3301 are first-year students (as per Winter Semester 2014/15), making it one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany.
Today, the HN is a regional university with a national and international reputation. An above average proportion of women (50,2%) and foreigners (10,6%) are enrolled at the Hochschule Niederrhein. The foreign students come from some 100 countries.
With over 3,000 students and around 42 professors, the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics is the university's largest faculty.
Theoretical knowledge combined with practical experience is the essence of the faculty's work. We combine scientific study with practice-oriented training in 12 different degree programmes. We have been preparing our students for careers in business and industry in close cooperation with companies and enterprises in the region since 1971.
The Bachelor's programme Information Systems equips graduates with the required
competence and qualifications to take on a career at the interface between business
management and computer science. The ability to assist in commercial information
technology projects serves as a model. The degree delivers the fundamentals for the
business world and a wide spectrum of specialised knowledge. The graduates can
successfully apply scientific expertise and problem-solving concepts. The programme
enables the graduates to develop new fields in commercial information management
and to undertake further training independently.
Information systems graduates deal with the design, development, selection and
application of computer-aided information systems in companies and administrative
They use application-oriented computer science (i.e. knowledge of hardware,
software and methods) in approaching business problems. As computer science is
subject to very rapid technological change, priority is given to delivering
methodological skills, and practical examples are constantly adapted to reflect
The programme equips graduates with the competence and qualifications needed to
undertake tasks in companies at the interface between the specialist (business
administration) and IT (computer science) departments.
- They acquire the fundamental skills required in business practice as well as a
wide array of expertise in the relevant fields of business administration, software
technology, application systems and computer science.
- They are able to apply scientific knowledge and problem-solving concepts
successfully in practice.
- They develop the ability to judge and the competence to critically reflect on
scientific and occupational practice.
- They are able to undertake further training autonomously in order to access new and
prospective areas of computer science independently.
Graduates of the Master programme acquire the necessary management skills to
position projects in today's complex and networked system environments, to manage
them and bring them to a successful conclusion.
To achieve this they also need the professional know-how to select and apply the
appropriate procedures and methods for these projects. Possible occupations would
therefore include positions as a technical director or manager of information
management projects, IT consultants or management consultants.
The Master's programme will also open up the opportunity to enter a scientific career
via a doctoral degree.