University of Regensburg
Regensburg has had a long tradition of education and science, even though it only became a university city in the 1960s. The names of great scholars and scientists such as Albertus Magnus or Johannes Kepler are closely connected to Regensburg.
Regensburg, the metropolis on the river Danube, has the highest density of pubs and bars in Germany, plenty of summer flair – it is actually dubbed Italy’s most northern city – and its student life ranks among the most exciting of all of Germany.
Management Information Systems Department at the University in Regensburg
Management Information Systems (MIS) is a (comparatively) young, interdisciplinary science. The fast progressing digitalization of enterprises due for instance to the omnipresence of the internet and mobile technologies and their pervasive use, results in a plethora of digital services and information providing the base for the development of a wide range of novel products and services, offering a myriad of opportunities for innovations.
Such developments are focused by MIS, dealing, on the one hand, with entrepreneurial topics by means of information technologies and supporting, on the other hand, organizational processes. Moreover, technical realities are analyzed and assessed in view of feasibility, practicability and economic issues. Today information systems are the enterprises’ “backbone”, impressively demonstrated by internet companies such as Google or Amazon. What is more, new technological developments open up market potentials and opportunities for enterprises. MIS sees information systems from an integral view dealing with both the entrepreneurial challenges and the users of new information technologies. Therefore, one focus of the MIS programs is on the topics Internet Business and IT Security.
The Bachelor Program comprises six semesters (three years) divided into two phases. In the first, three-semester phase, the students are familiarized with the program-specific basics in Business Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics as well as MIS. The courses offered provide the participants with the methods expertise necessary for the second, more in-depth phase of the program.
This second phase aims at deepening program- and subject-specific contents focusing for instance on Internet Business and IT Security, with a number of different courses – either compulsory or elective – being offered. In addition, students do project seminars in cooperation with a company working on a clear-cut topic from the program focus areas Internet Business or IT Security during a specified period of time. Finally, they will present their results in class in a comprehensible manner. At the end of their studies, students write their bachelor thesis.
The Master Program comprises four semesters (two years). The two groups of compulsory modules teach basics in the fields of Information Technology and Business Economics. In addition, there are modules for individual specialization in the fields of Business Information Systems, IT Security and Internet Business.
The specialization module Business Information Systems focuses business information systems on two levels: 1) On an operational level, business processes are designed and modeled to systematically identify and realize improvement potentials. 2) On a technological level, information systems that have to be designed in such a way as to support the operational tasks and processes in the best possible way are investigated.
IT Security tries to systematically protect the production and business processes in enterprises and organizations, which were realized with the help of IT, against intended attacks (Security) and unintended events (Safety). To this purpose, security models and concepts are created and security infrastructures, risk analysis and management systems are installed.
The specialization module Internet Business familiarizes the students with the interaction of new technologies and innovative business models in Internet Business as well as with their realization in processes along the value chain. Topical subjects in Internet Business as for instance the use of Social Media, mobile applications or Big Data are dealt with in-depth by means of case studies.