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Recent University Development Plan HHU - HEP20.21

The recent University Development Plan HHU for 2017 - 2021 (Hep 20.21) has been pulished in december 2017.

On this webpages you have the Executive Summary of the Hep 20.21.

University Development Plan HHU

  • Heinrich Heine University is a successful, dynamic and innovative university. Since its foundation in 1965, HHU pursues a continuous growth strategy. Today, HHU comprises fi ve faculties with 365 professorships and eleven central and interdisciplinary facilities.

    HHU aims to develop a uniquely distinct profile through its developmental plan HEP 20.21.

    The strategic measures of this developmental plan HEP 20.21 will result in stringent qualitative and quantitative advancements of Heinrich Heine University and will position HHU thematically in the areas of life sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences.

    It is the explicit goal of this road map to increase the attractiveness of HHU for outstanding researchers, for junior faculty, for excellent graduate students, for postdoctoral fellows, and for highly motivated members of faculties as well as for staff within the central university administration and interdisciplinary facilities. HHU also endeavors to attract outstanding students by providing excellent research and teaching programs.

  • Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is further developing its research profile. Three kinds of areas have been identified and will be further enhanced through strategic intramural programs: core areas, areas with high potential, and areas to be further developed. This is implemented by strategic funding of new research endeavors (strategic research fund), the establishment of a HHU innovation fund, the reorganization of the Heine graduate academies (HeRA), and the extension of its Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Center as well as the support of individual researchers.

    These specific measures will allow our university to reach its ambitious qualitative and quantitative aims within the scientific developmental planning by the year 2021. Sustainable scientific alliances with our non-university partner institutions and our university partners will be strengthened and broadened.

    In addition to HHU's Cluster of Excellence and already established Collaborative Research Centers (CRC), our university endeavors to establish more research initiatives: the continuation and the procurement of new Clusters of Excellence funded by the federal government and federal states, the establishment of new DFG CRCs, DFG research units and research training groups as well as the procurement of additional European Research Council Grants and Emmy-Noether junior research groups funded by the DFG and BMBF as well as other granting organizations are specific developmental aims. In this regard, the broadness of research is considered advantageous as a source for new research areas at HHU.

    Implementation of the goals outlined above should lead to an increase in scientific output due to collaborative and individual research projects, and result in a significant increase in the annual extramural funding for research activities (from currently approx. € 50 millions to approx. € 81 millions until the year 2021).

  • Heinrich Heine University combines outstanding research with excellent education. The road map HEP 20.21 anticipates the qualitative and quantitative challenges posed by future generations of students. HHU continuously improves the quality of teaching through specifi c programs. Its strategic aims include an increase of the proportion of graduating students, the development, promotion and advancement of interdisciplinary and innovative Bachelor and Master programs, the improvement of the overall study conditions and the feasibility of degree programs, the amelioration of central services in accordance with the students life cycle and an increased digitization in teaching and studying as well as in administrative processes.

    HHU aims to comply with the Higher Education Pact III of the German Government including the special program for medicine of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as the master program by reaching a total number of students in the range of 29,000 to 34,000 (currently 32,000) in 80 to 86 study programs (today 80). This entails an increase in teaching capacity and in the degree of capacity utilization of Bachelor study programs, ultimately leading to up to 20,000 Bachelor students, an increase in the number of Master students up to 4,000 to 6,000, and steady numbers of students in state examination graduate programs (Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy) to approximately 5,500 to 5,700. The yearly number of graduates will reach up to 4,000 by 2021. An expansion of the number of students in doctoral programs to more than 2,500 is planned.

Citizen university
  • The Heinrich Heine University plans to sharpen its profile as a Citizen university. HHU has already developed a strong presence in Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Many publicly visible events addressing students, scientists, as well as representatives from politics, economy, culture and society are being held every year. Further target audiences shall find stronger consideration in this dialogue. Moreover, HHU offers specially tailored activities to foster the dialogue with citizens and cooperating partner institutions. The road map HEP 20.21 includes an application for the program "innovative educational institution" funded by the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The kickoff conference for the "knowledge region Düsseldorf" will represent an important step towards this application and towards the process of strategically and structurally anchoring the idea of the citizen university within HHU. The concept of the citizen university also entails innovative formats of science transfer that will be further developed and implemented. Events held at the House of the University and at Schloss Mickeln will be positioned thematically according to HHU's strategy in the future. Finally, the excellent environment for fundraising in Düsseldorf will be progressively exploited. HHU's fundraising shall be further professionalized by building networks of sponsors and benefactors.

Transfer of knowledge and technology
  • HHU promotes the transfer of knowledge and technology between science, society, and economy through an environment that promotes entrepreneurship strengthens scientific communication. Knowledge and technologies are important resources for competitiveness of companies as well as of universities. HHU offers versatile scientific services and supports co-operations with emphasis on biomedical, pharmaceutical and chemical research and development. The spectrum of co-operations with businesses encompasses joint research projects and research services such as the analysis of complex data or the development of therapeutics. Partners are public institutions and associations as well as international companies and medium sized enterprises. HHU's presence at the location is an important factor for the economic attractiveness of the region.

Young researchers
  • HHU continuously furthers its profile and reputation as an attractive institution for young researchers. HHU offers far-reaching support for junior researchers from the beginning of the PhD and opens up promising career opportunities. HHU participates in the tenure track program for junior researchers funded by the federal government and state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Human resources management

    HHU positions herself as an attractive employer for researchers as well as technical and administrative staff . The aim of our human resources management is to win excellent specialists and leaders in their field for research, education and science administration and to ascertain their long-term commitment through excellent employment conditions.

  • Internationalization

    HHU has embarked to widen its internationalization. This will be achieved by increasing the visibility of its profile and strengths and by improving the general conditions for all university members, international students, scholars, junior researchers and permanent scientists through the establishment of a Welcome Center, implementation of a welcome culture and the introduction of a language concept. Excellent scientists from abroad shall be attracted to HHU. Furthermore, the internationalization of teaching will be expanded and the mobility of all member groups of HHU will be increased. These aims will be supported by an optimization of current structures of faculties, contacts and communication channels as well as a strategic pooling and focusing of international partners. Finally, students shall be empowered to represent their research internationally and to shape the inter-cultural society also in their respective country of origin.

Equal opportunities
  • Establishing equal opportunities by gender mainstreaming, optimization of the reconciliation of work and family life as well as diversity management represent a central area of activity within the university's developmental planning. Diversity Management, defined as systematic consideration of the perspectives and interests of our students and staff for good research, education and work conditions, represents a cross-sectional topic which is implemented together with gender mainstreaming at HHU. Our university pursues the aim of strengthening gender equality at all organizational levels and to embed it in university management tasks. Gender aspects shall be included into all measures and decisions with regard to university staff, the development of the organization and the strategic decisions of HHU. In the future, HHU will again participate in the audit "familiengerechte hochschule" and takes part in the audit "Vielfalt gestalten". Until the end of the road map HEP 20.21 HHU shall have a diversity mission statement and management profile at its command as well as a clearly defined portfolio of activities in the field of gender equality, family and diversity.

Financial and resource planning
  • An anticipatory and transparent financial and resource planning represents an integrated part of HHU's developmental plan HEP 20.21. Universities need to be provided with funds to maintain their basic functions in research, teaching and administration. They also need reliable and sufficient funding to be able to react to new challenges in research and new demands in teaching. HHU reacts to this challenge with a cost cutting program to react to chronic under-funding on the one hand and by initiating an innovation fund supporting promising future-directed research initiatives on the other hand. Together with the consolidation of funds provided by the Higher Education Pacts these measures provide a solid and reliable financial base for HHU that enables our university to keep its innovation capacity.

Campus and bulding infrastructure
  • HHU's campus provides exceptional conditions for education and research in that all faculties and facilities are located in one continuous area. Furthermore, the university hospital is part of the campus - a rare advantage among German universities with medical faculties. HHU is - in contrast to many other higher education institutions - a university of short distances. This fact facilitates education and training of students on the one hand and interdisciplinary scientific cooperations of researchers on the other hand.

    A challenge of ongoing relevance is the infrastructure of HHU's buildings. These were constructed mainly during the years 1960 to 1980. Thus, HHU does not only have to provide for the financing of the maintenance, renovation, modernization and extension of buildings, but also has to ensure that the necessary construction work can take place during full time operation.

Conclusion and downloads
  • To download the University Development Plan of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, please click on the document’s icon.

    Heinrich Heine University will be strengthening its faculties as well as its central and interdisciplinary facilities with the HEP 20.21 road map. This will result in continuing development and financial and resource planning.

    HHU will be living its slogan: "creating knowledge, sharing knowledge" and will be further advancing its unique profile in Life | Nature | Society.

    HHU continues its strategy of sharpening its profile to meet future challenges in science, higher education, transfer and university management and to fulfill its obligations to society based on tolerance, cosmopolitanism, and freedom of thought in accordance with its namesake Heinrich Heine.

    Here you will also find the Executive Summary of the University Development Plan (in German)

    To download the recent University Development Plan of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, please click on the document’s icon.

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