In the practice-integrated study programmes, FH Bielefeld works very closely with companies from all industrial sectors. The flexible study concept allows companies to train their own recruits in cost-effective and needs-oriented manner. Work placements (of about three months in each case) merge course content and hands-on application. This way, students are familiarised with their future tasks and gradually take on responsibility. Around 300 companies already cooperate with FH Bielefeld in practice-integrated courses. Partnership often leads to further collaboration in research and development projects, for example.
»Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe«, in short »it’s OWL« is the term for a partnership of 174 companies, universities, scientific competence centres and business-related organisations in the region of Ostwestfalen-Lippe (East Westphalia - Lippe). It was founded in 2011 with the objective of devising innovations in the fields of automation, automotive and mechanical engineering. One of “it’s OWL“ partners at the FH Bielefeld is the Institute for System Dynamics and Mechatronics (ISyM).
In 2011, FH Bielefeld and the Gütersloh domestic-appliance manufacturer Miele opened the Mieletec-laboratory. Since then, students can work as research assistants for Miele and study for their Master’s degree at the FH at the same time. »This way, we succeed in involving students in practical research early on. We gain fundamental insight into the physical causal chain through the intermesh of experiment and simulation, thus paving the way for future leaps and bounds in technology«, said Prof. Dr. Christian Schröder, Vice President for Research and Transfer, who runs Mieletec-laboratory together with Prof. Dr. Sonja Schöning.