HTW Berlin offers over 70 study programmes in the areas of technology, computing, business, culture and design. It is the largest university of applied sciences in Berlin. Subjects range from classical disciplines such as mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and business administration to new and innovative study programmes such as facility management, economic policy and game design.
High education quality at HTW
Rankings regularly confirm the high level of education provided by HTW Berlin. Great importance is attached to foreign languages and key qualifications such as presentation skills. To facilitate the transition into working life, the university’s Career Services department also offers specially developed training courses. HTW-Students wishing to complete part of their studies abroad have plenty of opportunities to choose from. HTW Berlin actively collaborates with 140 universities worldwide and has an established network of cooperation partnerships.
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We talk toAntti Kapanen who is responsible for the programme Master of Business Administration and Engineering about the possibilty to find work after having studied at HTW.
HTW is still one of the references in engineering studies combined with Managment and Economics. What is the difference to universities like RWTH Aachen?
There are many great study programmes all around Germany in Industrial Management and related fields. It is true that many of them are also located closer to related industry clusters. However, many of our students choose Berlin for the experience of living in this wonderful, lively city for a year or two! So although many have to move after graduation - often to southern Germany - to work, the city still gives us a very particular location advantage. Besides, the job market in Berlin has developed very well and more and more commonly our graduates find jobs especially at internationally oriented companies around the city. Providing graduates with a variety of languages and cultural
backgrounds is also a special strength of the MBA&E.
Another important factor is, indeed, that the Industrial Management (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) programme at the HTW Berlin does very well in national rankings. We have a balanced faculty with very impressive business backgrounds. We also take maintaining contacts with employers seriously. These are factors that guarantee a high-quality, practically relevant education at the HTW.
In summary, it may be the combination of professional and life factors that attract lots of international applicants to the MBA&E at the HTW Berlin.
Where do most of the foreign students come from?
Most of our students come from India and surrounding countries, as well as Latin America. Students from other regions are a minority, yet we continue to have students from Europe and North America, too. In the recent 3-4 years we have experienced an such an "onslaught" of candidates that we are currently tightening our selection criteria, as we do not want to grow the programme so that teaching quality would suffer. This may also be an opportunity to diversify the programme, which is a common request by employers.
Do you help them to find accomodation?
We provide everyone early with comprehensive information on how to find accommodation in Berlin. The students then find accommodation
independently, and latest some weeks after the semester starts, everyone has a place to live.
The housing situation in Berlin is currently quite difficult and finding accommodation is a challenge to overcome before the studies. However, we educate future managers and believe that the students can also learn useful skills from the experience of setting up their life in Germany -for many it is the first time to live in a foreign country.
In reality, it also would not be feasible for the programme to find accommodation for everyone. If the Studierendenwerk and other
institutional providers are out of capacity, many students have to find accommodation on the wider market. This is best done by the students
themselves, of course with support by their peers and our office staff.
And more important: how does your career centre works?
The HTW career center has a schedule of events including application document checks, seminars, employer meetings, and so forth. Therefore, they provide useful support to our students and the MBA&E office always "nudges" the students to take advantage of the existing offerings.
However, we also offer relevant services in the degree programme. Our staff maintains good connections with employers and the programme typically involves excursions and projects with companies. We also offer career seminars, a networking event and the online course "Employability Skills" on the platform iversity. At the same time, we expect the students to get active early about their careers.
Our attitude is: The programme office helps those who help themselves.We have no illusions about it - a managerial career requires a high level of autonomy, willpower and proactive thinking.
Do you have figures about the success rate of students graduated in HTW to find a job later in Germany?
We stay in contact with our alumni via events and social media but do not have reliable employment statistics. My estimate is that about one-third stay in Germany to work. Others move either back to their home countries or to third countries to build new lives as MBA&E graduates.
You come from Finnland, an avantgarde country with regard to education. What can we learn from your guys?
The higher education systems have many similarities... but the cultures are different. I would say that the institutional, formal aspects are more emphasised in Germany. Finland has in my experience a slightly more personal education culture and the rules are a tick more flexible.
Finland is one of the key partner countries of the HTW and we keep learning much from each other through collaboration. What the Germans could learn from Finland could be to learn more collaboratively. It is my experience that project-based and curiosity/research driven learning is more emphasised in Finland. This could be an opportunity to bring the students closer to business practice without sacrificing academic quality.
What are the main tendences in engineering right now?
I may not be the right person to answer this question... but it seems to me that the integration of several disciplines is in focus right now. The challenge is not only how to develop and implement Industry 4.0 /Internet of Things applications, 3D printing and other such
technologies. It is much about developing holistic solutions that seamlessly integrate good engineering, the online dimension, industrial
design, support services and marketing strategies... and this while the work is being increasingly virtualised and done at locations far apart
by culturally diverse work teams. Now, this is some challenge to work on!
How important is Blockchain?
That there is a very intense debate around Blockchain certainly is a sign that the concept enjoys great interest, pro and contra. Many
companies see huge promise in Blockchain and believe that any current problems, often linked to computing power, can be solved in the short to
One of our colleagues, Prof. Dr. Katarina Adam, is a Blockchain expert so as a degree programme, we are up to date on the trend! For a better answer to your question, I would like to invite you to the annual Blockchain conference at the HTW, organised by Prof. Dr. Adam. There,
you can meet with persons whose opinions matter much more than mine :)
How do you teach artificial intelligence?
The MBA&E is a very broad, interdisciplinary degree programme in Industrial Management. It is important for us that our students are
aware of ongoing trends in the industry, including IT applications such as AI. In the core, they should be able to influence decisions that
involve AI. However, they can only become experts through another study or learning path.
We do have relevant experts at the HTW Berlin and it is also possible for externals to take further education here in this area. For example, next March there is a training seminar on Artificial Intelligence in Production.
Talking about money... How much does it cost to study at HTW and to live in Berlin with increasing rentals?
On the MBA&E website at mbae.htw-berlin.de you can find a pro-forma estimate of the cost of studying in the MBA&E. The living cost in Berlin has increased significantly in the last few years and currently, we think that a budget of around 900 € per month over 18 months is needed to live and study in Berlin. In addition, the MBA&E programme costs about 13,400 € in tuition fees and semester fees, adding up to a total Master degree budget of about 30.000 €.
Our mission is to bring together the best candidates in different countries with the best companies, by using the video format as the best presentation tool. By unifying the European job market and by relying on a broad network of contacts. We believe that success can only come from working together.