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Guiding principle, vision and mission

Guiding principle

“The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.”

This quotation from English philosopher Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) encapsulates the Hochschule Weserbergland’s most important objective. HSW’s strength lies in the interplay of science, instruction, and practical application. Practice-based instruction and research can be realised only through continuous dialogue with enterprises in the business, political, and administrative sectors along with educational, research, and cultural institutions. Our instructors serve as important connecting links between the university and professional practice.

Guiding principle

Vision and Mission

  • What will HSW look like in the future, and what goals is it pursuing?

    A university for cooperative study programmes, study programmes for working professionals, and continuing education
    The strength of HSW lies in its cooperative study programmes, which integrate academic study with practical experience. On the basis of this approach, HSW develops curricula for working professionals that give equal weight to the needs of employees and those of business enterprises on a lasting basis. It thereby further develops talent in personal and professional terms in all phases of life and professional practice. An innovative university with research and development for practical application A functioning and lively transfer of research results has secured for the university a position of importance not only to the region but also on a national and international level. The university’s partners benefit from the actively practised transfer of research results as much as HSW does itself. Further intensification and perpetuation of research transfer is a key objective of HSW.

    Development of regional, national and international cooperative relationships
    HSW promotes regional development through the national attractiveness it has acquired by virtue of its curricula, advanced training, scientific services and research. It further consolidates and perpetuates its regional embeddedness through national and international cooperative relationships.

    What are the tasks HSW sets for itself?

    Development of skilled and management personnel of the present and future generations
    HSW considers its primary task to be that of educating and further training highly qualified people with the ability to give and take criticism, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to independently develop and promote solutions to business-related and social problems. HSW is receptive to new target groups in accordance with the “open university” principle and combines professional training with a university education. It sees its role as that of a partner in personnel development.

    Applied research and development
    HSW develops innovative solutions for problems encountered in the practical world. The close intermeshing of applied research and practice-related instruction guarantees a high level of quality in study programmes, instruction, and advanced training. For graduates it opens up excellent opportunities for professional development.

    Strengthening the Weser Uplands region through national attractiveness
    With the strong national appeal of its practice-integrating, cooperative study programmes, HSW has become so attractive that the majority of its students come to the Weser Uplands from other regions. The university's goal is to achieve this sort of attractiveness in the field of applied research as well, for scientific study and continuing education programmes are, along with research and development, the engine of our economic progress in the Weser Uplands region.


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