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Successes and awards

  • Various applied practice projects are completed as part of a programme of studies at HSW. The results may be applied to business development; some projects even achieve widespread attention through participation in competitions. In years past, HSW has won the distinctions and awards described below.

    International Project Management Championship 2018

    The student team from the Weserbergland University of Applied Sciences (HSW), Pascal Stumpf and Marvin Alexander Vibora Münch (Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG) and Jan-Philip Bokeloh and Katharina Wolff (Lenze SE), represented Germany at the international competition for young professioanls. Eight other national winning team from Finland, France, Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Serbia and Spain travelled to Belgrade to compete against each other in the international final. The teams had previously qualified for the final in Serbia in the respective national competition, consisting of 760 participants and 192 teams altogether.

    On 2nd June the abilities of the national champions in project management were challenged: During the seven-hour-long final the focus was on risk management in time-sensitive projects. In a project simulation the finalists had to plan and implement preventive and curative risk measures to assure a successful completion of the project as soon as possible.

    During a gala dinner, hosted by the Serbian crown prince and his wife, the winners were announced in a festive setting. For the first time two teams tied for first place: the German and the Serbian team. Since Serbia was the winner of the last international championship in project management the trophy was awarded to the German team, which will now organise the next championship in Germany. The jury especially praised the German team for the quick and goal-driven decision making process, the teamwork as well as the exceptional project documentation.

    The goal of the championship is to inspire students about the discipline of project management and encourage a dialogue between university teaching and company practice. The main sponsors of the event were Sauter Training & Simulation (STS) und Open Management Education Center (OMEC). Further sponsors were the Faculty of Organisation Science at the University of Belgrade, Elixir Group, AIGO BS und Bambi a.d.

    You can find further information about the competition on the PMC website.

    Project Management Championship 2017

    The final round of the national Project Management Championship (PMC) took place in Stuttgart in December 2017. A student team from the Weserbergland University of Applied Sciences (HSW) prevailed against the competition from Erlangen-Nuremberg University and DHBW Stuttgart, achieving first place. This means that four HSW students will represent Germany in the international final in Serbia next year.

    The student team from the HSW, which consists of Pascal Stumpf and Marvin Alexander Vibora Münch (Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG) and Jan-Philip Bokeloh and Katharina Wolff (Lenze SE), had previously qualified for the final in an English-speaking online test. A total of 19 university teams from all over Germany had participated in the qualification round. The best three teams were invited to Stuttgart and put their abilities to the test from 4 to 6 December in the headquarters of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW).

    The task in the final round consisted of working through a case study by LBBW on the topic of Cloud data storage. The teams were handed the project management of the sub-project Cloud. On the basis of preliminary study results, the student groups had four hours in which to create a plan for the next project phase. The results they produced were then presented to the steering committee.

    The Project Management Championship was organised by the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The goal of the championship is to inspire students about the discipline of project management and encourage a dialogue between university teaching and company practice. The event was sponsored by the German Association for Project Management (GPM) and the LBBW.

    You can find further information about the competition on the PMC website.

    Outstanding Paper Award 2017

    Our research associate Florian Schimanke was awarded the Outstanding Paper Award together with Prof. Robert Mertens (HSW) and Prof. Ute Schmid (Bamberg University) at the E-Learn conference in Vancouver. This award honours contributions which fulfil the highest standards of content and technology. Out of a total of 432 submitted and 220 accepted contributions, Schimanke's paper landed among the top nine.

    The paper with the title "Spaced Repetition in Mobile Learning Games - A Cure for Bulimic Learning?" was created together with Prof. Robert Mertens (HSW) and Prof. Ute Schmid (Bamberg University). It deals with the learning patterns of students on a dual study programme, on the basis of a survey. The authors discuss possibilities of transforming students' learning strategies into more sustainable ones, and also take into account motivational factors. Mobile learning games are presented as a promising instrument for more sustainable learning strategies such as Spaced Repetitions. These research results are part of a PhD thesis which Schimanke aims to complete next year.

    Klima.Sieger 2017

    Save, renovate, protect - under this motto, the domestic energy provider Westfalen Weser Energie, with support from the Weserbergland climate protection agency, has launched the competition Klima.Sieger, which honours climate protection activities by organisations for the first time. Prizewinners include a student project team from the Weserbergland University of Applied Sciences (HSW), which is sponsored by a charitable organisation.

    The new competition Klima.Sieger is directed towards organisations in the network area which want to improve the energy efficiency of their club house or another building. The student project team "Energy Efficiency in the HSW Building" achieved seventh place and received a subsidy of 5,000 euros.

    The project was created in the context of Project studies, which is an established component of the courses offered at the HSW. The dual-programme students Daniel Korte, Laura-Sophie Bührig, Jan Hennefründ, Jona Kemmerer, Labinot Mehmeti, Finn Meier, Cedric Pierre Meyer and Annkathrin Scheck worked out a concept to reduce energy consumption. This included energy monitoring, the introduction of radio heating thermostats, and conversion to LED lighting. The project was supervised by Prof. Martin Kesting, professor for Electrical and Energy Technology at the HSW.

    The jury especially praised the multiplier effect: students are involved in building measures and subsequently bring their ideas and insights into their companies. "This award impressively emphasises how much potential there is in our student projects. The increased energy efficiency which they achieved for the university building is a great success, which the students can be proud of. We have since been saving ten percent of the energy costs," says Susanna Prasuhn, vice president of the HSW, with pleasure.

    You can find more information on the website Westfalen Weser Energie-Gruppe.

    IBM Master the Mainframe Contest 2016

    The IBM Master the Mainframe Contest is an annual international competition for mainframe programming which is aimed at students and schoolchildren. In 2016, HSW student Lucas Hahn won third place in the German-speaking region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). In May 2017, he was invited to the prize-giving ceremony in Leipzig as part of the DACH annual meeting of Guide Share Europe.

    The IBM Master the Mainframe Contest consists of three parts, with different tasks and focal topics intended to familiarise participants with work on the mainframe and to put their knowledge to the test. The idea is to reintroduce young people, in particular, to working on the mainframe, since this proven technology is still used in critical areas of companies in the finance and insurance sector.

    While the first two parts of the contest impart basic knowledge, in the third part, participants analyse real-life problems which they have to solve using various programming languages and tools. The last task in the third part is to work out an individual solution which is evaluated and ranked by a jury in the USA. The participants must apply Data Analytics to a large amount of data in order to extract and visualise valuable information, for example about customer behaviour or payment flows.

    You can find more information on the website IBM Master the Mainframe Contest.

    Postbank Finance Award 2016

    Deutsche Postbank AG awarded its Finance Award in Bonn for the thirteenth time. Twenty-five teams of students from 25 universities and institutions of higher learning in Germany participated and addressed the topic “Megatrend digitalisation. How information technologies and social media influence the business models of banks”. 

    The special prize for a paper with an especially persuasive applied practice orientation, endowed with EUR 20,000, went to the Hochschule Weserbergland. The team led by Prof. Meik Friedrich, consisting of Patricia Backhaus, Fienne-Elisa Beckmann, Fabian Fündling, Thorben Hake and Jannik Rehmsmeier, studied the opportunities and risks of a bank-owned forum as a platform for communication on the Internet. The team members made fundamental proposals for the conception of such a communication platform and derived from the findings of their empirical analysis specific recommendations for the design of a bank forum. 

    You will find more information on the website of Deutsche Postbank AG.

    DGFP Bachelor Prize 2015

    In May 2015, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e. V. (DGFP) awarded for the seventh time prizes for innovative university-level work relating to human resources. Third-place winner and the winner of a EUR 500 cash prize was Moritz Lott, a graduate of the Hochschule Weserbergland (HSW). 

    DGFP awards its Bachelor Prize in recognition of outstanding theses on strategic and practice-oriented human resource issues. Moritz Lott’s bachelor’s thesis on the topic “Development of a concept for evaluating and developing accepted trainees and students during their probationary year at WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG” was honoured with an outstanding third prize. This put Lott ahead of competitors from the Technical University of Munich and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. HSW, and particularly Prof. Timm Eichenberg, dean of the economics faculty, congratulate the prize winner on his success.

    You will find more information on the website of DGFP.

    Picture source: von Recklinghausen, lux-fotografen

    Energy Award 2014

    In November 2014 the municipal Westfalen Weser Energie Gruppe awarded in Paderborn, for the fourteenth time, the Energy Award for outstanding theses and project work relating to energy efficiency or renewable energy. Among the proud award winners was a project group at HSW.

    The project team had completed a group paper on the topic of smart meters as part of their project-based study programme. For this work the team received the Energy Award and a cash prize of EUR 1,000.

    The point of departure for this work was the steadily increasing feeding of renewable energy into the power grid. To adjust energy generation to the consumption behaviour of the end consumer, intelligent measuring systems, referred to as “smart meters”, are needed. The project paper presents a technical and economic analysis of such a measuring system for the Netzverbund [power grid network of] Neustadt am Rübenberge, Garbsen and Wunstorf.

    You will find more information on the website of Westfalen Weser Energie GmbH & Co. KG.

    Postbank Finance Award 2013

    To mark the tenth anniversary of the Postbank Finance Award, the jurors put the spotlight on an important topic in the financial industry: “The bank of the future. An industry marked by a crisis of confidence” was the proposed topic in 2012/13. A total of 27 teams of students from 22 universities and institutions of higher learning in Germany and Austria competed for the prize which, at EUR 100,000, was the most generously endowed German academic achievement prize.

    The second prize, endowed with EUR 25,000, went to the Hochschule Weserbergland. The team led by Prof. Meik Friedrich, consisting of Arne Graeber, Florian Krause, Christopher Lindenthal and Sandra Schönhage, analysed various types of confidence with the aid of an online survey and compiled the results in a matrix. Their results make it easier for banks to choose the right points of emphasis when formulating measures to build confidence.

    You will find more information on the website of Deutsche Postbank AG.

    WELT Finance Essay Award 2012

    In the competition for the WELT Finance Essay Award 2012, a bachelor studies group at the Hochschule Weserbergland took first place, putting it ahead of some other considerably larger institutions of higher learning. The winning team, consisting of four business administration students and one business informatics student, had the satisfaction of both a cash prize of EUR 5,000 and a special supplement in the 30 June 2012 edition of the newspaper WELT.

    The students’ project addressed the topic “Financial investment in the face of inflationary and political risks. FWSI 40 – An early warning index as an instrument for identifying potential financial market risks and a stimulus for investment counselling”. The WELT Finance Essay Award 2012 was awarded for the first time in conjunction with the Postbank Finance Award as a special prize for essays of journalistic and content quality that present complex factual matter with clarity.

    You will find more information under WELT Finance Essay Award.

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