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Photo: Universität Paderborn, Johannes Pauly

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Academic Mission Statement for Study and Teaching at the University of Paderborn

The University of Paderborn faces the challenges of studying and teaching in a digitalized world. It uses the potentials and seizes the opportunities of the technical possibilities to meet the heterogeneous needs of an increasingly diverse composition of the student body and to continuously improve the quality of studying and teaching. At the same time, it takes responsibility for analyzing the risks of change and avoiding them as far as possible. It develops visions and designs innovative concepts for studying and teaching that are groundbreaking for the future of teaching and learning processes.

Participative, diverse studies

The University of Paderborn is committed to the unity of research and teaching. This is reflected, among other things, in the early involvement of students in research practice and in the orientation of teaching to current topics of scientific discourse. The University of Paderborn attaches great importance to an excellent quality of studies and teaching. It makes its contribution to a modern, diverse and democratic development of society by promoting the personal development of students and stands for unprejudiced, innovative and interdisciplinary teaching. The University of Paderborn is a place of participatory exchange between teachers and students who jointly shape educational processes.

Activating, competence-oriented teaching

The University of Paderborn offers appealing, competitive study programs that are characterized by high quality and up-to-date content. Various exchange programs, transnational partnerships and foreign language study programs give them an international orientation. Teaching and studying are geared to the students' individual acquisition of competencies in dealing with subject-specific and content-related issues and take into account the heterogeneity of the student body by opening up individual learning paths in the didactic design of teaching and promoting a high degree of independence. Teaching takes place at eye level and in open dialogue. Individuality and diversity are seen as an opportunity both on the part of the students and on the part of the teachers. At the same time, students are sensitized to cultural, professional and social diversity.

Responsible, independent graduates

The subject knowledge, subject-related skills and interdisciplinary key qualifications acquired during the course of study enable graduates to take up professional activities in scientific and non-scientific fields of work and enable them to assume social responsibility, react to changes and develop innovative solutions. They should view the world critically through the eyes of a scientist, regardless of which career path they take. In addition, they should be characterized by commitment, responsible action and critical faculties, and be able to participate in social discourse.

Good, conducive study conditions

In order to ensure good study conditions for students, a technical infrastructure has been established for optimal study organization. Furthermore, framework conditions are established that enable equal, non-discriminatory study. The tension between standardized courses of study and individual learning paths is designed constructively. Digital teaching and learning formats are used to complement classroom teaching. In order to maximize the success of their studies, students at the University of Paderborn are offered a wide range of support and counseling options throughout the entire student life cycle. The lecturers are actively supported in the further development of their university didactic competences and are motivated to excellent and innovative teaching by an incentive system. Both teachers and students are given the opportunity to exchange ideas about teaching and to develop it further together. The quality management system for studying and teaching, in which students are extensively involved, supports the improvement of study quality in terms of content, methodology and organization.

Academic Mission Statement for Study and Teaching (PDF)

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