Profile: A History of the E+I Department

  • WS 2018/19: New Master’s degree program, Wirtschaftsinformatik (WINM)
  • WS 2016/17: Introduction of combined training and study course options ("StudiumPLUS = Studium + Ausbildung”) for the Bachelor’s degree programs of AI, EI and MK, allowing students to both complete a vocational training course and earn an academic degree in nine semesters.
  • SS 2016: New Master’s degree program, Vocational Education in Power Engineering / Physics
  • WS 2014/15: New Master’s degree program in Medical Engineering
  • WS 2014/15: New Bachelor’s degree program in Power Engineering / Physics, with a strong focus on power engineering and broadened physics foundation
  • SS 2013: New Master’s degree program, Vocational Education in Computer Science / Economics (in cooperation with B+W)
  • WS 2012/13: New Bachelor’s degree program, Power Engineering / Physics “plus”, aims at qualifying future vocational-school teachers in the fields of Power and Automation Engineering and Physics, as well as providing additional pedagogical qualifications for engineers in these fields.
  • SS 2012: New Master’s degree program in Computer Science
  • WS 2011/12: New Bachelor’s degree program in Business Information Systems (in cooperation with B+W)
  • WS 2010/11: New Bachelor’s degree program in Medical Engineering
  • WS 2009/10: New Bachelor’s degree program in Business Information Systems “plus” (in cooperation with the Department of Business and Industrial Engineering, “B+W”)
  • SS 2008: New Master’s degree program in Electrical Engineering / Information Technology
  • WS 2005/06: All Diplom degree programs are abolished and offered instead as seven-semester Bachelor’s degree courses. During this transition process, an independent Bachelor’s degree program in Applied Computer Science is also introduced at the E+I Department.
  • WS 2004/05: A new Bachelor’s degree program in Mechatronics is established, due to high regional demand for engineers with interdisciplinary expertise in mechanical and electrical engineering as well as computer science. Soon afterwards, the respective “plus” variant and the consecutive Master’s degree course, Vocational Education in Mechatronics, are also introduced.
  • WS 2003/04: New Bachelor’s degree program in Electrical Engineering / Information Technology plus and the consecutive Master’s degree program Vocational Education in Electrical Engineering /Information Technology. The “plus” study programs are joint offerings by Hochschule Offenburg and Freiburg University of Education, initiated to counteract the lack of qualified vocational teachers in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Then as now, Hochschule Offenburg was primarily in charge of the technical course contents, Freiburg University of Education (in consultation with the Freiburg Seminar for Didactics and Teacher Training) for subject didactics and vocational education-related contents.
  • Winter semester 1998/99: The international Master’s degree program Communication and Media Engineering (CME) is initiated. Jointly supported by the Department of Media and Information and E+I, this study course was completely taught in English from the start, and therefore attracting both German graduates of “Diplom” programs and foreign students without prior knowledge of German. Enabled by the recent European Bologna Accord, Hochschule Offenburg was thus one of the very first universities of applied sciences in Germany offering a consecutive Master’s degree program.
  • 2002: The department is now called Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (abbrev. E+I).
  • 1990s: The titles of the two degree programs are changed into Telecommunications and Communications Engineering and Industrial Information Technology and Automation.
  • 1991: Due to great demand, an additional degree program, Automation Engineering, is introduced in the summer semester.
  • 1971: Change of name into Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences). The Communications Engineering degree program is extended to four years; graduation now leads to the academic degree of Dipl.-Ing. (FH).
  • 1964: Foundation of a National School of Engineering. Course offerings in the field of electrical engineering are limited to the six-semester degree program of Communications Engineering.