Targets agreed with Ministry of Science

Professor Dr. Anne Friedrichs, President of the University of Applied Sciences (hsg) and the Science Minister, Svenja Schulze, have signed a first Target and Performance Agreement between the university and the ministry in Essen.

Professor Dr. Anne Friedrichs (left) and Science Minister Svenja Schulze at the signing of the Agreement in Essen. Photo: MIWF/GP Müller

“The University of Applied Sciences hopes to make a major contribution to academizing the healthcare professions. In this Target and Performance Agreement, and the Ministry of Science have defined the core areas which will receive support to advance the professionalization and academization of the healthcare professions. This sets the course for us to achieve our goal,” hsg President, Professor Dr. Anne Friedrichs, says.

According to the agreement, this will involve establishing research-based vocational training, in addition to enabling and promoting applied research in the healthcare professions. The university is to get its very own research institute by the beginning of 2013 which will initiate research projects in the fields of “cooperative lifespan health research” and “academization and professionalization”.

“Target and performance agreements have always played an important role. They create the necessary balance between university autonomy, transparency in the use of state funds and the scientific and research interests of the region as a whole. At the same time, through target agreements we continue our efforts to provide a fair and effective education system,” Science Minister, Svenja Schulze, says.

Shortly after, Professor Dr. Anne Friedrichs was appointed a Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities for a further three years by the German Federal President. The Council advises the German federal and regional (Länder) governments on issues relating to the structure and development of higher education, science and research. The Federal President appointed Professor Dr. Friedrichs for a further three-year term following a joint recommendation from the German Research Foundation, the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz Association of Research Centres, the German Rectors’ Conference and the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. She has been a member of the Council since February 2009 and has chaired the Council’s Accreditation Committee since January 2012.

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