Target agreement sealed between the Free State of Bavaria and the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

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Bavarian government grants the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences financial planning security for the next four years


Professor Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth, president of the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences ceremonially signed the new target agreement with the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts on 8 July in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, together with another 31 university presidents.
The promotion of women, the continued rise of digitalisation, and urban and regional networking are just some of the items contained in the new target agreements signed between the Free State of Bavaria and the state universities. 

Reliable framework conditions
According to the target agreement, the Free State of Bavaria assures reliable financial framework conditions for the years 2019 to 2022 not only for the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences but also the other universities in the state. In return, the Bavarian universities undertake to conduct a variety of measures to sharpen their profiles and to increase the proportion of qualified women holding professorships. The five concrete objectives laid down for the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences are: heterogeneity as an opportunity, developing the university’s profile, digitalisation of the service infrastructure, acting as a catalyst for a region with foresight, and increasing the number of qualified women holding professorships.

Seventeen million euros a year for seventeen universities of applied sciences
“With these target agreements, our universities are defining their future. It is a forward-looking step for the knowledge centre of Bavaria and for its entire family of higher education establishments. We will be providing them with strong support. In the first two years alone, we will provide 71 million euros from the innovation fund. In this way we will be creating conditions that will enable each university to attain its strategic goals and further sharpen its profile,” declared the minister of state, Bernd Sibler. For him, this day ushered in a new era: “Never before – starting from our development plan in the Innovation Alliance 4.0 – have we created such a clear vision in our target agreements as to how our universities can position themselves for the future. It is particularly important to me that they all dedicate themselves to the promotion of women!“
The target agreements have been agreed for a term of four years. They contain the fields of activity of the Innovation Alliance 4.0 adopted in July 2018 that were laid down individually for each university. To enable them to achieve the agreed goals, financing of over 17 million euros per year has been made available from the innovation fund to the seventeen state universities of applied science.