New degree course in applied information technology in Aschaffenburg 

Category: Englisch

“Software Design” is a new bachelor's degree course due to be launched at TH Aschaffenburg in the winter semester 2020/21. 

The Bavarian Ministry of Science has now given its approval for the introduction of the planned degree course “Software Design” at TH Aschaffenburg. The new bachelor's degree course at TH AB will combine classic aspects of information technology with the latest software development methods. Its goal is to enable students to develop application-oriented and user-oriented software solutions. 

By offering the degree course Software Design, TH Aschaffenburg is expanding the range of information technology degree courses available in Lower Franconia, while at the same time responding to the consistently growing demand for skilled workers in the field of information technology. In this context, software development is essential in a wide range of industries. The importance of offering a course in the region is also underlined by the fact that a group of some 60 companies based in the Bavarian Lower Main area have joined together to form the “Initiative for Information Technology” – or IFI for short – to support the establishment of the new course. 

Important contribution to Bavaria-wide technology transfer in areas with a digital future 
“The new Software Design course at TH Aschaffenburg will strengthen future fields of technology, so it is entirely in line with the high-tech agenda”, says Prof. Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth, President of TH Aschaffenburg. “We should especially like to thank all those regional protagonists and politicians who have supported us in making this course available at TH Aschaffenburg.” Whether the capital goods industry, automotive suppliers, banks and insurance companies, med tech firms or even SMEs in retail and the craft trades – they all need employees who are able to develop software solutions, ranging from interactive websites and smartphone apps through to control units for industrial robots. This includes the ability to plan and implement software projects and see them through to a successful conclusion. 

Focus on project planning and developing software solutions
“The focus of the bachelor's degree programme Software Design is on efficient, economical and customer-oriented project planning and the development of software solutions,” explains Prof. Konrad Doll, who is in charge of setting up the new course at TH Aschaffenburg. 
“We will be concentrating on practice-oriented software projects that help students understand the theory behind current programming languages, software development concepts, agile development methods, project management, IT security and quality assurance and enable them to implement these in practice.” In order to ensure students are prepared for an internationally oriented job market and are able to work for companies that operate internationally, some of the lectures will be taught through the medium of English. 

Very good future prospects for graduates 
“Nowadays, all companies need information technology specialists. For our graduates, this means excellent future prospects, very good career opportunities and secure jobs,” says Konrad Doll. “Information technology specialists are highly respected experts and can be employed in all industries and companies.” 
In addition to the basic research-oriented bachelor's degree programme, the plan is also to offer a scientifically-oriented master's degree programme so as to enable Software Design graduates to work in research, for example. 

Applications will be accepted as of 2 May 2020.