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Prof. Dr. Jörg Thietke
Head of Department

fon: +49 7621 2071 336
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Monika Schlenkhoff
Master Online IEMS
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79110 Freiburg
Tel.: +49-761/203-4436
info(at)masteronline-iems.de http://www.masteronline-iems.de

Master Online IEMS

Intelligent Embedded Microsystems

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Freiburg will be working together with the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University at Loerrach campus to offer a graduate-level degree program: "Master Online Intelligent Embedded Microsystems", in short "IEMS".

The extra-occupational program with its unique combination of computer science and micromechanical system technology is the very first of its kind in Europe. It is designed for university graduates, including those of applied sciences and cooperative education, who have had at least 2 years work experience. Depending upon the candidate's previous undergraduate studies, the costs of the program range from 10,000 to 21,000 euros.

The establishment of such a graduate-level program by the University of Freiburg enables graduates from universities of cooperative education and applied sciences the prospect of furthering their studies at the master level, without interrupting their careers or income.

Information regarding application procedures can be found on the program's homepage at: http://www.masteronline-iems.de.

Experts in the field consider Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) to be one of the key technologies in determining a company's success and competitiveness in the global marketplace. MEMS is quite plainly one of THE top-ranking technologies of tomorrow. The miniaturized systems, or "computers you can't see", are responsible for many instrumentation and control applications. They detect signals from their surroundings, analyze and digitize the input, and transform them into control signals at astounding speed. Embedded systems are used with increasing versatility not only for automation in buildings and industrial processes, but also for consumer goods, such as entertainment electronics, and in automobile manufacturing and medical technology. Career prospects for highly-qualified specialists in this field are constantly growing. But to come to terms with such an increasingly complex sector, one needs to think and act across lines.

With this new online master's program, the university's Faculty of Applied Sciences and theBaden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach are offering a pathway to further education which is designed to anticipate tomorrow's demands. Upon completion of the online studies program, participants from the fields of IT, micro systems technology, electrical engineering and related subjects receive their Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree. The syllabus follows the requirements of real-life, on-the-job practices. The program not only combines know-how and best practices in microcomputer technology, developing algorithms or networked distributed systems, but due to the close cooperation with leading companies, students are kept up-to-date on topics, such as project management and current developments in the business world.

Depending on the student's undergraduate degree, the program takes between three to seven semesters to complete. The small-group atmosphere of the program (max. 25 students/year) allows for an ideal learning environment and individual support and counselling. The curriculum, i.e. the range of topics, is broken down into modules. Students can choose from three areas of specialization and their respective lectures, tutorials, internships, projects and seminars. The course contents were specially designed to meet the needs of students learning via internet, which more or less enables them to receive the same instruction online as they would in a lecture hall. Being the best in their respective fields, the lectures are able to reach out and enlighten their students independent of time and place. And to top everything off, students are required to attend short, consolidated periods of on-campus learning at the beginning and end of each semester and to do a one-week internship.

Comprehensive support via email or video chat is provided to students by qualified tutors, e.g. in matters concerning the curriculum and also in cases of technical and/or organizational issues. The capacity to impart knowledge professionally with the help of the internet is an essential building block of any extra-occupational and job-oriented continuing education program. The necessary learning management systems were largely developed by the university's Applied Sciences department, which itself can look back on a long history of e-learning and the use of multimedia-based education.

Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, which celebrated its 550th anniversary in 2007, is among the top German universities for training and research. There are currently 22,000 students enrolled in 60 fields of study offered by 11 faculties. Under the pursuit of excellence initiative, which provides sponsorship to two graduate schools and three elite academic clusters, the university was commended for having one of the state's most innovative academic concepts. As a public higher education institution of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the BWCSU Loerrach works together with trainers from the commercial sector to offer secondary school graduates undergraduate degree programs in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science or Engineering. There are more than 24,000 students enrolled in BWCSUs in Baden-Wuerttemberg, 1,600 of which study in Loerrach.