In 1973 the Universität der Bundeswehr München was established with the aim of offering future executives of the Bundeswehr a profound academic education. Today the Universität der Bundeswehr München also opens up to further target groups in the industry and other public authorities. A specific feature of the Universität der Bundeswehr München is its very dense and thoroughly supported study program, due to which students are able to complete their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs within a minimum of a 4-year study period.

It is the aim of the Universität der Bundeswehr München to strengthen and expand its national and international networks within the scientific and academic community in order to position itself as a competitive research university. Moreover, it is a primary objective of the university not only to offer future executives of the Bundeswehr a profound academic education but also to generally offer all of its graduates good opportunities on the civil job market as well.

An important contribution towards achieving this goal is to integrate international components into the study programs, or respectively, to give students the opportunity to gain international experience at an early stage in order to prepare them for their future tasks within the Bundeswehr as well as for what is required on the civil job market.

In the process of opening study programs to civil students and training partners, it is furthermore an objective to make the university attractive to international companies and authorities as well. A variety of international course offerings play a significant role in this.

The Universität der Bundeswehr München selects its international cooperation partners according to the quality of the research and the quality of the study programs offered through the foreign institution, as well as according to the research focuses of professors and institutions as well as the areas of specialization within the study programs. The Universität der Bundeswehr München aims to expand its cooperation network as extensively and as balanced as possible in order to offer as broad a range of exchange programs as possible. Europe, the United States and Latin America are thereby the key regions of cooperation.

Student exchanges on the Bachelor’s and Master’s level are one of the key aspects of mobility. It is the aim to give students the opportunity to gain international academic experience at an early stage and to offer them a variety of study programs beyond what is offered at home by way of exchange partnerships. Thereby students are able to select various types of mobility – from a classic exchange semester or internship abroad to participating in a summer school or collaborating on international research projects abroad within the frame of writing a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.

Moreover, other measures and offers promote the internationalization of the study program. All students are required to attend foreign language training in at least one foreign language. This is an integral interdisciplinary part of their study program. Moreover, students are able to gain credits by attending intercultural trainings and/or participating in projects promoting the integration of international students. The university also supports stays abroad on the PhD-level through financial aids. Moreover, the university plans to extend and develop Doctoral Schools and international PhD networks.

The Universität der Bundeswehr München has taken a number of measures in order to achieve the five priorities of the European agenda of modernization:

  1. The Universität der Bundeswehr München contributes to the academization and valorization of the profession of an officer. The Master’s degree represents the standard qualification. On outstanding performance future officers have the possibility to complete a doctoral degree. In the field of applied sciences the university moreover offers special study programs targeted at prospective students that have not had an academic education so far. For several years a number of dual degree courses have successfully been offered in cooperation with regional and international partners from the industry.
  2. The Universität der Bundeswehr München takes a number of measures in order to support young researchers: doctoral degree students are generally employed by the university with secure and adequate funding. Moreover, there exists an international graduate school in cooperation with 12 European universities. For several years a number of mobility phases are possible within the PhD network. Further networks with international universities, for the most part supported by the ERASMUS program, are currently being set up.
  3. A new quality management, which integrates all international measures, has already passed the university’s senate. The expansion of the number of study programs offered focuses on both the demand of the shareholder as well as that of the cooperation partner in the industry, authorities or other research outside the university. By integrating mobility phases into the study program students can be offered new thematic possibilities as well as a more fitting specialization, e.g. in the framework of writing academic papers. The cooperation with qualified international research institutes requires the mutual adherence to quality standards.
  4. The Universität der Bundeswehr München is closely connected with both regional as well as international companies and conducts numerous research projects together with companies. The university offers study programs tailored to the special needs of partners in the industry. Furthermore, there exists an Entrepreneurship Center that promotes the way into self-employment.
  5. The following measures improve controlling within the university: these include the installment of interdisciplinary advisory boards serving different issues, the setting up of new interdisciplinary study programs as well as interdisciplinary research centers for the best use of resources. Related to this is the development of new models of financing through increasingly raising external funds as well as establishing appropriate organizational bases. Also the Campus Advanced Study Center (CASC), which is financed by means of student fees, develops new models of financing.