The Northern Institute of Technology Hamburg: Governance
Germany , 1998 to Ongoing
Compendium: University Business Forum (UBF)
BackgroundThe NIT is a privately-owned non-profit university institution, founded in November 1998 by more than 30 professors and staff of TUHH. With its close links to both the public TUHH and leading companies of the private sector, the NIT is considered one of the role-models of Public-Private-Partnership in Germany. Its structure allows for flexibility, innovation and service-orientation and also carries the guarantee of the internationally recognized and compatible qualification "Master of Technology Management" and "MBA in Technology Management" from TUHH.
The NIT is headed by an Executive Board which is supervised by the Board of Trustees and supported by several Advisory Boards.
Aims and targetsThe university aims to 'promote an international elite of achievers'. It has an annual intake of 30 to 35 new students out of up to 1,000 applicants. On average 40% come from Asia and Australia, 18% from Latin America, 21% from Western Europe (roughly half of these from Germany), 14% from Eastern Europe, 5% from Africa and the Middle East, and 2% from male students.
Strategy and actionsThe NIT is closely linked and fully sponsored by global companies like Airbus, DaimlerChrysler, Philips Semiconductors, SAP, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, and many other enterprises. Students can do industrial internship, project and Master-Thesis in the company during the second year of study. The program is suited for outstanding individuals with a proven track record of both academic and personal achievements. Students can receive a scholarship covering all tuition and fees including German language training, tutor program, free accommodation on campus, free public transport and free access to the NIT sport facilities. In addition to that the NIT can also offer a student loan to cover the remaining cost of living. The current students of the NIT in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, come from 40 countries all over the world, forming a most international group of future leaders in industry, science and politics.
Monitoring and evaluation
Ranked second out of a total of 16 private international universities in Germany assessed by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Germany’s donors’ association for science and the humanities), Oct. 2001 to Jan. 2002.
After their graduation, on average 41% of the alumni work for their former sponsor or take a doctorate in cooperation with the former sponsor (12% of all scholarships are provided by sponsors who have no requirement for engineers).