A beautiful haven, wonderful white beaches, the lovely green countryside, a lot of water and fresh air - all these features characterize Flensburg.
Flensburg is the third biggest city in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. However, the city can’t be described as typically German because of its location close to the Danish-German border and a large Danish minority which lives there and thus defines it. Though, the close connection to Denmark isn’t the only peculiarity of the city of Flensburg. While walking through the old streets in the city, one notices that each building has a special feature. Many alleys, churches and courtyards have an interesting historical background. Another characteristic of Flensburg is the greeting “Moin, Moin” which you can hear everywhere – either in the morning, during the day or in the evening.
The Flensburg haven is one of the most significant sights as well as the heart of the federal state because of its important historical background. You can, for example, take a boat trip there or eat the best fish sandwiches at “Bens Fischbude”.
The Europa-Universität Flensburg is the northernmost university in Germany. It has been previously called the “College of Education” from 1946 to 1994, then it has become a university in 2000 and has borne its current name since 2014.
With approximately 400 employees and more than 5,000 students, the Europa Universität Flensburg is still one of the smaller universities in Germany.
Its beautiful campus offers a lot of possibilities to immerse oneself in campus life – enjoying tasty meals in the canteen, studying in the library or resting on the campus lawns.
The Europa-Universität Flensburg offers a wide spectrum of studies, for example in the field of special pedagogy, sciences, health and nutrition sciences, art, mathematics etc.
My personal interest:
I wanted to see the difference between a college and a university, to broaden my horizon and to gain some theoretical knowledge and experience which would enrich my activities at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna.
During my stay at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, I have become familiar with the following organizational units:
- Presidium: The presidium is equal to the Office of the Rector of the University College of Teacher Education Vienna. It consists of a president (i.e. rector), three vice-presidents (i.e. vice-rectors) and a chancellor (i.e. Rektoratsdirektor).
- Human Ressources: The person responsible for worktime recording is also responsible for personnel statistics, personnel matters of staff as well as for the personnel database. During the course of my visit, I received several sample texts such as a service agreement, an acknowledgement of a receipt, an adjustment document and a leaflet for the time-recording system.
- Quality Management: This department consists of the head of quality management and six staff members. The work is divided into several areas (e.g. process management), whereby each employee is responsible for a specific area. There is, for example, a staff member responsible for matters regarding new fields of study or a staff member responsible for student-related matters including suggestions for improvements. Furthermore, the data and statistics are collected and processed in this department as well.
- Service Centre for Examination Matters:This department is divided into five areas which include CampusCareer job placements, the office for student affairs, the service centre for examination matters (SPA), the admission board and the course guidance.
- Library:I got a short tour of the library which is located in its own building on the campus.
- General Data Protection Regulation: As the EUGeneral Data Protection Regulation came into effect on the 25th of May 2018 and has remained a major issue in all EU countries, the Europa-Universität Flensburg gave me the opportunity to exchange views with their Data Protection Supervisor. As a result, I have gained new insights which I can pass on to the Data Protection Supervisor at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna.
The exchange of experience and information with various organisational units at the Europa-Universität Flensburg showed me how an independent university can function. I have gained new insights regarding different work processes which I can share with my colleagues at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna. Further, these insights into the inner workings of the Europa-Universität Flensburg helped me to notice the differences between this university and the University College of Teacher Education Vienna.
Coincidentally, the week I spent in Flensburg, representatives of the Moscow University, as well as representatives from Belarus and one student from the University College of Teacher Education Vienna, stayed in Flensburg and I could exchange ideas with them as well.
Overall, I had a warm welcome at the International Office at the Europa-Universität Flensburg and was given the best of care. In my opinion, this business trip within the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility programme was a great experience and I can highly recommend it to everyone.