TU Ilmenau redefines degree programme electrical engineering
The TU Ilmenau has redefined its electrical engineering and information technology degree programme. With the modernization, the degree programme keeps pace with the rapid change in economy and society due to digitalization. An even more well-founded basic education in the bachelor's programme now equips students for the rapid technological change, while the flexible practice-oriented master's programme that builds on this, creates the very best career prospects in business and science. The redefined degree programme in electrical engineering and information technology will start this winter semester: The semester begins on October 1, and enrollment is possible until October 15, 2021.
The first smartphone was introduced not even 15 years ago. Today it is impossible to imagine our lives without the "phones" with touch screens, apps and internet reception. It is not only smartphones, tablets and laptops that characterize the rapid technological development of recent decades. The Fukushima disaster, only ten years ago, ushered in a serious change in energy policy. With the energy turnaroundenergy supply and distribution had to be completely rethought. These are just two examples of technological solutions developed byengineers in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology - to improve our lives.
Developing new solutions to climate change
Social developments have drastically changed the demands on electrical engineering, electronics and information technology. And the next challenges are already on the horizon. Innovations are in demand in production: Improved, more efficient organization and logistics will give "Industry 4.0" a significant productivity boost. Artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the way people work, communicate, consume, learn and live. Intelligent sensors with the highest sensitivity will enable even gentler procedures in medical diagnostics. Quantum computers will solve computational tasks with the highest efficiency, which today's computers still fail to do. Climate change requires solutions in the economy and society that will enable future generations to live safely and as comfortably as possible.
Engineers who are up to the challenges of the modern world are needed for such achievements. The TU Ilmenau has set itself the task of training them with the renewal of the degree programme in electrical engineering and information technology. Scientists, supported by external experts from research and industry, have spent three years designing the new study model, which brings changes to both the bachelor's and master's degree programmes.
Basic education in bachelor's programme
In the 6-semester bachelor'sprogramme basic education will be considerably intensified. Students will now be able to delve deeply into sub-disciplines of electrical engineering and information technology, such as electrical power engineering or micro- and nanoelectronics. This foundation of knowledge equips them to become experts in their Master's studies who will find innovative solutions for rapid technological change.
Flexible and practice-oriented Master's programme
The 4-semester master's programme is flexible and practice-oriented. A wide selection of electives allows students to shape their studies according to their individual career aspirations. They can specialize, for example, in traditional disciplines such as information and communication technology, energy and automation technology, microelectronics and nanotechnology as well as in theoretical electrical engineering. In addition, there are new, promising areas such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous and connected driving or quantum engineering. At an early stage the master's students are integrated into concrete research projects of scientists at TU Ilmenau, where they make their own research contributions. Practical periods are expressly planned during the master's programme and are possible not only in research, but also in industrial companies. Another new feature is a module on the working methods of modern companies, which prepares students to put their scientific and technical know-how into practice as soon as they start their careers.start their careers.
On-site studies, practical contacts and the opportunity for stays abroad - this highly flexible study programme in electrical engineering and information technology enables students to gain knowledge about the current state of research in special fields tailored to their needs, to gain practical experience in the world of work while still studying and perhaps even to find their future employer - in Germany or around the world.
Prof. Hannes Töpfer
Dean Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
+49 3677 69-2843