The Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen is a relatively new addition to the university landscape in Hessen. Created in 1971, the THM initially offered engineering studies and worked very closely with industry. With campuses in Gießen, Friedberg and Wetzlar, the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen continued to expand and by the end of the 1990s had 6,500 students. Today, the university offers more than 60 different degree programs for more than 15,000 students. The main focus continues to be on the core areas of engineering, business, medical technology and information technology. In addition, THM also offers forward–looking courses in environmental and energy technology, as well as in health care. THM is constantly analyzing new occupational demand and has developed new programs to meet the needs of today's career markets. Students may obtain bachelors or masters degrees, and can also earn their doctorate in partnership with both German and international universities.
In 2001, the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen launched a unique and innovative dual study program, StudiumPlus. It has become a success story for students, professors and companies in the region. The StudiumPlus dual study program enables students to study and work, while also meeting the needs of companies in the region. Today, StudiumPlus in Wetzlar is the largest provider of dual study programs in Hessen. THM has also been very successful in the area of part–time and distance learning. More than 500 students are currently enrolled in these programs in Friedberg.
In recent years, THM expanded its offering in training and practice–oriented research. The campuses in Gießen, Friedberg and Wetzlar have become technology engines for the entire region. For the past 15 years, the state of Hessen has funded academic research at THM. As part of the reform process of higher education in Germany, the federal government is exploring new forms of universities and THM's strategic goal is very much in alignment. In the past, technical universities in Germany were primarily focused on occupational training but now these universities can also complete applied research. Other major characteristics of THM are a strong focus on practical applications, scholarship, technology transfer between universities and businesses, and a deep commitment to the local community.
For companies to be competitive in the future, they require world–class products, processes and technologies. The practice–oriented research at THM helps all types of businesses - industrial, sales, handcrafts, trade associations, municipalities, start–ups, mid–sized companies and multinationals) be more successful. More than 220 professors offer their expertise for partnerships. THM is focused on growth in the areas of training, research and continuing education, as well as in the areas of cooperation - in Mittelhessen, Frankfurt–Rhein–Main and beyond.
THM also offers two internationally–oriented programs:
- The Master of Business Administration is a part–time executive program offered at the Friedberg campus. It is designed for professionals of various academic fields who want to gain a sound knowledge of business and management while also pursuing their careers. The program consists of 10 courses spread out over 60 teaching days. Tuition fees amount to 13,800 euros, payable in three installments.
- The Master of Arts in International Marketing is a four semester, full–time program. The course is designed to qualify students, who already have a bachelors degree in business administration or economics, for leading positions in international companies. In addition to the core subjects in marketing, one of the key assets of the program is its focus on strategic management and sales expertise.
Both masters programs have an international network of eight partner universities worldwide and are accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA). They have been designed according to the concept of "applied sciences" and great importance is attached to improving analytical techniques and soft skills. Although the language of instruction in both programs is predominantly English, a basic knowledge of German is needed to complete the courses.