BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG COOPERATIVE STATE UNIVERSITY (DHBW)
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, DHBW) is the first higher education institution in Germany to integrate academic studies with on-the-job training. DHBW was founded on 1 March 2009; with around 34,000 students and more than 200,000 alumni, it is the largest higher education institution of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
DHBW Heilbronn is the youngest member under the umbrella of DHBW locations. Initially established as a branch in 2010, DHBW Heilbronn has become an important destination for the food industry with its career-integrated bachelor’s degree programmes. The courses offered include the Business Administration study programmes Food Management, Commerce and Service Management with different specialisations such as Media, Sales and Communications, Consulting & Sales, Human Resources and Sports Management. Digital transformation also plays an important role in the curriculum of these courses, in 2021 DHBW Heilbronn consequently established new study programs in Business Information Systems and Digital Commerce Management. More than 1,500 students are currently enrolled at DHBW Heilbronn.
Actively shaping the City of Heilbronn, a hub of knowledge, DHBW Heilbronn is located at the modern Bildungscampus of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation and has a new laboratory centre, called DHBW Sensoricum. This centre consists of six food and media laboratories, which are available for research activities and project work of DHBW students and the economy.
The Dieter Schwarz Foundation supports DHBW Heilbronn by providing premises at the Bildungscampus and taking care of their initial equipment, for example.