The branch of study innovation management at the University of Applied Sciences CAMPUS 02 in Graz, founded in 2005, is Austria’s first branch of study to deal at 100% with the topic of innovation management. About 180 students currently work through the Bachelor and the Master degree programme in innovation management. In fact, most of them study extra-occupational. Innovation is an important economic factor of success, not just in technology-oriented sectors, such as mobility, energy or telecommunication, but also in trade, industry and service, as well as in tourism. That is why it is important for companies to have employees who have this essential qualification. At present about 150 companies from Styria and from all over Austria take advantage of the opportunity of extra-occupational studies, allowing their employees to train themselves as innovation managers parallel to their job in order to edge on their competitors. The Bachelor degree programme in innovation management with the focus on “Innovation & Engineering” (6 semesters) can either be absolved extra-occupational, i.e. next to a full time job, or it can be taken up directly after the A-levels. An occupation is, however, no requirement for the admission. Several courses take place on Fridays in the afternoon (13.45 - 21.30) and on Saturdays (8.00 - 16.00).
The Bachelor degree programme in innovation management is a basic training for committed people who love changes and feel a vocation to bring things into motion. The students acquire all these methods which are necessary in order to lead innovational projects from the generation of ideas right through to their market launch. The training includes technical and business fundamentals as well as those “soft skills” which are necessary for innovation management. These include team leadership skills, work and presentation techniques, project management, problem-solving methods and sale of innovation. Additionally, within the framework of the Bachelor degree programme the students acquire the fundamental know-how in the areas of marketing, product management, problem-solving methods and design. The Bachelor degree programme concludes with two Bachelor theses and a final examination. After successful completion students gain the qualification of “Bachelor of Science in Engineering” (BSc).After the six semesters the graduates will have acquired the following abilities: economical know-how, technical listening skills, marketing and product management, design, creativity techniques, problem-solving skills, presentation and rhetoric, self management and project management, quality management, process design, Business English.
If you have become curious and want to find out more about the Bachelor degree programme in innovation management, do not hesitate to come to the information event “Inno inside” or arrange an appointment with Mag. Sandra Pilch (via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone: 0316-6002-390).