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Quality at the FOM
Quality management at FOM
FOM specialises in study programmes which students complete while working or training and it sees itself as a service provider that teaches students the academic knowledge and social competencies and skills needed to take on managerial positions. Students acquire sound theoretical expertise which they can apply directly to business practice. Online information systems, smooth organisation and comprehensive services help students complete their degrees quickly and easily despite the double burden of combining work and study.
To achieve the goals we have set ourselves, the quality of programme content and teaching has to be guaranteed on a long-term basis. This is why FOM has developed a comprehensive quality management system (QMS) to which all members of faculty and administrative staff are bound. This system is based upon the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area and the resolutions of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and Accreditation Council. The basic principle, structure and procedure of the QMS are laid out in detail in a manual. We strive to continually improve performance in teaching, research, development, student supervision and organisation.
Internally, an independent quality assurance manager constantly monitors all processes which affect the implementation, development and introduction of study programmes and which are listed in the QMS. Externally, FOM appoints well-known institutions to assess quality on a continual basis. FOM has repeatedly received high scores for equipment, teaching staff, quality and study programme management from the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) in its programme accreditations.
Two other external institutions also assess FOM's quality standards. The Study Programme Evaluation Commission consisting of distinguished representatives from industry and the body of students analyses each study programme in terms of both formal and content quality. In future, the QM Audit Group, another external committee, will also regularly monitor the effectiveness of FOM's quality management system. The results of all internal and external audits are presented to decision-makers and FOM committees and duly published.
The German Council of Science and Humanities, which accredited FOM in 2004 as the first university in North Rhine-Westphalia, comes to the following conclusion in its reaccreditation report in 2010:
"The German Council of Science and Humanities acknowledges FOM's outstanding contribution to continued academic training. With its clear profile and focus on business-oriented study programmes for working professionals, FOM has become the fourth largest university of applied sciences in Germany, and thus the biggest privately supported university, in just a few years. It has achieved this by developing and implementing a convincing concept for its target group, the core elements of which are on-site study in the evenings and at weekends, affordable tuition fees, regionally distributed study centres and supervision that is tailored to meet the specific needs of its students."
29 study centres in Germany
Aachen | Augsburg | Berlin | Bochum | Bonn | Bremen | Cologne | Dortmund | Duisburg | Düsseldorf | Essen | Frankfurt a. M. | Gütersloh | Hagen | Hamburg | Hanover | Karlsruhe | Kassel | Leipzig | Mannheim | Marl | Munich | Münster | Neuss | Nuremberg | Siegen | Stuttgart | Wesel | Wuppertal