Germany’s State Distance-Learning University

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The FernUniversität in Hagen is Germany’s only state distance-learning university, and its largest in terms of student numbers. Its flexible degree programs and continuing education options make higher education accessible to students in a variety of life situations. Its five faculties conduct a wide range of theoretical and applied research in their subject areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Economics and Business Administration, and Law.

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    How Efficient Were Coronavirus Lockdowns?

    Lockdowns were more effective in countries with good healthcare systems. This is the conclusion of a study by a team of researchers at the FernUniversität in Hagen.


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    Does More Data Create a Fairer Workplace?

    Analyzing large quantities of employee data entails risks, but also opportunities. A new international project at the FernUniversität is researching People Analytics.


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    Preparing to Study in Germany – Digitally

    The FernUniversität is a partner in the cooperative VORsprung project, which aims to establish a digital preparatory program for international students.


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    Memories of Something That Never Happened

    Some people remember things that never actually happened. FernUni professor Aileen Oeberst is the lead author of a study about correcting these false memories.


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    Making It Work With One Meeting

    How can we make international collaboration as sustainable and agile as possible? The One Meeting Project, coordinated by the FernUniversität, explores this question.


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    Where Does Global Trade Go from Here?

    Turning away from global value chains is not an option. So concluded leading globalization researchers at a FernUni conference.


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    Chinese-German Learning Platform Launches

    The new Chinese-German OOC learning platform, initiated by Shanghai Open University, began with an opening ceremony on February 26.


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    Europe’s Detectives – In Search of a Constitution

    An extensive FernUni book project tracks down the history of the European constitution, among other things to allow a better understanding of political developments.


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    Ambiguity – Precisely Depicted

    FernUni visiting professor Antke A. Engel has created unique educational videos about queer theory. Using artistic methods, they provoke the viewer to reflect on power and desire.


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    Unspoken Promises in the Time of Corona

    Elbow bumps, “foot-shakes,” hand waves: How do people agree on one of the new forms of greeting? Prof. Dr. Dorett Funcke of the FernUniversität investigated this question.


Prof. Dr. Uwe Elsholz, Vice-President for Continuing Education, Knowledge Transfer, and International Affairs Photo: Volker Wiciok

“Knowledge is built on the exchange of ideas. Through international projects, collaborations, and partnerships, we carry out innovative research across borders and enable our students to gain international experience while meeting the needs of our diverse student body.”

Prof. Dr. Uwe Elsholz, Vice-President for Continuing Education, Knowledge Transfer, and International Affairs

International Cooperations and Projects

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International Office

Information and assistance for international partners and guests.

Email: international

International Office team

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Advising for (prospective) students with international qualifications.

Email: auslandsamt