Strategy and Goals
Mainz University of Applied Sciences' strength lies in applied research and development. The diversity of professional competences is combined in the three schools of engineering, design and business. In addition, in the past years, the establishment of seven independent institutes, some of which have been in existence for more than 10 years, and other focal points of our work have set new standards in the field of applied research and development, which are implemented in collaboration with a large number of cooperation partners from scientific and research sectors, museums and industry. One of the factors responsible for the successful development is the close integration of research with the respective disciplines. At Mainz University of Applied Sciences, applied research is also viewed internally as a performance criterion and is rewarded, among other things, with a reduction in teaching time and a research bonus.
Key research priorities in our research profile
Building on its research successes to date, Mainz University of Applied Sciences defined the areas of "Information Technology and Communication" and "Materials and Substances in Architecture, Civil Engineering and Design" as the central focal points of its research profile in 2013. Already existing strong research fields will be further developed and re-oriented using existing internal competences. The main objectives of the research profile are the expansion of internal cooperation, the cultivation and preservation of existing external cooperations, and particularly the expansion of existing networks by gaining new cooperation partners. With the new research profile application, Mainz University of Applied Sciences wants to further expand the path it has already taken beyond 2013 in terms of intensifying networking within the university itself, in Mainz, within the Mainz Science Alliance and in terms of international cooperation with partner universities abroad as well.
The Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology (i3mainz) has made a decisive contribution to the research profile of Mainz University of Applied Sciences. The internationally recognized institute is one of Germany's two outstanding institutes in the field of space-related information and surveying technology and has undergone dynamic development. It is the most successful institute in terms of publicly acquired third-party funding (the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the EU) at Mainz University of Applied Sciences. The i3mainz is currently leading an EU-funded international project on the targeted application of spatial metrology for the humanities with partners from 25 countries. Together with the two institutes of the School of Design, the Institute for Media Design (img) and the Design Laboratory Gutenberg, some of the research projects are implemented in a media- and design-oriented manner. The research work of these two institutes focuses on the communication of design, multidimensional visualization and time-based design solutions. The regular national and international design awards testify to the quality of the work.
Another successful field of research has developed in the field of civil engineering on the topic of "composite materials", represented by the Institute for Innovative Structures (iS-mainz), which emerged from the former Institute for Sandwich Technology, one of the nationally leading research institutions in the field of sandwich construction and currently the second strongest research institute of Mainz University of Applied Sciences. With the help of a number of newly appointed professors, the iS-mainz has strategically realigned itself and bundles the competences of lightweight steel construction, building dynamics, timber construction and material and design development. It works together with the Architecture Institute (ai-mainz), whose work focuses on the areas of facility management, project development and project management in building renovation, as well as interior architecture in the future.
In the area of interior architecture, new areas of competence in materials research developed in July 2009 with the establishment of one of the most modern digital lighting laboratories and the establishment of the research area "Material as a design impulse".
In order to update the research profile, these competencies are therefore to be integrated into the field of action of "Composite Materials" by renaming the research focus to "Material and Substances".
In the School of Business, the contents of the work concentrate on the development of applied management or controlling solutions for companies, non-profit organizations or public authorities. In addition, the research area "Business Information Technology" is establishing itself with a focus on augmented reality, IT strategy and governance, as well as enterprise architecture management.
In addition, the iuh - Institute for Entrepreneurial Activity, the first interdisciplinary professorship for entrepreneurial activity in Rhineland-Palatinate, deals with research work on entrepreneurship, especially in the art and creative industries. In the 2013 "Founding Radar" study conducted by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors' Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany), Mainz University of Applied Sciences had a leading ranking in the nationwide ranking of foundings.
Research Focal Points
Mainz University of Applied Sciences is present on the HRK research map with the following focal points:
- Media and Communication
Thematic priorities are set in seven institutes and two working groups.
Mainz University of Applied Sciences has established two competence centers in which interdisciplinary and cooperative projects are carried out:
Spatial information technology in the humanities
The Competence Center for Spatial Information Technology in the Humanities of the Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology at Mainz University of Applied Sciences - i3mainz cooperates with humanities scholars at universities and major non-university research institutes across departmental and university borders.
The Competence Center for Generative-Film Narrative: Development and use in media environments is located at the Institute for Media Design of the University of Applied Sciences Mainz - img.
The term "generative" refers to the field of programmable design. The inexorably growing influence of software on all areas of our social life and artistic work makes scientific reflection urgently necessary. The Generative Methodology is a topic that raises very interesting questions, especially in dealing with new media, and has been worked on and further developed in various projects at the Institute of Media Design for several years.