The Bavarian Research Institute of Digital Transformation (bidt) awarded the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences a contract for a digitization school – more on what the university and sponsors want to achieve here.
The digitization school, which is being built at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, is just one of 13 new colleges at 17 universities to be funded for four years from September 2022 with an average of around € 2.1 million per year. They are coordinated and supervised by bidt, an institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (BAdW) under the new program for the promotion of young talent. why and what the university and sponsors want to achieve, more about it here. According to Markus Blume, Bavarian Minister of Science and Culture, these colleagues are made to prepare students for digital change: “Digital change is absolutely crucial to our future prosperity. Therefore, we qualify students all over Bavaria to penetrate the main issues of digitization and deal with their impact on society in a variety of disciplines. Thanks to the variety of topics and the quality of the new digitization universities, our universities are again presenting themselves as precursors of social innovation, ”explains Blume.
How Augsburg University of Applied Sciences would like to implement a school of digitization
Prof. Dr. László Kovács, vice president of studies and teaching, and Julia Krumme, ethicist at the Faculty of Applied Humanities and Natural Sciences. The college of digitization at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences aims to be science and teaching at the interface between ethical reflection and technical practice. Through the interdisciplinary interconnection of technology – especially in the field of computer science – but also design and ethics, students address the central issues of digitization and its socio-cultural interactions in society.
“As digitization continues, shocks are emerging in social structures that can sometimes be compared to those caused by industrialization in the 19th century,” explains Krumme. With the advent of digital technologies in large areas of life, there are also profound changes for people and society that need to be considered.
What is digitization doing to society?
The questions that scientists from the Digitization College are working on with students are: What changes in the social order is caused by digitization? And how do these changes affect our understanding of what it means to be human? What new responsibilities are associated with different groups of people? In addition, researchers provide students with the tools they need to develop digital and ethical skills. In this way, they should be able to create their own “compass of values” and apply it in development processes in order to be able to adequately meet the social challenges of digitization. The basis here are innovative IT applications, which are reflectively accompanied by the process of agile development and examined in terms of their social effects and implications.
“Mostly, teaching about digitization focuses on a purely technical aspect. Thanks to the digitization university, we have the opportunity to teach our students the ethical and moral side of digitization and thus take on another important part of their studies, ”says Kovács.
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