‘BE THE CHANGE’ is the slogan under which talented people from around the world learn at the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management how to handle management tasks responsibly and sustainably.
Our focus is on topical issues like digitization, global management, and entrepreneurship with a view to qualifying students and business executives in a practice-oriented way.
At the NIT, people with different backgrounds get together in a unique community. International high potentials, renowned academics, and successful entrepreneurs create a special intercultural learning environment.
With expertise from research and practice the NIT offers an international degree course in technology management and creates modern further education formats and process support for companies.
Founded: in 1998 by professors at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) as a gGmbH – with financial support from the Körber Foundation and companies
Location: The NIT Building – Gebäude F, Kasernenstr. 12 – is on the TUHH campus in Hamburg-Harburg
Management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto von Estorff (President) and Dipl.-Kffr. Verena Fritzsche (CEO)
We at the NIT feel ourselves committed to sustainable development and to appreciative and respectful interaction in the world, and we have implemented this intention in our curriculum.
Our aim is to enable visionary personalities to put new technologies to use for humankind and the environment. We create ideal learning spaces for our students and further education participants. We provide impulses for innovation and digital change.
In addition to teaching professional and personal competences we set our sights on a unique community in which we network people of different origins and disciplines.
To strengthen this community we maintain an international network of alumni, teachers, and partners. We have also set up our booster club commuNITy e.V. to help support student projects.
When the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management was founded in 1998 the only study program it offered was the double master’s degree in collaboration with the TUHH. Over the years the range has been extended. The technology management course was opened up for professionals and research assistants and the target group of engineers was extended to include scientists.
The students learn in small groups from international teachers how to think as entrepreneurs and to take technologies forward responsibly. In is intercultural environment the NIT provides space for individual development and interdisciplinary networking.
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From 2010 the NIT began to offer further education programs for business executives and customized management development programs for companies. Our cooperation partners have included the Nordmetall industry association, Roland Berger management consultants, and tesa SE.
From 2013 to 2015 there was an NIT China Class in cooperation with the Nanjing University of Aeronautics und Astronautics in the People’s Republic of China. The NIT currently offers further education programs for Chinese delegations. The NIT also runs workshops to make teams fit for digital change from technology trends via innovation methods and digital competences to people and culture topics. With the Design Thinking Space in its own building the NIT has literally created space in which to try out new methods and techniques.
The advance of digitization represents a revolutionary change in technology and society. The NIT recognized at an early stage its far-reaching consequences for enterprises. That was why it launched in 2015 a series of events under the heading ‘NIT Impact Sessions – Is Your Company Fit for the Future?’
The NIT has since made digitization one of its focal points. Verena Fritzsche, the NIT’s CEO, has made a name for herself as a speaker, especially on the subject of Leadership 4.0. The NIT has made its point on this topic at numerous events, including the Hamburg Innovation Summit and solutions.hamburg.
In Fall 2016 the NIT set up its Digital Think Tank with the aim of creating awareness of and providing stimuli for digitization.
The Hamburg Economic Dialog was held under its auspices. A series of events aimed at small and midrange enterprises, it deals in depth with digitization-related issues, triggered an animated debate between attendees and representatives of research, business, startups, and politics.
Our quality management is oriented to the basic concept of continuous improvement. What is special about it is that in addition to written evaluations we regularly hold personal feedback rounds with the students. Furthermore, the Management makes active use of the FIBAA program accreditation as a quality improvement instrument. Outstanding positions of NIT study programs in the CHE university ranking confirm the unique study conditions at the NIT.
To ensure high quality of teaching NIT students evaluate all courses. There are also regular surveys of new students, graduates, alumni, and cooperation partner companies. The findings are analyzed with the teaching staff in order to adjust contents or methods as required.
Class meetings with a fixed agenda are held regularly at the NIT. Elected class representatives, teaching assistants and tutors are student reps at the NIT. They are important student representatives and idea generators where opportunities for improvement of teaching, of the facilities or in quality management are concerned.
Study programs at the NIT are accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). The FIBAA is a European, internationally aligned agency for quality assurance and development in academic education. The courses are assessed for accreditation by qualified experts who also make recommendations on further development of the programs.
The NIT regularly takes part in the CHE university ranking process via the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). The CHE ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed assessment of German universities, colleges and vocational academies and a soundly based source of information about study areas and courses for prospective students.
The NIT’s sole shareholder is the Träger- und Förderverein NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management e.V., founded in 1998 by around 40 professors at the Hamburg University of Technology.
It is represented by its three Board members. Their tasks include electing the members of the Supervisory Board.
The NIT’s Supervisory Board consists of representatives of science, research and business. It appoints and advises the CEO and monitors the company’s financial development.
The current chairman of the Supervisory Board is Dr. Bernd Drouven.
A cornerstone of the quality management at the NIT is the Industrial Advisory Council, made up of industry representatives. An important function of its work is to contribute industry’s views on the NIT’s activities. The Council advises on business development, the curriculum, internships, and marketing. It also constitutes and extends the network of sponsoring enterprises.