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Deutsche Telekom’s in-house university educates the experts of tomorrow

We educate experts for tomorrow's telecoms market at our University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig (HfTL). With 1,400 students in full-time, cooperative and part-time Bachelor's and Master's programs, HfTL is the only university in Germany to offer this special profile. When it comes to research, it focuses on ambitious topics that are relevant to society like conserving natural resources and advancing Germany's standing in the technology sector. Both research and academia are involved with innovative digitalization topics such as Industry 4.0 img and smart cities. Digitalization plays an important role in supporting learning and teaching methods (blended learning) and in IT-assisted planning and administrative processes at HfTL.

Deutsche Telekom is currently examining the possibilities of further developing and aligning its university. One of these possibilities could be the creation of a foundation faculty for digital transformation at the adjacent Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig). Initial evaluations show that combining the competencies of both academic institutions can lead to additional strong impulses for IT development in Leipzig and Saxony.

Data privacy certification program for Deutsche Telekom employees
Data privacy and data security are essential for acceptance and use of modern technologies. After successful implementation of an initial continuing education offer, Deutsche Telekom employees have been communicating detailed technical, legal and organizational knowledge in the area of data protection and data security since March 2018 within the scope of a certification program. The program qualifies participants for handling and managing demanding projects. We also want to offer participants with the right qualifications the opportunity to complete the certification program with a Master's degree.

Position paper on artificial intelligence
Use of artificial intelligence (AI) is an important driver of digital transformation and is very rapidly gaining in importance at companies, government agencies and in our daily lives. Not many people are aware that AI is used in Internet searches, in online shops and for voice-controlled assistants. In 2017 the industry association Bitkom published a position paper titled "AI-Assisted Decision-Making", which explained the importance of algorithms in the digitalization of business models nowadays. The position paper was authored by a large team of business and science experts, including experts from HfTL. It is the basis for the discussion of the social, economic and ethical prerequisites for making AI a success in digitalization.

Students are given insights into research and development activities
A key element in our study programs at HfTL is to actively involve students in research and development projects. Some important projects in 2017 were the following:

  • Prototype of a digital organ donor card developed
    In the past, there was no digital solution for documenting a person's decision to be or not be an organ donor. A team of students has now developed a prototype of a digital organ donor card. The card holder’s personal decision can be saved in a database using an app. The app is easy to use and features a strict data security concept. What's more, the app features a comprehensive FAQ section, articles that clear up common prejudices about organ donation and other helpful information. A fun quiz tests users' knowledge about organ donation. The students will present the prototype to the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) in 2018.
  • Intelligent lighting in cars
    In recent years, HfTL students teamed up with the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University and the Dormagen-based company Perlon-Nextrusion GmbH to develop an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manufacturing process for optical polymer fibers. This process cannot only be used in data communication, but also for intelligent lighting concepts in the car, especially for surface lighting of roof liners.
  • Optical technologies for fifth generation (5G) mobile communications, the next mobile communications generation, will use many different technologies, including optical transmission. In this context, HfLT is carrying out multiple research activities with student involvement. For example, the properties of LED are being investigated and a model is being developed that will predict the extent to which LED is suitable for data communication. The research activities have been integrated into the international standardization activities of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). They are slated to be further developed within the European context.
  • Another project, being conducted together with the Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin, is comparing and assessing the performance of free-space optical communication and 60-GHz technology under various weather conditions.