Monday, October 5, 2020

NIT SAYS GOODBYE TO VERENA FRITZSCHE - A FOLLOW-UP REPORT

The Northern Institute of Technology Management says Goodbye to its managing director Verena Fritzsche after seven successful years.

NIT 4.X - the educational institute of the future

From August 2013 to June 2020, Verena Fritzsche was the strategic and managerial head of the NIT.  With her experience in the areas of program development, strategy and quality management, the Business Administrator and University Manager by trade has decisively advanced the modernization of the institute. She realigned the NIT in a comprehensive strategy and cultural development process. The core result of this process was the design of a new curriculum of the Master's program in Technology Management. With a stronger focus on project-based learning, the course content was adapted to the requirements of a modern, increasingly digitalized working environment. The successful implementation of new software systems such as the communication platform InsideNIT and the participant management system moNITor also contributed to the modernization of the program. The program was reaccredited by the renowned accreditation agency FIBAA in 2020.

Expansion of a strong partner network

A special focus of Verena Fritzsche was to continuously expand the NIT’s network and initiate new collaborations. From 2013 to 2016, she established a cooperation with the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in the People's Republic of China. Furthermore, cooperations with local universities such as the Miami Ad School or the Leuphana University were entered into. In addition, the foundation of the "commuNITy e.V. – Friends of the NIT" association was established in 2019. So far, more than 70 members have joined the association. Their financials contributions facilitate support for student projects and activities (e.g. excursions).

Designers of the digital change

Under the management of Verena Fritzsche, the business field of further education was fundamentally reorganized: During her time at the NIT, the toolbox for "designers of digital change" was developed. The course content is designed for professionals and focuses on the topics "new technologies, digital skills, innovative methods and people & culture". In addition, customized continuing education programs for companies were developed such as the "Module Qualification Digital Strategy", which was implemented together with the Nordmetall Foundation, as well as expert training for international delegations.

Lectures and moderation

Furthermore, Verena Fritzsche initiated the forum of the "Hamburg Business Dialog", which she also occasionally moderated. This popular discussion forum has already taken place ten times and has established itself as an valuable format for Hamburg's small and medium-sized businesses. An annual event on various topics with the KörberForum consolidated the position of the NIT as an expert in the area of new leadership, digitization and industry 4.0.

Goodbye and all the best
At the end of May, the NIT team said Goodbye to its managing director in a small circle. Verena Fritzsche is leaving the NIT to pursue new professional challenges, but remains closely associated with the institute. The NIT thanks her for the successful cooperation and wishes her all the best for the future.



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