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Hamburg, 24 March 2020: The Rotary Club Hamburg-Harburg and the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management will cooperate in the future. Within the framework of the cooperation, the Rotary Club will award a partial scholarship for NIT students who want to realize a business idea in the area of green tech. The scholarship is intended to create innovative solutions that have a positive impact on our lives and the environment. We, the NIT, are happy to promote this endeavor together with the RC Hamburg-Harburg.

Foundation potential meets social commitment of RC Hamburg-Harburg

Over the two years of the NIT Master program in Technology Management, students will further develop his/her own founding idea in the field of Green Technology. At the same time he or she will receive the necessary tools to realize the idea. Support opportunities, such as the NIT Startup Space, as well as intensive support from coaches, also help to implement the "Green Tech Startup Idea". The final master thesis includes a detailed business plan for the foundation of a start-up in the field of green technology.

Apply now for the Green Tech Scholarship

Prospective NIT students can now apply for the Green Tech Scholarship. In doing so, they should express their founding interest in the green tech sector when applying for the study program. Special talents from all over the world who do not receive any further financial support from industry or foundations will be sponsored. At the beginning of the studies in October 2020, a ceremonial presentation of the scholarship certificate will take place to the sponsored person. In addition, the scholarship holder will be invited to events of the Rotary Club Hamburg-Harburg.

About the Rotary Club Hamburg-Harburg

The Rotary Club Hamburg-Harburg is one of several Hamburg Rotary Clubs and was founded in 1951. It has 55 members who are involved in a variety of social activities under the motto "Service above self / selfless service". In Germany there are more than 50,000 members in about 930 clubs. Rotary International brings together personalities from all continents, cultures, and professions to provide service to the community worldwide and to contribute to better global understanding.


Hamburg, 20 January 2020: Bringing together companies and students - that is the goal of the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management. For this reason, the private institute of higher education is organizing a "Business Speed Dating" on the campus of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) on February 21, 2020. At the event, students of the master's program in Technology Management will meet representatives of companies and management consultancies from the fields of industry and technology. The Business Speed Dating should help to strengthen the exchange between students as well as alumni and companies and to show career paths.

Exclusive access to highly qualified professionals

Companies participating in Business Speed Dating benefit from direct contact with highly qualified professionals. Our students are not only technically versed, but have also learned to solve future challenges in a creative and innovative way during their MBA studies. They think entrepreneurially and move confidently on international terrain", Verena Fritzsche, CEO of the NIT, summarizes the advantage of the event. Company representatives will experience first-hand what skills the master students bring with them as potential employees. In addition, they can present themselves as attractive employers.

Students establish contacts with potential employers

Business Speed Dating offers students the opportunity to establish initial contacts with renowned companies. In this way, they can gain insights into the work and requirement profile of their potential employers and business partners. Through dialogue, students receive new and valuable impulses for their studies. They can also sharpen their profile and plan their career path more strategically.
Students from the NIT, TUHH and other Hamburg colleges and universities can register free of charge on the nIt website. Interested companies can find further information and the possibility to register with lnes Kulka, Alumni & Customer Relations Manager at the NIT. Contact: ines.kulka@nithh de, 040 42878 4287.


Hamburg, 30 September 2019: On September 27th, NIT President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto von Estorff and Managing Director Verena Fritzsche proudly handed over the graduation certificates to the new NIT Master's graduates. They have successfully completed the demanding Master's program in Technology Management alongside a second Master's program at the TUHH or a full-time job. More than 150 family members and friends from many countries including Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, Lebanon and more took part.

TUHH Vice President Kerstin Kuchta and the Chief Digital Officer, Christian Pfromm, congratulated the new graduates.

The graduates were ceremoniously bid farewell by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kuchta, Vice President for Teaching at the Technical University of Hamburg, who also underlined the special relationship of the TUHH and the NIT. Christian Pfromm, Chief Digital Officer of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, also spoke to the students and wished them all the best for the future. From the NIT Alumni Network, Chakra Banerjee, Class '09 graduate and founder of TOWER360, congratulated the graduates.

The DAAD Award for Extraordinary Commitment goes to US-American, Annelis Breed.

This year, the NIT student body selected graduate Annelis Breed as the winner of the DAAD Prize for Extraordinary Commitment. She was particularly qualified because of her great willingness to help and the organization of many social groups and events. The DAAD Prize is endowed with €1,000 and is intended to give a face to the more than 355,000 foreign students in Germany.

Graduates voted Canadian Bill Blake as "Best Teacher 2019".

Also, graduates from all faculty selected Bill Blake of the Queens School of Business in Kingston, Canada as "Best Teacher 2019". The students were particularly enthusiastic about his practical teaching style and his charismatic way of moderating the lessons. Unfortunately, Prof. Blake was unable to attend the ceremony, but sent his thanks via video. Afterwards, the graduates and their guests toasted the graduation in the foyer of the NIT and concluded the evening with a boat trip on the Elbe.


Hamburg, 28 May 2019: Two Americans, Alexander Kasinec and Andrew Moakes, were pleasantly surprised when their startup, Flugilo, won first place in the "IDEA" category at the Hamburg Innovation Awards 2019. Katharina Fegebank,  Second Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Senator for Science, Research, and Equal Rights, happily presented them with the coveted prize, as well as the prize money, €5,000, and a case of non-cash prizes at the Hamburg Innovation Summit on May 23rd, 2019 in the Fischauktionshalle in Hamburg.

Together with their partner, Amos Smith, who unfortunately was unable to attend the award ceremony, they developed a parking sensor for aircraft that facilitates maneuvring on the ground. The jury was particularly impressed by Flugilo's tangible customer benefits and strong partner network. In addition, the founders acheived a clear market-entry-strategy.

The idea behind it

Until now, it has been very costly to move an airplane. Ground personnel walk under the wings and along the stern, directing the tug driver into the parking position. Parking can take up to 60 minutes, involving high personnel costs and risk for human error caused collosions. This process is exactly what the founders want to change with their start-up, Flugilo. Similar to the parking-assist in a car, the device shows whether the aircraft is too close to an object. The idea is that the set of sensors will pay for themselves within a year, representing major savings compared to the traditional repair and personnel costs.

About the founders

The founders of Flugilo got to know each other at the Northern Institute of Technology (NIT) Management. The two Americans are studying Technology Management (MBA) at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in parallel to an MSc. "Andrew and I already have some experience in product development. When we met, we quickly realized that we could work well together. That's why we decided to launch Flugilo," said 26-year-old Alexander Kasinec (now 28). Fellow TUHH student, Amos Smith, completes the team. Flugilo is currently in the process of being formally founded and wants to expand its team. The founders then want to launch a first prototype onto the market. 


At the NIT under the motto 'BE THE CHANGE', talents from all over the world learn to take on management tasks responsibly. With a focus on digitization, global management and entrepreneurship, the NIT qualifies students and executives to shape the digital future.

International high potentials, renowned scientists, and successful entrepreneurs come together in agile and networked learning spaces to create a special, intercultural learning environment. With expertise from research and industry, the NIT covers everything from study programs and lifelong learning workshops to process support for companies.

Master's Programme in Technology Management

At the NIT, outstanding students in the Technology Management Master's program learn how to deal with the challenges of the digital world and actively shape the future. The future world of work demands dealing with complexity and constant change. Through real projects, students acquire an extensive technical understanding and solid management knowledge. They are accompanied individually by professors and practitioners in small international and interdisciplinary groups.

The study program can be completed as a master´s degree or as a double master´s degree (degree: M.A. or MBA) in combination with a Master's program in engineering sciences at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH). Professionals have the opportunity to study while working. The offer is flexible and modular and can thus be adapted to the individual needs of the students. A module consists of learning paths lasting several weeks in combination with virtual learning and face-to-face events.

Lifelong Learning for the Digital Age

With the NIT Toolbox, the private educational institute offers practice-oriented workshops and compact seminars on a scientific level for entrepreneurs, managers, and teams who want to promote digital change. Under the guidance of renowned lecturers from science and industry, the participants expand their competencies in the areas of new technologies, innovative methods, digital competencies as well as people management and culture. In addition, the NIT develops customized training programs for companies, especially with a global focus.

Process Support for the Digital Transformation

Furthermore, the NIT supports companies in the process of digital transformation. With regular events, such as the Hamburg Economic Dialog, the NIT sheds light on current and future developments. Thanks to the interdisciplinary network, a company's need for change is identified, analyzed and tackled. The aim is to enable employees to drive innovation and use new technologies to secure the future of the company.


About the NIT

The NIT is a private institute of higher education and was founded in 1998 by 40 professors of the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) as a non-profit limited company. It is financially supported by various foundations and companies, among others. The NIT is located on the campus of the TUHH in the south of Hamburg.

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