SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
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SRH Academy of Higher Education

Catalyst for sustainable teaching and learning

We want our students to find optimal conditions for learning and teaching at all SRH universities of applied sciences. Our aim is to achieve this in an exemplary and sustainable manner. As the Academy of Higher Education, we are guided by the current recommendations of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat), the Stifterverband, and the findings of research into teaching and learning.

Our training offer

Are you new to one of our universities or interested in the background and highlights of the CORE principle? Sign up today for your online training on “The Essence of CORE”!

A wide range of professional development opportunities are available to our staff. Examples include the CORE Certificate for Teaching Staff, workshops on ChatGPT, programmes for all staff to share ideas on various topics, a variety of formats on future skills and digitalisation in teaching, Moodle training at beginner and advanced levels, and much more.

To find out about additional training and courses, our employees are invited to log onto “Meine SRH” (My SRH). You might also want to check out what our General Studies programme has to offer. You may well find a course there that interests you.

Guidance and internal workshops

Would you like to receive personalised guidance on any of the following topics? Or for specific occasions such as accreditation or re-accreditation? We will also be happy to work with you to design a faculty-wide workshop that is tailored to your needs.

Just get in touch with us so we can find a bespoke solution for you!

  • Digital media in teaching
  • Al in teaching
  • Examinations in the age of ChatGPT
  • General information on Moodle
  • Using Moodle to create interactive lessons
  • Designing modules based on the CORE principle
  • Implementing future skills based on the CORE Future Skils Modul
  • Activating methods for everyday life at university
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  • Designing group work with success
  • Reducing and concentrating content
  • Dealing with classroom disruptions
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  • Copyright in the context of online teaching


Would you like personalised advice on one of the following topics? Or on specific occasions such as accreditation or reaccreditation? We would also be happy to plan an internal faculty workshop together with you, which we can organise to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us so that we can find a customised solution for you!

Are you interested in our projects or events? We've been posting regular insights into our work on LinkedIn since 21 November 2023.

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Our study model

We, the SRH Academy of Higher Education, developed our study model – the CORE principle – which is unique in Germany: the aim is for graduates of SRH universities of applied sciences to start their careers with the best possible skills profile and to be highly sought after in the job market.

Recognition from the experts was not long in coming: in 2018, the Stifterverband and the Volkswagen Foundation presented us with the Genius Loci Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

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Our study model
The CORE Principle

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Human Resources Development Didactics

Use of digital elements in teaching

We offer a rich portfolio of training programmes, publications, handouts and consultancy services that provide our lecturers with the complete toolkit for teaching in accordance with the CORE principle. Since 2019, we have also been focusing on the provision of training in the use of digital elements in teaching. Our current focus is on targeted networking between lecturers so that they can learn from each other and with each other. This enables our lecturers to act as trusted learning coaches, successfully guiding our students through university.

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Further development of the CORE principle

The world of work is in a state of flux – and so are the demands that employers place on graduates. On the cusp of the working world 4.0, future skills enrich the required action competence of those entering the workforce. We are supporting this shift through the further development of the CORE principle: in line with the continuous adaptation of learning objectives in the curricula, we are constantly expanding the range of competence-oriented examination methods and teaching methods adapted to them. The use of digital elements in teaching is an important building block in this respect. Supportive digital and analogue learning spaces provide the optimal framework. Our high standards are underpinned by the embedding of the CORE principle in the University Strategy and in our Guiding Principles of Teaching and Learning.

Consultation and training
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Consultation and training

Support in implementing the CORE principle

Following the great success of the CORE principle at SRH University Heidelberg, we are pleased to share the experience we have gained in designing and implementing our study model since 2010 in the form of training programmes, workshops and consultancy services.

Our five SRH Nursing Schools have long recognised the added value of the CORE principle to their action-oriented training and have redesigned their curriculum to be competence-oriented and in line with the CORE standards. The SRH Academy actively accompanies and supports the colleagues of our SRH Nursing Schools at all locations in Germany in the further implementation of the CORE principle and in networking.

Our SRH Vocational Training Centre Neckargemünd has also embraced the CORE principle. In September 2023, vocational preparation and vocational school, as well as an initial 14 occupations in the areas of vocational training, will start using the new concept. As a groundbreaking management philosophy, CORE will also influence a number of other areas and processes at vocational training centres in the future. Our Academy has been actively accompanying and supporting its implementation and development since 2021.

Students in focus
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Students in focus

Unlimited learning: our General Studies programme at SRH universities of applied sciences

Are you keen to think outside the box and explore a wide range of topics? Then why not check out our General Studies programme at SRH University Heidelberg. Explore beyond the boundaries of your major or field of work with our exciting courses, interactive workshops and seminars. Whether you are interested in culture, languages, technology or ethics, you will find a wide range of courses. Be inspired by renowned lecturers, delve into fascinating topics that will enrich you personally and professionally, and broaden your horizons for a rewarding study experience. Click on the (action) button (below) to access the General Studies page of SRH University Heidelberg and view our current, diverse range of courses.

About the Studium Generale
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Student Digital Transformation Agents

Get involved in the further development of our study model! We systematically incorporate student perspectives and innovation into the strategic development of the university. In their role as Senate representatives, two students work with us to conduct student surveys and workshops on selected topics related to digitalisation in teaching and learning. In regular Future Workshops, we develop our vision of the ideal university of the future.

Click here to read about the introduction of Student Digital Transformation Agents at our university in a blog post on the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung website.

Quality management
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Quality management

CORE quality and process management

Together with the Quality & Development department, we work to ensure that the high quality standards of the CORE principle are maintained. As part of the quality assurance process in the context of our system accreditation, we introduce the principles of CORE to the educational experts, and support faculties in formulating learning objectives as part of their programme development.

Top Management Training/ Leadership Training
SRH Executive Development Programm 2019
Top Management Training/ Leadership Training

SRH Executive Development Programme

We support staff across the Group on their journey to leadership by empowering them for senior management positions.

More about the EDP

Publications from the SRH Academy for University Teaching

Dieminger, A. (2022). Spotlight-Interview mit Alina Dieminger. strategie digital. Magazin für Hochschulstrategien im digitalen Zeitalter, 3, 67.

Sutter, C. (2022). Drei Fragen zur Digitalisierung in Studium und Lehre an Prof. Dr. Carolin Sutter, SRH Hochschule Heidelberg. strategie digital. Magazin für Hochschulstrategien im digitalen Zeitalter, 3, 56.

Sutter, C. (2022). Expertenboard (Wirtschaftsrecht). In J. Gerick, A. Sommer & G. Zimmermann (Hrsg.), Kompetent Prüfungen gestalten (2. Aufl., S. 132 ff). Münster/New York: Waxman. Doi: 10.36198/9783838558592

Sutter, C. (2022) Recht lehren an Hochschulen für angewandte Wissenschaften. In J. Krüper (Hrsg.), Rechtswissenschaft lehren. Handbuch der juristischen Fachdidaktik (S. 729-754). Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck. 

Grützmacher, L. S., Schermuly, C. C. & Rózsa, J. A. (2021). Das CORE-Prinzip. Vorstellung und Evaluation eines kompetenzorientierten, hochschulübergreifenden Studienmodells. Die Hochschullehre, 7(27), Doi: 10.3278/HSL2127W

Rózsa, J. & Winterberg, J. ( 2021) Future Skills integriert im Hochschul-Alltag. Wie das CORE-Prinzip auf die Zukunft vorbereitet. In A. Grüneberg, A Pechstein, P. Spiegel & A. Ternès von Hattburg (Hrsg.), Future Skills 30 zukunftsentscheidende Kompetenzen und wie wir sie lernen können (1. Aufl., S. 342 - 347). München: Vahlen. 

Sutter, C. (2021) Experteninterview (Stimmen aus der Praxis). In J. M. Eickelberg & H. Krätzschel (Hrsg.), Digitale Lehre: Studium-Referendariat-Weiterbildung. (S. 191 – 208). München: Vahlen Jura. 

Sutter, C. (2021, 12. November). Mind Open! Brauchen wir eine neue (Lern-)Kultur, um Zukunft aktiv zu gestalten? [Key Note]. 4. Regionales Bildungsforum: Digitalisierung (k)ein Thema mehr, Universität Gießen. 

Sutter et. al. (2021) Podiumsdiskussion. In M. Beurskens, U. Kramer, T. Kuhn & H. Putzke (Hrsg.), Juristenausbildung 4.0. Digitalisierung in Praxis, Studium und Prüfung (S. 196-220). Stuttgart/München: Richard Boorberg. 

Sutter, C., Kling, P., Hoppenheit, B. [Hochschulforum Digitalisierung] (2021,10, November). Wie wir unsere Studierenden in Strategie- und Qualitätsprozesse einbinden [Video]. YouTube. Verfügbar unter:

Ninnemann, K., Rózsa, J. & Sutter C. (2020). Zur Relevanz der Verknüpfung von Lernen, Raum und Organisation (S. 176-187). In Richard Stang & Alexandra Becker (Hrsg.) Zukunft Lernwelt Hochschule. Perspektiven und Optionen für eine Neuausrichtung. Berlin: de Gruyter.

Ninnemann, K.; Rózsa, J. & Sutter, C. (2019). Dreiklang der Innovationen. Erkenntnisse zur (Neu)Gestaltung des Lernraums Hochschule an der SRH Hochschule Heidelberg. In: Sonderheft Digitalisierung, DUZ-Magazin für Wissenschaft und Management. S. 31-34, 11/2019.

Gusset-Bährer, S. & Rózsa, J. (2019). Kompetenzorientierte Prüfungsformate für den Hochschulalltag - Prüfen im CORE-Prinzip. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag.

Rózsa, J. (2018). Good-Practice-Beispiel 1 - Der "shift from teaching to learning". Kompetenzorientierung und Studierendenzentriertheit als Herzstück der Hochschullehre: Ein Interview mit Julia Rózsa von der SRH Hochschule Heidelberg. In J. Gerick, A. Sommer, & G. Zimmermann (Eds.), UTB Hochschul-didaktik: Vol. 4840. Kompetent Prüfungen gestalten: 53 Prüfungsformate für die Hochschullehre (pp. 249–255). Münster, New York: Waxmann.

Rózsa, J. (2017). CORE meets eLAW: Innovation in Higher Education, Learning Spaces. Heidelberg. SRH Academy of Higher Education.

Rózsa, J. & Edinger, S. & Schöler, S. & Kling, P. & Gusset-Bährer, S. (2017): CORE-gerechte Modulkonzeption. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag.

Jaroschinsky, A. & Rózsa, J. (2015). Kompetenzorientierte Didaktik der Entrepreneurship Education. Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung.

Jaroschinsky, A. (2015). Didaktischer Change am Beispiel der Veranstaltung "Entrepreneurship". In: J. Rózsa & K. Eming (Hrsg.) Good Practice in CORE-Teaching. Band 1. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag.

Müller, T. A. & Rózsa, J. (2014). Das CORE-Prinzip als geeigneter Katalysator für die Umsetzung polyvalenter Lehrveranstaltungen. In: Greifswalder Beiträge zur Hochschullehre. Prüfungsorganisation und Prüfungsformen in der polyvalenten Lehre, S. 68 – 80; 3/2014.

Rózsa, J. & Leser, S. (2014). Kompetenzorientierung am Beispiel der SRH Hochschule - Das CORE-Prinzip. In Simon Leser & Michael Nagy (Hrsg.).Kompetenzentwicklung in der Personaldienstleistung – eine Branche professionalisiert sich (S. 37-55). Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag.

Rózsa, J. (2014). Métodos de activación para el día a día en la Universidad. Aprendizaje y enseñanza basados en el principio core. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag. (Übersetzung des 2012 erschienen Buches: Aktivierende Methoden für den Hochschulalltag)

Rózsa, J. (2014). Participative Methods in tertiary education. Learning and teaching using the CORE-Principle. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag. (Übersetzung des 2012 erschienen Buches: Aktivierende Methoden für den Hochschulalltag)

Rózsa, J. (2012). Aktivierende Methoden für den Hochschulalltag. Lernen und Lehren nach dem CORE-Prinzip. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag.

Hille, K. & Rózsa, J. (2012). Was das Gehirn zum Lernen bringt. Attempo. Universitätsschrift Tübingen. 14-15.

Rózsa, J. (2012). Examen: Bestehen ohne durchzudrehen. Interview mit J. Rózsa im FAZ Hochschulanzeiger. 4/2012. 8-17.


An inter-university network enriches our work

The Hochschulforum Digitalisierung

Learning from the best has always been one of the keys to our success. In 2019, the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) selected us and three other universities to take part in its peer-to-peer strategic consulting. The resulting recommendations have encouraged us to continue on our chosen path of digitising teaching and have been incorporated into the University Strategy – so that SRH University Heidelberg continues to be well positioned for the future.

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