Accreditation

 

State Recognition and Institutional Accreditation

 

Constructor University was established in 1999 as International University Bremen. As a non public/private university, Constructor University required a state accreditation of the City State of Bremen: “An educational institution which is not sponsored by the Free Han-seatic City of Bremen requires state recognition by the Senator for Science and Ports.” (§ 112 (1) of the Higher Education Act of the City State of Bremen (HEABrem)) The preliminary state recognition was awarded in 1999.

Whereas the City State of Bremen’s administration is responsible for the quality assurance of its public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Constructor University has to undergo an external evalution as a condition for state accreditation: “The Senator for Science and Ports may at regular intervals, in particular in the case of temporary accreditation, obtain an expert opinion from an accreditation institution in the case of staterecognized nongovernmental higher education institutions (institutional accreditation, reaccreditation).” (§ 113 (1) HEABrem)

This external expert opinion is provided by the German Science and Humanities Council (“Wissenschaftsrat”, WR) that is responsible for evaluating all private HEIs in Germany (WR Accreditation). WR’s institutional accreditation is based on quality benchmarks in research and education as well as certain financial and structural prerequisites.

The WR accredited Constructor University – at that time International University Bremen – in 2001 for the first time with conditions and recommendations. After fulfillment of the condition the City State of Bremen awarded the full state accreditation in 2004. In 2008 Constructor University’s – at that time Jacobs University’s – institutional accreditation was renewed by the WR for a maximal period of ten years. Again, after fulfillment of WR’s conditions the state recognitation was awarded for ten years in 2010 and 2018, respectively. Having met certain requirements of the state recognition of 2018, Constructor University asked for and was granted state recognition for an unlimited period in 2021.

 

Program and System Accreditation

 

All study programs offered by any HEI in Germany are required to be accredited by the German Accreditation Council (“Akkreditierungsrat”, AR). Study program accreditations are obtained either by an

  • External review process (Program Accreditation) or by the
  • Internal quality management system. In that case the quality management system has to undergo periodic external reviews (system accreditation).

Currently, Constructor University acquires the accreditation of its study programs by using the program accreditation procedure. This is regulated by § 112 (1) in line with § 53 (4) HEABrem, governed by the Interstate Study Accreditation Treaty 2018 and regulated by the Bremen Study Accreditation Decree 2018. The accreditation follows the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

Program accreditation ensures that the study programs comply with the legal framework and academic requirements. At the same time, a certain degree of comparability of study programs within Germany is established. To this end, a study program is assessed by an accreditation agency in regard to the formal criteria of the Bremen Study Accreditation Decree and by an expert panel of professors, professionals and students regarding academic criteria. The results of both assessments are compiled in an accreditation report that is sent with recommendations to the AR that decides upon the accreditation with or without conditions. Program accreditations are valid for eight years.

All study programs of Constructor University are accredited. The final accreditation reports are public, published in the database of the AR (list of accredited study programs with accreditation reports). For more details about the date when the validity of the respective study program accreditation expires, please consult the table below.

 

Program

from

to
M.Sc. Advanced Software Technology 
01/09/2023
31/08/2031
B.Sc. Applied Computer Science (compliant with the Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (ZFU) requirements)
01/03/2023
28/02/2031
B.Sc. Biochemistry and Cell Biology
01/02/2020
31/01/2028
B.Sc. Chemistry and Biotechnology
01/02/2020
31/01/2028
B.Sc. Computer Science
01/10/2020
30/09/2028
M.Sc. Computer Science and Software Engineering
01/09/2022
31/08/2030
M.Sc. Data Engineering
01/10/2020
30/09/2028
M.Sc. Data Science for Society and Business
01/09/2021
31/08/2029
B.Sc. Earth Sciences and Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources
01/02/2020
31/01/2028
B.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering
01/10/2020
30/09/2028
B.A. Global Economics and Management
01/10/2019
30/09/2027
B.Sc. Industrial Engineering and Management
01/10/2019
30/09/2027
B.Sc. Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology
01/04/2020
31/03/2028
B.A. International Business Administration
01/10/2019
30/09/2027
B.A. International Relations: Politics and History
01/09/2020
31/08/2028
B.Sc. Management, Decisions and Data Analytics
01/09/2023
31/08/2031
B.Sc. Mathematics, Modeling and Data Analytics
01/09/2020
31/08/2028
B.Sc. Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology
01/02/2020
31/01/2028
B.Sc. Physics and Data Science
01/09/2020
31/08/2028
M.Sc. Psychologie
01/04/2020
31/03/2028
B.Sc. Robotics and Intelligent Systems
01/10/2020
30/09/2028
B.Sc. Software, Data and Technology
01/09/2023
31/08/2031
B.A. Society, Media and Politics
01/09/2020
31/08/2028
M.Sc. Supply Chain Management
01/10/2019
30/09/2027