A one-in-a-million program
The concept of Software Campus is an entirely new and innovative approach to combining scientific leading-edge research with hands-on management practice. Doctoral candidates generally complete the program over a period of one to two years. Masters students generally participate for the duration of one year. They are supported by a total of 19 partners from politics, the industry and research.
The concept of Software Campus is based on five closely interlinked pillars.
In Software Campus, participants are given the task of realizing IT projects of their own. They are in charge of personally managing the entire process of their IT projects with the assistance of partners from research and industry: from project planning to the application for funds to management and team coordination all the way to the conclusion of the project.
Every project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for a maximum project term of two years, with the bestowal of grants up to 100,000 Euros. The actual amount of funding is decided on a case-by-case basis. All grants are earmarked and may not be used for any purposes other than the realization of a specific project. The implementation of every IT project is subject to the provisions set forth in the respective grant approval letters issued by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Executive training programs
Senior IT executives require a multitude of skills and competencies which can be trained and acquired. Software Campus aims to systematically and strategically enhance the participants inherently existing potential. Software Campus industry partners are contributing their best and most successful executive training methods to the program. Participants are given the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills, methodology expertise, social skills and personal skills within the scope of a six-module program. They get to choose from an extensive range of training offerings, allowing them to select the programs most specifically tailored to address their personal strengths and weaknesses.
All participants are personally supported by an executive of their partner from the industry within the scope of a confidential and protected relationship. This provides the participants with interesting and unusual insights into the everyday work life of senior IT executives. That way, they learn important management skills from the industrys top decision makers, including strategy development; technology, innovation and patent management; or human resource management. In addition to the mentoring, the participants are also entrusted into the capable hands of professional experts.
"My mentor, Christian Gengenbach, is a manager who has incredible experience. By sharing his experience with me, he is helping me tremendously in implementing effective team strategies within the scope of my IT project. At the same time, he is helping me get a better understanding of the structure and functioning of Software AG".
Ben Hermann, Doctoral Candidate, Darmstadt Technical University, and Software Campus 2012 Participant
During the internship phase of Software Campus participants get the opportunity to explore the application aspects of their research projects while obtaining valuable insights into the in-company processes of their industry partners. Moreover, they get the chance to personally build up their networks at the company by brushing up existing contacts and establishing new contacts. In combination, all of these aspects contribute significantly to the identification and further development of personal and professional perspectives during the course of the internship phase.
Every participant immediately becomes part of an active network of current and future IT executives, founders of leading German IT companies and renowned experts from science and research. The partners and participants of Software Campus are in close contact with each other, meet regularly within the scope of the centralized professional training and qualification offerings, and convene twice every year for the joint events of Software Campus. This allows all parties involved to establish new and important contacts. The alumni of Software Campus will establish a future network of their own, and they are the future holders of responsible positions destined to leave their mark on Germanys IT industry and advance it to new heights.