The Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe/Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Cooperative State University Karlsruhe offers career-integrated undergraduate and Master study programs. The dual education concept in which employers and state-run professional educational schools cooperate has a long tradition in Germany.

In 1974, Baden-Württemberg launched the new project aimed at creating a fully integrated system of higher education on a tertiary educational level. Specifically, the DHBW offers bachelor programs of 210 ECTS credit points in fields of Business Administration, Engineering and Computer Science. The main characteristic of career-integrated study programs is alternating three-month phases, with students learning theory at the university and receiving practical training from an enterprise. The students have an employment contract, and throughout the entire period, they receive a monthly salary and have the insurance status of employees. The students regularly switch from their academic studies at the university to practical training in one of the partner companies of DHBW Karlsruhe.

Based on the US State University System – now with about 34,000 undergraduate students and more than 8,000 partner companies such as Mercedes Benz, Bosch and Siemens – the DHBW is one of the largest universities in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with nine locations.


Professor Kay Berkling | Full Professor in Informatics
Kay (Senior IEEE, Board Member ISCA) obtained her PhD (OHSU) in 1996 in Automatic Language Identification. She has published in Language, Dialect Identification and recently in orthography acquisition. Her expertise lies in working across disciplines to create real-world applications. She has worked at KIT, TIT, MIT, and joined Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in 2004 as Full Professor. In 2008 she added a degree in teaching to her repertoire and joined the faculty of DHBW-Karlsruhe as Full Professor in Informatics. She won the NEO Award 2016 offered by the Technology Region Karlsruhe for outstanding design of gamification for education.