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University of Applied Sciences?

Hello,

I have a question for the Brits here.

Can anybody me explain what is the difference between an University of Aplliend Sciences and an University ?

Is perhabs University of Applied Sciences a new word for Polytechnics ?

thanks a lot in advance

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Re: University of Applied Sciences?

University of Applied Sciences is the English translation for the German "Fachhochschule."
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University of Applied Sciences is the English translation for the German "Fachhochschule."
Thanks Tomcat. But this kind of university does not exist in England, or ?
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Is perhabs University of Applied Sciences a new word for Polytechnics ?
In the case of former Swiss polytechnics, yes – the former polytechnic in Winterthur for example became part of the Zürich University of Applied Science (ZHAW, http://www.zhaw.ch/).

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Thanks Tomcat. But this kind of university does not exist in England, or ?
Typically, "Applied Science" would be one of the Schools or Departments of a UK university.

Perhaps an "Institute of Technology" is what you have in mind (e.g. Cranfield Institute of
Technology, or UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology)) ?
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Re: University of Applied Sciences?

I don't know the British education system
but I study at HWZ (University of Applied Sciences of Zurich)
It is a University but it has some restrictions on the level of titles they can give,

The information I know is from 2009, but things have been changing a lot since then with all the Bologna agreements, etc. and I don't know where they are now but at least you will get some idea.

They can give University degrees up to 60 credits
A "real" university Master is 90 credits, so they offer things that are called slightly different 'Master of Advanced Studies' and similar things, that are up to 60 credits.
They are official internationally recognised University degrees (but up to 60 credits)
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Re: University of Applied Sciences?

The differences with a normal university are:
1) duration: 3 years
2) degree: bachelor degree
3) to apply for, you have to have berufsmatura (Vocational baccalaureate) or high school degree plus 1 year professional experience
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Re: University of Applied Sciences?

University of Applied Sciences (UAS) are indeed Fachhochschulen/hautes écoles spécialisées.

Here are some links where to fnd exact explanations:
http://www.bbt.admin.ch/themen/hochs...x.html?lang=en

and :
http://www.kfh.ch/index.cfm?nav=2&

UAS do offer Bachelors as well as Masters!

Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) are optionnal postgrade products that range among continuing education, a fully different thing than the (consecutive) Master that comes after the Bachelor.

What research is concerned, universities do fundamental research , UAS applied research.
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Re: University of Applied Sciences?

Now, if only that answered the question that was actually asked...!!!
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Re: University of Applied Sciences?

Hi,

The main difference between "University" and "University of Applied Sciences" is the teaching pedagogy, University is theory oriented, while University of Applied Sciences is more applied oriented. I will give a concrete example to understand the difference:
Let's say you want to study something in the Engineering field (let's say Computer Science Engineering). At university, the first 2 years you will have only maths and physics and some brief introduction to programming languages. At the year three, you begin to have courses really related to Computer Science (like database, artificial intelligance, projects, etc.). While at University of Applied Sciences, you begin to have a concrete courses related to Computer Science from the fisrt year.
University is more abstract courses (during the Bachelor degree), the concrete course begin at the Master level. University of Applied Sciences is more concrete courses, applied courses begin since the first year.
At university with a Bachelor degree you have the basic knowledge, you need to do many trainees and internships to gain practices and then to start a job. At University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor degree you have a complete skils and knowledge and many practices to start a job.
Both University and University of Applied Sciences are on the same level which is university level. Both are accredited and recognized by the Swiss confederation and internationnally.
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