With modal, the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences took part in the “Data Literacy Education” competition sponsored by the Heinz-Nixdorf Foundation and the Stifterverband in Germany. Throughout Germany, 26 universities, 20 universities of applied sciences and one university of education applied. In the competitive final round, the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the University of Göttingen were able to prevail against high-ranking competing universities. Mannheim University of Applied Sciences is the only university of applied sciences to be accepted for funding by the international selection committee. The three winning universities each receive 250,000 euros for the implementation of their teaching and learning concepts.
“This great success in this renowned competition is the result of excellent scientific preparation,” said Rector Prof. Dr. Dieter Leonhard. “It also shows that the competence strategy of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences is bearing fruit. The Mannheim Data Literacy Education model was developed by a university-wide project group under the leadership of the Competence Centre Teaching & Learning (KLL). “modal enables the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences to quickly and systematically cover the competence requirements of our students in dealing with data,” said Prorector Prof. Dr. Thomas Schüssler explaining the institutional significance of the project.
The “Mannheimer Modell Data Literacy Education (MoDaL)” understands data literacy as a key competence for responsible action at work and in society. At three levels, students in all subjects develop and deepen their knowledge and skills in collecting, managing, analysing, visualising, interpreting, assessing and applying data