The Academic Senate adopted the following mission statement on 17 April 2018.

I. Preamble

We uphold the freedom of teaching, learning and research within the framework of an understanding of science based on democratic principles. We preserve our academic freedom and independence in responsibility towards society.

II. Profile

We have been shaping our special profile of a university of applied sciences over many decades. Our scientific culture is geared towards proactively shaping processes of social change and future issues at regional, national and international level, as well as towards an application-oriented education for specialists and managers. We do science for practitioners and with practitioners.

III. Internationality

We continue to develop our profile as an outstanding international brand. We live internationality and cosmopolitanism. We help to shape mindsets in an international context bolstered by intercultural and international competences.

IV. Teaching and learning

Our strength lies in practice-oriented teaching, which primarily prepares students for the requirements of the national and international labour market. We impart competences for personal development and the perception of social accountability. We develop customised offers for the requirements of lifelong learning and educational equity. Systematic quality management and critical evaluation promote our goals.

V. Research

We support applied research with the goal of inter- and transdisciplinary and international profiling, above all oriented towards key future issues. In this way, we make a significant contribution to regional development, ensuring the topicality of practical relevance in teaching, and the promotion of early career researchers.

VI. Transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology

We cultivate a broad-based transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology, perceiving it to be in the interest of civil society as well as the economy, companies, politics and public administration. Through cooperation in joint development projects, offers of training and advisory services, as well as by promoting business start-ups, we make an important contribution as an impulse generator for the regional innovation system and the city region as well as for dealing with global challenges.

VII. Gender equality

The realisation of gender equality is a central objective which we promote in all areas. Our commitment to equality is based on the dignity of the individual, regardless of gender, origin, religion, sexual orientation, world view, age or impairment.

VIII. Self-conception and value orientation

Together we create a distinctive place of inspiration and thus act as a strong impulse generator for the region.

We aspire to work together in mutual respect, to create good working conditions and to promote the interests of the university. We see diversity as an opportunity.

We are committed to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the principle of a university for all.

Sustainability, openness to the world, a wealth of perspectives, inspiration and reliability are our core values.

IX. Structures

HSB creates service-oriented structures and processes in order to be able to meet the requirements of its diverse external and internal target groups and employees effectively and transparently. This increases the efficiency of teaching, research and administration.

We are open to new challenges and meet them proactively and with creativity.