The Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU) launched Tuesday (September 19, 2017) with innovative digital learning formats developed by colleges and universities and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Open to both citizens and students, the senate is putting EUR 8.86 million in funds towards the platform from 2017 to late 2018.
First events now online
After a six-month development phase, the HOOU is now offering all kinds of digital technology to enhance teaching at Hamburg’s universities and colleges. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “The diverse higher education landscape in Hamburg is gathered under the umbrella of the Hamburg Open Online University and offers students at all third-level institutions an opportunity to learn with each other, to do research and to develop solutions on joint interactive projects.” It uses the new, open space offered by digitalisation for innovative e-learning and deepens the exchange between Hamburg’s colleges and universities in various scientific disciplines.
Part of “digital city” strategy
Scholz added: “HOOU makes learning offers accessible to everyone. New education opportunities and access to knowledge are emerging at a time when ideological detachment is spreading in many places. We are targeting scientific progress by co-operating and being open.”
The new online platfrom is part of Hamburg’s overall “digital city” strategy. The senate provided EUR 3.7 million for the first part of the project from 2015 to 2016.