What is

Berlin University

of Digital Sciences?


An Overview.


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The Underlying Idea

Our thoughts at the very basis….

…. of the BUDS can be traced back over years of concept development. For many years, Prof. Dr. Mike Friedrichsen has been discussing with national and international colleagues about an alternative university institution focusing on the new framework conditions of digital change. Various models of connection to an existing university were also considered.

Ultimately, however, all these considerations have led to a separate and, above all, independent approach, combined with close cooperation between the existing networks. The result is the present concept of the BUDS.

The carrier company Berlin University of Digital Sciences gGmbH was founded in July 2017 by two family companies and the BUDS Förder Fonds e.V. In the meantime, prominent advocates from politics, science and society have been won to support the concept.

WHY we’re doing it.

A strong driving force.

With BUDS, a platform is being created for innovative, internationally oriented Master’s programs with differentiated “digital” focuses, which can demonstrate an outstanding USP due to its flexibility and high adaptation speed as well as new didactic methods and digital administration processes with regard to changing framework conditions.

A close cooperation with the Humboldt University Berlin, the Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam and the Steinbeis University is planned and in discussion process.

The BUDS concentrates as a “school” at university level on digital sciences, with specialisation in digital economy, digital communication, data analytics & artificial intelligence, cyber security, digital law & policy and digital culture being possible.

The higher education landscape and the importance of education are changing in the context of digitalization and globalization in all essential areas. Regardless of whether it is organizational, content or didactic, new concepts are needed for the challenges of the training of new – digital – competences. Certain areas will undoubtedly also be covered by existing state or private universities.

However, a clear focus on digitalization and the challenges associated with the changed framework conditions can only be achieved with a thematically focused and organizationally flexible start-up.

HOW we make it real.

How we are going to implement our Mission Statement.


How we are going to implement our mission statement In close cooperation with the business community and internationally renowned partner universities, it prepares students in master’s degree courses and research training groups for mastering professional challenges in the digital world of work. The mission of the BUDS is to empower students to understand the processes of transformation and to be able to actively promote them as professionals. Personality development and international orientation will be encouraged. A sustainable and lifelong learning will be facilitated by the courses of study and certification. In addition, special emphasis is placed on the development of logical and structured thinking and action using analytical methods.

The offerings of the BUDS are focused on digital sciences, with a focus on digital business processes, information processes, legal framework conditions and data communication. We also design the university attendance time to suit full-time offers and employees, supplemented by online offers to promote the compatibility of family, work and studies. Our courses can be combined in modules to form internationally recognised degrees (Master of Science, Master of Arts and MBA) The study concept is interdisciplinary, independent, international, doctoral and practical. The optional modules provide for current accents and transdisciplinary implementations.

The curriculum provides for a flexible structure of study processes without any time and content restrictions. The BUDS strives for interdisciplinary and at the same time transdisciplinary networking. 

To this end, representatives of various scientific disciplines work systematically together with users and representatives of knowledge from professional and social practice as a joint competence center and different institutes in studies, teaching, research and development. In transformative research, which is oriented towards societal problems and develops concrete transformation paths, we see ourselves as part of the international scientific community and, in cooperation with universities in suitable fields of research, enable doctoral studies.

We keep Humboldt’s tradition alive by taking into account the diverse perspectives of science and society and focusing on their future issues. We attach great importance to respectful interaction with one another and promote dialogue between cultures. Equality of opportunity and gender as well as interculturality are among the central tasks of each individual and the university as a whole. The members of the university take into account the particularities of people and support learners in making the best use of their talents and abilities, irrespective of educational background, gender, social or ethnic origin.

Don’t judge upon what we say.

Judge upon what we do.

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