DHBW Heilbronn and DHBW Heidenheim 

Who are we?

The DHBW Heilbronn is part of The Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), Baden-Wuerttemberg Corporate State University, which is the largest university system in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg with more than 34.000 enrolled students at 9 different locations. Each campus functions as a separate entity, specializing in different degree courses, which reflect regional economic development and ties to local industry. A dual study program is unique as it combines university studies with practical experience in a company. Therefore, students alternate between academic studies at the university and work-place training at their chosen company for the duration of their 3-year-degree-program.​The DHBW Heilbronn is located in the city of Heilbronn, surrounded by vineyards; it lies in the heart of the Heilbronn-Franken region, an area well known not only for its world market leaders but also as a hub of innovative small and medium sized companies. The DHBW Heilbronn builds on these regional ties and offers the following degree programs and their specializations:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in​

  • Service Management​
  • Food Management​
  • Commerce​
  • Digital Commerce Management

Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology

Bachelor of Science in Wine Technology and Management

The DHBW Heidenheim is also part of The Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), Baden-Wuerttemberg Corporate State University. It is the only dual university in East Wuerttemberg and, by linking theory and practice in its studies, makes an important contribution to the qualification of skilled workers for the region. Approximately 2,400 young people are currently studying at DHBW Heidenheim in the fields of business, technology, social work and health. In cooperation with around 900 companies, social institutions and technical schools, the dual partners, DHBW Heidenheim offers more than 20 nationally and internationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs in four fields of study.

Why we are Participating in the Project

Due to its HE experiences and partner network, the DHBW focuses on the development of innovative quality concepts by working with leading industry partners showing a strong commitment towards educational innovation. The construct of the dual education collaboration of the DHBW and their partner companies ensures continuous feedback and engagement by key industry stakeholders in Germany and especially in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg is one of the leading economic regions across Europe. Home to internationally renowned corporations and thousands of successful SME’s, it is known for its innovative drive and inventive spirit, as well as for a high level of productivity and low unemployment rate.

DHBW Heilbronn has many years of experience in the field of research on micro-credentialing. Our institution has successfully managed and has been a reliable partner organization for several EU-funded projects on micro-credentialing. Offering Micro-credentials will allow DHBW Heilbronn to increase the attractiveness of its degree programs and respond more flexibly to emerging market needs.

Our Role in the Project

The DHBW Heilbronn is the project coordinator of MicroCredX. Among its responilities are: 
  • Running the overall management of the project 
  • Progress monitoring 
  • Communication between the partners and with the Executive Agency (EACEA) 
  • Financial management of the project
  • Implementation of a joint micro-credential program together with its project partners ž
  • Research on micro-credentialing strategies
  • Publication of a Micro-Credentials Implementation Framework
  • Dissemination of the project results (regionally, nationally and internationally) 
The DHBW Heidenheim will be involved with piloting the micro-credentials within the faculty of 
technology. Among its responsibilities are: 
  • Strategic analysis of required modules
  • Analysis of micro-credentials potentials
  • Unbundling & rebundling of modules offered at DHBW Heidenheim
  • Revisiting recognition processes at DHBW
  • Identifying and piloting micro-credentials at DHBW Heidenheim
  • Identifying required resources to implement micro-credentials at DHBW Heidenheim
  • Dissemination of the project results (regionally, nationally, and internationally)

Our Team

Raimund Hudak

Raimund Hudak

Head of research

As senior lecturer and researcher with around 15 years of experience at leading academic institutions, Raimund Hudak has been involved in various research programmes in Germany and abroad. Raimund Hudak is the Project Manager at DHBW Heilbronn in the European-wide research projects. He is also the CEO of Synesis’ European practice. He holds an MBA in business and international marketing from the Institute for Technology and commerce in Reutlingen, MSc and undergraduate degrees in optics and photo engineering from FH Köln.

Dr Christopher Braun

Dr Christopher Braun


Dr. Christopher Braun has been involved in implementing new e-learning methods and innovative online learning courses at several HE institutions in Europe. He has recently started as a junior Project Manager at DHBW Heilbronn and co-lead of MicroCredX. He holds a master’s degree in Arabic Studies and French Philology from the Free University of Berlin, and a Ph.D. in the History of the Middle East and North Africa from the University of London.

Lea Schmitt

Lea Schmitt

Academic employee

Lea Schmitt is an academic employee at DHBW Heidenheim and has been involved in the research project EXAM4.0. Since 2018, she has also been the project coordinator of educational projects at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Ostwürttemberg. She holds a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Passau.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Rupp

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Rupp

Prof. in Engineering and Management

As a PhD in Robotics he developed several Robotics applications. In the past 20 years he started the study program for Engineering and Management. Awarded with the national teaching prize Klaus-Dieter Rupp developed new teaching Courses and International exchange Programs at the DHBW. He is also Scientific Director at the Graduate school Ostwürttemberg.