Vision and mission statement

Mike Friedrichsen's mission in his profession as a professor is to enable students to understand digital transformation processes and to actively drive them forward as professionals and scientists. In doing so, he places particular emphasis on promoting logical and structured thinking and action using analytical methods towards digital literacy. Mike Friedrichsen strives for interdisciplinary and at the same time transdisciplinary networking. To this end, he systematically collaborates in teaching as well as in research and development with users and representatives of knowledge from professional and social practice at the cutting edge of technology.

In transformative research, which is oriented towards social problems and develops concrete transformation paths, Mike Friedrichsen sees himself as part of the international scientific community.

It is particularly important to Mike Friedrichsen to take into account the special characteristics of people and to make the most of their talents and abilities, regardless of educational background, gender, social or ethnic origin.

With his current teaching and research concepts, Mike Friedrichsen wants to contribute to a future-oriented, internationally competitive digital competence education. The basis for this will be scientifically sound and research-oriented study programs geared to the requirements and framework conditions of the digital world.

Mike Friedrichsen's academic profile is thus interdisciplinary in the areas of digital economy, digital technologies, digital communication and digital culture.

Mike Friedrichsen wants - also with the new foundation of a university - to lead the current learning successively into a completely new basic understanding of learning behavior and knowledge transfer. The vision is that through the adaptation of an optimal digital learning environment as well as the possibility of a completely individualized study, combined with the unrivaled flexibility of a social-interactive platform, digital competencies can be continuously built. This further development is strictly based on digital philosophy and bound to research, which decisively characterizes Mike Friedrichsen's claim to innovation. Mike Friedrichsen thus aims not least to continue the Humboldtian idea in a contemporary form.

Mike Friedrichsen wants to contribute to the establishment of Digital Science, and his central assumptions are:

»     The digital world is part of the real world, it changes the real world qualitatively and quantitatively.

»  The digital world is becoming the "brain of humanity," as memory, working memory, decision maker, and reaction (action).


»    Artificial intelligence becomes a hierarchical concept from general artificial intelligence to individual artificial intelligence. The hierarchy can be understood and preferred as abstract, linked, centralized or distributed.

»  Political, economic, cultural and emancipatory issues and the respective social and economic power relations play a role in deciding (humanity decision) whether and which technologies and systems (we e.g. artificial intelligence) will take a dominant position and how autonomous decisions can be made in the future.

»   Digital Science is both philosophy about the pervasiveness, interconnectedness, and primacy of digital media and their intelligent nodes in human society - and the generation of the necessary knowledge about their technical development parameters, steps, and possibilities.

» Digital Science aims to be an important reflection surface for individual, collective, social, and political decision-making, generating verified knowledge about the nature of human beings in digital space, as well as about digital space and its own laws.

» Digital Science uses, not least, the method of participant observation from the social sciences; it helps shape the digital space, promotes and develops innovations, sensitizes people to decisions, and stimulates discussion about the publication of scientific findings in society as a whole (globally).

» Digital Science evaluates existing ethical evaluation systems and promotes their further development, draws attention to contradictions and seeks solutions. It defines and researches terms from the digital world and strives for semantic mediation in a global context.

»    The core of Digital Science is digital space as a technical, social, economic, and political medium.