E-Government: Challenges and Chances
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As an E-Government Specialist, it’s your job to redefine workflows, processes and organisational structures in the public and private sectors by implementing practical and purposeful software solutions and services.
Planning, designing and implementing solutions based on cutting edge technology requires abstract thinking, an analytical mindset and excellent communication skills. You‘ll acquire these skills and more over the course of our E-Government programme as you prepare for the complex challenges of this field and build up expertise not only in information and communication technology, but also in essential interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. You’ll discover the special demands of administration, acquire an expert’s eye for suitable commercial solutions, and familiarise yourself well with the legal framework surrounding your field.
What you will study
The first semesters are an introduction to the field of E-Government and its particular challenges and demands. During the first four semesters you’ll acquire a solid grounding in information and communication technologies and explore analytical and methodological instruments such as process modelling. This phase also includes the well-founded study of the economic, legal, organisational and societal conditions of the field.
In the fifth semester, the emphasis shifts to the in-depth analysis of current issues faced by administrative and commercial organisations and the development of potential solutions.
During the sixth semester you’ll undertake either an internship in an administrative position or you’ll enhance your studies with an exchange semester at a university abroad.
Your studies conclude with a thesis in the seventh and final semester.
Our graduates are confident, interdisciplinary experts sought after in a wide range of fields. As a graduate, you’ll know how to integrate cutting edge technical solutions coupled with innovative organisational and communication models into the public authorities at the local, state and federal level, in European institutions and in the private sector. An E-Government degree is very versatile, as it provides solid preparation not only for a careers in project management or coordination roles, but also in IT and technical departments, management control as well as distribution and purchasing departments in the private and public sectors.
This programme is also ideal for future entrepreneurs interested in founding a business the right way.
We welcome applications from nationals of all countries. Please check here for general admission requirements.
Other requirements for E-Government, B.Sc.:
- A sufficient level of German language proficiency (CEFR level B2 or better).
- Interest in computer science, business administration and administrative organisation, working in exiting interdisciplinary teams, and solving scientific and technical challenges.
What else should I bring to the course?
The following knowledge and skills will prove very useful:
- Logical thinking skills and enjoyment of mathematics
- Previous programming experience
- Solid command of English
- Good presentation skills, particularly for new ideas
- Teamwork skills
The decision to pursue a degree with a concentration in Computer Science is ultimately a personal one. Nobody should feel pressured into pursuing a degree because there’s a lack of specialists in a certain field or because a certain degree programme is offered nearby. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why so many students drop out of these programmes within the first year. If math has always been a thorn in your side, then degrees involving Computer Science are best avoided. However, if you merely lack a solid background in mathematics, but not the motivation or talent to make up for it, then you’re in the right place. We’ll provide you with the mathematical knowledge and tools you’ll need to succeed.
If you’re considering a degree in E-Government, note that the Faculty of Communication and Environment offers you additional ways to learn more about the degree programme and its content. We welcome and encourage you to sit in on different lectures during our Sneak Study event, visit us during our annual Open Day or arrange individual visits to lectures during the semester!
This degree programme also offers the opportunity to combine vocational and academic elements. Please find more information here.
Please find more information on our new dual study programme in block mode here.
When and how to apply
Application guidelines for international applicants
Please contact us for more information and advice
Friedrich-Heinrich-Allee 25, Germany
Tel.: +49 2842 90825-0
Head of Degree Programme
Prof. Dr.Timo Kahl
Prof. Dr. Tobias Siebenlist
Tel: +49 2842-90825-9821
Degree programme related questions:
For all other questions, please contact our Student Service Center:
Prospective students can find a contact form and FAQs here.
Rhine-Waal students can find a contact form and FAQs here.
Exchange students please contact our International Office.
Place of study
Duration of study
7 semesters of full-time study, 9 semesters of dual-vocational study, or 8 semesters of dual-vocational study in block mode
Full-time or dual studies
Bachelor of Science
No preparatory internship necessary
Please not the following admission requirements for dual studies:
Dual-vocational study: Apprenticeship contract at a cooperating training company in Germany
Dual-vocational study in block mode: Training contract in administrative computer science at a cooperating NRW government agency