The CORE principle stands for "Competence Oriented Research and Education". The study model places active and independent learning at the centre. Over the course of the study program, our students acquire comprehensive knowledge and learn how to apply it optimally. The lecturers who accompany them bring in their work experience to act as mentors and guarantee application-oriented teaching. This results in an inspiring learning environment which benefits the students, their teachers and future employers.


Competence orientation

Competences required in today’s job market are fostered by our competence orientation.

Constructive alignment

Learning outcomes, examination methods plus teaching and learning methods are coordinated in such a way that students achieve the desired learning goal.


Classroom campus

Facilities that are adapted to the respective teaching and learning method provide optimal learning conditions. Our flexible equipment supports active learning and teaching. The equipment is based on the needs of the disciplines and faculties. The SRH University also provides spaces for informal learning.

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Focus on the learning result

Learning and learning results are the main focus of all programs and modules.

Competence oriented examination methods

The various examination methods are tailored to the respective module and designed to highlight the learning result and measure the associated competences.


Activating teaching and learning methods

Through numerous learning methods, like case studies, seminars, group work, presentations and role-playing, deep processing mechanisms are activated to enable learning.

Sequential learning

Studies are structured in five-week blocks during which the students intensively work on practical tasks, often together with real companies. Instead of grouped exam periods, evidence of their progress is measured continuously and sequentially, both chronologically and in terms of content.

Thematic modules

Thematic modules with project, problem- or action-specific contents reflect the actual requirements in future professional practice.


Total Quality Management

The CORE principle is being constantly developed under careful consideration of the following perspectives:

  • What new requirements have emerged in the job market and how can they be implemented into the studies?

  • What do our students already possess when they come here, and what do they need?

  • What new scientific findings need to be considered and implemented?

  • What individual experiences can we, as a learning organization, feed into the further development of the CORE principle?