As a result of digitalization, the core areas of the university are changing. In addition to a modern digital infrastructure, innovative processes in research, teaching and administration are to be introduced throughout. New trends in digitalization — for example in the field of virtualization, but also in the areas of e-learning and e-science — are to be identified early on and implemented if appropriate. Students and employees are fully involved in the steps toward digitalization and will be trained and advised accordingly.
In research, the focus is primarily on the management of research data, from collecting raw data to archiving, as well as on support in publishing with Open Access. Virtual research environments will also be created.
The e-learning starter package, which is financed by the Rectorate, marks the beginning of the change project on digitalization in teaching. The focus of this project is not on digitalization itself, but on teaching objectives and students' needs. The digitalization measures in teaching are to be aligned with the teaching policy of the University of Stuttgart, “Teaching and Learning with Digital Formats and Teaching New Skills for the Digital World”. The guideline emphasizes that the University of Stuttgart sees itself as a classroom university, but wants to provide creative digital teaching and learning environments in addition to this.
The digitalization program “Step by Step to Digital Processes”, adopted by the University in 2018, aims to make work processes in administration more efficient, effective and secure. In place of the Rectorate, Chancellor Jan Gerken and the Vice Rector for Information Technology (CIO), Dr. Simone Rehm, are acting as sponsors. For the time being, four projects are being launched as part of this program. A central ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system is to be established in order to optimally support the financial processes in central administration as well as in the departments and the central institutions. The Digital Invoice Workflow project is intended to create the prerequisites for electronic invoice processing. An information event regarding this project will take place on April 4, 2019. Other projects include the establishment of a digital travel management system and the implementation of electronic time tracking.