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Almost exactly 24 years to the day, Prof. Dr. Dr. Heribert Popp Professor at the Deggendorf Technical University (THD). He was appointed on March 15, 1997, and was officially retired on March 10, 2021 with a special honor. As a professor of mathematics, business informatics, knowledge management and artificial intelligence, the 67-year-old taught at the Faculty of Applied Economics in the areas of e-business, information management / knowledge management and business informatics.

“You have had the greatest impact on teaching at the university and the university itself over the past 20 years”, thanked President Prof. Dr. Peter Sperber. In memory of this time and as an honor, he presented a certificate of honor, a medal and a pocket watch with the THD logo engraved on it. "The subjects that you teach are not easy fare. Nevertheless, you always managed to get the students excited about them," said Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sikorski. As a pioneer and expert in the fields of virtual teaching, blended learning and in-service training, Heribert Popp can look back on some of the highlights of his career.

Heribert Popp recognized the advantage of virtual teaching early on. In 1998 he started using digital teaching materials in his classes. In order to further spread the virtual teaching at the THD and to give it a stronger foothold, he set up the competence center e-learning at the TH Deggendorf from 2006 to 2015 and managed it. Up until then he had also gained experience in virtual teaching at the Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb), which he helped set up from 2000. As a joint institution with 31 universities, the vhb promotes and supports the development of digital lectures in Bavaria and advocates cross-university use. Heribert Popp's vhb Mathematics I course is still one of the most popular courses to this day. Also in 2000 he installed Bavaria's first further education course, which was also characterized by a high proportion of virtual teaching (blended learning): the bachelor's degree in business informatics. With the education channel BR-Alpha he initiated television lectures for the course. A total of 320 broadcasts were made. In 2002 the THD produced the first graduates in Germany who had completed at least 50 percent of their lectures with digital materials. Heribert Popp recognized in 2014 that blended learning and artificial intelligence can be combined well. He developed the first concept of an early warning system for students at risk. Shortly before retirement, he found another major project in the development and implementation of the newly introduced Artificial Intelligence course. "In September we will say goodbye to the first AI graduates across Germany," Heribert Popp says proudly.

Anyone who has worked as a professor for so long doesn't just stop. In the coming summer semester, Heribert Popp will take on eleven hours of the semester week and will stay with his colleagues and students. He wants to spend his newly won free time with his second passion: cycling.

A new member of the Applied Economics Faculty of the Deggendorf University of Technology (THD) has been Prof. Dr. Christian Mandl. The newly appointed professor would like to realign the major in procurement & logistics and place a stronger focus on the topics of digitization, data analytics and data analysis as well as artificial intelligence (AI). In addition, Mandl has set himself the goal of researching the potential of AI and data analytics in the operational areas of purchasing, production planning and logistics. In this direction, cooperations with medium-sized companies in the region are to be established and expanded.

"The future-oriented orientation of the THD with the upcoming center for digitization technologies fits perfectly with my research focus on data-driven analysis and optimization of operational processes," explains the native of Osterhofen. An essential point for him to switch from the management consultancy McKinsey to the university. Mandl's research moves at the interface between business administration, mathematics and computer science. "I am particularly concerned with the development of mathematical models and AI for the effective control of operational procurement, logistics and warehousing processes from a risk perspective," says the professor. These models are particularly relevant for companies whose raw material prices or customer demand fluctuate significantly. Mandl studied at the Technical University of Munich and did his doctorate. During his doctorate, he took the opportunity to do an academic visit to Cornell University, one of the eight Ivy League elite universities in the USA. Mandl later joined McKinsey as a management consultant. There he advised clients from the automotive, chemical and consumer goods industries around the world on the digital transformation of procurement and logistics processes.

Prof. Mandl would like to bring the students closer to the basics and current developments in a practical way. Industry 4.0, digitization, data analytics and big data are important keywords here. The new THD professor attaches great importance to interdisciplinarity and wants to emphasize the connection between economics and other disciplines such as computer science or psychology. Mandl is also happy to provide advice and assistance to young founders on the THD start-up campus. The economist brings personal experience with him from his own logistics start-up prelytico.

The 33-year-old, who describes himself as level-headed and determined, likes to spend his free time doing sports and outdoors. In addition, traveling is one of his passions.

Those who have already started their studies do not always know what future day-to-day work awaits them. Many factors play a role in this. On Saturday, January 16, students of the International Management course had the chance to speak to five people from the world of business. The title International Management Practice Day was primarily about the path to an international career and, of course, what constitutes professional life. Prof. Dr. Adrian Hubel organized the day for the students and plans to repeat it every year in the future.

Marietta Holweger, Recruiter Otto Group, answered numerous questions from the students on the subject of CVs and job interviews. One important recommendation, for example, was to clearly describe the specific tasks that were taken on during the internship. In addition, it is especially important to be honest and authentic in the job interview.

Steffen Kaiser, Chief Financial Officer Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, was able to give detailed insight into the career opportunities in the industry as a board member of a very well-known company. He recommended that students set clear and realistic goals and ensure that they are achieved. And to act according to the motto “Underpromise but Overdeliver”.

Andrea Becke, Senior Manager Accenture, gave important insights into the advantages of working as a consultant and was able to relieve students of the fear of a sometimes suboptimal work-life balance. Immediately after the very motivating lecture and the great overview of the exciting world of management consulting, some students already gave the feedback to consider starting a career in the industry.

Sylvio Eichhorst, Head of Global Finance & Procurement KWS Group, worked as an auditor at KPMG for 18 years and was active in both Germany and the USA. He gave an extensive and very competent insight into the world of the "Big 4" auditing companies. Since he also has more than six years of experience in high management positions in the industry, he was able to provide very important information on the question of the development opportunities for students in different areas of the company.

Elodie Brinck, Supply Chain Management Coca-Cola HBC, as a former international management student who is still at the beginning of a successful career, gave an overview of her internships and her career so far. Above all, it also gave an excellent overview of the topics of internship applications and the world of job interviews and assessment centers at large corporations.

At the beginning of the year, the Deggendorf University of Technology (THD) and the Niederbayern Chamber of Industry and Commerce traditionally provided information about the tax changes that will come into force in the new year. Due to the pandemic, the event was held digitally for the first time for member companies of the Lower Bavaria Chamber of Commerce and students of the business administration course. With over 170 participants, a record was set at the same time, reports Prof. Dr. Ralf Alefs, Professor of Tax Law: “We are particularly pleased that the digital format was immediately well received. This means that the cooperation between the THD and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce could be continued very successfully even in these special times. "

The tax changes focused on the tax consequences of the corona pandemic. Patrick Lerbs, tax advisor at the law firm Dr. Kittl and Partner, informed about the many new individual regulations. The tax incentives for the home office, the tax treatment of the corona bonus for hospital employees and nursing staff, the temporary sales tax reduction and many other corona-related tax changes were discussed. In addition, the various Corona aid programs such as the various bridging aids, including the current November and December aid for the economy, were an important topic. Another focus was, among other things, tax breaks in the context of electromobility in order to support the breakthrough for electric vehicles.

The Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences (THD) receives with Prof. Tobias M. Nickel a renowned professor from business. In his specialist field “Organizational Psychology and Diagnostics” he deals with the many possible uses of psychology in business. From personnel selection, through marketing, sales, strategy, to communication and change. The focus is on the experience and behavior of people in organizations.

Prof. Nickel knows the important role psychology plays in business. After completing his doctorate at the University of Regensburg, he worked in a number of companies devoted to psychological management consulting before joining BMW. After completing the International Trainee Program, he was head of various areas such as technology, sustainability and motorsport communication, global recruiting and marketing communication. He was then able to contribute his psychology know-how as Head of Marketing and Communication at the DRÄXLMAIER Group.

At THD, he is particularly interested in the combination of internationality and a down-to-earth approach. That and his curiosity contributed to the professional step to the THD. Prof. Nickel sees the key to success in professional life in seeing all the small, good decisions that ultimately contribute to success. For him, it's not about an external success, but an internal one. So about the knowledge that you have given everything.

Of course Sigmund Freud's theories influenced Prof. Nickel, but in addition to the famous psychologist, many of his superiors have shaped him on his career path. From Norbert Reithofer, Hendrik von Kuenheim to Fritz Dräxlmaier, to name just a few. In addition to these personalities, the separation of BMW and Rover, in which Prof. Nickel was able to experience and shape the change in organization and culture at first hand, shaped his professional life. Therefore, he knows from his own experience about the positive effects that psychology can achieve in business. His goal at the THD is therefore to also become active with research projects on business psychology.

He always has an open ear for his students. In the lectures he relies on a combination of theory and lived practice. He combines the known with the new to create the surprising. Outside the classroom, Prof. Nickel is drawn to nature and his family when he is not renovating his farm or restoring motorcycles.

Dr. Andreas Grötsch has been a new professor at the Deggendorf University of Technology (THD) since October. Tax compliance, criminal tax law and corporate social responsibility are the subjects he teaches at the Faculty of Applied Economics. Students who attend his lectures should help avoid criminal tax proceedings in the future.

As a lawyer in a Munich law firm, he has already been able to help many people in hopeless situations. That shaped him, but also drives him. From his experience he knows that knowledge of tax compliance and criminal tax law is in great demand in companies. Due to the ever more complex legislation and expanded investigative powers of the authorities, both areas are gaining in importance. Likewise the topic of corporate social responsibility. In his opinion, companies should look into this. Because in the future they will only be successful in the long term if they take sustainability aspects into account in addition to financial goals. He would now like to share his passion for his job as a teacher. As a lecturer, he has been doing this part-time for 15 years. The professorship is now a new challenge for him.

With Andreas Grötsch, THD has gained an extremely competent new addition. He studied business administration and law in Munich. This was followed by a doctorate in criminal tax law. He has been working for the renowned law firm Wannemacher & Partner in Munich for over 20 years. One of his best decisions, as he says himself. He supplemented his qualifications part-time with qualifications as a specialist lawyer for tax law, tax advisor, specialist advisor for international tax law and a certified executor. In addition, Andreas Grötsch has been a member of the examination committee for tax consultants at the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance for over 10 years. The professorship is a task that he is very much looking forward to, but has not completely given up his work in Munich. He will teach part-time at the THD and can always provide the students with the latest practical examples.