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Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences at the 3rd Thuringian E-Government Congress

Frau Polster mit Studierenden

Prof. Regina Polster (r.) mit Studierenden der Hochschule Schmalkalden beim E-Government Kongress in Erfurt.

Around 500 employees from all Thuringian administrations came together at the 3rd Thuringian E-Government Congress to further advance the digitization of administration.

"The digitalization of administration is increasingly becoming a location factor. That is why we want to expand Thuringia's leading position together with the municipalities. The 3rd Thuringian E-Government Congress is our central networking meeting to continue tackling the challenges of digitalization head-on," said Dr. Hartmut Schubert, State Secretary of Finance and CIO of the Free State of Thuringia.

The congress is a condensed working meeting of the Thuringian administrations. In 24 presentations, the working fields of administrative digitization were highlighted. Experts from local, state and federal authorities presented current topics in Erfurt. Prof. Dr. Regina Polster and Prof. Dr. Sven Müller-Grune from Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences were present: they discussed the necessary qualification measures for the digitalization of administration and presented the current study opportunities in the Bachelor of Administrative Informatics/E-Government and E-Government Project Manager (further education) to the specialist audience.

The interdisciplinary eGovernment Competence Center at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences was also presented as part of a workshop on the written form requirement in digital communication with public authorities. This written form, which has been practised for decades, is a major obstacle to the digitalization of administrative activities, even though it does not have to be. The aim of the very well-attended workshop was therefore to present the legal possibilities that already exist and to encourage people to digitize.

The Competence Center offers support and scientific advice to municipalities and state administrations on legal, IT and process issues in e-government projects.