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Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
Weingarten, Germany


University description (as per official university website)


A very attractive feature of the Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten (University of Applied Sciences) is its location on the town’s outskirts. Some 2,200 young men and women (thereof nine percent international guests) study on the extensive campus instructed by 70 professors and a similar number of external lecturers.

With its some 4,500 students enrolled at the Hochschule and the Pädagogische Hochschule (University of Education), Weingarten offers many advantages compared to overcrowded metropolitan cities. The wide variety of courses on offer at both universities in the fields of engineering science, computer science, social science, educational science, and journalism helps to expand the university members‘ knowledge and understanding beyond their own field of study.

In 1971, the Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten emanated from the Staatliche Ingenieurschule Ravensburg (State Engineering School Ravensburg) founded in 1964. Since 1982, the university has been located on the so-called „Töbele“. Töbele is the diminutive of „Tobel“ and refers to the deep and narrow canyon at the edge of the FH area, where a small creek winds its way.

Sometimes luck is on your side. The only important thing is to be in the right place at the right moment. This is what happened, in a figurative sense, at the Weingarten Hochschule. In the year 1997, the neighbouring international Bundeswehr military school moved out of the Welfen Barracks leaving an extensive area with four large buildings. These were reconstructed with the financial support of the Land Baden-Wurttemberg and now house lecture rooms and laboratories for the degree courses Social Work, Technology Management and Production & Management.

Our „Kind of Student“

Young people seeking a sound practice-oriented education which quickly leads to a degree (regular time of study is 8 semesters for the Diplom and 6 or 7 semesters for the Bachelor’s degree) are in good hands with us. Furthermore, it is important that our students are prepared to work on their own initiative and responsibility and are willing to learn how to learn.

Our „Dream Applicant“

Our dream applicants are open to new experiences. They complete one semester of their main studies at one of our partner universities abroad and spend their second practical semester (second internment) in a business enterprise, e.g. in Australia, Africa or North America. It would be a perfect dream if they did not keep these new experiences to themselves but shared them with the other university members.

Secret Tip for those Interested

Many degree courses are completely booked out in the winter semester. Thus, those who want to increase their chances of being accepted should apply for the summer semester. Closing date: 15 January.


1962 to 1982 1983 to 1997 1998 to 2006

1962 to 1982

December 1962: Decision by the Baden-Wurttemberg government to build a school of engineering (Staatliche Ingenieurschule – SIS) for mechanical engineering.

October 1964: Opening of the „Staatliche Ingenieurschule Ravensburg“ and commencement of teaching in two departments: Mechanical engineering and Physics technology.

Provisional accomodation of the SIS in a furniture warehouse leased in an industrial zone in Ravensburg (Deisenfang). Construction of a pavilion on this area.

1964/65: Architect’s competition for a new building for 750 students in the western suburb of Ravensburg.

September 1965: Planning stop as a result of the Land’s tight budget situation.

July 1967: The first students graduate as engineers.

October 1971: Transition of the Staatliche Ingenieurschulen to Fachhochschulen (University of Applied Sciences). Introduction of the Constitution for universities with a rector, breakdown into departments and degree courses: Mechanical engineering and Physics technology.

November 1971: Decision of the Land government: The Fachhochschule to be transferred to Weingarten.

February 1971: Degree : “Graduierter Ingenieur – Ing. (grad.)“ (graduate engineer)

September 1972: The first students take up their practical semester (internship)

March 1973: First elected rector: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karl Dieter, vice-rector: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Brauch

April 1973: Constitution of the Senat in compliance with the new Higher Education Act for Fachhochschulen

June 1973: Planning of the new Fachhochschule building on the Töbele in Weingarten for 1,000 students, three technical and two non-technical departments, estimated costs: 30 million euros.

February 1974: The Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs wishes for a department of electronics to be established and entrusts the Fachhochschule with the planning of a non-technical degree course business administration.

March 1974: Cut-back in the planning to 800 students, three technical departments, one non-technical department, estimated costs: 20 million euros.

April 1974: Planning order by the Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs for a non-technical degree course Social Pedagogics

May 1974: Introduction of the degree course Electronics within the department of Physics Technology

October 1975: Cut-back in the planning to 600 students, three technical departments on the Töbele, Weingarten, and at the Centre of Natural Sciences (Naturwissenschaftliches Zentrum) of the Weingarten University of Education, estimated costs: 15 million euros

October 1976: Start of the public Wednesday seminars

November 1976: Students strike against discrimination regarding admission restrictions and against accommodation in provisional rooms

March 1977: Transfer of lectures to rooms located in the Naturwissenschaftliche Zentrum of the Weingarten University of Education

October 1977: The Structural Plan for Universities of the Land government provides: FH Ravensburg with 200 places each for the departments Mechanical Engineering, Physics Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Social Pedagogics on a permanent basis, as well as 100 places in Engineering on a temporary basis

February 1978: The first engineers with an Ing. (grad.) degree graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

March 1978: The completed construction plans of the FH main building on the Töbele, Weingarten, are submitted to the Regional Finance Office for approval by the Land government

May 1978: The new fundamental order is adopted including the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Physics Technology, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering

August 1978: Transfer of the chemistry and materials testing laboratories to the Weingarten Naturwissenschaftliche Zentrum.

August 1978: Preparations to build a new students‘ restaurant for both universities of Weingarten

July 1979: Start of construction work on the new building at the Töbele

October 1979: Laying of the foundation stone at the Töbele

February 1980: The first engineers with a Diplom degree graduate from the FH

October 1980: Start of the degree course „Social Work“

October 1981: 150 new students are admitted to the winter semester

July 1982: Definite removal of the Fachhochschule Ravensburg to Weingarten

October 1982: Teaching starts at the FH main building in Doggenriedstrasse, Weingarten, the department of Social Work moves to the Schlossbau on the Martinsberg

1983 to 1997

April 1984: celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the university, SS 83 for the first time more than 1000 students, 22nd April Inauguration of the New Building in Töbele

1986: 20th anniversary of the “Association of Friends and Supporters”

June 1987: introduction of the new “Technical Informatics” course (half course) in FB E

August 1987: start of cooperation with Sunderland Polytechnic in Great Britain

October 1987: completion and start-up of Mensa

Summer semester 1989: cooperation agreement signed with Sunderland Polytechnic

Winter semester 1989/1990: 25 years of the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg Weingarten

March 1990: third elected Vice Chancellor: Professor Zibold, Prorector Professor Schrök

October 1990: partnership agreement with Brest Polytechnic Institute

Winter semester 1990/1991: further expansion of foreign relations: Sunderland, Lyon, St. Etienne

February 1992: 1408 students, including 219 women; 76 graduates, including 10 women

Winter semester 1992/1993: further expansion of foreign relations: Sofia, Varna, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Lyon, Vigo, Brest, Ostrava, Sarajevo, USA and Singapore 1419 students, including 235 women, 60 foreign students, 180 first-year students

November 1993: graduate receives science prize from the Zeppelinstiftung Foundation in Friedrichshafen

Winter semester 1993/1994: name change: "Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten" - university for engineering and social management

November 1995: Zeppelin-Jugendstiftung Youth Foundation award to graduates of University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg Weingarten

January 1996: existence foundation day at the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg Weingarten

March 1996: open day, new “Management” course as further education

June 1996: cooperation with the Ravensburg School of Design

November 1996: Prof. Georgi receives a prize for innovative knowledge transfer from the state of Baden-Württemberg at the “Teaching Day”

April 1997: exhibition of mobile Mars robots at the Hanover trade fair

June 1997: cooperation agreement concluded with Ohio University USA

December 1997: Vice Chancellor and Prorector election: Vice Chancellor: Professor Peter Jany; Prorector: Professor Hans-Jürgen Adermann
1998 to 2006

March 1998: Professor Peter Jany becomes new Vice Chancellor.

Winter semester 1998/99: 279 first-year students

Winter semester 1998/99: new course Technology Management, new field of study Multimedia Engineering within Applied Computer Science

Winter semester 1998/99: 60 foreign students from 16 countries

December 1998: Science Ministry decree: The university may use the English designation "University of Applied Sciences” in its international business.

July 1999: 1st edition of the university magazine Konzepte

27. October 1999: 1st Management Symposium with Dr h.c. Helmut O. Maucher, President of the Administrative Board at Nestlé, and Dr Rolf A. Hanssen, Chairman of the Board of Directors at MTU Friedrichshafen

Winter semester 1999/2000: 280 first-year students Mechatronics course (English-speaking master’s)

Winter 1999: six students of the university organise a beach party in the Panzerhalle of the former Guelph Barracks, attended by 1200 young people.

March 2000: the Institute for Applied Research (IAF) publishes a “Who’s Who” of Weingarten research under the name “Experts’ Profile”.

Spring 2000: the University advertises for the first time with a poster campaign. The posters with the slogan “Die Industrie sucht händeringend Ingenieure“ (industry is desperately looking for engineers) hang on 200 advertising pillars in the Ravensburg and Lake Constance districts.

Winter semester 2000/2001: 385 first-year students

Winter semester 2000/2001: new course Production and Management, new field of study "Optical Systems Engineering" within Physical Engineering; the Electrical Engineering course is renamed "Information and Communication Technology".

Creation of the data network for both Weingarten universities at a cost of 3.3 million DM.

October 2000: the University Council (Hochschulrat) meets for the first time, which is comparable to a corporate supervisory board.

Professor Silvia Keller and Professor Hans Walz receive the State Teaching Award 2000 for their conception and implementation of a multimedia seminar, in which students of Social Work, Computer Science and Design, create a multimedia project together.

March 2001: the University Council's internationalisation concept is endorsed. The University defines itself as a regional university with global orientation.

July 2001: international telematics conference at the University with 140 top experts from four continents

Winter semester 2001/2002: 367 first-year students

Winter semester 2001/2002: new course "Business Informatics & E-Business"; new field of study E-Business & Sales within Technology Management

Winter semester 2001/2002: student corporate consultation “creative“ and the Weingarten section of the "Deutschen Management Gesellschaft e.V." (German Management Association) founded at the University.

The University receives one million marks from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This grant is to fund expanded cooperation with universities abroad over the next three years and to establish an International Quality Network (IQN).

December 2001: for the first time, universities in Baden-Württemberg must draw up long-term structure and development plans and update them regularly. The structure and development plan for the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg Weingarten is agreed at the sixth meeting of the University Council on 10th December 2001 and is valid for 2002 to 2006.

Summer semester 2002: new fields of study of Automotive Mechatronics within Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Process Engineering within Physical Engineering. Three new bachelor courses, Social Work becomes a full rather than a half course (i.e. students are admitted in the winter and summer semesters).

June 2002: the Guelph Barracks are history, the Guelph Campus is the present and future. Five converted and renovated buildings are passed to the University of Applied Sciences and the University of Education amidst a celebration with much political prominence. The University of Applied Sciences receives four buildings with approx. 5000 square metres of floor space. Three courses have settled there: Production & Management, Technology Management and Social Work.

Winter semester 2002/2003: 407 first-year students are recorded.

Winter semester 2002/2003: 801 young people from all over the world apply for the 20 places on the English-speaking post-graduate Mechatronics course.

Winter semester 2002/2003: two new occupational master’s courses: "International Business Engineering" and "Social and Healthcare Management"

Winter semester 2002/2003: 135 foreign students from 41 countries

November 2002: 5th Career Day with 55 exhibitors and 1300 visitors

March 2003: the University’s new website is available worldwide.

Winter semester 2003/2004: record count of 1916 students

2004: the University celebrates its 40th birthday. The highlight of the events in the anniversary year is the Alumni Celebration on 27th November 2004.

Winter semester 2004/2005: the bachelor’s Physical Engineering course replaces the Diploma course of the same name. The “Business & Management” bachelor's course is completely new.

Winter semester 2004/2005: more than 2000 students enrolled for the first time.

January 2005: Henning Rudewig replaces Peter Holländer as the Director of Administration.

Summer semester 2005: two new master’s courses are established: “Environmental & Process Engineering” together with the University of Constance and the Zürcher University Winterthur under the umbrella of the Lake Constance university network, Internationale Bodenseehochschule (IBH), and Optical Systems Engineering with the Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology Buchs (Switzerland), also under the umbrella of the Lake Constance university network (IBH).

Spring 2005: the University’s name in German is changed from "Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten" to "Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten".

2005: 25 years of the “Social Work" course

Winter semester 2005/2006: the University only offers bachelor’s and master’s courses. The Automotive Engineering and Pedagogics of Nursing courses restart.

Winter semester 2006/2007: three new courses: Automotive Engineering PLUS and Computer Science (master's) and Business Informatics (master’s).

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