University of Wuppertal

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University of Wuppertal
founding 1972 (as a comprehensive university)
Sponsorship MKW NRW (state)
place Wuppertal
state North Rhine-Westphalia
country Germany
Rector Lambert T. Koch
Students 23,000 (WS 2019/20)
Employee ≈ 3,651 (2018)
including professors 260 (2016)
Annual budget ≈ € 110 million (2014)
Networks DFH , IAU

The University of Wuppertal - short Uni Wuppertal and unofficially UW , English University of Wuppertal  - was established in 1972 as part of the NRW -Bildungsinitiative as a comprehensive university founded. Since 2003 it has been run under its current name as a university. In the 2019/20 winter semester, almost 23,000 students studied at the university, including around 4,000 freshmen . These were taught by 260 professors in around 1030 courses at three university locations. Around a hundred courses were offered during the same period.

The university has a wide range of subjects with many interdisciplinary links and courses such as security technology or media design , which are offered in Wuppertal in a unique or special way. However, it is not a classic full university : The medical and law faculties are missing. Above all, the areas of physics, architecture and design regularly achieve good placements in comparative studies, the area of ​​start-up qualification has already been awarded several times as the best in Germany, and the area of ​​teacher training courses is also one of the leading in Germany. Members of the university regularly receive awards and honors for scientific achievements, and many other scientists are represented in national and international committees and institutes. In addition, Rector Lambert T. Koch has been elected among the best university rectors in Germany every year since 2010.

2016 there were almost 420 research groups, one on regional DFG - Collaborative Research Center and a DFG Research Training Group . The university is involved in major international research projects such as IceCube , the Pierre Auger Observatory or the LHC Computing Grid and provides some of the most important scientists in these areas. With Pleiades and QPACE , two of the most powerful data centers in the world are located here. A more recent event is the discovery of the terahertz source, which is considered a milestone in terahertz technology. Some of the institutes based at the university, such as the Martin Heidegger Institute , the European Institute for International Economic Relations or the Biblical Archaeological Institute , are also of national importance.



The building of the former Royal Prussian Building
Trade School for Elberfeld-Barmen , today part of the Haspel campus

As one of the first predecessor institutes, a higher trade school was founded in the valley of the Wupper in 1863 , which trained engineers. Since 1898 it was called the Royal United Mechanical Engineering School Elberfeld-Barmen . Before that, the Barmer School of Applied Arts in 1894 and the Royal Prussian Building Trade School for Elberfeld-Barmen began teaching in 1897 . In 1900 the Prussian Higher Technical School for the Textile Industry followed in Barmen . After the merger of the districts of Elberfeld and Barmen, the Higher Technical College for the Graphic Arts was established in 1938 .

In the winter semester of 1946, the newly founded Wuppertal Pedagogical Academy began teaching with 200 students. It was continued in 1962, initially as an independent university of education and from 1965 as a department of a new Rhineland University of Education , merged from several locations .

The education branch of the School of Applied Arts was transferred in 1949 to a Werkkunstschule to the new Department of Industrial Design ( Industrial Design ) belonged. From 1963 the independent higher technical school for the graphic industry with the two departments of typography / layout and printing technology was created there. In the winter semester of 1964 the state engineering school for mechanical and electrical engineering in Remscheid started teaching with 400 students, in Wuppertal more than 500 future engineers were studying in this branch at the time. For the engineering school, a new building was started in 1969 in the Wuppertal Fuhlrottstrasse, today's Grifflenberg campus .

Foundation and development

Bergische Universität seen from Nützenberg, Grifflenberg campus

In 1966, the chairman of the local SPD parliamentary group and member of the state parliament, Johannes Rau , proposed the establishment of a scientific society in the city council, which should prepare a university in Wuppertal. As Lord Mayor and Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Heinz Kühn three years later in which he proposed the establishment of a comprehensive university. In August 1971, by resolution of the North Rhine-Westphalian state government, the state engineering schools for mechanical engineering and electrical engineering in Wuppertal and Remscheid, the textile engineering school, the state engineering school for construction, the craft art school Wuppertal and the higher technical school for the graphic industry were combined to form the Wuppertal technical college. Like the new locations in Duisburg , Essen , Paderborn and Siegen at the same time, the building was constructed using the modular principle; the costs amounted to around 270 million marks. On August 1, 1972, the Wuppertal University of Applied Sciences merged with the Wuppertal University of Applied Sciences and the PH Rhineland, Wuppertal department, with around 3500 students.

The Society of Friends of the Bergische Universität was founded as early as 1973 . On July 17, 1974, the founding senate decided on the name "Bergische Universität - Gesamtthochschule Wuppertal", which was only approved by the Ministry of Science after a new resolution by the first elected senate on May 26, 1983. A framework cooperation agreement has been in place with the Technical Academy in Wuppertal since 1976 . The new buildings on the Grifflenberg could be moved into in 1977, the keys were handed over on October 24, 1977. The residential buildings on the “Burse”, which were completed in the same year and which were replaced by 2003, were among the largest student residences in Germany with 600 living spaces. In 1978 the number of students doubled to around 7,000. In the same year the university became a member of the German Research Foundation , and a year later the European Rectors' Conference .

1980 to 2000

A building of the former Colonel General Hoepner barracks acquired in 1994

In 1980, the university was the first comprehensive university to receive a DFG special research area “Quantum theoretical and experimental investigations of the energy states of simple molecules” in the then chemistry department. Exactly ten years after it was founded, 11,000 students were already enrolled. In 1985 the forerunner of the now renowned founding location was established with the science transfer office. In 1987 Siegfried Maser became the new rector of the university. In the same year, the university hall was inaugurated and a new campus for industrial design was built by moving into a former ready-to- wear clothing factory in the Elberfelder Hofaue , and Werner Schriefers handed over 5,000 objects from his art collection ( Schriefers design collection ) to the university . In 1988 the university offered senior courses for the first time . Overload problems arose for the first time as early as 1989 because instead of the planned 8,500 enrolled students, over 16,000 students were enrolled. In the same year, the CRISTA research project began, which brought the university third-party funds of 55 million German marks .

Since there was now also a lack of space on the Haspel campus, the Pauluskirche in the Unterbarmen district was rented as a lecture hall for students of architecture and civil engineering. Erich Hödl became the new rector on October 1st. In 1991, student tutorials were offered for the first time . At the beginning of 1992 the pilot project "University and Financial Autonomy" began with a budget of 140 million marks. By the winter semester of 1994, the number of enrolled students rose to over 18,300, which is why temporary seminar containers were set up opposite today's Building K. At the end of 1994, large parts of the former Generaloberst Hoepner barracks were therefore acquired for the construction of the new location on Freudenberg. In 1995 the university library bought its millionth book. At the same time, the university administration introduced an economically oriented cost accounting and thus tied in with the management approach of financial autonomy. In 1996 the ten thousandth teacher was trained since the pedagogical college opened in 1946. In 1998, the university's new website was named the third best nationwide. The printing technology course was the first to move into the new Freudenberg campus in 1999. On October 1st, Volker Ronge became the new university rector.

2000 to 2010

The rectorate building B, which was newly built by 2004

A council of experts appointed by Minister of Science Gabriele Behler criticized the development planning on February 20, 2001 and found considerable weaknesses in some areas. Within three years, the university had to submit a revised concept with external help. Even the closure of the university was in the room. On June 17, 2002, Volker Ronge and the appointed mediator, Hans N. Weiler, presented the final mediation report to Behler. The report saw a reduction from 13 to seven departments and the creation of a new department for educational research, and it put every third professorship up for potential reallocation. In October of the same year the university celebrated its 30th anniversary with a 24-hour lecture series by numerous speakers, which was attended by up to 3,000 listeners in the Pauluskirche and which became known throughout Germany as the "longest lecture in the world". In 2003 the additional designation "comprehensive university" was dropped, and since then the official name has been "Bergische Universität Wuppertal". In the first half of the year, the first three professorships in the new department for educational research were advertised. The proposed reorganization of the now seven departments A – G came into force in the winter semester 2003/04. Due to a new fee schedule, which affected students with more than one and a half times the normal period of study , the number of students fell in 2004 to just under 12,000. Since the same year, the new rectorate building B between the main building and the canteen wing has housed various university administration bodies and the central student advisory service . In the same year the first combinatorial course started. Since December 2005 it has been possible to register online. On June 14th, it was decided to introduce tuition fees of 500 euros. The first “Research Day” was held on September 2nd.

Since 2006, the university has been one of the partner universities for top-class sport . From 1996 to 2006 the proportion of women among students rose from 36% to over 50%. Like all universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, the university has been a public corporation since January 2007 . On June 29th, Josef Beutelmann , Christiane Spiel , Hans-Udo Klein , Achim Meyer auf der Heyde , Gerhard Hanswille and Friedrich Steinle were appointed as the first members of the new university council. Since the 2007/08 winter semester, it has no longer been possible to enroll in diploma courses as part of the changes resulting from the Bologna process . Because of more than 3000 registrations during this period, larger lectures had to be held in the cinemas of the Elberfeld Cinemaxx . On January 16, 2008, the university made podcasts available on the Internet for the first time. Lambert T. Koch has been Rector of the Bergische Universität since March 12, 2008 . In April 2008 the online course directory "WUSEL" ( Wuppertal University Students Online Portal for Electronic Support for Teaching and Learning Organization ) was set up as part of the nationwide university information system . For the successful increase in the proportion of women in professorships, the university received approx. 1 million euros from the North Rhine-Westphalian structural fund at the end of April 2009 and achieved the second-best result in the country after the University of Paderborn . On April 30, the university introduced a mission statement consisting of six profile lines (see below) .

From 2010

The lecture hall center K, behind it building I.

After the nationwide education strike of the previous year , far-reaching improvements to the structure and organization of the studies were presented on May 19, 2010. Independently of this, the Center for Further Education ZWB was founded in February 2011 , followed shortly afterwards by the familie @ buw service office . The new lecture hall center in Building K was opened on June 22nd and now offers space for over 1500 students in lecture halls and seminar rooms. Since October, the university offers common for students, guest students and senior students a general studies at. After only one year of construction, the new reading and working room of the university library with over 200 individual workstations was opened in March 2012. At the same time, the first edition of the “Graduate Yearbook” was published, which includes graduates from all faculties and is therefore unique in Germany. On June 21, a 1 km long tree nature trail was opened as a circular route with over 40 typical forest and park trees. In the 2012/13 winter semester, a new record was set with almost 4,400 freshmen. The MetaLicht light installation was inaugurated on October 22nd .

The construction site of the building V / W in May 2015

Since the beginning of 2013, the 70 million euro building complex V / W with around 16,500 square meters has been built on Gaußstrasse opposite lecture hall building K, into which the chemistry, biology, mechanical engineering and safety engineering faculties are to move. At the end of June, the university was granted admission to the highest qualification level 4 after successful work on equality and participation in the EU research project “GenderTime”. In January 2014, a barrier-free learning room for students with physical or mental disabilities was opened in Building K as one of the first of its kind in Germany. Anke Kahl and Cornelia Gräsel joined the rectorate on September 1st . Since January 2015, there has been a “material library” comprising around 600 samples on the Haspel campus. The campus app for smartphones was available for the first time in June of the same year . For the 2016/17 winter semester, seven departments were restructured into eight faculties.


University Council


Roland Kischkel has been the chancellor as head of the university administration since 2009 .

The university senate consists of 22 people.

Central facilities

Another part of the organizational structure is the division into several faculties, central facilities, interdisciplinary centers and institutes. The faculties, interdisciplinary centers and institutes are explained in later sections. The central facilities provide cross-faculty academic facilities parallel to the facilities operated within the faculties and primarily serve to support students. They are supported and supervised by their own commissions. The Bergische Universität maintains five central institutions:


The equal opportunities officer has been the social scientist Christel Hornstein since 2000 , who was already the spokeswoman for the state conference of equal opportunities officers at universities. In addition to the 11-person team in the equal opportunities officer’s office, there is a 22-person equal opportunities commission that advises both the university and the equal opportunities officer. The commission consists of four groups (university lecturers, academic employees, other employees, students), permanent guests and the chairperson.

The work of the University's Equal Opportunities Office has received several awards so far. The forward-looking gender equality concept was assessed as positive by the Federal Ministry and awarded three funding commitments for regular professorships. The university received the local innovation award for the “Children's camps in the university” model and is one of the most family-friendly companies in town. The student Jessica Scholz was awarded the internationally renowned Award for Typographic Excellence for the redesign of the equality magazine . The funding line “Paths to Science - A Qualification Program with a Gender Profile” was included as one of the few German examples in the report of the EU project “GENDERA” (Gender Debate in the European Research Area) , which processes the results of exemplary measures from nine partner countries. In 2013, the Bergische Universität was included in qualification level 4 by the German Research Foundation for the implementation of research-oriented equality standards, to which 22 of 68 German universities belonged at the time.

Financial budget

The entire financial budget is around 104 million euros per budget year; in 2014 it was over 110 million euros for the first time. In the period from 2010 to 2015, third-party funding ranged from around 19 to more than 34 million euros; the expenditures of these funds are mostly somewhat lower. In 2014, most of the third-party funding came from the federal government (around EUR 12.1 million), and there was also income from the funding pots of the German Research Foundation (around EUR 8.7 million), from grants from industry and cooperating associations (around EUR 5.8 million) Million euros), from subsidies from the European Union (around 3.9 million euros) and other income (around 3.0 million euros).

Semester fee / tuition fees

Students have to pay a semester fee of 293.38 euros to the university for the 2017/18 winter semester . At all public universities in North Rhine-Westphalia no more tuition fees have been charged since the winter semester 2011/12 . The local semester fees are made up of three factors:

  • Mobility contribution ( semester ticket): 189.38 euros
  • Social contribution ( Studentenwerk ): 89.00 euros
  • Student body fee (administration): 15.00 euros

Senior students , guest students and some second students pay 100 euros. The last tuition fee to be paid before the introduction of the semester fee was € 719.31 in the 2011 summer semester and consisted for the most part (€ 500.00) of the tuition fee, which was added to the three factors currently valid.

Teaching company


In 2015, the university offered 109 courses in eight faculties and the School of Education :

  • Faculty of Humanities - and Cultural Studies
  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics - Schumpeter School of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Science
  • Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Media Technology
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Technology
  • Faculty of Design and Art
  • School of Education

The School of Education is not a separate faculty, as the subject didactics are integrated into the existing faculties and, as a cross-faculty "cross-sectional organization", it is primarily intended to offer opportunities for participation and networking.

Special subjects / professorships

In 1975 the University of Wuppertal introduced the safety engineering course . No other university in Germany offers a degree with a similarly broad focus. In the course of this course, specialist knowledge in fire protection , occupational safety , environmental protection and quality engineering is imparted.

The course media design / design technology has been a novelty in the Federal Republic since the winter semester 2009/10 . The subject can only be studied at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal as a sub-course in the three-year combinatorial course Bachelor of Arts course (BA) with the aim of subsequent professional activity or be studied in the subsequent two-year Master of Education course (M.Ed.).

On July 1, 2010, the international organization UNESCO awarded a UNESCO Chair for Entrepreneurship and Intercultural Management ; of the approximately 600 UNESCO chairs worldwide (as of 2014) eight are in Germany.

Since 2011, the university has been offering the master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology as a distance learning course , which had previously expired at the Hagen Distance Learning University .

In the summer semester of 2013, the Bergische Universität introduced the new Master's degree in Energy Management and Energy Systems in cooperation with the Schumpeter School Foundation , the Technical Academy Wuppertal and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy and other regional companies .

Since March 2014 the university has had a Walbusch endowed chair for “Multi-Channel Management”.

The Master’s degree in Sustainability Management is offered in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy . This enables access to current research results from national and international projects.

In June 2016, with the support of the Vorwerk company, the endowed professorship “Technologies and Management of Digital Transformation” was set up, which is the first professorship in North Rhine-Westphalia to be dedicated to the topic of digital transformation .

Service offers

Quality in study and teaching

The Uniservice Quality in Study & Teaching , QSL for short, has been supporting the faculties in the achievement of jointly developed goals since 2009. On the one hand, it offers students learning and qualification programs that promote socially responsible behavior and the skills required for a non-university career. On the other hand, it ensures that the course can be completed in the standard period of study and that the courses offered are marketable. In addition, there is a central complaints office for student matters that cannot be resolved within a subject. Since 2012, students have also been accompanied in the introductory phase. In the 2015 summer semester, the QSL employed 25 people as quality officers in the dean's offices and as Uniservice QSL in the rector's office.

Information and service teacher training

There is also the service area of ​​the School of Education . It coordinates teacher training according to the Teacher Training Act from and before 2009 and the Teacher Access Ordinance of 2009. It also provides information and advice on mandatory internships for students and stays abroad in the English, French and Spanish sub-courses.

Partner universities

The Bergische Universität maintains a dense network of over 180 university partnerships around the world, which guarantees research and teaching development based on international performance standards. In 2015, these contacts included around 120 universities from the European Erasmus program . As part of the ERASMUS MUNDUS program , which links European master’s courses, the university offers the master’s program in German and French Philosophy in Europe . Outside the European Union there are almost 60 partnerships, of which 31 are from Asia , eleven from Europe , ten from North America , nine from Latin America , three from Africa and one from Australia . In addition, the university participates in the development of new courses in new member states and new partner universities.

Institutes, research & transfer

Institutes and interdisciplinary centers

There are over 40 research institutes and centers at the university.

Some of these are interdisciplinary centers, i.e. centers that combine ways of thinking and methods from different disciplines. The core task of these centers is the networking and coordination of research and competencies. The centers in detail:

Research centers
Other centers
  • Center for Graduate Studies (ZGS)
  • Center for Continuing Education (ZWB)

There are also numerous institutes and research centers that are either institutes of the Bergische Universität or external institutes at the university, so-called affiliated institutes . In contrast to the interdisciplinary centers, institutes are bodies that specialize in a faculty or belong to a faculty, which are also intended to provide more in-depth support for students and to enrich academic events, and also to create and bundle competencies.

The institutes of the Bergische Universität in detail
Associated institutes at the university

In addition, research centers developed early on that deal with external developments, conditions and problems and strive to find optimizing solutions. These research centers are also involved in regional, national or international research projects as well as EU and federal programs. In 2015 there were four such research centers:

  • Research center for municipal sports development planning
  • Research center for more safety in school sports
  • Competence center for advanced training and work design (KomFor)
  • Research Center for Performance Diagnostics and Training Consulting (FLT)

Bergisches competence center for health management

In July 2009, the new Bergisch Competence Center for Health Management and Public Health , BKG for short, was opened as an institution of the university. The courses in health economics and health management are one of the three pillars of the BKG, the others are the Bergische Gesundheitnetzwerk and the BKG Institute. The center was financed and founded by public funds as well as the support of regionally based and nationally operating insurance companies, regional clinics and companies and various private individuals. The course is accompanied by research and application-related concepts to strengthen health literacy.

Biblical-Archaeological Institute

Tall Zira'a settlement

In 1999 the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland founded the Biblical-Archaeological Institute Wuppertal , BAI for short, which is a university institute at the Church University of Wuppertal / Bethel and an institute at the Bergische University. The focus is on excavation projects, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, the application of modern methods in archeology, chemical and mineralogical ceramic research and experimental archeology. Well-known previous projects include the Villa Adriana , the Neolithic village of Ba'ja , the settlement site Tall Zira'a and geophysical prospecting in ancient Greek Olympia . Dieter Vieweger is the head of the institute .

European Institute for International Economic Relations

Headquarters of the EIIW on the Freudenberg campus

In 2008 Paul JJ Welfens , who holds the Chair of Economics at BUW, founded the European Institute for International Economic Relations , or EIIW for short. The EIIW is the first institute of its kind to consider and analyze economic questions and problems from economics and economic policy from a pan-European perspective. In addition to its own projects, the EIIW carries out research and investigation projects for various foundations, governments, international organizations and companies. In addition to some publications, there have already been numerous national and international events.

Institute for Occupational Medicine, Safety Technology and Ergonomics

The Institute for Occupational Medicine , Safety Technology and Ergonomics , ASER for short, was founded in 1985, preceded by the research group Occupational Safety Technology / Ergonomics since 1976 . It is divided into the five areas of "work and health", "information management and work design", "safety technology and hazard protection", "people and traffic" and "fire and disaster control". Various instruments are offered for practically applicable assessment and design of work, including a. the "Load Documentation System" (BDS), the "Screen Questionnaire" (BiFra), the "Lifting and Carrying Calculator" and the "Fire Extinguisher Calculator". The institute is headed by Hansjürgen Gebhardt and Karl-Heinz Lang .

Institute for start-up and innovation research

Since 2003, the University has over the Department of founding - and Innovation Research , named IGIF. It is an interdisciplinary institution and has been part of the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics since 2008 . The institute is dedicated to basic and entrepreneurship research. In addition to the founding processes, the main focus is also on the integration of socially relevant issues. The institute also participates in the development of university curricula and training courses as well as in international research networks. The IGIF thus plays a major role in making the Bergische Universität one of the best start-up locations in Germany. It is jointly managed by Ulrich Brachmann , Lambert T. Koch and Christine Volkmann .

Institute for visionary product and innovation development Visionlabs

In 2001 Gert Trauernicht founded the platform for visionary product development Visionlabs together with Martin Topel . The company acts as a partner in medium to long-term design projects. The idea here is the collaboration of experienced actors with the creative students who represent the interest group of the future. The projects are ultimately carried out in several phases, including the development of the concept and design.

Martin Heidegger Institute

In autumn 2012, the first Martin Heidegger Institute in German-speaking countries was founded at the Bergische Universität. It deals with the works, the teachings and the legacy of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger . According to the former university professor Klaus Held, the idea of ​​founding such an institute was over 40 years old, but Heidegger had always rejected such an institute. The institute is supported by international Heidegger researchers, various philosophers and also the Heidegger family, who already provided otherwise inaccessible documents. With their participation, international events and conferences are to take place in Wuppertal on a regular basis. For example, the philosopher and last private assistant Heidegger, Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann, already came to the university for the founding act , the previous international conferences and research days were, among others, by the philosophers Dean Komel , Luca Di Blasi , Jesús Adrián Escudero , Donatella Di Cesare and Jean-Luc Nancy and the FAZ editor Jürgen Kaube visited.

The institute is headed by founder Peter Trawny , who, as professor of the university, also initiated the cooperation with the institute for phenomenological research, which is also located there, as well as its philosophical seminar.

New Efficiency GmbH

In mid-2012, the New Efficiency GmbH (until the beginning of 2019 as Bergische Gesellschaft für Ressourceneffektiven mbH) was founded, an amalgamation of commercial enterprises, scientific institutes and municipalities of the Bergisch city triangle . The aim of the affiliated institute is to establish resource efficiency as a key economic factor in the region and to develop a location brand. The company assumes the role of network coordinator and service partner between the parties involved, as well as an incubator for international networks to increase resource efficiency. The company's partners include WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke , Stadtwerke Solingen, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy and the companies Knipex , EWR GmbH and Exor GmbH . It has been based in the Arrenberg district since 2018 (previously in the Wuppertal Technology Center ). Jochen Stiebel is the managing director .

Institute for Systems Research in Information, Communication and Media Technology (SIKoM)

The Institute for Systems Research in Information, Communication and Media Technology (SIKoM) is an in-institute on the Freudenberg campus. It was founded in 2013 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Media Technology by Heinz-Reiner Treichel , Anton Kummert and Ulrich Jung. The focus of the institute is on interdisciplinary research on technical, economic and structural aspects of innovation processes that are influenced by the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) and media technologies .

Institute for Transcendental Philosophy and Phenomenology (ITP)

The Institute for Transcendental Philosophy and Phenomenology (ITP) attached to the Chair for Theoretical Philosophy and Phenomenology is a research institute that was expanded in 2017 from the former, Prof. Dr. László Tengelyi Institute for Phenomenological Research , founded in 2005 . Three research centers are attached to the institute:

- the International Spruce Research Center (IFF)  

- the Eugen-Fink-Center Wuppertal (EFZW)  

- the Marc Richir Archive (MRA)   

According to the research directions of these three components, the research of the classical transcendental philosophy (Kantism, German idealism and in particular Fichte's philosophy) and the German and French phenomenology as well as their mutual influences are in the foreground. With its 200 cooperating or associated national and international researchers, it is one of the largest research institutes in the world devoted to transcendental philosophy.

Collaborative Research Center

A special research area of the German Research Foundation DFG is currently being maintained at the university :

  • Hadron Physics from Lattice QCD: The Transregio Collaborative Research Center (SFB TR 55) was set up in 2008 and is carried out not only at the Bergische Universität but also at the University of Regensburg and with research groups from Bern and Graz. It consists of three areas: a) Lattice QCD calculations of hadronic observables (quantum chromodynamic calculations of hadronic perceptions) , b) Algorithms for Lattice QCD simulations (algorithms for computer simulations of quantum chromodynamics) , c) Development and deployment of the QPACE parallel supercomputer (development and provision of the QPACE supercomputer) .

Research Training Group

The graduate school “Document - Text - Edition. Conditions and forms of their transformation and modeling in a transdisciplinary perspective ”, which will initially be funded by the German Research Foundation for four and a half years . Together with the cooperation partner Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal / Bethel , it uses the existing research focus in the area of ​​edition. The graduate school is supported by the subjects of printing and media technology, German studies, history, classical philology , philosophy and Protestant theology of both universities. The overarching goal is to examine the subject-specific edition of documents . In the first step, the actual subject of the edition is worked out, then disciplinary research interests and the reception of the edition are included, before in the last step, media-technological innovations of the digital era are conceptually included.

Research projects

In the 2015/16 winter semester there were 417 project groups at the university, which were divided into four areas:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences: 86
  • Engineering: 144
  • Natural Sciences: 179
  • Others: 8

These projects are partially supported by national research funding, European research funding, European structural funding and international research funding.

Central research funding pot

In June 2009 the rectorate decided to introduce a central research funding fund (ZEFFT). Since then, an annual amount of 500,000 euros has been paid out to researchers to support the application for additional third-party funding.


The university's longest research project to date (as of 2015) started in 1980: Ground-based Infrared P-Branch Spectrometer , GRIPS for short . This is a device for measuring the temperature in the high atmosphere at an altitude of around 80 to 90 kilometers. The Wuppertal device is one of several that have been installed in various regions of Europe. It measures current waves that move at around 150 km / h over the urban area of ​​Wuppertal from east to west. The project has been supported by the World Meteorology Organization since 2007 and is part of a network managed by the German Aerospace Center for the detection of changes in the high atmosphere. The measurements have shown, among other things, that there has been a noticeable change in circulation in the upper atmosphere. In addition, the summer in Wuppertal has become three weeks longer within 30 years.

CRISTA satellite

CRISTA satellite system

The CRyogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere , or CRISTA for short, was a satellite system for ozone and climate research developed by the Bergische Universität and with a funding volume of 55 million marks (around 28 million euros) the university's largest research project to date. The task of the satellite was to measure trace gases and temperatures from the ground to the upper layers of the atmosphere. The system was carried into space by the space shuttle to an altitude of 300 km for two weeks in 1994 and 1997 . During the two-week measurements, 51,000 height profiles with more than 15 million infrared spectra were recorded, with the second use slightly lower values ​​were achieved. The satellite has been in the Deutsches Museum in Munich since 2004 .

Terahertz source

After images from the terahertz range were previously very difficult to produce, a THz video camera in CMOS technology was developed in 2012 with significant participation by Wuppertal researchers , which can be operated via the USB port of a laptop or computer and for the first time videos with 25 Frames per second and a resolution of 1024 pixels. It has already received multiple recognition and awards, most recently in 2013 the "ISSCC Jan Van Vessem Award for Outstanding European Paper" from the International Solid-State Circuits Conference ISSCC, and is considered the pinnacle of terahertz technology.

In early 2014, researchers at the university developed the so-called terahertz source , a further development of the camera. In the terahertz radiation see Science and Research great potential for development, as it mm in the electromagnetic spectrum between radar and infrared radiation is at a wavelength between 0.1 and 1, and from a medical perspective is not considered harmful. The source consists of a 4 × 4 arrangement of individual transmitter units, whereby the total output power can be increased to 1  milliwatt at 0.53  THz . The source was developed together with Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics and presented for the first time on February 10, 2014 in San Francisco at the ISSCC.

Schnitzler edition project

Since 2012, a digital historical-critical new edition has been developed from Arthur Schnitzler's complete edition as part of the Schnitzler edition projects. The Bergische Universität participates in this with the processing of his works from 1914. In the long term, the entire holdings are to be published freely accessible on a platform hosted by the Cambridge University Library . In addition to Schnitzler's publications, notes, initial drafts and handwritten copies are also transcribed , digitized and, in some cases, supplemented with comments and registers.

The sub-project is led by Michael Scheffel and Wolfgang Lukas . With a planned research period until 2030 and a funding volume of five million euros, it is the largest humanities project in the history of the university and is being carried out with the University of Cambridge , University College London and the University of Bristol in cooperation with the Cambridge University Library and the German Literature Archive Marbach and the Trier Center for Digital Humanities .

Further research activities

Earthquake-proof house

As part of the DAAD summer school, around 70 Iranian students from Isfahan University of Technology in Wuppertal came together in 2007 to take part in the construction of an earthquake-proof house. The house was built in a Bergisch half-timbered construction with Iranian architecture. It was then put on display at the Hanover Fair and in Isfahan . In the following years around 40 Iranian students came to Wuppertal to complete their civil engineering studies.

Air measurement

In August 2008, the university took over a station for measuring air quality at Loher Kreuz , which was previously operated by the North Rhine-Westphalia air quality monitoring system. The city's environmental agency is responsible for logistical support, while the working groups for atmospheric chemistry and meteorology are responsible for the monitoring of the measuring devices . In addition, another station in Dhaka , the capital of Bangladesh , went into operation in 2014 . There, chemical concentrations and meteorological data are measured and evaluated in cooperation with the University of Dhaka . Both projects also serve the practical training of students.

Research participations

Pierre Auger Observatory

One of 1600 detectors in the Argentine pampas

Since 1992 the university has participated in the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina near Malargüe ; there cosmic rays at the highest energies between 10 17  eV and 10 20  eV are examined. For this purpose, a surface detector with 1600 stations was installed over a total area of ​​around 3000 km² at an altitude of 1400  m , which is why the observatory is the largest in the world. From Germany also are RWTH Aachen University , the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy , the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Siegen involved. In 2010, Karl-Heinz Kampert took over the management of the observatory and the Pierre Auger collaboration , a group of 500 scientists from 18 countries , for an initial three years . In 2013 he was confirmed in office for another three years.

IceCube observatory

IceCube is the name of a high-energy neutrino observatory that examines the reaction of high-energy neutrinos with elementary particles of the ice and the resulting electrons , muons and tauons in a volume of 1 km³ . The project, in which the university has been involved since 2010, provides the largest particle detector in the world and promises knowledge of the sources of cosmic rays. At the end of 2013, high-energy neutrinos were detected for the first time, which originate from areas outside our solar system and provide information about events in space from which even light can only escape with difficulty. Eight other German universities as well as the Helmholtz centers DESY and KIT are involved .

Helmholtz Alliance

The Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics , or HAP for short, is a national research project at the interface of astrophysics , particle physics , astronomy and cosmology . For the scientific and structural advancement of astroparticle physics , the project focuses on the four research topics of astroparticle theory , non-thermal universe , dark universe and highly specialized technologies . The task of the Bergische Universität is to develop new detection technologies for high-energy particle radiation from the universe under the direction of Karl-Heinz Kampert and Klaus Helbing. The project is supported by the renowned Karlsruhe Institute of Technology , the German Electron Synchrotron , the three Max Planck Institutes for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg , for Physics in Munich and for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching , and three cosmological and astronomical institutes from France, Argentina and the United States as well as 15 German universities, including the Bergische Universität, the renowned universities RWTH Aachen , TU Munich and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen .


In 2008 and 2009, physicists from the university were involved in the development and design of the research aircraft High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft , or HALO for short . The German Aerospace Center ( DLR) would like to use the plane to study the processes of ozone destruction in the stratosphere and the associated climate change . The first air samples were examined for trace gases in laboratories at the university . During the 2010 measurement campaign, atmospheric researchers from Wuppertal were involved in the development of measurement instruments for the cooperating Russian research aircraft " Geofisika ". For the third flight in the same year, a new measuring device was developed in cooperation with research institutes.

Data center


From 2004 to 2010, the University of Wuppertal had what was then the fastest supercomputer at a German university. ALiCEnext , as the supercomputer is called, was designed as a cluster and consisted of 512 blades . Each blade consisted of two AMD x86-64 - Opteron processors with 1.8  GHz , two 250  GB hard drives, two 1024 MB RAM and six Gigabit Ethernet connections. As operating system was Linux used the individual nodes were connected with each other via the Gigabit network. In continuous operation he managed 2.083 tera- flops and at the top up to 3.686 tera-flops. These data describe a performance of around two trillion arithmetic operations per second. ALiCEnext was used in the field of elementary particle physics , applied computer science , astro-particle physics and experimental high-energy physics .


This has resulted in several follow-up projects, for example the "Pleiades" data center, which has been in place since 2007, which has computing and storage capacity for experimental high-energy physics as part of the LHC Computing Grid for the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider of the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland , briefly CERN provides. When it opened in 2009, the Pleiades data center in Wuppertal comprised 1,000 computers with a total of 750 terabytes of storage. In June 2013 the data center was enlarged considerably and since then has provided 2500  CPU cores and 1.7 petabytes of hard disk space. In connection with this, it expanded its user group considerably, including the areas of astroparticle physics ( Pierre Auger Observatory and IceCube Observatory ) as well as theoretical electrical engineering and fluid mechanics.

Several outstanding scientific publications were made possible through calculations at the data center, for example, under the direction of Wolfgang Wagner , it was possible until 2012 to detect the heaviest of all known elementary particles, the so-called top quark , in a process of weak interaction in data from the ATLAS detector . The work to filed by the University of Wuppertal on 14 May 2012 and was published in the journal Physics Letters B . At the beginning of July 2013, with the support of the university and under the direction of Robert Harlander, a profile of the Higgs particle was created and published, which enables a scientific basis for further investigations and research.


Another follow-up project besides Pleiades is QPACE , which describes a project around a particularly fast microprocessor ( QCD Parallel Computing on the Cell ). The aim of the project is to develop an effective, massively parallel , scalable supercomputer , which is specialized in applications of quantum chromodynamics and lattice theory . For this purpose, 4608 node computers are coupled to a three-dimensional torus structure by a field programmable gate array . The computing power is 100 trillion computing operations per second; Due to the scalability of the entire network, up to 1 quadrillion operations per second are possible. Three QPACE supercomputers are located at the universities of Regensburg and Wuppertal as well as the Jülich Research Center , one of the largest research institutions in Europe. The three computers have been at the top of the Green500 list since 2009 , which lists particularly efficient computers, as well as on ranks 110 to 112 of the fastest supercomputers ever.

Science transfer

Bergisches Schultechnikum

The Bergische school pilot shortly BeST , was opened on 3 April 2008 and is one of the nation's 42 centers of the initiative future through Innovation.NRW (zdi). It provides schoolchildren with initial contact with future employers and shows potential academic and professional perspectives in the Bergisches Land. There is a zdi school laboratory on the Grifflenberg campus, a zdi center and a zdi Roberta center on the Freudenberg campus. This means that all offers of the zdi are represented at the Bergische Universität.

HipHop Academy

In February 2008, the first workshops of the HipHop Academy Wuppertal , a project that was unique in Germany at the time, to connect research, teaching and practice in hip hop, took place at the university. Well-known artists such as Fiva MC and DJ Radrum could already be won for the first events . Sociolinguists as well as music and cultural scholars from Zurich, Berlin and New York traveled to the academy for an academic discussion. In 2009 the New York producer Hank Shocklee , the rapper FR and the hip-hop author Hannes Loh took part. In 2012, the German rapper Samy Deluxe accepted an invitation. The academy was funded by the subject of music education in cooperation with the working group “Popular Music Studies”.

Junior University Wuppertal

The junior university in the Barmen district

A close cooperation agreement exists with the Junior University of Wuppertal , which was founded in 2008 and , thanks to its independence, year-round courses and permanent staff, offers a range of courses for children and young people that is unique in Germany. In the new building on Loher Bridge , 18 seminar rooms and two laboratories are operated. The Bergische Universität is represented by various professors on the scientific and pedagogical advisory board of the junior university and takes an active part in the courses through the commitment of lecturers and students.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2010

As part of the international university competition Solar Decathlon Europe , students from the Bergische Universität planned, developed and built a house that was powered solely by solar energy . In favor of high energy efficiency , vacuum and mineral wool insulation and three-pane glazing were installed. The heat absorption and release depends entirely on the external climatic conditions, so that hardly any compensation energy has to be applied. In addition, only energy-efficient household appliances and LED lights are used. In the architecture and lighting design categories , the team came second of 17 places in the competition in Madrid , which was attended by over 200,000 people, and third place in household appliances & functionality . In Wuppertal the house was used as an experimental living laboratory and received the Good Buildings 2010 Prize from the BDA Wuppertal .


University of Wuppertal (Wuppertal)
Campi of the Bergische University in Wuppertal

There are three locations with 48 buildings with over 7000 rooms, including around 40 lecture halls and over 100 seminar rooms. A few offices and institutes are also located in other buildings in Wuppertal, Solingen or Remscheid.

The rooms are numbered across campuses and consist of a letter and two consecutive groups of numbers, each separated by a point. The one to three-digit sequence of letters denotes the building; Except for the letters F (Freudenberg) and H (Haspel), all other letters refer to the Grifflenberg campus. The two following two-digit number combinations indicate the floor and the room. For example, B.07.03 means that the room on the Grifflenberg campus is located in building B on level 07.

The locations at a glance:

  • Grifflenberg campus in Wuppertal-Elberfeld (main campus with university library)
  • Freudenberg campus in Wuppertal-Elberfeld
  • Haspel campus in Wuppertal-Unterbarmen

Former locations:

  • Campus Hofaue in Wuppertal-Elberfeld (task around 2010)

Grifflenberg campus

Grifflenberg campus
View of the Grifflenberg campus from the
southern part of Elberfeld

The main building is located in the Elberfeld district on the Grifflenberg and is a honeycomb-shaped, purpose-built concrete building that is similar to that of the universities of Duisburg-Essen , Paderborn and Siegen , which are roughly the same age . The building complex is designed according to the modular principle , so that every part of the building can be reached via extensive corridors. Only a few buildings - including the cafeteria wing, the university hall or the Rectorate Building B - are located outside of this building. Most of the faculties and administrative facilities are located on the main campus, as is the central part of the university library.

Since 2004, some organs of the university administration have been in the newly constructed building B. In 2007, the campus was expanded to include building I and building K was converted into a lecture hall center; since the beginning of 2013, a new building of around 16,500 square meters has been built on Gaußstrasse opposite the lecture hall center which the subjects chemistry, biology, mechanical engineering and safety engineering should move in. In the course of the renovation, which will take around 15 to 20 years while the university is still in operation, the space that has become free will first be renovated and made available for new faculties. In the area of ​​the main entrance there is the student secretariat , an information office with the porter, a self-service point of the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal and the UNI kiosk .

The Grifflenberg campus comprises the faculties of humanities and cultural studies, human and social sciences, economics, mathematics and natural sciences, mechanical engineering and safety technology, as well as design and art. This is where the specialist libraries 1–5 of the university library and the largest canteen on the three campuses are located. The 33 lecture halls offer space for almost 4200 students.

The stop "Universität"

The address of the campus is Gaußstraße 20 . State road 172 runs to the north and state road 427 to the west . Motorists can use the three parking garages A, B and C in the west of the campus on Max-Horkheimer-Straße and can also be reached via Gaußstraße . In addition, the main campus is about 10–15 minutes' walk from the Wuppertal-Steinbeck and Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof railway stations and is therefore connected to the local and long-distance network of Deutsche Bahn . The local bus network (lines 603, 615, 625, 645, E-Wagen , Uni-Express, CampBus, NE15) serves the main campus via the stops Universität , UNI-Halle , Mensa , Im Ostersiepen , Max-Horkheimer-Str. and Gaußstrasse .

In addition, by the end of 2013, as part of the local strategy process for Wuppertal 2025, the idea of ​​connecting the university to the south school center and the main train station on Döppersberg via a cable car was born . Independent tests by the interest group Pro Bahn , the WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke and students from the university under the direction of traffic engineer Volker Albrecht came to the conclusion that both the construction and operation of the cable car are profitable and savings in other areas of local public transport are possible. The idea was concretized by mid-2015, among other things, information events were offered and civil resistance was already forming. In 2019, however, the idea was rejected by a majority in a public survey.

Freudenberg campus

Central building of the Freudenberg campus

The site of the former Generaloberst Hoepner barracks has been operated as the Freudenberg campus on Rainer-Gruenter-Strasse near the Wuppertal technology center since 1999 . The buildings were erected in the 1930s as part of the armament of the Wehrmacht and were used militarily by the Bundeswehr until 1993 . They were acquired by the university the following year, but had to be renovated for around 35 million marks due to the structural condition. Over time, the classic barracks buildings that were previously used as team barracks, casinos or sanitary facilities were mixed with contemporary new buildings, primarily for use as lecture halls and laboratories, but also for institutes and affiliated institutes of the university. Despite moving in in 1999, the complete renovation was not completed until 2004. The university's guest house with eight apartments is also located on the site. The building names range from FA to FO.

The campus includes the faculty for electrical engineering, information technology and media technology. There are also branch offices of the university library and the cafeteria here. The six lecture halls offer space for almost 780 students.


The campus address is Rainer-Gruenter-Straße 21 . The Freudenberg campus has two nearby connections to Landesstraße 418 . There are parking spaces for vehicles in each of the 17 individual buildings as well as a large parking lot opposite the cafeteria. The local bus network (lines 603, 625, 630, E-Wagen, CampBus) serves the campus via the stops Friedenshain , Hermannshöhe , Am Freudenberg , Rainer-Gruenter-Straße , Sulamith-Wülfing-Straße and Campus Freudenberg .

Campus reel

The Haspel campus seen from the B7

There is also a significantly smaller campus at Haspel in the west of Barmen. The building trade school there had existed since 1900 and was accepted into the newly founded university in 1972. The building was erected in 1897 on the city border between Elberfeld and Barmen in the Renaissance style with a central projectile and portico as well as sandstone frames and has been a listed building since 1988. The main part of the campus extends over three interconnected building parts, next to it is the building of the former building trade school and the new seminar and cafeteria building HC, which has been under construction since 2013, which will replace the building from the 1950s that was demolished in 2011. The building names are HA to HF.

The Haspel campus comprises the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering and its Dean's Office. There are also branch offices of the university library and the cafeteria here. The new lecture hall will offer space for around 200 students.


The address of the campus is Pauluskirchstraße 7 . The Haspel campus is conveniently located between the route of the Wuppertal suspension railway and the multi-lane federal highway 7 and near the Elberfeld – Dortmund railway line . Two parking areas are offered for motor vehicles, the third parking lot, which will exist until 2013, is giving way to a new building. The Landgericht stop of the Wuppertal suspension railway and the Wuppertal-Unterbarmen train station are in the immediate vicinity and are each served by local and regional transport. The local bus network (lines 611, 619, 628, SB67 , suspension railway ) serves the campus via the stops Am Haspel and Landgericht .

More locations

Due to the lack of space on the three campuses, rooms in the business and office complex Wicküler-Park are rented, which are mainly used for mathematics but also for philosophy. The rooms are usually referred to as WP . The Institute for Product Innovations and the Chair for New Manufacturing Technologies and Materials in the Product Design Forum in Solingen are also located.

From 1987 to around 2010 there was another campus in the Hofaue in the center of Elberfeld. Industrial design was mostly taught on the smallest of the four campuses up until then .


University library

The entrance to the university library; on top of the new reading room

The university library has existed since the university was founded. In 2014, it offered around 1.2 million books, 1900 magazine subscriptions and over 20,000 electronic journals . Readings by well-known writers take place here regularly. Since March 2012, the library has had a new reading room attached to the previous building roof with over 200 reading spaces and three lockable rotundas . At the two outdoor campuses on Freudenberg and Haspel there are also smaller specialist libraries corresponding to the faculties and courses there. The library is home to several private libraries and donations from famous writers.

In addition, the Wuppertal University Archive has existed since 2002 . There, files and documents of the university created in administration, research and teaching are collected and archived. In addition, private collections made available that are related to the university are also stored. The use of the public archive is open to anyone who has a legitimate interest in it in terms of scientific research.

Canteens & cafeterias

View of the ME cafeteria building with the three spacious levels 02-04 from the east

There are a total of three canteens and five cafeterias on the three campuses of the university, which are looked after by the Wuppertal University Social Welfare Service , the largest of these facilities being the canteen on the main campus on Grifflenberg. It was inaugurated a few years after the university was founded and completely renovated and modernized at the beginning of the 21st century. Over 500,000 meals are given out to students, staff and visitors each year. It offers space for around 960 people on level ME 02 of the cafeteria building. A cafeteria and the popular “Kneipe” are operated on levels 03 and 04, as well as the “Sport + Design” cafeteria in Building I and the “Coffee Bar into the Green ” in Lecture Hall Center K , which is based on the facilities at the Universities of Göttingen and Greifswald the third of its kind in Germany. In addition, the HSW operates a cafeteria at the library as well as two canteens in the Campi Freudenberg (there also with breakfast offer) and Haspel. In April 2013, the HSW received EU approval after ensuring the highest European level of consumer protection in the canteens and cafeterias.

In the canteen wing, the HSW also operates the Wupperstübchen and Bergisches Zimmer rooms . The quality level of all catering establishments of the HSW has been the highest European consumer protection level since 2013.

Student dormitories

Part of the dormitory complex on Max-Horkheimer-Straße

In the vicinity of the Bergische Universität there are almost 1,100 places to live in 16 dormitories built especially for students : there are four dormitories on Max-Horkheimer-Strasse (also known as Neue Burse ), and another five on Albert-Einstein-Strasse near the university hall , also four in Ostersiepen (including three as an extension of the Neue Burse ). A little to the side there are two in the southern Max-Horkheimer-Strasse and another one in the Cronenberger Strasse .

The dormitories are among the largest contiguous dormitories in Germany and have received several awards for their comfort and energy balance, especially since the renovation. The large residential complexes have their own lounges; The “08/15” student meeting point was set up on Albert-Einstein-Strasse , while the Neue Burse has the “Odeon” and “Forum” student meeting points. The various dormitories have already been awarded numerous architecture prizes .

UNI hall

The entrance area of ​​the university hall

The UNI hall of the Bergische Universität was built in 1987 in the immediate vicinity of the main Grifflenberg campus. With a capacity of up to 4079 visitors, it is the largest multi-purpose hall in the Bergisches Land and is mainly used by the university for university sports.

University sports

The local university sports offer over 200 sports courses in almost 90 different sports. It has 18 sports facilities on the university campus or with external partners, including the university hall , the Freudenberg sports field and a beach sports facility. A golf course, a hockey field, several gyms and two climbing parks are also rented through external partners. The two fitness studios BergWerk and CampusGym are operated on the university campus, and their equipment includes cardio and strength machines as well as free weight areas. Thus, in addition to sports rehabilitation and performance-oriented strength training supports. The local programs BUWbewegt , Pausenexpress and BEactive support health promotion .

In addition, university sports regularly organize the university sports festival (see below) with the Grifflenberger staircase run on campus , the university sports show (see below), and the University Dragon Boat Cup , for which eight teams from all over North Rhine-Westphalia compete on the Beyenburger reservoir .

University sports are a member of the General German University Sports Association , and the university has also been a partner university for top-class sports since 2006 . University students regularly achieve good placements in national or international competitions.

Center for information and media processing

The Center for Information and Media Processing , or ZIM for short, offers services and resources in information technology, communication and new media. It consists of the seven sub-areas "Central Computer", "Media Service", "E-Teaching", "Network", "Central Windows Services", "Training and Qualification" and "User Support". Its services include the provision of user workstations, the user and media office, equipment lending, multimedia lecture halls, the campus-wide university network, user advice, the provision of software, training courses as well as advice and assistance with the TYPO3 content management system .

International Office

As part of the university administration, the International Office , or AAA for short, deals with the university's international affairs. It manages and promotes international relations with other academic institutions and is a contact point for students and academics at the university. The most important tasks are advising on funding and scholarship opportunities at home and abroad, looking after international guests, advising and, if necessary, admitting prospective students from abroad, as well as evaluating foreign educational certificates.

Language teaching institute

The university's language teaching institute, SLI for short, is the central institution for qualification in the field of foreign and specialist languages. Facultative language courses are offered for everyone interested, courses for faculties that list foreign and technical languages ​​as compulsory elective subjects in the curriculum, as well as courses in the field of “German as a Foreign Language”. The current (2015) foreign language program includes Chinese, English, Turkish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish, Spanish and Russian.

College kindergarten

The university kindergarten

The university kindergarten was founded by students in 1972 and in 2014 looked after around 35 children between four months and six years of age. The first building was on Auer Schulstrasse in the city center, the second in a building in Hardt Park. In 1977 he moved into a former clubhouse in an allotment garden on the site of today's university hall . Since 2005 it has been located near Lecture Hall Center K in the new building at Gaußstrasse 51 , which with 545 square meters offers twice as much space as the previous building and cost around 670,000 euros. In addition to the university and a private permanent supporter, the institution is regularly supported with monetary or material donations from various companies.

University arboretum

At the end of June 2012, an approximately 1 km long circular path was opened on the Grifflenberg, in the course of which 44 different tree species were initially planted and individually signposted. By 2015 the path was expanded twice to now over 90 trees. With the establishment of this arboretum , the university is complying with the UN Decade of Biodiversity , a voluntary appeal by the United Nations . The main entrance, the rectorate building B, the canteen wing, the university library, the university kindergarten and building I are located along the circular route . All trees of the year are represented in the arboretum . More than 35 tree sponsorships had been adopted by 2015 . In July 2016, the arboretum was named “Park of the Month” including tours as part of “Wuppertal's Green Plants”.

MetaLicht and wind turbines

View of the Grifflenberg campus with one of 6000 possible lighting variants

For its 40th birthday, the university was given the MetaLicht light art project on the Grifflenberg campus . With the support of the sponsors Jackstädt Foundation , Vorwerk , Schmersal and the Stadtsparkasse , the light installation developed by Mischa Kuball was put into operation on October 22, 2012. The EUR 950,000 project has an annual energy consumption equivalent to that of ten households. The almost 760 meters of LED lights were attached to the six towers of the university in such a way that a total of almost 6000 different patterns can be created by changing the forms of lighting.

The wind turbines on the wing hill in the north of the university

After measurements by the Wuppertal public utilities together with their energy partner GDF Suez , three wind turbines were installed on the hill next to Building B in 2013 to supply the MetaLicht installation with energy . The three 14 meter high masts in the vertical Darrieus design went into operation in June of the same year and should produce between 30,000 and 45,000 kWh per year . A competition in October 2013 resulted in the new name wing hill from over 80 proposals . In October 2015, doubts about the functionality of the wind turbines became known. Later research by the university newspaper Blickfeld revealed that the wind turbines were equipped with false safety certificates and never produced electricity for other customers either . In May 2015, one of the three systems had to be dismantled due to storm and corrosion damage , the other systems are no longer in operation due to technical problems. In October 2016, the dismantling of the wind turbine and the conversion to two solar power systems with a maximum output of 5 kW each and a horizontal wind turbine with an output of up to 4.5 kW began .

Art and culture

Historical television laboratory

A laboratory has been in operation since 1975 in which historical television sets are exhibited. These date from the time between 1962 and 1967, when color television was developed and tested in Cologne. The inventory includes 15 studio devices and around 30 old monitors, some of which are over 50 years old. The valuable devices include an RCA color camera, an NTSC encoder system and several light point scanning systems . Many of these systems have already been used in color television trials.

The sculpture "Start"
"Start" sculpture

The university acquired the sculpture “Start” by the Düsseldorf artist Beate Schiff as early as 1973 ; today it is located next to the main entrance of the building complex. Beate Schiff describes the sculpture as follows: "The work should represent the beginning of a flight, the start of a new phase of life." For Rector Lambert T. Koch , the sculpture also stands for the upswing and willingness to steadily grow at the university. The sculpture is a plastic made from aluminum and synthetic resin .

Foucault's pendulum

On the occasion of the retirement of the physicist Jürgen Drees , the model of Foucault's pendulum was set up in the area of ​​the main entrance in 2000. It was named after Léon Foucault , who proved the rotation of the earth with the help of the freely swinging pendulum. The Wuppertal pendulum is mounted in a pyramid construction that is independent of the building conditions. The 1.75 kg ball is carried by a 210 centimeter long and 0.3 millimeter wide steel wire , the permanent oscillation is ensured by an electrical stimulation by an electromagnet . 360 red lights are arranged in a circle on a base plate to show the viewer the progress of the rotation, which lasts about 30 hours and 40 minutes.

Johannes Rau bust

Since 2007 there has been a bronze bust of the late Johannes Rau in the foyer of the lecture hall building on the Freudenberg campus . It was created by the Cologne artist Franz Josef Lipensky . On an information board behind the bust there are references to Rau's political career, his eight honorary doctorates and four honorary citizenships, as well as other local and national awards.

Wall painting cycle Willi Baumeister

Since 2009, 13 paintings by Willi Baumeister from the time between 1939 and 1940, when he created them for the paint manufacturer Kurt Herberts from Wuppertal, have been hanging in the foyer of the lecture hall building on Freudenberg campus . They were predominantly painted on plaster and show, on the one hand, characters of different wall painting techniques, on the other hand, different forms of representation such as stylistic adaptations or the painterly revitalization of scientific schemes. The illustrated themes are "The forces of nature", "Man as designer" and "From the world of sight and colors". 13 of the original 18 works are now owned by the Bergische Universität after a donation by Herbert in 1984.

Literary holdings

The University Library of Wuppertal maintains important private estate libraries of the classical philologists Günther Jachmann and Mario Puelma , the complete Jewish library of Schocken Verlag and Franz Kafka's library . Since 2014, the music education department has owned around 6,500 CDs by the music critic Ulrich Schreiber , and the collection now comprises over 7,500 CDs.

College life

Initiatives and associations

In addition to the university bodies and institutes, there are a number of other initiatives and associations, some of which are run by students and serve to enrich everyday university life. The focus of orientation is diverse and ranges from religious and political groups to social and subcultural engagement to regularly appearing media.

Student Initiatives

  • Amnesty International University Group , part of the Amnesty district Bergisches Land, advises mainly on asylum issues
  • Auf der Höhe , online literature and culture magazine for students of general and comparative literature
  • bdvb university group, enables Wuppertal students to visit companies, technical discussions, lecture events or application training
  • Debattierclub Redekunst eV , teaches the arts of argumentation as well as debate and topics that change every week
  • Enactus Wuppertal, offers the students the possibility of individual social and ecological projects
  • Film workshop , filming of short stories and publication via its own YouTube channel
  • Gender R [ae] nder , thematization of the activation of a queer-feminist public at the university
  • GEW Studis , part of the Education and Science Union , represents their university-political positions and organizes events for student teachers
The racing car of the GreenLion Racing team
  • GreenLion Racing , the university's internal motorsport racing team, designs a Formula 1- like racing car every year for participation in Formula Student Germany
  • Hochschule- SMD Wuppertal , weekly religious conversations with singing and prayers
  • IACES Wuppertal , one of four German local committees of the organization for civil engineering and architecture students , and played a key role in shaping the organization'searly years
  • International Students Team IST , looks after students who are doing a semester abroad or who are visiting the university
  • Pfandraising Wuppertal , collects empties from private households to finance voluntary German courses for refugees
  • ROCK YOUR LIFE! Wuppertal , supports students from educational and integration-distant backgrounds
  • Student sailing association , offers sailing lessons and enables inexpensive training for the sport boat license SBF inland and SBF See as well as the sport coastal boat license
  • Bergisches Uni-Theater (BUnT) is the university's student theater group
  • Turkish student association , promoting Turkish-German relations, is primarily aimed at integrating Turkish university beginners
  • UNICEF University Group Wuppertal , is operated by the Evangelical Student Community and participates in UNICEF projects in Wuppertal and its surroundings
  • Unikino Wuppertal , organizesregular film evenings in seminar rooms or lecture hallsthrough the Unifilm agency
  • VDE university group , is part of the VDE Bergisch-Land and offers lectures, excursions, working groups and services
  • VDI Wuppertal , offers engineers lectures and services
  • vfsa Association for the Promotion of Studies in Old Age , is run by senior students who want to promote senior studies at the university and offer advice and support to older students

Student associations

  • Christian student union Unitas Hildburghausen zu Wuppertal , Christian, non-striking and color-bearing union, was established in Hildburghausen in 1899
  • Catholic-German student association Bergisch Thuringia zu Wuppertal , Catholic, non-striking and color-bearing association and represented in the nationwide Cartel Association of Catholic German student associations, was founded in 1979
  • Student Hunters Association Bergisch Land zu Wuppertal , politically and denominationally independent, non-hitting, color-bearing association and one of twelve hunting associations of the Wernigeroder Jagdkorporationen Senioren-Convent , was founded in 1978
  • Technical-scientific connection Ubia to Wuppertal , politically neutral, non-denominational, non-striking and color-bearing connection, has existed since 1921
  • Technical connection Macromannia to Wuppertal , facultative striking, color-bearing connection and part of the nationwide Federation of German Engineering Corporations , has existed since 1920

Religious groups

  • Evangelical student community ESG, offers students a critical conversation between theology and faith, educational opportunities, participation in social projects as well as intercultural and international encounters
  • Islamic University Association IHG , offers lectures and discussions on questions of faith to students and non-enrolled students and maintains a prayer room in building L of the university
  • Catholic university community KHG, supports students in questions of life or faith, gives an introduction to Christian spirituality and, in addition to an alumni group, also maintains a support association

Political groups

  • Association of International Students BIS , is not affiliated with any political party and would like to highlight the problem of foreign students in student self-administration
  • Green university group Wuppertal , advocates a green policy at the university
  • Linke Liste Wuppertal is a recognized association of the Die Linke party
  • Buccaneers and liberals , advocates tolerance and equal opportunities as well as open source and freely available knowledge
  • Juso-Hochschulgruppe Wuppertal , subdivision of the SPD , advocates free study, an expansion of BAföG , gender equality , the democratization of universities and a qualitative reform of the study program
  • The PARTY - your favorite list , campaigns, among other things, for the abolition of the AStA , the introduction of a “Unicard”, the inclusion of Bud Spencer in the university's logo and against stairs and coffee price increases
  • RCDS Wuppertal , isclose tothe CDU , but politically independent and offers, among other things, talks with the state government or the regional economy
  • United Lions , founded in 2016 as the successor to Odeon - CampusBASH .
AStA and StuPa

In addition, the General Student Committee (AStA) at the Bergische Universität is active as a political representative of the student body vis-à-vis the university management and the state government. His tasks also include negotiating the semester ticket , issuing the ISIC international student card, and managing and organizing BAföG . The Wuppertal AStA is located on level ME 04 of the canteen wing and also operates the AStA shop there , in which stationery and university marketing items are offered. The work of the local board is supported by eight units , and there are also five autonomous units between the AStA and the university institutions . End of May 2013. got the Wuppertal student council through the mirror negatively in the headlines, as was reported by poor accounting and careless handling of the money a shortfall of more than 8,000 euros and could not be found a settled computer. Criticism of the AStA is also regularly loud in other university cities.

The AStA is regularly elected by the student parliament, which in turn represents the highest decision-making body of a student body. Among other things, it decides on the statutes and budget of the student body. At the StuPa, in contrast to the AStA, students have the opportunity to choose the occupation for the coming period. In 2014, the voter turnout among the 15,783 eligible voters was 9.97%. With currently (2015/16) 21 members, the Wuppertal StuPa is one of the medium-sized German parliaments. The members are in turn made up of the parties or lists United Lions (six representatives), Green List (four), Bund Internationaler Student BIS (four), RCDS / Independents (three), Juso Hochschulgruppe (two), privateers / liberals (one) and The party - your favorite list (one).

Support association

As a support association and network of the Bergische Universität, the Association of Friends and Alumni of the Bergische Universität , or FABU for short, has supported the university's tasks and student projects since 1973 through the financial and personal commitment of more than 500 members. To date, several sections have been formed within FABU that are dedicated to the targeted promotion and support of individual faculties. A wide range of grants and prizes has emerged to this day. Among the best-known and most important of these are the financial support of the university for upcoming major investment projects, the regular awarding of funding prizes for students' final theses ( diploma , master’s , state examination and doctoral theses ), the regular organization of university concerts and the UniTal lecture series . The chairman has been the doctor Johannes Köbberling since 2006 .


Inside the university, journals and magazines appear in different rhythms that explain various topics of the courses and areas of the university and disseminate news. The BUW Output magazine is published once a semester and reports in two languages ​​on the university's research activities. Since the winter semester 1998/99, the women's magazine magazIn has been published twice a year by the University 's Equal Opportunities Office as the successor to the Helene magazine, which was published from 1990 to 1995 . In addition, there is a cooperation with the private publishing house Bergische Blätter , which is unique in the university landscape and reports on four pages about the university in each of its 25 annual issues. The campus newspaper blickfeld has existed as a further, editorially independent medium since 2011 . In addition to university topics, the editorial team, which is staffed by students, also writes about cultural and social life in the city of Wuppertal . The Bergzeit has been published since summer 2015, with a print run of 10,000 once a semester that provides information about news from the three campuses.

Similar to all scientifically based magazines, annual reports on the university and on occupational safety and environmental protection are published. Developments in sub-areas as well as data and statistics, for example on personnel, finances or research, are summarized annually in the rectorate's report. After completing their studies, graduates have the option of having their name and photo entered in the annual graduate yearbook. In addition, various advisors appear on the start of studies, university sports and opportunities to obtain a scholarship.

In addition, the student video magazine reports on news and events relating to the university. Since 2008, over 115 four- to eight-minute programs have been filmed, both on external topics such as the education strike or an art exhibition as well as on internal topics such as the Children's Research Day. The documentation on the local education strike, which was larger than at other universities, was viewed over 500,000 times and performed publicly in Düsseldorf , Cologne , Siegen , Berlin and Vienna . The program is editorially independent and has been broadcast regularly on the nationwide television learning channel nrwision since October 2010 .

The university also operates its own Facebook fan page and an Instagram account under the name uni.wuppertal.

Campus App

Since June 2015 the university has been operating the so-called Campus App , a mobile app for smartphones. It offers a comprehensive repertoire of various information and services. In addition to general information such as menus in the canteens and cafeterias, timetables for all campuses, an overview of all the news and appointments published on the homepage, a list of people or an online catalog of the library, there is also a personalized area called "My Studies", which can be used to register for your own courses or notes can be viewed. A highlight of the application is the Campus Navi , which the user can use to navigate through site plans, interactive maps and navigation to every room and facility at the university. By June 2015, the app had already been downloaded over 5000 times.

Choir & orchestra

The two ensembles of the university choir and the university orchestra are open to musically inclined students . The university choir is a pop choir with a broad range of styles with songs from the genres of pop, rock, musical, jazz, blues and Latin. The ensemble performs regularly at the first semester welcome in the university hall and other festive events at the university. At the end of each semester there are concerts with the university orchestra, in which the repertoire developed during the semester is presented. In 2019 the choir had around 60 members. In 2019, the orchestra consisted of around 50 musicians. The ensembles operate a joint YouTube channel and are headed by Christoph Spengler .


Street food event in July 2016


  • Campus Christmas market : Since 2014 there has been a Christmas market for three days each year on the library forecourt.
  • Spring cleaning: Since 2015, together with students, walls have been painted, lecture halls cleaned and plants distributed, and a final barbecue party has been organized.
  • University Sports Festival : Since 2008, the well-attended sports festival has been taking place regularly in the summer, with the focus on creative competitions apart from well-known sports. In addition, the university sports program offers course samples from the semester program.
  • University sports show : The sports and dance show has been taking place in the university hall since 2010 under annually changing mottos . Different groups of local university sports offer demonstrations in tricking and acrobatics as well as different dance styles.
  • In progress: Since 2009, selected semester papers by art students have been exhibited regularly in winter. Under the direction of Katja Pfeiffer , works of art from the fields of painting, sculpture, video, installation, graphics and photography are shown in the foyer of Building I. In January 2014, the Lions Club Wuppertal presented the Lions Award, endowed with 5000 euros, for the first time .
  • Kachelcross: The Kachelcross is an event of the Industrial Design subject . Students have to develop machines that can perform certain tasks without remote control. In most cases, balls have to be collected and / or obstacle courses have to be mastered. In addition to functionality, design is also assessed.
  • Screenshot : Parallel to InArbeit , works from the fields of painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, video and installation will be exhibited. It was initiated in 2011 by Katja Pfeiffer and Armin Hartenstein .
  • Summer University: The Summer University is a project of the University's Equal Opportunities Office and is aimed at high school students in the region. The main focus is on the presentation of courses that are traditionally mostly requested by men. The event is supported by numerous companies in the region.
  • Research Day : Since 2005 the regular Research Day organized to convey in the form of non-technical lectures and exhibits, research university in the region and to give the chance to children to conduct experiments. Event locations are central locations such as the City-Arkaden Wuppertal or the church in the city
  • University concert: The series of university concerts was initiated in 1984 and has taken place regularly ever since. The venue is u. a. the Pauluskirche on Campus Haspel. Well-known artists and ensembles such as Vokalensemble Cantabile , Judy Winter , Olivia Molina , Dominique Horwitz , Helen Schneider , Katja Ebstein , EPI or the Klazz Brothers gave concerts as part of the series, and the university choir and orchestra also perform regularly. In December 2014 the event took place for the 300th time.
  • UniPop: Since 2005, at the end of the lecture period of the respective semester, the UniPop event has been held with live music by students from pop, rock and jazz. Both charts and original compositions are presented in Wuppertal clubs.
  • UniTal: Since 2007, lectures by Wuppertal professors on their subject areas have been given regularly to local audiences in the Elberfeld Center. The main organizers are the Association of Friends and Alumni of the Bergische Universität and the Westdeutsche Zeitung .
  • University ball : The university ball has been held in the historic town hall since 2003 and is aimed at students, professors, graduates, employees and their guests. Since 2011 the events have been regularly sold out with over 2000 visitors.
  • Lecture series with RGA and ST : The university lecture series has been held in cooperation with the Remscheider General-Anzeiger and the Solinger Tageblatt since the mid-1980s . The lectures are given by professors from the Bergische Universität on fixed topics on Mondays in the Solingen start-up and technology center and on Thursdays in the Lennep monastery church in Remscheid.
  • Welcome Week: The Welcome Week is an introductory event for all freshmen and serves as orientation at the beginning of the course, to explain important institutes and facilities as well as to introduce the campuses and the city. At the beginning of this week, all freshmen will be welcomed in the university hall by the university rector Lambert T. Koch . In addition, some faculties offer independent “orientation phases(O phase) .

At the end of June 2016, the university organized and hosted the 1st Streetfood Wuppertal @Campus , at which around 20 restaurants and companies offered street food from different continents and regions. Around 15,000 university members as well as local and regional visitors came on both days of the event.

Student parties

DormitoryBASH 2016

In the course of a semester, numerous campus or student parties take place at the university and local clubs, most of which are organized by student councils or student organizations. Well-known Wuppertal student parties are:

  • Academixx: The Academixx is organized by the student council Sociology / Social Sciences and finds mostly in Club Red Lounge instead. In autumn it is aimed primarily at first-year students.
  • Caipirinha Wiwi Party: The party called Caipi Wiwi for short has been organized by the Economics Student Council since 2002. It takes place in the B7 / Club pavilion next to the theater .
  • CampusBASH: The CampusBASH is one of the parties organized by the local AStA and takes place on the AStA level above the cafeteria. The event is one of the nationally known student parties.
  • CampusBEATZ: The CampusBEATZ party has been taking place as the semester opening and closing in the Apollo Club since 2014.
  • MensaBASH: The MensaBASH is also organized by the AStA and takes place on the AStA level or in the cafeteria.
  • Sports party: The sports party is mostly organized under mottos such as dance in May or the sports party meets Halloween . It takes place in the stock exchange .
  • Uni * Que: The Uni * Que is one of the semester final parties of the University and is in the Kitchen Club instead.
  • WG Party: The WG Party is another party organized by the Economics Student Council and takes place in the Club Red Lounge . A special feature is that drinks can be brought along freely.
  • WHÄM !!: It has been organized by the Economics Student Council at the beginning of the semester since 2011 and takes place in the börse . It's a classic neon party.
  • WohnheimBASH: The WohnheimBASH is the youngest of the BASH events and was first to the dorms in summer 2013 New Burse instead.

The Alchemists' Ball , which took place annually from the mid-1970s to 2008 , was also very well known . It was originally founded as a departmental ball for the chemistry and biology departments at that time and quickly gained national recognition as a carnival-like end to the winter semester. It was held for the last time in 2008 due to high costs, increasing competition from events and new party concepts at the university.

Members of the university

University personalities

In 2015, the university employed over 250 professors. Lambert T. Koch has been Rector since 2008 , and Roland Kischkel has been Chancellor since 2009 .

Former professors (selection)

Mathematician Gerd Faltings

The photographer and animator Albrecht Ade taught from 1971 to 1977 at the university in the faculty of art and design. In 1982 he initiated the Stuttgart International Animated Film Festival and from 1991 built up the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy . The graphic artist Gerd Aretz , born in Wuppertal, was professor of illustration from 1964 to 1995. He was one of the most successful stamp designers in Germany with stamps he designed, some of which reached billions or three-digit million print runs. The engineering scientist Hans Bode came to the university in 1989 and was dean of mechanical engineering for several years. He was internationally recognized as an expert in catalytic converter technology . Bazon Brock taught at the Bergische Universität from 1980 until his retirement in 2001 and is still considered to be one of the key influencers of the Fluxus art of the 1960s. The sculptor Claus Bury took over a professorship at the university from 1987 to 2003. His large-format sculptures, which are exhibited in various German cities, have made him famous in particular. Claus Jürgen Diederichs worked from 1981 to 2006 as a professor for construction industry and construction management, was an expert at two chambers of commerce and in 1984 designed a project management performance profile that quickly became a nationwide basis. The children's book author Wolf Erlbruch taught at the university from 1997 to 2009. He published numerous illustrations and books over a period of 20 years and received national awards such as the German Youth Literature Prize in 1993 and the Hans Christian Andersen Prize in 2006 . The mathematician Gerd Faltings became Germany's youngest full professor in Wuppertal at the age of 27, he received the Fields Medal in 1986 for a breakthrough in algebraic geometry and was described as the most famous living German mathematician . The designer Willy Fleckhaus taught at the university until his death and was one of the most important German graphic designers between 1950 and 1983 . The historian Eckhard Freise , who holds the Chair of Medieval History , was the first candidate to win the TV program “ Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? “One million DM and gained nationwide fame through further appearances in TV shows such as The Great IQ Test .

Writer Lev Kopelev

The industrial designer Oliver Grabes was a professor for industrial design / conception and design of consumer goods and received over 30 awards and prizes for various concepts, especially technical devices. Since 2009 he has been chief designer at the electrical appliance manufacturer Braun . As a specialist in the field of algebra and number theory , the mathematician Günter Harder enjoys worldwide renown. Visiting professorships have taken him to Harvard , Yale and Berkeley Universities , among the most renowned universities in the world. Color television was introduced in West Germany in 1967 under the direction of television technician Franz Josef In der Smitten , who was dean at Bergische Universität for eight years . The graphic designer Günther Kieser was a professor of visual communication for eleven years and is considered the most important German designer of jazz and rock posters. The writer and humanist Lev Zinovievich Kopelew campaigned for reconciliation between Germans and Russians and quickly became a symbol of international understanding. Thomas Koebner was a literary and media scholar and published over 50 works, mostly books, on the subjects of literary, theater and film history. Even Uwe Loesch was a famous Wuppertal poster designer, whose works earned him even international recognition and awards. The numerous works of art by the visual artist Anna Oppermann still occupy an important position in the international art epoch of the 1960s and 1970s. The multiple award-winning mathematician Michael Rapoport achieved international renown through his works on higher-dimensional generalizations of module functions and his proof of the long-country conjecture for local function bodies. Heinz Rölleke taught German philology including folklore at the university for 27 years and became an internationally renowned Grimm researcher through the publication of books, essays and reviews . For his work he received, among other things, the Cross of Merit 1st Class and the European Fairy Tale Prize . The engineering scientist Bernhard Walz had a decisive influence on the development of construction plans for the Burgholz tunnel in the Cronenberg district , the largest road tunnel in North Rhine-Westphalia. Heinz-Erich Wichmann is one of the best-known and most important epidemiologists with over 450 scientific papers and studies and has received several national and international awards.

Current professors (selection)

Politician Winfried Bausback

Winfried Bausback is Professor of Business Law and has been a member of the CSU in the Bavarian State Parliament as a member of the Aschaffenburg-West constituency since 2008 and was appointed Minister of Justice to the Seehofer II cabinet in 2013 . His professorship is therefore suspended. Born in Switzerland, Doris Bühler-Niederberger is internationally known as a sociologist and, above all, regarded as an expert in the sociology of childhood . The lawyer and attorney Horst Franke has already published over 50 publications, is a member of the advisory boards or boards of several organizations such as the Center for German and International Building and Civil Engineering Law and received the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012 . As a professor of occupational physiology, occupational medicine and infection protection, Friedrich Hofmann is the editor of more than 50 books and 500 specialist publications. For a long time he was a member of the Standing Vaccination Commission and is the scientific advisory board of the German Green Cross . The experimental physicist Karl-Heinz Kampert has already published more than 500 partly groundbreaking publications and has been leading the large-scale physical experiment at the Pierre Auger Observatory since 2010 .

Ancient historian Karl-Wilhelm Weeber

The macromolecular chemist Ullrich Scherf has been teaching at the university since 2002 and is head of the Institute for Polymer Technology . He is one of the most cited materials scientists in the world. The economist and professor Ronald Schettkat has already made guest appearances at numerous renowned universities, such as the universities of Amsterdam , Stanford , Berkeley and Princeton , and acts as a specialist advisor to international organizations such as the OECD and the European Union . The designer Gert Trauernicht worked for companies such as Volkswagen , BMW and Sony and has already received several awards, including prestigious prizes such as the iF Design Award and the red Dot Design Award . Dieter Vieweger is a member of several archaeological and theological societies such as the German Archaeological Institute and director of the Biblical-Archaeological Institute in Wuppertal and two institutes in Jerusalem and Amman , where he has led several excavations. Karl-Wilhelm Weeber is one of the best-known classical philologists and ancient historians in Germany. He teaches at the same time at the Ruhr University in Bochum and has written over 100 mostly popular science books, many on the subject of " Ancient Rome " and " Ancient Greece ". Paul JJ Welfens is professor of macroeconomic theory and one of the most respected economists in the world. In the past few years he has published almost 200 works in this field, many of which set macroeconomic guidelines and are widely used as teaching material.

Honorary citizen of the Bergische Universität

Until 2012, the university had conferred honorary citizenship twelve times.

The first to receive this award in 1976 was Stella and Gustav Adolf Baum . Stella Baum worked as an author, Gustav Adolf Baum as a businessman. Both had been active as art collectors since 1945 and in the years prior to the founding of the university had made a contribution to the development of the city into a university city, among other things by providing a forum in their private home, in which the founding rectorate could establish and establish important contacts. In 1996 the Wuppertal entrepreneur Jörg Mittelsten Scheid , who until 2005 was the head of the Vorwerk group as well as president and member of several trade associations, was made an honorary citizen of the university. His uncle Erich Mittelsten Scheid , also head of the company, had previously been honored in 1977 . The last award so far received in 2012 went to the lawyer Klaus Peters , who became Chancellor and Head of Administration at Bergische Universität in 1972 and held this position for almost 30 years until his retirement in 2001.

Well-known students / alumni (selection)


In the 2014 academic year (as of December 1, 2014), 3,139 people were employed at the Bergische Universität, 2,146 of them in the academic and administrative areas and 993 as student or academic assistants. Of the total of 251 professors, 24% were female (61 people). There were 14 professorships financed by third parties, most of them financed by Forschungszentrum Jülich (four). In addition to the professors, 35 lecturers were employed. The academic staff (excluding professors) comprised 717 people in the departments and the School of Education . The proportion of female employees was around 34% (241 people). The non-academic staff in the departments and the School of Education comprised 585 people. The proportion of female employees was around 56% (328 people). In 2015, the university employed a total of 29 trainees in 13 professions.


In the 2016/17 winter semester, for the first time in its more than 40-year history, almost 22,000 students were enrolled at Bergische Universität, the proportion of female students was 59%. 5231 students were assigned to department A, 3233 to department B, 2998 to department C, 2784 to department D, 2322 to department G, 1615 to department E, 524 to department F and 236 to the School of Education .

14,360 students were enrolled in the Bachelor's degree, 2735 in the Master's, 1626 in the teaching profession or in the Master of Education , 1096 in the field of “other” (doctorate etc.) and 222 in the diploma and similar degrees. In 2014/15 there were no more students enrolled in the Magister for the first time. Of more than 4,000 graduates in the 2013 examination year, only around 1,000 graduated within the standard period of study .

In the 2014 examination year, 123 doctorates were completed, around 30 more than in the previous year. In physics (19 doctorates), economics (19) and chemistry (18), most doctorates in a subject were completed. There were no completed doctorates in Catholic theology or music in the period from 2008 to 2014. In the period from 2010 to 2014, 522 doctorates and 24 habilitations were completed, seven of them in the 2010 and 2012 examination years.

International students

In the winter term 2013/14 were 1,301 foreign students enrolled at UW. Most of them (321) came from the People's Republic of China , with 85 students from Iran , 69 from the Russian Federation , 68 from Cameroon and 63 from Ukraine following at a greater distance . A total of 6.8% of the enrolled students came from abroad. PhD students, German course participants and visiting and exchange students are grouped together as foreign students. The total number of foreign students, including those who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification in Germany, is 2295. They come from 110 countries, with 445 most of them from Turkey. The total proportion of foreign students is then around 12%, which is around one percentage point above the national average of 11.3%.

As part of the In Touch Wuppertal project , refugees were able to take part in university events for the first time in the 2015/16 winter semester.



  • In 2008, the German Economic Review magazine , which evaluated research activities for the first time, recognized the productivity of the Faculty of Economics on the basis of scientific publications. It was classified in three categories in a top group of 50 universities in German-speaking countries.
  • In the nationwide start-up ranking, which is carried out every two years, the Bergische Universität has already achieved good rankings several times since 2001, and has already been named the best start-up location in Germany three times. Usually around 55 to 65 universities are assessed. In 2009, the areas “ Entrepreneurship Education”, “Spin-off Activities”, “Extra-Curricular Qualification and Support” and “Mobilization” received top marks. In 2011, with third place behind the universities of Munich and Berlin (both TU) , the university achieved one of the first three places for the sixth time in a row and thus shows a unique continuity in a German comparison.
  • In the CHE ExcellenceRanking , the university was placed in a Europe-wide group of around 100 universities that offer research-intensive subjects with an international focus for doctoral and master’s students in the fields of economics, psychology and political science. In economics in particular, it belongs to a top group of 51 European universities, including the renowned universities of Cambridge , Oxford , Vienna and Zurich . In 2007, the university was placed in the top European group in the field of physics.
  • In the CHE university ranking , which evaluates over 300 universities in German-speaking countries based on the judgments of over 250,000 students, the Bergische Universität received three awards. In 2011 it reached the top group in eleven of 13 categories. With an overall grade of 1.9, the Faculty of Economics in particular was above the national average of 2.6. Above all, categories dedicated to the support and supervision of the students received good ratings. In the 2012 ranking, the university again received very good ratings, meaning that mathematics and sports science and several natural science subjects are among the top German groups. In 2014, the university received a total of five top ratings in industrial engineering and economics.
  • In a nationwide ranking of all universities with more than 15,000 students of the General German University Sports Association, the university took fourth place in January 2012 behind the Georg-August University of Göttingen , the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover and the leading University of Potsdam . Evaluation criteria were the number of educational events organized in the field of university sports, the quality of these events and the number of employees and students sent to events at other universities. In 2010 the university was ranked 26th and in 2011 it was ranked 13th.


  • In July 2011, the local university sport received two nationwide awards. On the one hand, the “University Sports Break Express”, which is carried out in cooperation with the universities of Aachen, Paderborn and Potsdam, was recognized as the best measure. On the other hand, the project “Potential der Pause” was awarded as the second best project.
  • In 2012, the university was awarded the title “ CUDA Research Center” by the graphics card manufacturer Nvidia because of its efforts to develop innovative scientific computing on graphics cards .
  • At the end of 2014, the university received the Wuppertal Business Prize in the City Marketing Prize category for its supraregional importance in research and teaching.

In addition, lecturers, students and graduates are regularly recognized with awards for publications, academic achievements, theses or special merits of special specialist groups.


  • World economist Sir Hans Wolfgang Singer , born in 1910 in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, the current location of the university, had to emigrate in 1933 at the age of 22. He had avoided Germany after the Second World War , but in the eighties accepted an invitation from the then economics department of the university to come to his hometown to give lectures to students from Wuppertal. On the trail of his childhood, he discovered that the house where he was born and the surroundings of his childhood in the southern part of the Elberfeld region no longer existed.
  • The craze Street Boccia , even Crossboule or Crossboccia called, was developed by two students from the UW, Mark Caliman and Tim Bellow, as a further development of the traditional bowls or petanque invented. They combined the well-known style of play with new balls, 3/4 filled with granulate, which enable play in three-dimensional space and on different levels. In 2013 the world championship in street boccia took place in Wuppertal. In 2012, 50,000 active players were estimated across Europe.
  • From the 07/08 winter semester to the 2011 summer semester, some lectures were held in the Wuppertal Cinemaxx cinema, as the university did not have enough capacity to accommodate more than 700 students. With the construction of the 18 million euro lecture hall building K , which also includes lecture hall 33, which can hold almost 800 people, this problem was resolved promptly.
  • Library director Dieter Stuellen, in office from 1972 to 2006, was active as a soccer referee in German professional football from 1974 to 1983 and directed 119 games in the Bundesliga , 2nd Bundesliga , 2nd Bundesliga North and the DFB-Pokal . He had the most appearances with eleven each in games involving Eintracht Braunschweig and 1. FC Kaiserslautern . He was also the relay leader in the football district of Bonn and was involved in the Middle Rhine Football Association and in the West German Football and Athletics Association . For this he was awarded the sports badge of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2011 .

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