German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer

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German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer
founding 1947
Sponsorship 16 states and federal government
place DEU Speyer COA.svg Speyer
state Rhineland-PalatinateRhineland-Palatinate Rhineland-Palatinate
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Holger Mühlenkamp
Students 371 WS 2014/15
Professors 18th
Annual budget 12,514,900 euros (2016)
Networks DFH
Audimax of the University of Speyer, designed in 1959 by Sep Ruf
A special feature in Germany: the University of Speyer is supported by the federal government and all 16 federal states - symbolized in the auditorium by the coat of arms of the university's bearers with the federal eagle and the coats of arms of the 16 federal states; the coat of arms on the top left is the university coat of arms
Sep Ruf's light architecture: hall to the right (north) of the main entrance, with a view of the small eastern courtyard. Behind the window front of the Audimax.
Lecture hall 1, north side with double projection options and video conference connection
Sep Ruf's creative drive: Lecture hall 1 is opened to nature with a glass wall. The shear wall and a wooden canopy, like the top of the interior, seem to continue the space outdoors.
Auditorium facing east to the coat of arms
View from the auditorium to the inner courtyard with daffodils. On the left in the background the Freiherr vom Stein guest house
Sep Ruf's guest house Freiherr vom Stein
View from the roof of the Freiherr vom Stein guest house over the cafeteria roof, outdoor seating cafeteria, research building and, on the right, teaching building
Research building (1970) with the 17 chairs of the University of Speyer and, as a northern extension, the offices of the FÖV. In the basement there is a print shop and university data center
Entrance to the Otto Mayer guesthouse, which the university shares with the state educational institute (especially teacher training), but which is managed by the university.
Foyer of the Otto Mayer guest house
Guesthouse Otto Mayer - round lecture hall
Guesthouse Otto Mayer from the southeast
Guesthouse Otto Mayer - view from the north-west

The German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer is a federal educational institution and is considered the leading university for the study of administrative sciences in Germany. Founded in 1947 as the State Academy for Administrative Sciences Speyer under the then French occupying power based on the original model of the École nationale d'administration (ENA), the university soon became the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and, after German reunification, the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer ( DHV Speyer) renamed. It is jointly supported by the federal government, the home state Rhineland-Palatinate and the other 15 federal states of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is each financed by around one third.

Today's university is entrusted with the maintenance of administrative sciences in research and teaching by the law on the German University for Administrative Sciences . In addition to the normative regulation, the University of Speyer is based on a state treaty between the home state Rhineland-Palatinate , the other federal states and the federal government.

The university offers five courses of study: the one-semester postgraduate administrative science supplementary course, the one-year postgraduate postgraduate course to the Magister in Administrative Sciences and, since 2012, the two Master's courses in Public Administration for at least Bachelor graduates (initially Administrative Sciences and Public Economics and part-time and paid the Master in Science Management . In spring and autumn, the university offers further training events for civil servants in the higher service .

Most of the professors at the university do research on the state and administration not only in their chairs, but also as members of the German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer , which was part of the Leibniz Association , located on campus .

As of July 2005, the university had 17 chairs , around 65 lecturers and around 300 to 400 students . The average age of the students in May 2008 was 29 years.


Supplementary studies in administrative science

Around half of the student body for this one-semester postgraduate supplementary course consists of graduates from non-legal disciplines, in particular economists, social and political scientists. Moreover, there is about half of the students from lawyers to legal after the first state examination which closes the university training of lawyers, as Rechtsreferendare be formed practically and theoretically further in various stations, and the management duty station, the choice station or the attorney station at the University of Speyer can do. Upon request, the trainee lawyers are sent to Speyer for supplementary studies by the federal states in which they are being trained. A binding quota has been allocated to each federal state. The sending takes place depending on the state after performance principle (results of the first state examination) after served basis (order of requests) or by Losprinzip. Students can choose from around 100 courses. You have to take between 20 and 22 hours per week in the semester, of which one seminar each, a project-related working group (de facto another seminar, usually organized by a practitioner), lawyers also their so-called national exercise. The semester times are from November 1st to January 31st (winter semester) and from May 1st to July 31st (summer semester).

Postgraduate studies for a master’s degree in administrative sciences

There is also a two-semester postgraduate course for above-average (best 30%) graduates of a university degree in law , economics or social sciences that lead to a Magister in Administrative Sciences (Magister rerum publicarum with the abbreviation Mag. Rer. Publ.). It uses the same courses as the supplementary course. Within this course, which is completed by around 30 German and 10 foreign students (a total of 43 advanced students in the 2011 summer semester), various focus areas can be selected. The title of Mag. Rer. publ. has been awarded to almost 1,500 graduates since the university was founded (as of April 2012).

Since 1991, the University of Speyer has offered an international supplement to the postgraduate course. This so-called EMPA course (European Masters of Public Administration) is a study program at various European universities and offers participants in the postgraduate course the opportunity to complete an additional semester abroad at one of the partner universities. In this way, participants in the EMPA program have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the public administration of another European country and to familiarize themselves with the process of internationalization of public administration. In addition to Speyer, the partner universities include the following universities:

The EMPA program is integrated into the postgraduate course in administrative science. All participants in the EMPA program receive a certificate of participation in the EMPA program after the regular - but postponed - Magister examination in addition to the academic degree "Magister of Administrative Sciences".

Masters courses in Administrative Sciences (Public Administration) and Public Economics

In November 2011 the two master’s courses “Administrative Sciences” and “Public Economy” started at the university. Both courses are offered in a two-year variant for graduates of relevant Bachelor courses and in a one-year variant for graduates of relevant courses with a diploma, master's or master's degree or with a state examination. Since the 2015/16 winter semester, only the two-year variant has been offered and the master’s “Administrative Sciences” has been renamed “Public Administration”.

The master's degree in “Public Administration” imparts transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary combined knowledge of action and decision-making in the public sector from the point of view of administrative science, law, social science and economics. On a broad scientific basis, the students acquire control knowledge with regard to design options for the fulfillment of public tasks and the decision-making processes required for them. You will learn to develop new problem perspectives and solutions that respond to the changed role of the state and administration in an internationally open order and meet the requirements of constitutional and democratic action as well as economic effectiveness and efficiency. The master’s degree in public economy enables its graduates to take on management positions in the public economy or in positions entrusted with the supervision or regulation of public economy as well as in the related consulting companies. You qualify e.g. B. for the professional fields of public companies, companies that are active in services of general interest, ministries, authorities at all state or municipal levels, regulatory and competition authorities, consulting firms, commercial law firms or business development institutions. After completing their studies, the graduates are able to participate in the design of public economic activity and to analyze options in this regard. Representatives from professional practice were involved in a workshop to define the qualification objectives.

Part-time MPA science management course

The curriculum of the two-year course is based on the many years of experience of the German University for Administrative Sciences Speyer and the Center for Science Management eV (ZWM) in the advanced training of executives. In contrast to other continuing education programs that focus either on the higher education sector or the education sector, the Speyer master's degree is geared towards the entire scientific system with its various organizations and structures.

Doctorate and habilitation

The university has the right to award doctorates ( Doctor of Administrative Sciences, Dr. rerum publicarum abbreviated: Dr. rer. Publ.) And the right to habilitation . In the meantime, due to a change in the doctoral regulations at the university, the degree of Dr. iuris and a Dr. rer. pole. to be obtained.

The prerequisite for a doctorate is, among other things, that a degree in law , economics , social sciences or history has been completed with an above-average result (best third) or the academic degree of a master's degree in administrative sciences has been passed with an overall grade of at least good.

The doctoral program lasts at least two semesters and does not have to be completed consecutively. Semesters completed in supplementary or postgraduate studies can be credited towards the course.

Speyer University Library

With around 310,000 works (as of July 2014) on almost 2,000 m², the Speyer University Library is the largest special administrative library in Germany. After the neighboring Palatinate State Library in Speyer , which holds around 1 million books, it is the second largest library in Speyer. The main focus of the holdings are law, administration and economics, political science, philosophy, social sciences and modern history. The library holds approximately 1,000 periodicals, including both domestic and foreign journals and decision books, and provides access to approximately 12,500 journals and newspapers in electronic form. A wide variety of specialist databases are also available. a. Juris , Beck-Online and Legion. The university library thus covers the information requirements for research, teaching and studying in the subject areas mentioned and also offers over 200 workplaces. The online catalog OPAC (Open Public Access Catalog) can be used to research the library's holdings and the availability of individual works. In addition to the members of the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, the library is also available to interested citizens as a reference library. The university is aiming to build a new library with a computer center, for which a plan by the architect Max Dudler was drawn up after a VOF tender .

Street names and development

The German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, whose campus includes a street block in the Speyer-Südwest area, has been given two street names by the city of Speyer. The east side of the campus with the teaching building (lecture halls, library, rectorate and study administration) and Freiherr vom Stein guest house (student room, center for science management , third-party funded staff, infrastructure management of the university) is accessed from Freiherr-vom-Stein-Strasse named after the Prussian administrative reformer Heinrich Friedrich Karl from and to the stone . Since the sports fields of the double grammar school are on the west side of the street, the University of Speyer is the only one on the street despite house number 2. The south side of the campus with taberna ( cafeteria ), research building (chairs and research institute), guest house Otto Mayer and the external building of the Speyer advanced training center of the PL is accessed from Otto-Mayer-Straße , named after the lawyer and important founder of administrative science Otto Mayer , who was also the father of the Administrative Procedure Act .


It is noteworthy that the core of the small campus on the western edge of the city of Speyer was built from 1959 to 1960 by the well-known post-war architect Sep Ruf , who was in the Bauhaus tradition . The teaching building with library and academic administration, in which Sep Ruf his goal of integrating nature into the building, with three inner courtyards, glass walls to the outside, shear walls with which the lecture hall walls are extended into nature, and cantilevered flat roofs as an extension who realized ceilings in the open air is considered particularly successful. The building was carefully renovated by Günther Franz (President of the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Architects). The building complex was included in the list of cultural monuments of Rhineland-Palatinate.


The State Academy for Administrative Sciences Speyer was established on January 11, 1947 by order no. 194 of the Administrateur Général for the French zone of occupation . Studying at the academy was supposed to lead to the Grand State Examination as a special training course , which was a prerequisite for access to higher service in general administration. The special training consisted of administrative studies and periods of administrative practice. On May 15, 1947, the academy was opened in the Speyer building, Johannesstr. 10 opened. The advanced training began with the 1st Political Science Advanced Training Conference from July 2 to 31, 1947.

On April 1, 1950, the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer was founded by the Rhineland-Palatinate state law of August 30, 1950 (GVBl. P. 265). The first trainee lawyers for supplementary studies as part of the standard training for lawyers began in the 1950/51 winter semester. With the last holding of the Great State Examination, the special training for the higher service in Speyer ended in 1952. An administrative agreement on the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer between Rhineland-Palatinate (signed on April 23, 1952), the federal government (May 19, 1952) and the governments of Bavaria (May 17, 1952), Lower Saxony (August 12, 1952) and Schleswig- Holsteins (September 23, 1952) was closed in 1952. The administrative agreement was signed by North Rhine-Westphalia (July 2, 1953), Bremen (October 1, 1953), Baden-Württemberg (April 28, 1955), Hamburg (September 1, 1955), Hesse (November 25, 1956), the Saarland ( March 19, 1957) and Berlin (June 27, 1961).

The new building of the university on Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 2, designed by the architect Sep Ruf , which was started on November 4, 1958, was handed over on September 14, 1960. On October 2, 1961, the university received the right to habilitation . The Institute for Research and Information of the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer was opened on January 1, 1962, the research institute of the University on February 1, 1965 by decree of the Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate of January 31, 1965. The expansion of the library in 1969 doubled its usable area. The university was granted the right to award doctorates on November 10, 1970. In 1971 the university was included in the West German Rectors' Conference . The introductory and leadership seminars for civil servants in the higher service began in the 1971/72 academic year.

The Research Institute for Public Administration at the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer was founded on January 1, 1976 as a non-incorporated public law institution with its own organs. On May 1, 1976, the one-year postgraduate course was set up, leading to the academic title of Magister in Administrative Sciences (Magister rerum publicarum). The university put the first IT systems into operation on November 4, 1976. The chair building was rebuilt between 1976 and 1977. The state law on the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer replaced the law of 1950 on September 1, 1978. Postgraduate studies for foreigners for lecturers at foreign administrative schools and management officials who are involved in questions of training, further education and administrative reform began in 1982. 1982–84 the chair building was given an extension for the research institute.

The states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , Thuringia , Saxony , Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt joined the administrative agreement on the university on January 1, 1991. A joint guest house with conference wing for the university, the State Institute for Teacher Training and the Speyer Management College were built on September 15, 1995. The 1996/97 amendment to the Administrative Higher Education Act also affected the university. In 2012 it was renamed the German University for Administrative Sciences Speyer , and the master’s courses began in the same year.


Well-known graduates

Scientists who graduated from university

Well-known chair holders and lecturers

  • In 1969, the future Federal President Roman Herzog accepted the call to Speyer for the Chair of Political Science and Politics; from 1971 to 1972 he was its rector.
  • In 1969 the President of the LZB -Rhineland-Palatinate, Fritz Duppré, was appointed honorary professor.
  • Herbert Petzold , former Chancellor D. of the European Court of Human Rights has a teaching assignment
  • Hermann Brill , social democratic politician, co-initiator of the Buchenwald Manifesto and first post-war district president of Thuringia (lecturer)
  • Klaus Töpfer , former Federal Minister D., was a lecturer from 1971 to 1978
  • The historian Rudolf Morsey held the chair for modern history from 1970 to 1996.
  • The social scientist Helmut Klages held the sociological chair from 1975 to 1999
  • The sociologist Arnold Gehlen was a full professor of psychology and sociology from 1947 to 1961
  • From 1972 to 2002, Klaus König , former ministerial director in the Federal Chancellery , held the chair for administrative science, government theory and public law
  • Florian Gerster was Minister in Rhineland-Palatinate and Chairman of the Board of the Federal Employment Agency
  • From 1975 to 2001 Carl Böhret held the chair for political science
  • From 1971 to 1973 Renate Mayntz taught organizational sociology
  • Heinrich Reinermann , one of the pioneers of administrative informatics in Germany, held the chair for administrative science and administrative informatics from 1973 to 2003. From 1990 to 1994 he was Rector and Vice Rector
  • Joachim Wieland , member of the Constitutional Court for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Political scientist Joachim Jens Hesse taught from 1984 to 1991
  • The party critic Hans Herbert von Arnim was rector from 1993 to 1995 and is still a member of the research institute for public administration that is based at her.
  • Jochen Dieckmann , former North Rhine-Westphalian finance and justice minister, has been a lecturer since 1997
  • Edda Müller , former Minister of State D., until 2007 board member of the Federal Association of Consumer Organizations, is an honorary professor
  • Waldemar Schreckenberger , former head of the Federal Chancellery
  • Karl Friedrich Meyer, President of the Constitutional Court of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Higher Administrative Court of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Dieter Engels , President of the Federal Audit Office
  • Klaus-Eckart Gebauer, director of the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate a. D.
  • Helmut Peter Koch, President of the Speyer Social Court
  • Wolfgang Zeh , Director at the German Bundestag a. D.
  • Angelika Menne-Haritz, Director at the Federal Archives, Berlin
  • Georg-Berndt Oschatz , former Lower Saxony Minister of Culture and Director of the Federal Council
  • Wilhelm Eckert , former Minister of Finance
  • Willi Geiger , former judge at the Federal Court of Justice and the Federal Constitutional Court
  • Thomas King

Prominent academic staff and speakers

Prominent honorary doctors

See also

Neighbors south across Otto-Mayer-Straße:


to the University:

  • Franz Knöpfle : 25 years at the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer , in democracy and administration. 25 Years University of Administrative Sciences Speyer , 1972, pp. 11–75
  • Rudolf Morsey : 50 years of the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer (1947–1997) , in Klaus Lüder (Ed.): State and Administration. Fifty Years of the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer , Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1997, pp. 13–50
  • Jérome Vaillant: France's cultural policy in Germany 1945–1949 , in Peter Hüttenberger, Hansgeorg Molitor (ed.): Franzosen und Deutsche am Rhein 1789–1918–1945 , 1991, pp. 112–114
  • Karsten Ruppert : The beginnings of the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer , in Helmut Flachendecker, Dietmar Grypta (ed.): School, university and education. Festschrift for Harald Dickerhof on his 65th birthday , Regensburg 2007, Verlag Friedrich Pustet, ISBN 978-3-7917-2117-0

to the building:

  • Herbert Knoll (ed.), Artur Pfau (photographer): University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer am Rhein , in glasforum, 1/1961, pp. 31–53
  • University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer , in Architecture and New Building, 1963, Issue 2, pp. 129–135
  • Herbert Dellwing : Cultural monuments in Rhineland-Palatinate, Volume 1 , 1985, p. 90, entry: Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 2, picture and floor plan p. 91

Web links

Individual evidence

  • Source for data from 1947 to 1997: Klaus Lüder (Hrsg.): Staat und Verwaltung. Fifty years of the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer , Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1997, Appendix A: Chronicle of the University
  1. ^ German University for Administrative Sciences Speyer: University management. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  2. Federal Statistical Office: Number of students by type of university, state and university, WS 2014/15, p. 73 , PDF file, accessed on September 6, 2015
  3. Rhineland-Palatinate, budget for the years 2016, section 09, Ministry of Education, Science, Continuing Education and Culture, pp. 125–146 , PDF file, accessed on September 6, 2015
  4. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 3, 2019 .
  6. ^ On sponsorship: § 1 of the state law on the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer
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  14. Compare the list of members of the FÖV ( memento of March 24, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) and chairs of the University of Speyer ( memento of September 6, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  15. Archive link ( Memento from November 4, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  16. ^ Herbert Dellwing: Kulturdenkmäler in Rheinland-Pfalz, Volume 1, 1985, p. 90, entry: Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 2, picture and floor plan p. 91
  17. Journal Officiel No. 52 of January 17, 1947, p. 583
  18. ^ Source for data from 1949 to 1997: Klaus Lüder (Hrsg.): Staat und Verwaltung. Fifty years of the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer , Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1997, Appendix A: Chronicle of the University
  19. Michael Frenzel: Corpses in the basement - How Germany supports international war criminals. , Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuchverlag, 2011, p. 127
  20. ^ Dietfrid Krause-Vilmar: Hermann Brill and the founding of the Institute for Contemporary History (pdf) , Fritz Bauer Institute , newsletter issue 29
  21. Hermann Louis Brill on

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