Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University

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Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University
founding March 1, 2009
Sponsorship state
place twelve locations
state Baden-Württemberg
country Germany
president Arnold van Zyl
Students 34,304 (WS 2019/2020)
Employee 2,004
including professors approx. 650 (WS 2015)
Annual budget 203 million (2015)
Networks DFH
DHBW locations (pink: branch offices)
DHBW Stuttgart
DHBW Mannheim
DHBW Loerrach
DHBW Heidenheim

The Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University ( DHBW ) has been a state-owned dual university in Baden-Württemberg since March 1, 2009 , offering dual courses of study . Including all study academies, it is the largest university in the state in terms of student numbers and, like most universities in Baden-Württemberg, a corporation under public law .

As a state institution, the institution includes the legally dependent study academies in Heidenheim , Karlsruhe , Lörrach , Mannheim , Mosbach with the Bad Mergentheim branch, Ravensburg with the Friedrichshafen branch , Stuttgart with the Horb branch, Villingen-Schwenningen and Heilbronn, which has been independent of Mosbach since 2014 . The system of the multi-site university was designed based on the US state university system . The Presidium is based in Stuttgart .


According to the coalition agreement of May 5, 2006, the existing vocational academies were converted into the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. By resolution of the state parliament of December 3, 2008, the law on universities in Baden-Württemberg (State University Act ) was changed accordingly on March 1, 2009. The abolition of the University Framework Act opened up the necessary legal scope to transform the University of Cooperative Education without renouncing its previous structural features. The presidents so far have been Hans Wolff (founding president, 2009–2010) and Reinhold R. Geilsdörfer (2010–2016). Arnold van Zyl has been President of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University since February 1, 2016 .

Bachelor degree

The dual bachelor's degree consists of an academic degree and a practical part that takes place in an external company. Theoretical and practical phases are linked in terms of content and change every three months.

The company, also known as a dual partner , can be a company or a public institution that has been found by the university to be suitable in terms of both personnel and content. The applicants conclude a three-year training contract with the dual partner, where half of the training takes place. The training contract is specified by the university and is binding for the company. The students are therefore also paid a wage . The amount depends on the industry and the company.

The specific design of the dual study program at the DHBW (combined theoretical and practical phases and at the same time the student's training contract with only one dual partner during the entire training period) represents a special form in the area of cooperative education , which is known as Job Integrated Learning .

The Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University awards the Bachelor's degree as an academic degree after completing the three-year course ; Depending on the course, the Bachelor of Arts , Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science . However, the university has no right to award doctorates and no right to habilitation .

Currently, around 100 fields of study from the fields of economics, technology, social affairs and health are offered in over 20 courses.

Admission requirements

The primary prerequisite for studying is the conclusion of a training contract with a dual partner of the DHBW. The general university entrance qualification or the subject-specific university entrance qualification is also required for the corresponding course of study. In certain cases, university admission is also possible for qualified employees without a university entrance qualification.


The DHBW has the accreditation carried out by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency . At the dual university, 70 ECTS points are awarded per academic year in intensive courses instead of 60 ECTS points , as is usual at many other universities . This means that 210 points are achieved for the Bachelor's degree in six instead of seven semesters.

The DHBW has been system-accredited by ZEvA since December 2011. This makes the DHBW the first university in Baden-Württemberg and the third in Germany to receive system accreditation.

Post graduation

The establishment of the DHBW did not change the degrees previously awarded by the vocational academy. The former graduates of a vocational academy can, however, have their diploma (BA) as a state qualification in the corresponding academic degree Diplom (DH) of the dual university on request. The given abbreviation (DH) cannot be omitted, since academic degrees are to be used as they were awarded. The diploma (BA) cannot be postgraduate to a bachelor's degree.

master's degree

For further qualification, the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University offers dual master’s courses in the fields of economics, technology and social affairs. The master’s courses are organized and carried out by the Center for Advanced Studies (DHBW CAS).

The dual master’s degree is carried out on a job-integrating and part-time basis. In contrast to the dual bachelor's degree, students are only present at the university for 2–3 days per month. The rest of the time they work for their employer (also known as a dual partner). Professional integration means that the employer is closely involved in the master’s degree through project work and study work.

The standard period of study for the Master’s degree is four semesters. Most courses can be started in the summer or winter semester.


The university has the following bodies: a supervisory board, a board of directors with a president as chairman, and a senate. The supervisory board has 17 members, with at least eight members from the ranks of companies and institutions (as operational chairmen of the university councils). In addition, a representative of the ministry alternates with a representative of the dual partners in the chairmanship. In the university councils (previous dual senates) the number of representatives of the study academy is always the same as the number of company or institution representatives. About academic questions such as B. the establishment of new or the modernization of existing courses is decided by the Senate. The dual partners are also represented in this by three members (chairperson or deputy chairperson of the specialist commissions).

Differences to the vocational academy

  • In contrast to the previous organization of the vocational academies, the training centers are now also university members and thus represented in the committees.
  • The dual university is a university in contrast to the vocational academy and therefore awards academic degrees instead of state degrees.
  • The dual university is to carry out cooperative research projects.
  • The salary of the professors will gradually be converted to salary group W2 . The remuneration can be topped up with private third-party funds.

Dual partners

Around 9,500 companies (2014) work with DHBW as a "dual partner". These include both small and medium-sized companies as well as large companies .

Web links

Commons : Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bachelor students from all DHBW locations. Retrieved July 23, 2020 .
  2. a b Numbers and facts about the DHBW. Retrieved January 25, 2017 .
  3. Annual report of the DHBW 2015/2016. (PDF; 1.3 MB) March 1, 2016, accessed January 9, 2017 .
  4. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 3, 2019 .
  5. a b Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University: Profile ( Memento from June 2, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  6. § 1 DH-ErrichtG (BW) in connection with § 76 ff. LHG (BW)
  7. ^ Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University: The locations of the DHBW ( Memento from September 2, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Rüdiger Soldt: The way to the "dual university". In: FAZ . January 10, 2008, ISSN  0174-4909 , p. 10 ( online ).
  9. Handover to Arnold van Zyl as rector of the DHBW ( Memento from February 9, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), report on, February 2, 2016.
  10. Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University: Advantages of a dual partnership: Looking for highly qualified young people? Take matters into your own hands! ( Memento from May 15, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  11. Marcus Hoffmann, Brigitte Ilg: Taking Work Integrated Learning (WIL) One Step Further: A Case Study in Job Integrated Learning (JIL) . epubli, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-7418-0024-5 .
  12. Section 35 (1) i. V. m. Section 1 (2) LHG
  13. Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University: Admission requirements ( Memento from May 16, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  14. a b Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University: Degrees  ( page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  15. Law establishing the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DH-Errichtungsgesetz - DH-ErrichtG) of December 3, 2008
  16. ^ Marcus Hoffmann, Ruth Melzer-Ridinger: The dual master's degree at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) . In: Norbert Berthold, Michael Lingenfelder (Hrsg.): WiSt - economics studies . 45th year, issue 11. Publishers CH Beck and Vahlen, Munich / Frankfurt am Main 2016, p. 616-619 .
  17. DHBW Center for Advanced Studies: Dual Master
  18. Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University: Facts & Figures , Cooperative Research. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  19. Art. 3 of the second law for the implementation of federalism reform in the higher education sector of December 3, 2008
  20. PM: Law on the implementation of federalism reform in the higher education sector will be introduced into the Landtag  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ), Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and Art , October 22, 2008.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /

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