Bochum University

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Bochum University
founding 1971
Sponsorship MKW NRW
place Bochum
state North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Jürgen Bock
Students 8.041 WS 2018/19
Employee 919
including professors 134
Annual budget 32.5 million euros
South view (2007)
Northwest View (2006)
Seminar building H of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, departments of architecture, civil and environmental engineering

The Bochum University - Bochum University of Applied Sciences (BO) is the second largest university in Bochum with over 8,000 students and 919 employees . It was founded in 1971 in the Querenburg district of Bochum as the Bochum University of Applied Sciences and is located in the immediate vicinity of the Ruhr University Bochum . The state university of applied sciences has been called Hochschule Bochum since September 1, 2007 and uses the addition Bochum University of Applied Sciences in its external presentation .


In the Middle Ruhr region and beyond, the university is present primarily through its teaching in three areas: As a university with an international focus on engineering ( mechatronics and mechanical engineering , electrical engineering and computer science ) and as a university with a wide range of skills "Space and Construction" and as a university with an international range of courses in the field of economics .

The Faculty of Business provides the largest international offering: In addition to study opportunities at partner universities, e.g. For example, in Great Britain , France , Spain and Ireland , the university offers its business students six binational courses, some with double degrees.

Three subject areas are grouped together under the focus on “Space and Construction”: Civil and Environmental Engineering with the directions “Structural Engineering”, “Traffic Systems and Traffic Management”, “Water and Environment” and “Construction Project Management”; Surveying and geoinformatics , with the geoinformatics and architecture course , which is geared towards the requirements of modern computer-aided use and processing of spatial data and has been among the top ten nationwide in the CHE ranking for many years.

The architecture department owes its high position in the ranking above all to the evaluation by the students: the university provides training based on the American model - each student is provided with their own workstation at the university. In the “BlueBox”, around 250 workstations with PC and laptop connections ( wireless LAN ) are set up on 1,200 square meters, and there is a separate “master's studio” for the master’s courses. The "BlueBox" has been completely renovated since the beginning of 2009 and was reopened on May 4th 2011.

In some departments, part-time studies are also possible.

In the "Cooperative Engineering Training" (KIA), graduates acquire a double qualification:

  • You complete a bachelor’s degree at the university with the bachelor’s examination.
  • At the same time as studying, vocational training in a metal or electrical profession is completed with an examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) or the district craftsmen.


  • architecture
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Electrical engineering and computer science
  • Mechatronics Center NRW
  • Mechatronics and mechanical engineering
  • geodesy
  • economy

Student projects

One of the university's largest projects is the solar car team, which has existed at the university since 2002. The team consists of around 30 students from the university. All departments can participate in the project. The first solar vehicle was built between 1998 and 2001 in cooperation with London South Bank University. In 2002 the first car developed and built in Bochum was the HansGo! completed. Bochum University of Applied Sciences has been taking part in the World Solar Challenge , which is held every two years and has been in 5th place in the first year, since 2003 . In 2007, a new vehicle, the SolarWorld No. 1 , who reached fourth place. A year later, third place was achieved at the American Solar Challenge 2008. In 2009, the BOcruiser was the first four-wheeled vehicle to be completed, which should be more relevant to everyday use. In 2010 the BOcruiser reached first place in the European Solar Challenge. From October 2011 to December 2012, the vehicle “SolarWorld GT” spent 415 days circumnavigating the world. For almost 29,000 kilometers, the route led via New Zealand, USA, Italy, Monaco, France, Luxembourg, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia back to the starting point in Adelaide, Australia. The subsequent solar vehicle from Bochum, PowerCore SunCruiser , finished the World Solar Challenge 2013 in Australia as vice world champion in October.

The car for 2015 was the ThyssenKrupp SunRiser , a two-seater sports coupé. It should combine the positive properties of all previous solar vehicles. The development of this vehicle focused on testing new materials, an attractive design and suitability for everyday use. In addition, the SunRiser is the university's first solar vehicle that has an attractive interior instead of a racing cockpit. At the World Solar Challenge 2015, the ThyssenKrupp SunRiser took third place in the “Cruiser Class” and also received the “Judges Commandation”, a prize for the car that the jury considered the best vehicle in terms of design and usability.

The “ThyssenKrupp Blue.Cruiser” was created for 2017; behind the “Stella Vie” of the Dutch team Solar Team Eindhoven, Bochum University took second place in the “Cruiser Class” with the same average speed of 69 km / h - as in 2013.

Velbert / Heiligenhaus campus

Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Velbert / Heiligenhaus campus (at Kiekert AG)

In September 2009 Bochum University opened a branch on the Velbert / Heiligenhaus (CVH) campus. The specialty of the studies at the CVH is the interdisciplinary orientation and the cooperation with the business enterprises in the region. All courses at the location are also offered as dual studies. There is not only the classic dual study variant: teaching plus studies (cooperative training), students can also opt for the cooperative engineering degree; internships in the company are combined with face-to-face events at the university. In its study concept, the Velbert / Heiligenhaus location emphasizes aspects of technical and hardware-related IT in mechatronics, such as a. are used in mechatronic systems in the regional economy (e.g. electronic door locks or locking systems for cars) and are becoming increasingly important.

Cooperations with business

By the end of 2015, the CVH had over 100 companies from the region among its cooperation partners. These companies have opted for dual engineering training in cooperation with the CVH. The aim of the university is to offer practical training with an intensive focus on training, research and development.

Since the start in the 2009/2010 winter semester, the Velbert / Heiligenhaus campus has been housed in the premises of the Kiekert AG company in Heiligenhaus. Since March 2017 the campus has had its own premises on Kettwiger Straße in Heiligenhaus. In addition to the lecture halls, laboratories and seminar rooms, the campus also has its own library and a large multi-technical center for interdisciplinary research. In 2015 around 280 students were enrolled at the CVH. In the long term, up to 400 young engineers are to be trained at the new location.

ZDI school laboratory

One of a total of three school laboratories in the Mettmann district is located on the Velbert / Heiligenhaus campus. The TEC Lab CVH mainly offers experiments in the field of mechatronics, IT and physics for high school and middle school students.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Landesbetrieb IT.NRW: Students and new students at universities in North Rhine-Westphalia (accessed on October 13, 2019)
  2. Bochum Statistical Information System (accessed on October 13, 2019)
  3. Bochum University, reopening of the renovated BlueBox
  4. Bochum University of Applied Sciences, SolarWorld GT circumnavigation
  5. ThyssenKrupp SunRiser ( Memento from December 25, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  6. recommendation for the ThyssenKrupp SunRiser ( Memento from December 8, 2015 in the Internet Archive ).
  7. The results of the 14th World Solar Challenge on the web portal of the organizer ( Memento from October 16, 2017 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on October 16, 2017 (English).
  8. ^ Bochum University of Applied Sciences starts in autumn 2009 on the Velbert / Heiligenhaus campus. Website of the city of Heiligenhaus. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  9. Experience report from KIS student Lars Lieker Website of Schule-Schlagbaum AG. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  10. Studying on the Velbert / Heiligenhaus campus ( memento from September 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Website of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  11. 100. Cooperation partner on the Velbert / Heiligenhaus campus. Site of the west. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  12. Cooperation partner Campus Velbert / Heiligenhaus. ( Memento from September 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Website of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  13. Start of construction on the university campus. Rheinische Post website. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  14. [1]  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) website of the Rheinische Post. Retrieved September 4, 2017.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /
  15. Newsletter Campus Velbert / Heiligenhaus, December 2015 edition. ( Memento of the original from December 20, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Bochum University of Applied Sciences website. Retrieved December 4, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  16. Start of construction on the university campus. Rheinische Post website. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  17. ZDI school laboratories. Website of the community initiative Future through Innovation. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  18. Campus Heiligenhaus wants to get students excited about technology. Site of the west. Retrieved December 4, 2015.

Coordinates: 51 ° 26 ′ 49.9 ″  N , 7 ° 16 ′ 16.6 ″  E