University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

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University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
founding 1995
Sponsorship state
place Sankt Augustin (headquarters), Rheinbach , Hennef , ( Bonn , no campus)
state North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Hartmut Ihne
Students approx. 9000 WS 2018/19
Employee 1000 (WS 2018/19)
including professors 149 (WS 2018/19)

The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences is a German university of applied sciences with around 9,000 students and 149 professors. Its campus extends over the three locations Sankt Augustin , Rheinbach and Hennef . The university has an additional location in Bonn , where it co-operates the b-it research institute . Since January 1st, 2009 it has been called Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and the abbreviation H-BRS . The international title is University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (BRSU) .


Sankt Augustin, University of Applied Sciences Bonn Rhein-Sieg

The technical college was established on January 1, 1995 under the name of the Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia . The facility was part of the “ Agreement on Compensatory Measures for the Bonn Region ”, which was made in 1994, and was financed by the federal government until the end of 2004. From 2005 it was an institution of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with the Higher Education Freedom Act it has been an independent body under public law since January 1, 2007.


149 professors teach and research at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, supported by a good 333 academic staff (including teachers for special tasks). 312 lecturers from industry and research are involved in seminars and events. Around 248 employees and trainees work in the administration and technology departments of the university.

Degree programs and departments

The university currently offers 36 courses in a total of five departments , divided into 20 Bachelor and 16 Master courses . In addition, there are advanced training and certificate study programs. The following departments exist:

  • Department of Economics, Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach campuses
  • Department of Computer Science, Sankt Augustin Campus
  • Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism, Sankt Augustin Campus
  • Department of Applied Sciences Rheinbach Campus
  • Department of Social Policy and Social Security, Hennef Campus and Sankt Augustin Campus


The b-it-bots team, based at the university, has been taking part in various RoboCup competitions since 1998 and was able to achieve the title of German champion ( 2009 and 2010 ) and 2009 world champion in the RoboCup @ Home competition for service robots . The team is made up of professors from the computer science department, academic staff and students from the Autonomous Systems master’s course.

FrOSCon logo

Since 2006, the two-day Free and Open Source Software Conference ( FrOSCon ) has been held annually in August by the association of the same name together with the local Linux / Unix user group and the IT department on the subjects of free software and open source . In 2008 it was the third largest event of its kind in Germany with 1250 participants. According to the organizer, the event began in 2006 with 700 participants and 69 lectures and workshops; In 2010, 104 lectures and workshops were offered. A unique selling point of the conference is the extensive children and youth program in the form of a holiday leisure time, which is organized by children and youths of the affiliated association Teckids e. V. is organized itself, with over 60 children and young people between 8 and 16 years of age.

Structure of the university


The full-time members of the university's presidium are the president and the chancellor. The university management is supplemented by the vice-presidents. The President Hartmut Ihne heads the university and represents it externally. The president's term of office is six years. The Chancellor (Angela Fischer) is responsible for administrative and legal matters. The Vice Presidents take on university-wide coordination and development tasks in the following departments:

  • Research and young scientists
  • Regional development, transfer and innovation
  • Study, teaching and further education
  • Internationalization and Diversity

University Council

The University Council of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) is responsible for the university's strategy, advises the university management and oversees its management. He appoints the President of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and oversees him. Ines Knauber-Daubenbüchel, an entrepreneur in Bonn, currently chairs the university council. The University Council was appointed on August 30, 2007 by the Minister of Science Andreas Pinkwart . The H-BRS was the first university in North Rhine-Westphalia to set up such a body. The university council consists of eight members, four external and four members from the university.


The university senate is a central body of self-administration. It provides recommendations and statements on the draft university development plan, the business plan and the distribution of positions and funds in the H-BRS. In addition, it decides on the university's regulations and comments on the annual report of the Executive Board. Together with the university council, the senate elects the members of the university management at the university assembly. He holds regular, public meetings.


The central organizational units of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences are the five departments. The departments are each headed by a dean .


The university and departments currently operate the following scientific institutions:

  • Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs (CENTIM)
  • Graduate Institute (GI)
  • Institute for Detection Technologies (IDT)
  • Institute for IT Service (ITS)
  • Institute for Functional Gene Analysis (IFGA)
  • Institute for Management (IfM)
  • Institute for Media Development and Analysis (IMEA)
  • Institute for Security Research (ISF)
  • Institute for Social Innovations (ISI)
  • Institute for Technology, Resource Conservation and Energy Efficiency (TREE)
  • Institute of Visual Computing (IVC)
  • International Center for Sustainable Development (IZNE)
  • Center for Innovation and Teaching Development (ZIEL)
  • Center for Ethics and Responsibility (ZEV)
  • Center for Science and Technology Transfer (ZWT)

The BRS Institute for International Studies is recognized as an affiliate of the university. In addition, the university operates in Bonn together with the University of Bonn , the RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute , the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it).

Administration and central facilities

Central points of contact for the administration are the student secretariat, the examination office, the international office and the student advisory service. Areas of responsibility are quality management, personnel, finance, construction and building maintenance, planning and controlling, legal services, occupational safety and building management. The operating units are the language center. , the central IT department, the center for knowledge and technology transfer and the university and district library.


Research priorities

The university has set itself the following research priorities:

  • Autonomous Systems and Robotics
  • Resource conservation and energy efficiency
  • Security research
  • Visual computing

Cooperative research institutes and associations

  • bio innovation park rheinland
  • bonn.realis
  • DFG Graduate School Imaging New Modalities

Locations and facilities

Sankt Augustin location

The computer science and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and technical journalism departments are located in Sankt Augustin, the applied natural sciences department is located in Rheinbach, and the economic sciences department is located in both locations. In Hennef, only the department of social policy and social security is located. The administration of the university is located in Sankt Augustin. In Bonn, the University operates in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen and the University of Bonn , the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it).

The university library, which also serves as the district library for the Rhein-Sieg district , is spread across the Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach locations. There is also a cafeteria and a student residence at each of these two locations. These facilities are operated by the Studierendenwerk Bonn . The language center also offers language courses for students.

Sankt Augustin campus

  • Library
  • BusinessCampus
  • Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and technical journalism
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Social Policy and Social Security
  • canteen
  • administration
  • language Center
  • Dormitory
  • University day care center

Rheinbach campus

  • Library (currently being expanded)
  • CENTIM (Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs; formerly BusinessCampus)
  • Department of Applied Sciences
  • Department of Economics
  • Institute for Detection Technologies (IDT)
  • canteen
  • language Center
  • Dormitory
  • University day care center

Hennef campus

  • Department of Social Policy and Social Security


On-campus incubators

Office building of the BusinessCampus in Rheinbach

To support students and graduates who want to set up their own businesses, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the Rhein-Sieg district and the Kreissparkasse Köln have jointly founded the BusinessCampus Rhein-Sieg GmbH. It operates the start-up centers at the Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach universities. Young companies can rent offices there and use the infrastructure and services.

Well-known students


Every year since 2010, the university has awarded an internal university innovation prize. A different focus is advertised every year.

In March 2007, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences was awarded the basic certificate “family-friendly university”. In June 2010, Federal Family Minister Kristina Schröder issued the certificate for a further three years.

Since the beginning of the summer semester 2005, the city of Sankt Augustin has had an independent fire brigade unit made up of students and university employees. The approximately 15 members of this fire fighting group are housed with their equipment in the university building. All of them are also in a volunteer fire brigade in their home community , where they also completed their basic training and advanced courses. The fire fighting group drives operations throughout the city, which increases the daily availability of emergency services.

In December 2005 the university's own student radio was founded, which broadcast three times a week as fhradio on the frequency 96.8 MHz. Students at the University of Bonn also broadcast on this frequency. From initially six groups, the two independent broadcasters bonncampus 96,8 and radio96acht Bonn emerged in 2009 , which merged on July 5, 2013 to form the new broadcaster bonnFM , which has since acted as campus radio for both universities.

The university was mentioned in the computer game Deus Ex: Human Revolution . A player-findable e-book in the final section of the game reports a speech by Hugh Darrow, the inventor of the game's controversial augmentation technology, at the college that took place in 2016 (the game is set in 2027).

See also

Web links

Commons : Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. University website
  2. See the university's website : 149 professors, 333 academic staff, 248 staff in administration, library and language center.
  3. Name change of the university of applied sciences
  4. a b The history of our university | Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). Retrieved December 12, 2019 .
  5. Facts and Figures | Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). In: Retrieved October 14, 2016 .
  6. h-brs: numbers and facts. Retrieved February 13, 2020 .
  7. RoboCup @ Home Results 2009
  8. official website
  9. Linux Magazin: FrOSCon is becoming the third size.
  10. FrOSCon program 2006
  11. FrOSCon program 2010
  12. TecKids: Froglabs 2015. August 22, 2015, accessed on February 13, 2020 .
  13. Angela Fischer in office as Chancellor since today | Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). Retrieved June 25, 2019 .
  14. h – brs: University Council. Retrieved February 13, 2020 .
  15. h – brs: Senate. Retrieved February 13, 2020 .
  16. Welcome to the Language Center! ( Memento from June 22, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  17. h-brs: library. Retrieved February 13, 2020 .
  18. Innovation competition .
  19. If there's a fire, the FH fire department comes . (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences).
  20. Student fire brigade Eight minutes before deployment . (Kölner Stadt Anzeiger).
  21. Fire Department . (City of Sankt-Augustin).
  22. BonnFM: Homepage. Retrieved February 13, 2020 .