Furtwangen University

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Furtwangen University
founding March 5, 1850
Sponsorship state
place Furtwangen (seat), Villingen-Schwenningen , Tuttlingen
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Rolf Schofer
Students 6,687 winter semester 2016/17
Employee 425 WS 2016/17
including professors 175 WS 2016/17
Networks DFH , IBH
Website www.hs-furtwangen.de
Main building (A building) of the HFU

The Furtwangen University (HFU) is a university of the country Baden-Wuerttemberg with location in Furtwangen and two field offices in Villingen-Schwenningen and Tuttlingen . The HFU is part of the International Lake Constance University Association .

The offerings include health sciences, IT, engineering, international economics, digital media, business informatics and industrial engineering.


Engineering school 1954
Historical logos
Logo of the FH Furtwangen until 2005
Furtwangen University logo.svg
HFU logo from 2005 to 2011

The Furtwangen University emerged from the first German watchmaking school in Furtwangen in the Black Forest . The school was founded in 1850 by the engineer Robert Gerwig . The German Clock Museum , the largest German clock collection (founded by Robert Gerwig as a permanent collection), is now a department of the university.

After the Second World War, the Furtwangen watchmaking school was divided into two branches: a vocational school (today the Robert-Gerwig-Schule, still houses the watchmaking school) and the state engineering school for precision engineering, which became the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences (FHF) when the technical colleges were introduced in 1971 . Friedrich Assmus was the founding director of the engineering school. After teaching and research in Furtwangen concentrated on engineering for a long time, the range of courses was expanded to include computer science , business informatics , business and digital media from the 1970s onwards . The amendment of the State Higher Education Act of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg it was in 1997 first renamed "Academy of Sciences" and later in "Furtwangen".

The university is currently managed by Rolf Schofer , who has been the rector of HFU since 2006. His predecessor was Rainer Scheithauer . This in turn took over the office in 1998 from Walter Zahradnik (term of office from 1985 to 1998).


The rector is supported by three vice rectors . The University Council is responsible for the development of the university and proposes measures to develop a profile and strengthen its performance and competitiveness.

Furtwangen University Campus

The Furtwangen campus is the original location of the university. Of the 6,687 students at the university in the 2016/17 winter semester, 3,555 are studying in Furtwangen. The faculties are represented here:

  • Digital media
  • Health, Safety, Society
  • Computer science
  • Mechanical and Medical Engineering
  • industrial engineering
  • business Informatics

The Rector's Office is also located at the Furtwangen site. The location of the German Clock Museum is also here .

Campus VS-Schwenningen

Increasing demand led to the establishment of a branch office in Villingen-Schwenningen in 1988. The campus is located on the site of the former Kienzle watch factory . On the basis of the former production facility, the campus complex was expanded with additional buildings. 2,498 students studied here in the 2016/17 winter semester. The faculties are represented here:

  • Mechanical and Medical Engineering
  • Economy (Business School)
  • Medical and Life Sciences

Tuttlingen campus

In 2009 the third location of the university started operations on the Tuttlingen campus with a total of 121 students. The Faculty of Industrial Technologies trains students in medical technology , engineering psychology , mechatronics and digital production as well as materials engineering and manufacturing technology . In addition to four bachelor's programs, four master’s programs Applied Materials Science , Human Factors , Mechatronic Systems and Medical Devices & Healthcare Management as well as the trial semester Orientation Technology and the Industrial Studies / Study Plus (dual form) are offered at the HFU study location. Around 630 students are enrolled at the Tuttlingen university campus.

The so-called “Tuttlinger Model”, ie the cooperation between university, city , district and industry, is a specialty . The practical, cooperative courses of study are supported by over 100 local medical technology companies. A specially built university campus Tuttlingen Förderverein e. V. has accelerated the creation of the campus.

The campus is located in the former area of Henke-Sass, Wolf , which was built in 1906 and 1954. The brick building was renovated for over 10.5 million euros and officially inaugurated on October 8, 2009. In addition to the modernization and expansion of the building, direct access to the central bus station was created. Possible extensions are the former building of the Ludwig-Uhland-Realschule or directly opposite another brick building from the Art Nouveau period .

The so-called Tuttlinger concept includes close cooperation with commercial enterprises, which guarantee permanent practical relevance through lecturers, presentations in companies, internships and the supervision of scientific work. Around 100 companies from the region are members of the Tuttlingen University Campus Support Association and thus have a say in the design and operation of teaching. In total, there is an annual financial support of 2.5 million euros from the economy, the district is contributing 200,000 euros. The campus' slogan is “Powered by Industry”.

Freiburg Study Center

In December 2016, the Physiotherapy course moved into the new study center in Freiburg, where part of the physiotherapy training will take place. The study center is located at Konrad-Goldmann-Straße 7 in Freiburg's Wiehre district and is easily accessible by public transport.

On the first and second floors there are both classrooms and offices for the employees. An expansion of the premises in the same building is already being planned.

Study center Rottweil

The Rottweil study center was reopened in March 2016. It is located in the rooms of the former Rottweil powder factory, a place that already housed several powder mills at the time of the Thirty Years War. It offers space for the innovative plasma coating technologies located in the Mechanical and Medical Engineering faculty and a hall for mechanical engineering and Industry 4.0 with state-of-the-art robots, automation technology and simulation.

In addition to university research with, in some cases, international research projects in the field of coatings for medical technology, internships for students in the master’s degree courses in micromedical engineering, advanced precision engineering and technical physician take place.

In addition to the internships, the facilities and equipment of the study center are available to students of the bachelor’s degree programs for study projects, project internships and bachelor theses.

Areas of study and courses of study

Since the 2001/2002 winter semester, the entire range of courses has been switched to Bachelor and Master , in accordance with the Bologna process . The university offers courses in nine faculties. A first professional bachelor's degree can be acquired within seven semesters, which enables graduates to successfully start their careers. This includes a practical semester in the company and the scientific thesis.

Digital media
Health, Safety, Society
Industrial Technologies
Computer science
Mechanical and Medical Engineering
Medical and Life Sciences
  • Bio and Process Technology (B.Sc.)
  • Molecular and Technical Medicine (B.Sc.)
  • Medical Diagnostic Technologies (M.Sc.)
  • Sustainable Bioprocess Engineering (M.Sc.)
  • Technical Physician (M.Sc.)
  • Business Management and Psychology (BA)
  • International Business Administration (BA)
  • International Business Management (BA)
  • International Engineering (BS)
  • International Management (M.Sc.)
  • International Business Management (MBA)
  • Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA)
business Informatics
industrial engineering

further education

The HFU has been active in continuing academic education since 1996. Initially, it offered online courses in the fields of media, IT and business under the name tele-akademie . Since 2010, she has expanded her offering to include face-to-face training and bundled her training activities in the HFU Academy .

The HFU Academy offers further training events that enable further qualification after initial professional experience. The topics offered are based on the profile of the university and can be assigned to the areas of computer science, technology, economics, digital media, health and key qualifications. The spectrum of offer forms ranges from one-day or multi-day seminars and workshops to online and blended learning through to open offers or in-house training.

A special focus is also on services related to learning. Master’s courses open up new professional perspectives and were designed as research or application-oriented postgraduate courses. They consist of three semesters and can either be completed directly after a first degree or, after a certain amount of professional experience, as a part-time study alongside work.

International orientation

Students have the opportunity to study at one of the 140 partner universities worldwide. Stays abroad and internships are an integral part of studying at HFU. Through numerous activities in international teams with exciting tasks and projects, the students experience team spirit and improve their intercultural competence. In addition, many courses take place in small, multinational groups.

In winter 2018, the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, HFU, and Lakehead University decided on a far-reaching collaboration. For HFU, this is the third partnership in Canada that already exists with the University of New Brunswick and the University of Prince Edward Island . Michael Lederer, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Further Education at HFU, and Rüdiger Kukral from the "Furtwangen Internship Placement Service" FIPS signed the cooperation agreement; Lakehead President Moira McPherson will pay a return visit in summer 2019.


  • December 2014: The International Management master’s program at the Faculty of Business is rated by Zeit Campus magazine and is in the best category.
  • July 2014: For the second time in a row, the libraries at Furtwangen University received four out of four stars in the "BIX" library index of the German Library Association.
  • May 2013: The courses on the Tuttlingen campus received full points in the CHE ranking for engineering sciences in the "Bachelor Practice Check" and a grade of 1.2 for the equipment of the practice laboratories.
  • May 2013: The HFU receives the ACQUIN system accreditation. This makes it the second nationwide in its type of university from the area of ​​state universities of applied sciences / universities of applied sciences.
  • November 2009: Award "e-quality" for excellent support for foreign students (ERASMUS program)
  • August 2008: Certificate "family-friendly university"
  • November 2008: Best library in Germany in the Bix library ranking, usage category
  • June 2008: In the Wirtschaftswoche university ranking, business informatics secured first place and computer science second. Around 5,000 HR and recruiting officers were asked where graduates can best be prepared for their jobs and careers.
  • May 2008: In the CHE university ranking (Center for University Development) the newly rated subjects International Business Administration, Media Informatics and Online Media, Business Informatics and Business Networks (eBusiness) and Product Engineering / Industrial Engineering take top positions.
  • March 2008: For the second time 5-star (highest award) for the courses in International Business Management and International Business Administration of the Faculty of Economics in the Bachelor rating of the CHE and the Personnel Marketing Working Group (dapm) with special consideration of employability
  • Prize for excellent support for foreign students from the Foreign Office (2006).


The courses in business, business informatics, industrial engineering and digital media have been recognized in university rankings by CHE , Manager Magazin and Wirtschaftswoche.



Engineering school (1947–1971)

  • 1947 to 1961: Friedrich Assmus
  • 1961 to 1968: Julius Lehmann
  • 1968 to 1970: Heinz-Otto Moldenhauer
  • 1970 to 1971: Helmuth Kainer (1924–2018)

University of Applied Sciences (from 1971)

Well-known professors

Honorary senators

  • 1978 - Hans Frank (Landtag Baden-Württemberg, Mayor of Furtwangen a. D.)
  • 1980 - Hans Schmidt (Schmidt Feintechnik GmbH)
  • 1985 - Erwin Teufel (former Prime Minister)
  • 1987 - Albert Keck (VDO Adolf Schindling AG)
  • 2009 - Thomas Jauch (Jauch group of companies)
  • 2009 - Rudolf Kastner (EGT AG)
  • 2013 - Guido Wolf (Landtag Baden-Württemberg)

Well-known graduates

Well-known students


  • The Furtwangen University Promotion Agency supports the university and in particular the establishment of a central alumni organization at the university.
  • IB Alumni Association eV - graduates of the Faculty of Business.
  • Alumni group independent of the university for the degree program “General Computer Science” or the Faculty “Computer Science”.

Web links

Commons : Hochschule Furtwangen University  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d story. In: HFU website. Hochschule Furtwangen University, 2012, accessed February 10, 2012 .
  2. Prof. Dr. Rolf Schofer , on hs-furtwangen.de
  3. a b c d e Facts and Figures. In: HFU website. Hochschule Furtwangen University, November 11, 2014, accessed on January 5, 2015 : "Total students: 6409 Furtwangen students: 3470 Villingen-Schwenningen students: 2365 Tuttlingen students: 574 as of November 11, 2014 Professorships: 169 Employees: 405 Lecturers: 281 "
  4. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: www.dfh-ufa.org. Franco-German University, accessed on October 4, 2019 .
  5. Lothar Häring: Oettinger is raising new hopes. In: Schwäbische Zeitung . Archived from the original on September 7, 2016 ; Retrieved August 15, 2011 .
  6. ^ Christian Gerards: Frankenberg praises Tuttlinger model. In: Schwäbische Zeitung . October 16, 2009, archived from the original on March 11, 2016 ; Retrieved August 15, 2011 .
  7. Furtwangen University: New physiotherapy study center in Freiburg. Retrieved April 23, 2020 .
  8. Furtwangen University: Study Center Rottweil. Retrieved April 23, 2020 .
  9. partner universities. HFU, accessed February 7, 2020 .
  10. New partnership with university in Canada , in Schwarzwälder Bote , December 21, 2018
  11. Rankings. (No longer available online.) HFU, January 5, 2015, archived from the original on March 23, 2015 ; accessed on January 5, 2015 : "Students of international business administration, media informatics and online media, business informatics and product engineering / industrial engineering at the Furtwangen University (HFU) can be pleased: [...] In the CHE university ranking, these subjects have been reassessed and take top positions a."
  12. Uni Ranking of the WirtschaftsWoche. HFU, February 19, 2010, archived from the original on August 15, 2010 ; Retrieved on September 5, 2010 (see also Wirtschaftswoche No. 23, June 2, 2008, p. 112 ff.).
  13. About us , Rheines Wasser project, website accessed on February 7, 2020
  14. ^ Daniel Lingenhöhl: Storage technology: A granite block full of energy. January 20, 2011, accessed July 7, 2011 .
  15. ↑ The fascination of knowledge: spectacular pictures of the week. In: Gallery Fascination Knowledge. FOCUS Online, April 15, 2010, accessed on August 15, 2011 : "The scientist Eduard Heindl from Furtwangen wants to artificially create a glacier on the Feldberg in the Black Forest."
  16. "Pioneer of the Furtwang University has passed away" , Südkurier of July 6, 2018

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