Konstanz University of Technology, Business and Design

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Konstanz University of Technology, Business and Design
founding 1906
Sponsorship state
place Coat of arms Konstanz.svg Constancy
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Carsten Manz (since April 15, 2014)
Students 4,866 WS 2014/15
Employee approx. 350 (employees / professors)
Networks IBH
Website www.htwg-konstanz.de

The Konstanz University of Applied Sciences for Technology, Business and Design ( HTWG Konstanz for short ) is a university of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg in Konstanz . Its international name is Konstanz University of Applied Sciences .

Building of the "Hochschule Konstanz" on the Rhine


The university has its predecessor in the "Technikum Konstanz" founded in 1906. This private technical college, founded by the engineer Alfred Wachtel , initially had 28 students and four lecturers and was founded with three departments: engineering school, technical school and school for foremen. It started operations at Hussenstrasse 17 in the old town of Konstanz with a range of courses in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, which was expanded to include civil engineering shortly afterwards.

The move to the engineering school on the banks of the Rhine in 1911 (with a one year delay due to flood damage) can be traced back to 184 due to the increasing number of students. In 1934 it was recognized as a state technical center. In 1938 the technical center was nationalized as the State Engineering School in Konstanz . After the end of the war, the engineering school was closed by the French military administration. In 1946, teaching was resumed in the new Konstanz State Technical Center . The Konstanz University of Applied Sciences was finally established in 1971 through the state-owned sponsorship of the Konstanz State Engineering School . The first rector of the reorganized Konstanz University of Applied Sciences was Georg Schug .

Konstanz University of Applied Sciences

The university was gradually expanded to include the departments of architecture, civil engineering, industrial and production engineering, construction and process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, power engineering, communications engineering, computer science, basic natural sciences and social sciences. The number of students rose from 1,012 in 1971 to around 4,500 in 2013.

The nationally recognized Bodensee-Kunstschule Konstanz (BKK) was incorporated in 1985 as an institute for communication design at the Konstanz University of Applied Sciences . In 1995 it was integrated into the architecture and design department as a communication design course. In 1986 the Research and Transfer Institute Institute for Innovation and Transfer (IIT) and the Technical Academy Konstanz eV were founded. In 1992 the Langenrain Castle Study Center (today: Villa Rheinburg Study Center) and the Central Office for Research, Further Education and Public Relations (currently: Central Office for Further Education, Public Relations, Teaching and Research - ZWÖLF) were founded.

In the years 1995 to 2000, the university experienced a strategic boost with numerous restructurings and structural extensions. In 2000, as a result of legal provisions, the university council was designated as the highest body of the university. Bachelor and Master degrees were introduced across the board. In 2004 the university was recognized as the best German university in terms of continuing education by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft . In 2005 it was awarded the Baden-Württemberg State Research Prize - as the very first state university of applied sciences. In 2004 the Association of Friends, Supporters and Graduates celebrated its 50th anniversary. At the end of 2006, the association changed its name to the Promotion Agency of the University of Konstanz .

The University of Konstanz has partnerships with numerous colleges and universities around the world. It belongs to the Association of International Lake Constance University .

The preparatory college at the University of Konstanz is the central office responsible for the recognition of certificates for all foreign applicants at universities in Baden-Württemberg. The preparatory college also offers preparatory courses for the assessment test required for admission to study.


The university currently has the following faculties:

  • Architecture and design
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer science
  • mechanical engineering
  • Economics, culture and law

Bachelor courses

  • Applied computer science (replaced the software engineering and technical computer science courses)
  • architecture
  • Automotive information technology
  • Civil engineering
  • Business administration
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Health informatics
  • Communication design
  • Mechanical engineering / construction and development
  • Mechanical engineering / development and production
  • Environmental technology and resource management
  • Process and environmental technology
  • business Informatics
  • Industrial engineering construction
  • Industrial engineering, electrical engineering and information technology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Commercial law
  • Business Languages ​​Asia and Management / Chinese
  • Business Languages ​​Asia and Management / Southeast Asia / South Asia
  • Business language German and tourism management

Masters courses

  • architecture
  • Automotive Systems Engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Business Information Technology: The Master's degree in Business Information Technology is a more application-oriented, consecutive degree that is based on a first professional university degree in computer science or business administration or in a degree related to computer science or business administration (this does not include the degree in business informatics or a degree with comparable content ). After four semesters of full-time study, one receives the title Master of Science [M.Sc.]. The course is accredited. This enables the graduates as civil servants to gain access to higher service or good entry opportunities into business. After graduation, they form the interface between users of traditional business administration and corporate IT.
  • Electrical systems
  • General Management (part-time)
  • Human Capital Management (part-time)
  • Computer science
  • International Management Asia
  • International Project Engineering
  • Communication design
  • Legal management
  • Mechanical Engineering and International Sales Management
  • Mechatronics
  • Patent engineer (part-time)
  • Systems engineering (part-time)
  • Environmental and process engineering
  • Industrial engineering construction / electrical engineering and information technology / mechanical engineering

Personalities and alumni

Well-known professors

Well-known students / graduates

Michael Fürst was the recipient of the Max Weber Prize for Business Ethics in 2006 . The prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, was awarded by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research for his dissertation on “Risk Governance - The Perception and Control of Moral Economic Risks” and presented to him by Vice Chancellor Franz Müntefering at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences .

Rectors / Presidents

Current university council

  • Stefan Keh, Senior Advisor at Visality Consulting GmbH, Potsdam
  • Christian Böllhoff, Managing Director of Prognos AG, Basel
  • Marion Diener, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Sales Compensation Manager Germany and Headquarters EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)
  • Andrea Leu, Managing Partner Senarclens, Leu & Partner AG, Zurich and Managing Director IngCH Engineers Shape our Future
  • Eckard Settelmeyer, Space Systems AIRBUS DS GmbH, Director Earth Observation, Navigation & Science
  • Silke Michaelsen, Professor of Mathematics at the HTWG Konstanz
  • Bernd Jödicke, Professor of Physics and Lighting Technology at the HTWG Konstanz

Honorary senators of the HTWG Konstanz

  • Hans Dinger (1927–2010), Chairman of the Management Board of MTU Munich and Friedrichshafen from 1985 to 1989 and member of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz AG from 1986 to 1989
  • Friedrich Dodel, Siemens management, former member of the board of the development company and the university council

Composed student body AStA / USta

The constituted student body also existed at the FH Konstanz until 1977 . Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, it was banned by the state government under Prime Minister Hans Filbinger ( CDU ). It was replaced by an independent student body , which largely took over the previous democratic structures. Today there is a parliamentary system with a student parliament and an Independent Student Committee (UStA) as the executive body.

University prices

  • Alfred Wachtel Prize (University performance award)
  • Rosel Rödelstab Prize (Prize for Social Commitment)
  • DAAD price (performance price for foreign students)
  • IHK Thurgau award (performance award for the best Swiss graduate of a year at the university)
  • Luca Pacioli Prize (Prize for the best diploma in the business administration course)
  • Emma Herwegh Prize (for exceptional commitment in the business administration course)
  • Konstanz Design Prize (for the best thesis in the Communication Design course)

Regional cooperation

There is a cooperation with the second division handball team HSG Konstanz to promote top-class sport, under which exclusive scholarships are awarded to young, motivated talents.


The HTWG Konstanz cooperates with the University of Konstanz in the field of university sports. A joint event is the international sports tournament Eurokonstantia, which has been held annually on the university sports grounds since 2006 and has up to 1200 participants from all over the world.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Statistical Reports Baden-Württemberg, State Statistical Office Baden-Württemberg, Article No. 3234 15001 B III 1 - j / 15, teaching and education from September 1, 2015 ( memento from October 7, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), on www.statistik.baden-wuerttemberg.de (pdf)
  2. Prizes and awards for research achievements of the HTWG Konstanz scientists
  3. Prof. Dr. Carsten Manz takes office as president , news from the HTWG, April 15, 2014
  4. ^ Promotion of top-class sport - HSG Konstanz. In: www.hsgkonstanz.de. Retrieved June 23, 2016 .
  5. https://www.uni-konstanz.de/hochschulsport/unitournament/eurokonstantia/

Coordinates: 47 ° 40 ′ 1.5 ″  N , 9 ° 10 ′ 18.3 ″  E