University of Applied Sciences, Economics and Culture Leipzig

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University of Applied Sciences, Economics and Culture Leipzig
motto Technology, economy and culture - knowledge  creates  connections
founding 1992
Sponsorship state
place Coat of arms of Leipzig, svg Leipzig
state SaxonySaxony Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Mark Mietzner
Students 6,255 ( WS 2019/20 )
Employee 613
including professors 179

The Leipzig University of Applied Sciences ( Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur ) is a state university in Leipzig . With 6,255 enrolled students, the HTWK Leipzig is the second largest university for applied sciences in Saxony . With over 70 percent of the study places in engineering and computer science, the HTWK Leipzig is also the largest university for technical training in the Leipzig region.


The HTWK Leipzig was founded on July 15, 1992. It emerged from the Technical University of Leipzig (founded in 1977 from the University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig and the University of Engineering in Leipzig), the Technical School for Librarians and Booksellers Leipzig, the Technical School for Scientific Libraries and the Institute for Museology. Its oldest roots go back to the Academy of Drawings, Mahlerey and Architecture in Leipzig (founded in 1764 by Adam Friedrich Oeser , one of whose students was Johann Wolfgang Goethe ; today continued by the Academy of Graphics and Book Art ), the Königlich- Sächsische Baugewerkenschule Leipzig , the Städtische Gewerbeschule zu Leipzig (founded in 1875 by Ludwig Nieper ) and the technical school for library technology and administration Leipzig (founded 1914).

On November 30, 2018, the Free State of Saxony, the Leipzig University of Technology, Economics and Culture and Deutsche Telekom AG presented a joint project in the field of digital transformation: Deutsche Telekom AG is donating 17 professorships that become one faculty at the HTWK Leipzig "Digital Transformation" can be summarized.

Location and building

Geutebrück building, main building and official residence of the rector of the HTWK Leipzig in Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 132

The main campus of the HTWK Leipzig is located with 13 buildings along the streets Karl-Liebknecht-Straße , Gustav-Freytag-Straße, Eichendorffstraße and Kochstraße in Leipzig- Connewitz . Several new buildings have been added to the campus in recent years, most recently the Nieper building that opened in 2015 . There are three other university buildings outside the campus: The Vienna building for the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in Wächterstrasse / Zentrum-Süd, the Life Science & Engineering research center in Eilenburger Strasse / Reudnitz and the sports hall in Arno-Nitzsche-Strasse. The automatic museum of the HTWK Leipzig is also located in the VDI-GaraGe in Leipzig-Plagwitz.


  • Klaus Steinbock , founding rector (1992–2003), professor of automation technology
  • Manfred Nietner (2003–2006), professor for building production technology
  • Hubertus Milke (2006–2011), Professor of Water Management, Hydrology and Urban Water Management
  • Michael Kubessa , Acting Rector (2011), Professor of Supply and Disposal Technology
  • Renate Lieckfeldt (2011–2013), Professor of Technical Management and Project Management
  • Markus Krabbes , Acting Rector (2013–2014), Professor of Information Systems
  • Gesine Grande (2014–2019), Professor of Psychology
  • Mark Mietzner (since 2019), Professor of Banking and Finance


Faculties and courses of study

Wiener -Bau, Faculty of Engineering at Wächterstrasse 13
Gutenberg-Bau, Faculty of Computer Science and Media in Gustav-Freytag-Straße 42a

Around 75 percent of the study places are in the so-called MINT area (e.g. construction, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, media technology, etc.). In addition, there are various high-demand courses in economics, social work or architecture. A special focus is industrial engineering with a focus on engineering - at the HTWK Leipzig there are most students of this subject in Saxony. Due to the high demand, various courses are restricted in admission.

The courses in printing and packaging technology, book trade and museology can only be studied at a few other universities in Germany.

In total, the following courses are offered at 6 faculties (status: summer semester 2019):


Every year around 10,000 interested parties apply for one of the study places at the HTWK Leipzig. On average, this results in around seven applicants per study place. The selection of future students is regulated by a local numerus clausus . An average of 16 applicants per study place apply for a place in the International Management ( Bachelor ) and Social Work courses. Enrollment takes place in the winter semester (but now also in the summer semester for selected master’s courses).

Teaching cooperation with the University of Leipzig

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Leipzig has been cooperating with the Faculty of Computer Science, Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the HTWK Leipzig since 2015 . In addition, there has been a cooperation agreement in the field of economics since 2016. Students of the master’s courses in business administration and business informatics at the University of Leipzig as well as business administration and industrial engineering at the HTWK Leipzig have the opportunity to take part in a selection of modules at the cooperation university and take examinations in them.


The university maintains contacts with numerous partner universities around the world, with which it is connected by means of a cooperation agreement or the EU Socrates / Erasmus program . The International Office advises students at the HTWK Leipzig who want to complete a partial course at a foreign university or their practical semester in a foreign company.

Research at the HTWK Leipzig

With third-party funding of constantly more than 10 million euros per year, the HTWK Leipzig is one of the strong research universities for applied sciences in Germany. The university acquires around a third of its third-party funding from federal funds, almost a quarter come from funding programs of the European Union and around a fifth from business. More than 250 employees are financed from the third-party funds. The majority of them work as young scientists in research projects.

The university bundles its teaching and research skills in four profile lines:

  • Construction & energy: conserving resources
  • Media & information: opening up information
  • Life Science & Engineering: Maintaining Health
  • Engineer & Economy: Take responsibility

The strong research orientation of the HTWK Leipzig can in part be traced back to its university predecessor, the Technical University of Leipzig, where research was carried out on an international level in the GDR in the construction industry and automation technology . In 1997 the HTWK Leipzig founded the Research and Transfer Center Leipzig (FTZ) e. V. as a non-profit, non-university institution. The FTZ wants to connect “industry, business and local authorities with the scientific and technical potential of the university” by offering an organizational and legal platform for cooperative research and development projects. A joint EMC center of the HTWK Leipzig and the University of Telecommunications Leipzig is located at the FTZ .

In 2010 the HTWK Leipzig opened the “Life Science & Engineering” research center on the site of the former children's clinic in Leipzig-Reudnitz. Various laboratories and workshops are located in the building, which are used by several research groups from the fields of health and medicine. In 2012 the research center was named one of 365 places in the land of ideas . Since 2014 there has been another university building with the “Research Center Campus” at Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 143, which is exclusively dedicated to research.

Promotion of young talent

The Graduate Center of the HTWK Leipzig, founded in 2016, supports around 80 young scientists who are doing their doctorate in cooperation with a university. Since 2014, the HTWK Foundation's dissertation prize has been awarded annually for an outstanding dissertation.

Student projects with nationwide success

Nao-Team HTWK

Nao-Team HTWK

The Nao -Team HTWK has been one of the world's best teams in robot football for years and was able to achieve numerous successes at the RoboCup German Opens and the international RoboCups . In 2018 the team became world champions for the first time. In addition to several Nao robots, it consists of students and alumni of the university. It has played in the Standard Platform League since 2009 . The modern problems of robotics - self-localization , path planning and swarm coordination - should be solved in dealing with the robots and in developing the game algorithms.

Concrete Canoe Team

The concrete canoe team of the HTWK Leipzig won several gold medals at the international regattas in Germany and the Netherlands in recent years with its self-made racing boats made of concrete . a. 2018 and 2019 at the Betonkanurace in Eindhoven. In 2019 the men's team also won first and second place in the concrete canoe regatta in Heilbronn. New scientific findings from the field of textile-reinforced concrete are constantly being incorporated into the construction of the concrete canoes.

Regular events

Long night of computer games at the HTWK Leipzig

Public lecture series with free admission take place weekly during the semester . Every January is an open house, in April / May the university information day and then the Long Night of Computer Games take place. This festival dedicated to the culture and history of the games attracts several thousand visitors from all over the republic every year. In addition, the HTWK Leipzig takes part in the Long Night of Sciences in Leipzig, which takes place every two years , and several thousand visitors also visit the university. In addition, the university is the venue for various specialist conferences that are realized in cooperation with other scientific institutions or partners from the economy.

University professor

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Facts and Figures. Number of students and applicants in the 2019/20 winter semester (as of November 1, 2019, accessed on November 12, 2019)
  2. a b Personnel statistics 2017 in the (accessed on March 20, 2019)
  3. § 1 Paragraph 1 No. 3 Letter b SächsHSFG
  4. HTWK Leipzig ǀ Facts & Figures. Retrieved January 14, 2020 .
  5. Deutsche Telekom AG donates 17 professorships for digitization at the HTWK Leipzig. Establishment of a “Digital Transformation” faculty planned , press release from HTWK Leipzig dated November 30, 2018
  6. Automatic Museum of the HTWK Leipzig (accessed on August 6, 2018)
  7. HTWK Leipzig ǀ courses of study. Retrieved on May 22, 2019 (German).
  8. More options for students. The rectors of the University of Leipzig and the HTWK signed a new cooperation agreement , press release of the HTWK Leipzig from October 5, 2016
  9. a b New third-party funding record at the HTWK Leipzig , press release of the HTWK Leipzig from May 24, 2019 (accessed on August 22, 2019)
  10. ^ Website of the FTZ Leipzig ( Memento of February 13, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on August 6, 2018)
  11. 2017 research statistics in the HTWK research magazine EINBLICKE (accessed on March 20, 2019)
  12. (At least) we are world champions! HTWK soccer robot of the "Nao-Team HTWK" first world champion in RoboCup , press release of HTWK Leipzig from June 27, 2018
  13. Nao-Team HTWK. Team Research Report (English), HTWK Leipzig, December 2014 (accessed September 24, 2015)
  14. HTWK concrete canoe team triumphs in the Netherlands. Concrete boats of the HTWK Leipzig win all along the line and also win the quality award , press release of the HTWK Leipzig from June 1, 2018
  15. HTWK Leipzig ǀ IfB - Institute for Concrete Construction ǀ Success story. Retrieved November 18, 2019 .
  16. Public lecture series at the HTWK Leipzig (accessed on August 6, 2018)
  17. Conferences at the HTWK Leipzig (accessed on August 6, 2018)

Coordinates: 51 ° 18 ′ 51 ″  N , 12 ° 22 ′ 21.1 ″  E