University of Applied Sciences Kempten

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University of Applied Sciences Kempten
founding 1977
Sponsorship state
place Kempten (Allgäu)
state BavariaBavaria Bavaria
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Wolfgang Hauke
Students 6,257 WS 2016/17
Employee approx. 330 (including approx. 130 professors, approx. 200 non-scientists)
Networks IBH
The latest expansion (V.) from 2011: Inner courtyard with a water basin and the new shiny black, cubic university building behind it
University building with administration inaugurated in 2004 (IV.)
University library
Vöhlinschloss University Center

The University of Applied Sciences Kempten (short HS Kempten , English University of Applied Sciences Kempten ) is a university of applied sciences in Kempten (Allgäu) . The Bavarian state parliament founded it on June 27, 1977 by law. The official opening was on October 4, 1978. The Kempten University of Applied Sciences is the central institution of the Allgäu for academic teaching, further education and the transfer of technology and knowledge. The university aims to ensure practice-oriented, innovative training for specialists and managers. Most of the university buildings are on the campus on Bahnhofstrasse. The maximum auditorium can accommodate around 350 people.

The educational institution is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Bavaria.


In 1969 the city of Kempten and representatives of the local economy tried to found an Alpine university and, from 1972, a university of applied sciences. In 1975 the Bavarian Council of Ministers decided to set up a technical college in Kempten. Two years later, the Bavarian State Parliament passed a law establishing the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten; The goal at that time was 1000 students.

On October 2, 1978, the first semester of the business administration course began in rented buildings on Bahnhofstrasse. The opening ceremony took place in the prince's hall of the prince abbot's residence on October 4th, 1978 by the Bavarian minister of culture, Hans Maier .

In 1980 the Free State of Bavaria acquired a 42,000 m² plot of land on Bahnhofstrasse (previously Alfred Kunz construction company ). In the same year, the university management and administration temporarily moved into a building on Immenstädter Strasse. A competition was held for the realization of the first school buildings, in which the architects Heid / Thumann / Frese from Fürth won first place.

The mechanical engineering course was introduced in 1982, and in the same year the first graduates left the business administration course. Due to a lack of space, the University of Applied Sciences rented additional premises next year in the so-called 4P house on Kronenstrasse in the old town. In 1984 students demonstrated for their own cafeteria , next year the Studentenwerk operated a cafeteria close to the university campus.

In 1986 the machine hall for the technical college was built. In 1989 the technical lecture hall and laboratory building were completed. A year later, construction began on the Wirtschaft lecture hall. In 1992 the number of students increased from 1000 to 1450. The business school moved into its new domicile. The library and cafeteria were moved to a new building in 1994. In 1995 the FH Kempten became a model university alongside the FH Rosenheim .

From 1996 further new courses of study and faculties followed at the Kempten University of Applied Sciences. The steady increase in the number of students indicated a need for continuous expansion of teaching buildings. In 1997, an extension for the economics department was put into operation, and in 1998 a plot of land near the campus was acquired. The computer science course was introduced in 2000. The following year, the electrical engineering and information technology course replaced the previous electrical engineering course.

In 2003 the direction of social economy was introduced. The fourth construction phase with administrative rooms and auditorium for 350 people was put into operation in 2004. Since then, the educational institution in Kempten has been a single house.

Since 30 March 2007, the University of the title was University of Applied Sciences (University of Applied Sciences) introduced. In the same year, the business administration, tourism and computer science courses were converted to the bachelor’s degree; as part of the Bavarian university expansion, an expansion stage of 1254 new study places was guaranteed for Kempten. The fifth construction phase followed shortly thereafter on the property acquired in 1998.

In 2008 the courses in energy and environmental technology and business informatics were introduced. In 2010 a building was newly connected to the library and canteen. In 2010, the electrical engineering, global business development and logistics master’s courses, food and packaging technology and mechatronics courses were introduced in Kempten.

Since 2009, the Kempten University of Applied Sciences has been operating the Vöhlinschloss University Center in Illertissen together with the Neu-Ulm and Augsburg universities . The universities use the meeting and convention center for seminars, training courses, conferences and for advice on setting up a business.

On March 1, 2011, the new campus building Denkfabrik was handed over to the university administration as a pure rental building. On July 5, 2011, the fifth construction phase was inaugurated.

Departments and faculties

The Kempten University of Applied Sciences charges a semester fee of 52 euros per semester . An additional 30 euros must be paid for the semester ticket each semester.

The following faculties exist:

  • Business administration
  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer science
  • mechanical engineering
  • Social and health
  • tourism
  • Continuing education (Professional School of Business & Technology)


In the study guide of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit des Jahres 2011/12, the business administration course ranks at the top of all German colleges and universities. The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and its industrial engineering course were selected by the students as the best in Germany, and the university ended up in the middle in terms of the reputation of the lecturers .

Association and partnerships

The university is part of the International Lake Constance University Association . She is also a participant in the partner university of elite sport project , in which she supports elite athletes who are pursuing a sporting career and academic training at the same time.

At around 80 partner universities abroad, students can plan various stays abroad, from individual subjects to double degrees.

Technology transfer

Several affiliated institutes of the Kempten University of Applied Sciences promote knowledge and technology transfer:

  • The Mittelstands-Institut (MIT) mainly works on projects in medium-sized businesses.
  • The Institute for Applied Research (IAFM) in Memmingen is busy with measurements of electromagnetic compatibility.
  • The Institute for Electrical Energy Systems (IEES) is located on the campus and sees itself as the Allgäu's consulting and research facility in the field of electrical energy technology. It was originally founded as the Institute for Applied Battery Research (IABF) on May 1, 2011.

European competence center for bells

A previous project on material loads was carried out at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability . In October 2005, the ProBell project, co-financed by the European Commission , started at the university in cooperation with the Advisory Committee for the German Bell System, eight bell founders and the universities of Padua and Ljubljana . The aim was to scientifically determine the parameters influencing the increased and premature damage to bells and the sound quality. An existing sound laboratory was used, which was originally created to test tractors for their noise. For this purpose, 20 bells were cast, which were loaded with different clappers until they were destroyed. On the basis of the knowledge gained, procedures were developed to assess existing bells for possible risks or to optimally ring new bells by designing the yoke, clapper and suspension as well as the choice of ringing parameters. On the basis of the data, computer simulations were developed with which the effects of parameter changes can be tested. From July 21 to 23, 2008 the final meeting of the project took place at the University of Kempten. Even then, the desire was expressed to establish a permanent institution and to further develop the knowledge gained in order to better preserve the valuable cultural assets. It was possible to acquire further funding and project funds.

As part of the first ProBell symposium on May 5th and 6th, 2009, the European competence center for bells - ProBell was officially founded. The scientific director is Andreas Rupp . The tasks lie

  • in supporting the project partners in introducing new procedures,
  • the scientific processing of open questions about the preservation of bells,
  • the assessment of the ringing situation of bells in the tower,
  • the assessment of damage to bells,
  • the recording of the "musical fingerprint" of culturally and historically significant bells, by means of which incipient damage can be recognized in the future in order to initiate suitable countermeasures at an early stage,
  • the investigation of foundry issues,
  • the investigation into repair work,
  • advising municipalities and experts on problems and damage as well as
  • the exchange of experiences for the diverse professionals

Web links

Commons : Hochschule Kempten  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  3. ^ Franz-Rasso Böck , Ralf Lienert , Joachim Weigel (eds.): Century views of Kempten 1900–2000 . Verlag Tobias Dannheimer - Allgäuer Zeitungsverlag, Kempten (Allgäu) 1999, ISBN 3-88881-035-3 , p. 167 f .
  4. ^ University of Kempten - history. (accessed on August 18, 2013)
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  6. ^ Kempten University of Applied Sciences, description of the institute, accessed on May 22, 2013

Coordinates: 47 ° 42 ′ 57 ″  N , 10 ° 18 ′ 49 ″  E