Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences

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Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences
founding 1971
Sponsorship state
place Freising and Triesdorf
state BavariaBavaria Bavaria
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Eric Veulliet
Students 6,350 WS 2016/17
Employee 652
including professors 146 professors, 268 lecturers
Website www.hswt.de
Overview of the university complex on the Freising-Weihenstephan campus
Explanation of the overview

The University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (HSWT, until August 12, 2009 University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan ) is a technical college on campus Weihenstephan in Freising and in Triesdorf , Straubing and butcher (Research Station for fruit growing).

On July 28, 2016, the Bavarian Council of Ministers decided to convert and expand the Straubing Science Center for Renewable Raw Materials into the Straubing University of Applied Sciences for Biotechnology and Sustainability. The university is sponsored by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is set as a cooperation partner.


For both universities on the Freising-Weihenstephan campus - the WZW TUM and the HSWT - the development of secularization and with it the vacant buildings and unused areas of a monastery was the beginning of the development.


The lion gate

In 1803, the Bavarian elector and later King Max Joseph of Bavaria founded a forestry school in the buildings of Weihenstephan Monastery, which had been vacant due to the secularization in Bavaria , and then in January 1804 a model agricultural school and the “Kurfürstliche Central Baumschule Weihenstephan”. In 1895 Weihenstephan was promoted to the "Royal Bavarian Academy for Agriculture and Brewery". The Weihenstephan experimental brewery was established in 1907. In 1920 Weihenstephan was elevated to a university with the right to award doctorates. In 1930 the university was incorporated into what was then the Technical University of Munich .

Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences

The Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences emerged from teaching in Weihenstephan. It was created on August 1, 1971 through the merger of the engineering schools for horticulture in Weihenstephan with the facilities for agriculture in Schönbrunn, Triesdorf (near Ansbach) and in Landsberg am Lech . Since the first Fachhochschulgesetz provided for application-oriented research only as a task for the Fachhochschule teachers, but not for the Fachhochschule as an institution, the State Research Institute had to be founded, which was affiliated to the Fachhochschule and renamed the "Research Institute for Horticulture Weihenstephan" in 2003.

Forecourt in front of the new "Center for Scientific Basics"

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences

During the term of office of University President Heiler from 2005 to 2016, the “green profile of the university” was further sharpened with future-oriented courses in the fields of nature, nutrition and the environment. A strong growth in the number of students made constant investments and new buildings necessary. At the end of 2018, the “Center for Scientific Basics” was also completed in its outdoor facilities. The new university president Eric Veulliet was able to take it over when he took office on October 1, 2017.

The appearance of the university buildings shows the different times of construction. In the 21st century, the "University of Applied Sciences" had to cope with growth to more than 6,000 students and try to cope with new lecture halls and institute buildings. The new “Center for Scientific Basics”, which is intended for the basic studies of the many thousands of students, helps to solve spatial problems. It was inaugurated on October 7, 2016. In it, the 4,150 students in Weihenstephan (total 6,350) should be able to put into practice their basic scientific subjects, such as (in) organic chemistry or physics.

Very different types of buildings and styles characterize the "University of Applied Sciences":

One of the teaching gardens at the research institute is named after Johann Georg Conrad Oberdieck . The Weihenstephan viewing garden also belongs to the teaching gardens .



Former riding arena, today the HSWT auditorium
Weidenbach near Ansbach

Triesdorf was the summer residence of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach . When Margrave Carl Wilhelm Friedrich of Brandenburg-Ansbach took over the reign of the Margraviate, a building boom began in Triesdorf. Officially his seat of government was Ansbach, but because of his love for hunting he stayed in Triesdorf most of the time. Due to the constant presence, an extensive court was necessary. An economy was also founded to ensure the food of the court society. His son and successor Christian Friedrich Carl Alexander von Brandenburg-Ansbach further expanded the residence. He was very fond of agriculture and dedicated himself to breeding horses and cattle. The Ansbach-Triesdorfer cattle were bred under him in Triesdorf. After the abdication of the margrave, the margraviate became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, and the district agriculture school emerged from the margravial economy. This agricultural school was the basis for the Triesdorf Education Center , which, in addition to the university, consists of other agricultural and domestic schools.

Triesdorf campus

  • Address: Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Markgrafenstr. 16, 91746 Weidenbach
  • The Triesdorf education center: At the education center, more than 3,000 schoolchildren and students from Germany and abroad use the educational offerings of the ten schools, the two faculties of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University and the LVFZ for milk analysis. Various branches of the farm are available for practical training within the agricultural schools: These include the animal husbandry school, the agricultural machinery school and a distillery. The district of Middle Franconia is responsible for the agricultural educational institutions.

The university's “green profile”

The Weihenstephan viewing garden is the most visible part of the green profile

Since 1971, the HSWT has developed a profile that fits very well with the Freising-Weihenstephan campus and the TUM science center . The campus wants to be the “green center” of Bavaria.

Green, innovative, practical - that is the short slogan of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. In the years since it was founded in 1971, it has developed a range of subjects geared towards green engineering courses. The range of courses includes everything that has to do with nature, nutrition and the environment in the broadest sense.

The environmental management system of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is validated according to EMAS. The HSWT is the second university in the country to meet the demanding environmental regulations of the European Union. As early as 2009, HSWT committed itself in the target agreements with the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts to develop into an "ecologically sustainable and resource-conserving university". In 2012, it was decided to introduce an environmental management system and have it assessed by an external party. The university has opted for the environmental management system according to the EMAS regulation ( Eco Management and Audit Scheme ) of the European Union.

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is divided into the two departments Weihenstephan and Triesdorf, which comprise a total of seven faculties. The range of courses consists of 19 Bachelor courses , 13 dual courses and 12 Master courses . The range of subjects is implemented in a self-contained specialist cluster that relates to essential areas of human life. It begins with agricultural raw material production, includes the processing of animal products, covers relevant questions of nutrition and supply, takes environmental requirements into account and extends to the development of rural and urban areas. The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences thus guarantees training across the entire value chain. This educational mandate is to be fulfilled internationally through study and internship stays, a degree program with a double degree, as well as active cooperation with more than 80 educational institutions around the world. The trademark and recipe for success should be training that is characterized by direct practical relevance and sound scientific principles.

Research at the HSWT

“Center for Scientific Basics”, inaugurated in 2016

Research profile

At the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), research and development have become more important than teaching. The research profile is briefly described as follows:

“All faculties and institutes at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences conduct interdisciplinary, international and practice-oriented research: We are continuously expanding our cooperation with universities in Germany and abroad; the exchange between the departments is intensive. As a practical partner, we focus on applied research. In cooperation with business and industry, we deliver practical results. Results that flow back into the training of our students. This means that our courses are always up to date and relevant to practice. Quality management is a basic principle of our university. "

The expansion of research activities at the green Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences required an adaptation and expansion of the previous three main research areas (FSP) in 2017. The external presentation in three blocks is retained, however:

  • Land use, nutrition, health (new),
  • Environmental precaution (former FSP technology assessment is included here), biodiversity (new), climate change (new),
  • Renewable raw materials, renewable energies, energy efficiency (new)

Center for Research and Further Education (ZFW)

The ZFW is a central institution of the university. Research projects and further training measures from all disciplines represented at the university are supervised and coordinated by the ZFW. In addition to the functional responsibility for the horticultural, food technology and ecology and landscape institutes, the ZFW sees itself as the central service provider for all research and further training activities of the faculties of the HSWT and the departments at the HSWT site in Straubing for sustainable resource use.

The ZFW has the following objectives in the field of research:

  • Research projects from all disciplines represented at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT) are centrally coordinated and supported administratively and with advice.
  • The presentation of research (internal and external), marketing and public relations are coordinated and promoted centrally.
  • The perception of the HSWT as a research institution and research partner should be emphasized more clearly.

The ZFW has the following objectives in the area of ​​continuing education:

  • Development of comprehensive concepts for scientific, professional and practice-oriented further education for graduates, specialists and managers,
  • Support of further education events of the faculties and institutes (calculation, advertising, public relations),
  • Support of the central unit "Weihenstephaner Gardens" in the implementation of events for horticulture (courses, seminars, tours) in the sense of the passage "Care and communication of garden culture" in the basic regulations of the HSWT.

Research institutions

Practice-oriented and interdisciplinary research takes place in the following facilities of the HSWT:

  • Institute for Horticulture (IGB):
    • It is located at the Center for Research and Further Education at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. Nine professors from the Faculty of Horticulture and Food Technology are involved in research at the institute, which focuses on horticultural value chains with the following research areas:
    • Sustainability strategies and resource conservation
    • Innovation and information management
    • Production and quality management
    • Urban horticulture and green balance
  • Experimental station for fruit growing butcher - assigned to the IGB
    • The experimental station for fruit growing Schlachters in Sigmarszell on Lake Constance is another location of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences alongside the Weihenstephan campus, the Triesdorf campus and the Straubing site.
    • In its 100-year history, the former “Schlachters fruit growing school” has always provided training and further education in fruit growing, viticulture and horticulture. Today, the experimental station in the Lindau district is organizationally assigned to the "Institute for Horticulture" and conducts research in the field of pome fruit on an area of ​​around 8 hectares.
  • Institute for Food Technology (ILM), Dean Carola Kuss, elected 2015–2019:
    • It places particular emphasis on application-oriented research. Our goal is always a concrete implementation of the findings in practice as a product or process. The institute conducts research in close cooperation with the Faculty of Horticulture and Food Technology. Findings and experiences from research flow into the teaching of the food technology course.
    • At the science location Freising-Weihenstephan, the competencies of the specialist disciplines relevant to food are bundled. All subject areas from raw material production and processing to marketing are represented in research and teaching. Through interdisciplinary networking and at the same time strong practical relevance, you will find optimal conditions for successful research and development here
  • Institute for Ecology and Landscape (IÖL), Dean Cristina Lenz, elected 2017–2019:
    • It emerged from the former “Institute for Landscape Architecture” in March 2015 after a restructuring process. The research focus "Technology Assessment and Environmental Protection" will be in the foreground of the research activities. However, there are also references to the main research areas “Renewable raw materials and renewable energies” and “Land use and nutrition”.
    • It sees itself as a platform for interdisciplinary research at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. Professors from the Faculties of Landscape Architecture, Forestry and Forestry, and Agriculture and Food Management will in future use shared resources, exchange know-how and experience, build synergies and, if necessary, work on joint projects.
    • Important topics of the research projects are climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem functions, ecosystem services including sustainable uses and the like. a. The focus is always on the landscape, the cross-sectional relationship and the application orientation.
  • Biomass Institute (BIT):
    • It is a joint facility of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT) and the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences (HSA). The institute was founded in March 2016 as part of the North Bavaria Initiative and located in western Central Franconia at the Triesdorf department of the HSWT. At the same time, it is one of four institutes at the Center for Research and Further Education at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. Four main areas of work are defined within this framework:
    • Biogenic residues and raw materials
    • Framework conditions for the use of biomass
    • Energy use and system technology
    • Material use of biomass

Faculties where research is carried out

  • Faculty of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (FK BB), Dean Michael Schrader, elected 2015–2019
  • Faculty of Horticulture and Food Technology (FK GL): Dean, Carola Kuss
  • Faculty of Agriculture and Food Management (FK LE), Dean Gerhard Bellof, elected 2015–2019
  • Faculty of Agriculture Triesdorf (FK LT), Dean Ralf Schlauderer, elected 2015–2019
  • Faculty of Environmental Engineering Triesdorf (FK UT), Dean Michael Rudner, elected 2015–2019
  • Faculty of Forestry and Forestry (FK WF), Dean Knut Hildebrand, elected 2015–2019
  • Faculty of Landscape Architecture (FK LA), Dean Cristina Lenz
  • Areas of expertise at the HSWT site in Straubing for sustainable use of resources


The enlarged lecture hall center, 2018

A large number of courses are offered, some as a dual course in combination with vocational training. There are bachelor's degree programs and master’s degree programs.

Central facilities of the HSWT (in Freising)

The various tasks of the university are divided as follows:

  • Head of the university administration: Am Hofgarten 4
  • Main library: Am Hofgarten 2
  • Data center: Help Desk, room C4.319
  • Language center: Weihenstephaner Berg 5
  • Center for Research and Further Education (ZFW): Am Staudengarten 8, Building H11
  • Weihenstephaner Gardens: Director Bernd Hertle


The central library of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is the scientific information center of the Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences . The books are organized according to the system of the Technical University Library in Munich.

Organizational structure and locations

The central library has three further branch libraries at the two university locations in Freising and Triesdorf: The following two branch libraries are located in Freising:

  • Language Center Branch Library
  • Forest and Forestry Branch Library

In Weidenbach (district Triesdorf) is the

  • Triesdorf branch library

The Weihenstephan Science Center for Nutrition, Land Use and the Environment and also a branch library of the Technical University of Munich are located on the Weihenstephan campus in Freising

Inventory and equipment

The central library of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences and the branch libraries assigned to it hold a total of around 135,000 volumes and around 1,000 general and subject-specific current journals. There are also theses, electronic media and language courses, the latest daily newspapers, DVDs, CD-ROMs and CDs.

The range of literature in the university library is tailored to the study and research focus of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. This includes scientific and technical literature from the fields of mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, architecture, medicine, nutritional sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural and horticultural sciences, life sciences, brewing and food technology, forestry and resource management, landscape architecture and landscape planning, economics, as well as smaller subject groups .

Weihenstephan Gardens

The gardens support teaching at the HSWT and are used for research and viewing of outdoor ornamental plants. They are of supraregional importance for gardening experts and gardening lovers and are the target of numerous visitors from home and abroad. Diverse bedding and plant arrangements offer a high aesthetic and design value.

Around 7,000 to 10,000 guests are expertly guided through the gardens in more than 200 tours a year. With around 100,000 visitors a year, the Weihenstephaner Gardens are also an attractive workhorse for the city of Freising.

The Weihenstephaner Gardens are regularly updated. In spring 2011, the redesign of the entrance area to the viewing garden began, further plantings followed in 2012. Two water basins in the immediate vicinity of the entrance area could still be completed in 2012, so that in spring 2013 the water and water edge planting could take place. The plantings in the 2011 fruit show garden in the Weihenstephan allotment garden were largely completed in 2012. With the planting of the pharmacist garden in 2012, the restoration of the Oberdieckgarten, which reopened in 2008, was completed.

A weather station of the German Weather Service delivers the current weather data directly from the allotment garden.

Sighting garden

Entrance to the viewing garden in Freising
View of the viewing garden

The garden, founded in 1947, covers an area of ​​more than 5 hectares. In the teaching and experimental garden, perennial and woody assortments as well as new roses are tested for their practical value. An important aspect is the site-appropriate use of perennials in aesthetically pleasing combinations.

In the center of the garden you can see bedding perennial assortments and ornate borders. On the south-sloping slope, steppe heathland-like plantings, rock gardens as well as a pond and water basin are attached. The edge areas and the western part of the garden are characterized by a range of trees with a species-rich undergrowth of bushes.

The allotment garden

In the Weihenstephan allotment garden, numerous varieties of known and rare vegetables, herbs and fruits are grown for the home garden. Experimenting with novelties is particularly important.

The Oberdieckgarten

Oberdieck's Renette

This garden area was separated from the courtyard garden by the construction of a lecture hall building around 1925. The garden, named after the fruit expert Oberdieck , was originally designed by Carl Wilczek. His basic idea of ​​an architectural garden area divided into terraces and rectangular squares was taken up in the redesign of the facility in 2008 and consistently continued. The individual terrain sections accommodate the garden themes: roses, aromatic and medicinal plants - outdoor orchids - mountain laurels and azaleas - peonies and ornamental apples - hydrangeas and accompanying perennials. The area is framed by trees and shrubs, which make the scenery lively with different shades of green and contrasting growth forms.

The courtyard garden

The Salettl

The park-like courtyard garden spans the former core area of ​​the monastery garden of the Benedictine monks who used to live in Weihenstephan. In the center is the Salettl, renovated in the 1990s - the former garden casino of the Weihenstephan abbots. The courtyard garden got its present appearance after several redesigns around 1950. A remarkable stock of trees, varied shrubs and seasonal borders are impressive in every season. Dominant trees are striking blood beeches, an old ginkgo, stately specimens of the silver maple and the gingerbread tree. In the spring, blooming magnolias attract attention. A visitor magnet is the western viewing terrace, from which you have a beautiful view of the Alps in good weather

The Parterregarten (formerly Buchsgarten)

Parterre garden, 2007 still as a box garden

Due to the infestation with Cylindrocladium buxicola , the beech was cleared in autumn 2014 and the garden was given a new planting concept together with the new name “Parterregarten”. The spring and summer flower arrangements in the garden on the ground floor are mostly designed as top view plantings, the design patterns of which can best be seen from the higher courtyard garden. Changing ornamental plantings play with colors and shapes in a modern way. Spring flowers and summer plants offer surprising, sometimes harmonious, sometimes high-contrast or sometimes bizarre combinations.



Professors and staff

Former students

Criticism of the university

In 2012, the university came under nationwide criticism after it became known that esoteric and unscientific methods such as handling a “ divining rod ” and spatial planning based on Far Eastern “ Qi energy ” were being taught in the landscape architecture course. Ulrich Berger from the GWUP urged the university president to "put an end to this embarrassing nonsense for a university". It was also known that the responsible lecturer, as an author, wrote instructions on " clairvoyance ", among other things . Erhard Wielandt from the University of Stuttgart also sharply criticized the university: “Students should be taught to think critically. Not the ability to make money with any nonsense. "


Web links

Individual evidence

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  13. Adoption , accessed on March 8, 2017.
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Coordinates: 48 ° 23  '44.5 " N , 11 ° 43' 49.5"  E