Catholic Foundation University Munich

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Catholic Foundation University Munich (KSH)
founding 1909
Sponsorship church foundation
place Munich , Preysingstrasse 83, and Benediktbeuern , Don-Bosco-Strasse 1
state Bavaria
country Germany
president Hermann Sollfrank
Students around 2,400 as of 03/2019
Ellen Ammann, founder and first director of the Social Women's School, archived in the Ida-Seele archive
From 1909 on, Ellen Ammann carried out charitable training for women, archived in the Ida-Seele archive

The Katholische Stiftungshochschule München (KSH) ( Catholic Foundation College Munich (KSFH) until 2017 ) is a state-recognized university of the ecclesiastical foundation under public law Catholic educational institutions for social professions in Bavaria with locations in Munich and Benediktbeuern . After the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, it is the second largest educational institution of the Roman Catholic Church in Bavaria .

Advertisement, archived in the Ida-Seele archive
Advertisement in the church newspapers of the Bavarian dioceses (1966); archived in the Ida-Seele archive


The starting points of professional social training for women in the Kingdom of Bavaria were, among other things, mass poverty, poor relief, housing misery, the exploitation of male and female workers and also the fact that the female sex was permitted for official poor relief, previously a male bastion. The admission of women required trained workers if the female work was truly beneficial and had a transformative effect on poor relief .

In particular, women from the organized Catholic women's movement campaigned for the establishment of social women's schools, in Bavaria in particular Ellen Ammann , Countess Pauline von Montgelas , Marie Amelie von Godin , Marie Buczkowska , Countess Hedwig von Preysing and Maria Hopmann . The named understood social work as a typically female cultural achievement :

There were two main ideas that ran the institution; First of all: The women's movement, our fatherland, our church need, since the need for workers in the social organism is constantly increasing, a large number of knowing, able women. Social work is not a dilettantism, not an interesting pastime for empty hours. In today's multifaceted conditions, it is not enough to have your heart in the right place; precise knowledge and thorough experience are essential prerequisites. The tasks of a social school for women are to convey this knowledge in a pedagogical, legal, economic, and technical way and to offer the pupils the opportunity to examine themselves and gain experience through an introduction to the various branches of practical work. Instead of mere feelings and wishes, the women's movement itself needs thoughtful thoughts and convictions based on an exact knowledge of the history and goals of the women's movement, its psychological and ethical justification. Secondly, the Catholic Women's Association says: We need women who are Catholic to the core, who comprehend Catholicism in its vividness and generality, in its rigor and breadth, in its transcendent nature and world mission, and in selfless, patient work on the kingdom of God live people actively. The women's school wants to awaken, consolidate and deepen this spirit in its students .
Course 1923/24, archived in the Ida-Seele archive

As a result, the foundation of a social and charitable women's school , which on the one hand conveys the connection between practice and theory, and on the other hand provides the necessary skills and knowledge for performing social work, was the order of the day:

The public's social obligations to remedy social needs required a systematic training of those forces who dedicated themselves professionally or voluntarily to this new time task ... No traditional educational scheme suited the demands that were placed on them. The initial attempts by the associations and the authorities to supplement the most necessary knowledge in the context of a free lecture system did not lead to any satisfactory success. Experience made it necessary to create the appropriate educational opportunity for the individual requirements of the new areas of work, namely in the tight, uniform and purpose-adapted form of a school, as found in other professional areas .

The KSFH was formed from several previous institutions. The four training institutions involved were:

  1. the series of training courses for volunteer women on social and charitable topics, which was offered from October 1909 by the Swedish-born Ellen Ammann in the back building of her house in Munich's Theresienstraße (which was expanded into two-semester training courses in 1912 with the help of Maria Hopmann and then from 1916 into four-semester training courses were). The educational institution called Social-Charitable Women's School , officially recognized since 1926, was converted into a higher technical school for social work in 1963 and renamed the Ellen Ammann School in 1964 ,
  2. the one-year basic course for male social professions (youth welfare and social work) founded in 1959 at the suggestion of Monsignor Wilhelm Bleyer , which was converted into a welfare school for men in the following year (from 1963 higher technical school for social work ),
  3. the two-year advanced technical college for social pedagogy, which was established in Munich in 1968 (could be completed by educators, kindergarten teachers, after-school care workers , etc.) and
  4. the higher technical school of social education founded by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1968 in Benediktbeuern .

In 1967 the school association Catholic educational institutions for social professions in Bavaria e. V. founded, which initially took over the sponsorship of both the welfare school for men and the Ellen Ammann School . Until 1970 the two training centers were spatially separated.

As chairman of the Conference of German Schools for Social Work at the end of the 1960s, Hermann Zeit played a key role in the nationwide transformation of the higher technical schools for social work and social education into technical colleges. And so the KSFH was founded on August 1st, 1971. It is one of the universities of applied sciences in the first wave of start-ups in the Federal Republic of Germany :

In accordance with the Bavarian University of Applied Sciences Act, the board of trustees initially appointed the director of the two Munich higher technical schools for social work and social education, Dipl.-Psych. Social worker (grad.) Hermann Zeit, has been appointed president and the director of the Ellen-Ammann-Schule, Martha Krause-Lang , has been appointed vice-president .

In addition to the directors of the former colleges for social work and social pedagogy, Walter Kögl (†), Simon Hundmeyer, Adelheid Stein (†), Eleonore Romberg (†) and Andreas Hutter committed themselves to the KSFH with extraordinary intensity.

With the entry into force of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) on October 1, 1974, in which the universities of applied sciences were also included, the denominationally bound educational institution received the status of a non-state university. According to Art. 106, Para. 3 BayHSchG, it is recognized by the state .

The university of applied sciences of the church foundation under public law had enacted a constitution on June 10, 1974. This includes tasks and organization, membership, collegial bodies and other committees, management (President and Vice President), student representatives, appointment procedures, the Board of Trustees, etc. a. m. regulated. In doing so, the sponsor gave KSFH the right to take responsibility for itself.

In June 2009 the KSFH celebrated its 100th birthday. On this occasion she has published a publication: One hundred years of training for social professions with a Christian profile. From Ellen Ammann's social charity training for women at the Catholic Foundation University in Munich 1909–2009 .

The endowed professorship for gerontological care was created on October 1, 2009 .

Since October 1, 2017, the university has been operating under the name Katholische Stiftungshochschule (KSH).

In spring 2018 the foundation stone was laid for a new seminar building with 28 lecture halls and seminar rooms.

Mission statement

Your mission statement is shaped by Ellen Ammann's motto: Caritas Christi urget nos . As a result, the KSFH is characterized by a basic Christian orientation, which, in addition to imparting explanatory and practical knowledge, also wants to be a place to deal with questions of meaning and values, theology and religiosity as well as personal life perspectives.


The KSH offers the following courses, which are open to all applicants, regardless of their creed:

Bachelor courses

  • Social work
  • Social work integrating work
  • Education and upbringing in childhood
  • BEFAS - Education and upbringing in childhood for applicants with foreign degrees in the educational field
  • Care management ; Replacement by the Healthcare Management degree program for the 2019/2020 winter semester
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing science dual (professional degree & Bachelor of Science)
  • Midwifery
  • Religious education and church educational work

Masters courses

Consecutive master’s courses:

  • Applied Social and Educational Sciences (MA)
  • Management of social and health companies (MA)
  • Nursing Science - Innovative Care Concepts ( M.Sc. )

Further education master:

  • Social Work (Master of Social Work)
  • Addiction Support Master

Additional qualifications

  • Additional training in music education (MUZA)

Heads of the women's social school

Headmaster / Director of the welfare school for men / Higher technical school for social work a. a.

  • Hermann Zeit (1959–1971)

President of the college

  • Hermann Zeit (1971–1978)
  • Simon Hundmeyer (1978–1986)
  • Karljörg Schäflein (1986-2002)
  • Michael Pieper (2002-2006)
  • Egon Endres (2006-2014)
  • Hermann Sollfrank (since 2014)

Well-known teachers

Graduates (including previous schools)


  • Ellen Ammann, Maria Hopmann: Social and charitable women's school of the Catholic Women's Association in Bavaria. Munich 1918.
  • Bavarian women's country. Organ of the Bavarian State Association of the Catholic Women's Association in Bavaria, 1926 / H. 1
  • Manuel Behringer: 100 years of social learning and teaching in Munich. From socially denominational training courses to the Catholic foundation college. A contribution to the history of social work. Munich 2009. (unpublished diploma thesis)
  • Karljörg Schäflein: memorial for Professor Hermann Zeit. A contribution to the history of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Munich and the Catholic Academy for Social Pedagogy in Munich. Munich 1988.
  • Günther Rudolf: On the history of social worker training in Munich. Munich 2000. (unpublished diploma thesis)
  • Bavarian State Association of the Catholic Women's Association V. (Ed.): The history of the socially charitable women's school. In: Nine decades of strong women in Bavaria and the Palatinate. Munich 2001, DNB 963667009 , pp. 254-275.
  • Gerlinde Wosgien: pioneers of professionalization. The history of the Munich social and charitable women's school. In: Gisela Muschiol (Ed.): Katholikinnen und Moderne. Catholic women's movement between tradition and emancipation. Münster 2003, ISBN 3-402-03432-8 , pp. 69-87.
  • Susanne Sandherr, Franz Schmid, Hermann Sollfrank (eds.): One hundred years of training for social professions with a Christian profile. From Ellen Amman's social charity training for women at the Catholic Foundation University of Munich 1909-2009. Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-7698-1733-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Portrait of the university. In: Archived from the original on March 29, 2019 ; Retrieved on March 29, 2019 (original not persistent; information based on archive version).
  2. cit. n. Rudolf 2000, p. 5.
  3. cf. Behringer 2009, p. 5 ff.
  4. cit. n.Behringer 2009, p. 14 f.
  5. Ammann / Hopmann 1918, p. 5.
  6. The school founder put her facility under the motto:
    Caritas Christi urget nos ( The love of Christ urges us ).
  7. which set up a branch in Augsburg in 1912, but which was closed again after a few years (cf. Behringer 2009, p. 24)
  8. Excerpt from the advertising brochure (archived in the Ida-Seele archive ):
    Admission: Male adolescents who have reached the age of 16 and are suitable in terms of character, health and ability for a professional activity in the field of youth welfare or social work.
    Previous education: After completing compulsory elementary schooling, generally completing an apprenticeship, a commercial school, a middle school or corresponding classes of a secondary school ...
    Aim of the training: Basic knowledge for professions in youth welfare and social work. After the final examination, either taking on a job in a home, in nursing, in welfare, etc. or transfer to a social school (welfare school).
  9. Schäflein 1988, p. 33.
  10. Former lecturers. (No longer available online.) In: KSFH website. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020 ; accessed on May 14, 2020 .
  11. ^ Celebration for "One hundred years of training for social professions in Munich since Ellen Ammann". Review in pictures. October 2009, archived from the original on January 22, 2013 ; accessed on October 9, 2017 (issue 3 of the online magazine “ksfhintern”).
  12. Lisa Zeidler: Decent care has a future. Press release. In: January 21, 2010, accessed November 30, 2017 .
  13. Johannes Korsche: Building for the future. In: May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018 .
  14. Nursing Management (BA). In: Retrieved November 28, 2019 .
  15. Musikpädagogische additional training MUZA. In: Retrieved September 16, 2019 .
  16. Cardinal Wetter congratulates Paula Linhart on her 100th birthday. In: Press office of the Archdiocese of Munich, March 22, 2006, archived from the original on March 7, 2016 ; accessed on February 11, 2018 .
  17. Pascale Hugues; translated by Elisabeth Thielicke: Georg Zinner (born 1948). In: April 25, 2014, accessed September 4, 2018 .

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