East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg

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East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg
founding 1971
Sponsorship state
place regensburg
state BavariaBavaria Bavaria
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Wolfgang Baier
Students 11,000 as of: winter semester 2019/2020
Employee 851 (WS 2019/20)
including professors 221 (WS 2019/20)
Networks DFH
Website www.oth-regensburg.de

The Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg ( OTH Regensburg ) was founded in 1971 under the name Fachhochschule Regensburg as a university for technology, economics and social affairs in Regensburg . Today the OTH Regensburg is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany. Eight faculties offer 25 bachelor’s , 18 master’s and nine continuing education programs (four part-time bachelor’s and five continuing education master’s programs). The name "Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule" is based on an existing cooperation agreement with the Ostbayerischen Technische Hochschule Amberg - Weiden .


The location at Prüfinger Straße 58.
View of the library, the cafeteria and the central lake.

The roots

If you look at the history of the East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg and its predecessor institutions, it goes back a long way. The chronicle refers to the year 1846 when the drawing teacher Johann Dörner founded a private "building trade school", which was finally connected with the Royal Realschule in 1868. From this, the building school in Regensburg developed over a series of stations - technical college for civil engineering, which had found its location with the inauguration of a new building on Prüfinger Strasse in 1953, where it was able to expand further for the time being.

The year 1958: founding year of the Johannes Kepler Polytechnic

The number of students at the building school rose rapidly. In March 1958, the Upper Palatinate District Assembly decided to expand the Regensburg Building School into a polytechnic with the departments of structural engineering , civil engineering , mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. The polytechnic was intended to enable young people in the region to train as engineers close to home and thus counteract the overall shortage of technical specialists and managers in the eastern Bavarian region. The aim was to offer application-oriented training with lecturers from the field. In the same year, the district day gave the Regensburg engineering school the name “Johannes Kepler Polytechnic” after a unanimous decision. In 1961 another new building followed for the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering department with 55,000 m³ of enclosed space. The entire building complex was designed for 1,000 students at the time, 920 were already enrolled at the time. The Polytechnic was thus an important step for the further development up to today's East Bavarian Technical University.

The Regensburg University of Applied Sciences

With the takeover of the Polytechnic by the Free State of Bavaria in 1964, the sponsorship also passed to the Free State. In 1971 the Free State of Bavaria decided to establish the technical colleges as the second type of higher education institution alongside the universities. By merging the Johannes-Kepler-Polytechnic with the small and specialized engineering schools in Landshut, Selb and Zwiesel, with the Higher Business School of Eastern Bavaria and by adding the social affairs course, the Regensburg University of Applied Sciences was finally created. At the same time, this meant a considerable expansion of the range of courses to include the subjects of business administration and social affairs. The range of courses was gradually expanded: The computer science course followed in 1973, and in 1974 Regensburg became the first and to this day only university of applied sciences in Bavaria to begin teaching mathematics .

From the Regensburg University of Applied Sciences to the OTH Regensburg

According to the university profile, the core task of the OTH Regensburg is practice-oriented teaching, which at the same time has to be scientifically based on the state of technology and science. This requires research that takes up the results of basic university research and looks for and develops solutions to practical problems. Accordingly, in the new Bavarian Higher Education Act of 2006, in addition to the core task of “teaching” for the universities of applied sciences, the other compulsory tasks of “applied research” and academic further education have been added. The renaming of the University of Applied Sciences to the University of Applied Sciences should testify to a consequence of this further scientific profiling.

On October 1, 2013 the name was changed to the East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg. The new title is the result of the successful participation in the competition for the title “Technical University” among the Bavarian universities of applied sciences, announced by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art . The University of Regensburg had applied for the title together with the Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences under the "umbrella brand" Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule. The Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg is one of only seven Bavarian universities that can henceforth bear the title “ Technische Hochschule ” in its name.

With the appointment as a technical university, the OTH Regensburg has focused on five key topics that will be the focus of its research and teaching in the coming years:

The OTH Regensburg is one of 17 universities of applied sciences (HAW) in the Free State of Bavaria . It is one of the 20 largest universities for applied sciences in Germany . The eight faculties are located at different locations: The architecture faculties and parts of applied social and health sciences are located onCheckinger Strasse. Part of the Faculty of General Sciences and Microsystems Technology and the Faculties of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and Mathematics are located on the campus on the side of Galgenbergstrasse.

The OTH Regensburg currently has more than 200 international university contacts with universities and colleges on all continents.

On the way to the campus

Aerial view of part of the Galgenberg campus from the north-east.
The campus cafeteria
The laboratory building for microsystem technology

The rapid growth in students soon led to extreme space constraints. A first solution emerged due to a mathematical surplus of space in the buildings already constructed for the University of Regensburg. The University Building Authority was commissioned to finally incorporate the economics and social affairs course, as well as essential parts of the technology course, into the buildings of the university on Seybothstrasse that are to be converted accordingly.

This laid the foundation for a joint science campus with the University of Regensburg : in the 1977/78 winter semester, the social affairs faculty had already moved to Seybothstrasse, followed by the business administration faculty and part of the electrical engineering faculty in the 1983/84 winter semester. In 1985 a new lecture hall building was built for the electrical engineering, and in 1987 the associated laboratory building was finally built. In 1988 the faculties of general sciences and microsystems technology, as well as computer science and mathematics, moved into most of the collective building at the university.

Against the background of the further increase in the number of students and the overcrowding ofCheckinger Strasse, the decision was finally made in 1995 that the entire university should be gradually relocated to the campus on Universitätsstrasse. The implementation began with a new building for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering on Galgenbergstrasse, which was opened in 2001. In 2002 the new laboratory building for microsystem technology was completed. In 2006, both the new central library and the new canteen finally went into operation. In 2011 the lecture hall building at the forum went into operation. In 2014 a student house was added, in 2016 the House of Technology and in 2017 the new building for the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics. A new building for the administration and a new building for the Faculty of Architecture on the campus are expected to move into in 2021/2022.

Currently, the architecture faculties and parts of applied social and health sciences, as well as the entire administration, are located in the buildings on Prüfinger Straße in the west of the city, in the original buildings of the university. In the south, in the premises of the University of Regensburg , there are currently individual rooms in use by the OTH Regensburg in the so-called collective building.


The university is divided into eight faculties :


The OTH Regensburg currently offers over 50 courses :

Bachelor courses

  • architecture
  • Civil engineering
  • Business administration
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • European business administration
  • Building climate
  • Industrial design
  • Computer science
  • Intelligent Systems Engineering
  • International Relations and Management
  • Speech therapy (integrating training)
  • mechanical engineering
  • mathematics
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical informatics
  • Microsystem technology
  • Music- and movement-oriented social work
  • Nursing (integrating training)
  • Physiotherapy (integrating training)
  • Production and automation technology
  • Regenerative energy technology and energy efficiency
  • Sensor technology and analytics
  • Social work
  • Technical computer Science
  • business Informatics

Masters courses

  • Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Applied Research in Engineering Sciences
  • architecture
  • Civil engineering, focus: building in existing structures
  • Business administration
  • Digital entrepreneurship
  • Electrical and Microsystems Engineering
  • Electromobility and energy networks
  • European business administration
  • Historical building research
  • Human resource management
  • industrial engineering
  • Computer science
  • Intercultural and development management
  • logistics
  • mechanical engineering
  • mathematics
  • Medical technology
  • Social work - inclusion and exclusion

Part-time bachelor's degree programs

  • Business administration
  • Care management
  • Social work
  • System technology

Part-time master’s courses

  • Automotive Electronics
  • Business administration
  • Business Administration - MBA
  • Midwifery
  • Information technology
  • Management and communication management

Cooperative doctoral procedure

The OTH Regensburg offers a doctoral seminar , which offers students the opportunity to achieve the doctoral degree in a cooperative doctoral procedure . In 2016, around 80 OTH Regensburg students completed their doctorate in this way. At the same time, eleven doctoral candidates were able to successfully complete their doctoral theses.


Digitization is a strategic cross-cutting issue at OTH Regensburg. The aim is to establish a concept of digital education. All graduates of the OTH Regensburg should be taught overarching skills in digitization, in particular the social and economic developments following digitization. The teaching competencies in the field of digitization that are available at the university and are relevant for the cross-faculty exchange will be brought together in a new central facility, the “Regensburg School of Digital Sciences (RSDS)”. In research, too, the topic of “digitization” is present in a variety of ways at the OTH Regensburg, which can be seen in a whole series of regional and supra-regional research projects and collaborations.


Institute for Applied Research and Economic Cooperation (IAFW)

On October 1, 2000, the Institute for Applied Research and Economic Cooperation (IAFW) was founded at the East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg. As a central institution, the IAFW represents the interdisciplinary umbrella organization for all research activities at the University of Regensburg. The aim behind this university-wide institution is to build a bridge between application- related science and industrial practice and to cooperate with in the context of events on knowledge and technology transfer enable the economy. The companies not only have direct access to the latest findings and results, but they also have the opportunity to receive answers to specific problems through the targeted exchange of knowledge with specialists from the university. The cooperation with the IAFW not only offers large companies , but also increasingly small and medium-sized companies, which often have little or no research and development capacities, the opportunity to significantly increase their innovative capacity.

In particular, university members can seek advice on questions of national and international research funding and are supported with the application process and the administrative handling of cooperation projects. The recording and publication of research activities is one of the tasks as well as the bundling of research competencies of the OTH Regensburg. In order to make the wide-ranging research activities more transparent, numerous competence centers have been founded under the umbrella of the IAFW in the last two years (including sensors , mechatronics , nanotechnologies , IT security , software engineering , bioengineering , logistics ). The cooperation with various regional and national networks is also a focus.

Regensburg Center of Biomedical Engineering

The Regensburg Center of Biomedical Engineering (RCBE) is a cross-faculty and cross-university research facility of the OTH Regensburg and the University of Regensburg . In the RCBE, the biomedical competence of the university and the engineering and medical IT competence of the technical university are bundled. A special focus is placed on joint research and development as well as further training.

Center for Further Education and Knowledge Management (ZWW)

In addition to teaching and application-oriented research, scientifically sound professional development forms the third pillar in the range of services offered by the OTH Regensburg. It gives addressees from all over the region the chance for lifelong further training and contributes to sustainably securing qualification and competence resources for the entire region. The ZWW coordinates cross-departmental and interdisciplinary training. The offer ranges from open courses to specialist seminars and courses through to additional training and continuing education courses that lead to the internationally recognized master’s degree. The ZWW is the contact point for companies and practice facilities. In addition to its own offers, it also offers technical support for in-company training measures and professional knowledge management .


In the 2015 CHE university ranking of the newspaper Die Zeit , the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics achieved first place among all German and Austrian universities of applied sciences. In previous CHE rankings, too, the majority of the faculties at OTH Regensburg were placed in the top groups. The mechanical and civil engineering faculties made it into the top 10 in Germany, and the business administration faculty made it into the top 20.


Association of Friends of the University of Regensburg

Association of Friends of the University of Regensburg e. V.

The Association of Friends supports the OTH Regensburg u. a. with financial means for matters that cannot be financed from state funds. In addition, the promotion of students is a special focus. In addition, the association is another important network for integrating the university in the region.

Foundation for the promotion of the University of Regensburg

The foundation for the promotion of the University of Regensburg , which was initiated by the first university council and, above all, built up and organized by Honorary Senator Gert Wölfel as a foundation board member, is supported by broad circles of business with contributions and endowments. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the University of Regensburg. The foundation realizes this purpose in particular by promoting foreign students, especially from Central and Eastern European countries, for the purpose of studying at the University of Regensburg, as well as by promoting stays abroad for students and the promotion of academic further and advanced training courses at the OTH Regensburg.


Honorary Senators and Honorary Members

Honorary senators

Honorary members

  • Egon Scheubeck (†), Former Managing Director Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen and Scheubeck Holding GmbH & Co.

Campus and student life

Student representation

Banner of the student representatives of the OTH Regensburg.

At the OTH Regensburg there is a student representation in accordance with Article 52 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act . In addition to the legally prescribed structure of representatives in the Senate and the faculty councils, as well as a student convention, a student council and a speaker council, free student councils are formed. No party-political university groups are active at OTH Regensburg. The student union sees itself as non-party, politically independent and independent.

Independent student organization (USO e.V.)

The Independent Student Organization, USO for short, is a non-profit association and works to improve university life . The members are made up of students from all faculties and study semesters. In addition to supporting the student representatives and other institutions of the OTH Regensburg, the USO organizes the “OTH-Fest”, one of the largest student parties in Regensburg, every semester. The OTH-Fest is the only major event on the entire campus that can still be held in the corridors of the two universities after an incident at the University of Regensburg.

Formula Student - Dynamics e. V.

The team at Dynamics e. V. and regenics e. V. of the OTH Regensburg

In 2006, students at the University of Regensburg organized themselves to take part in the Formula Student Germany design competition. The combustion team Dynamics e. V. has been very successful in recent years and has also made a name for itself internationally.

In the 2018 season, the team was able to assert itself in two design finals (FSA + FSG ) and win the Acceleration on FSA. Overall they finished on FSG with 5th place and FSA, like FSS, with 7th place.

From 2010 to 2013, the partner association regenics e. V. also planned and built 3 vehicles with electric drive.

The student convention of the OTH Regensburg the association every year with an allocation from the pot for special projects of the study grants.

Regensburg campus V.

The Regensburg campus e. V. is a non-profit association that promotes culture and student engagement at the college and university. The association comes from the student convention of the OTH Regensburg and aims to express the unifying effect of the Regensburg educational campus. Since 2010 he has organized the campus festival, among other things. Regional and nationally known bands appear. The musical guests have already included James Hersey , Eternal Tango , Bilderbuch or Großstadtgeflüster . Since 2011, the stage program has been expanded to include cabaret, dance and theater. Student organizations and higher education institutions present themselves with information stands. In addition, sports tournaments and other supporting program items take place.

Web links

Commons : University of Regensburg  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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Coordinates: 49 ° 0 ′ 13.2 "  N , 12 ° 5 ′ 42.3"  E