Georg Agricola Technical University

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Georg Agricola Technical University
founding 1816
Sponsorship Private
place Bochum
state North Rhine-Westphalia
country Germany
president Jürgen Kretschmann
Students 2.475 winter semester 2017/18
Employee 252
including professors 37

The Technical University of Georg Agricola (THGA, formerly FH Bergbau and TFH Bochum ) is a state-recognized private university of applied sciences based in Bochum . It was founded in 1816 as a mountain school for the training of climbers and middle-class mine officials and in the 20th century developed first into an engineering school and later into a technical college. It has been named after the polymath and mining pioneer Georgius Agricola since 1995 .

Today the THGA offers 14 Bachelor and Master courses in the areas of georesources and process engineering , mechanical engineering , materials science , electrical engineering and information technology as well as industrial engineering . In the 2017/2018 winter semester, around 2500 students were enrolled at THGA, around 55% of whom are studying part-time while working.

One focus of the THGA is on research into what is known as post - mining .


Main building of the THGA Bochum
Staircase of the "Georg Agricola" college

The university today was in 1816 by order of the Prussian mining authority established as "Märkische Mountain School" in Bochum. Their job was to train Steiger and other mine officials for the up-and-coming Ruhr mining industry .

In 1864 the newly founded Westfälische Berggewerkschaftskasse (WBK) took over the sponsorship of the school. Under the direction of Hugo Schultz , the Bochum mountain school experienced a great boom from 1868: the number of students doubled to over 100 by the turn of the century, so that in 1899 a new school building was moved into, which also housed the laboratories of the WBK research facilities. In addition to the climbing training, the mountain school took on other tasks such as B. the preparation of seam maps or carrying out scientific studies. The German Mining Museum Bochum was created in 1930 from the scientific and technical collections of the school .

After the Second World War , the educational profile of the school changed as a result of the coal crisis that began in 1958 : while on the one hand the need for classically trained miners fell, on the other hand the demand for higher qualifications rose. In 1963, the mining school became an engineering school for mining , followed in 1971 by the conversion to the technical college of mining (FH Bergbau). In 1995 the previous UAS Mining was renamed the Technical University of Applied Sciences Georg Agricola .

A new presidential constitution was introduced in 2006, and a year later, as part of the Bologna reforms, all diploma courses were converted to the tiered Bachelor-Master system . Plans of the then NRW state government to merge the TFH with the state college of Bochum were turned away after student protests in 2012. With the support of the RAG Foundation , the Post-Mining Research Center was established and new courses of study established.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary in April 2016, the company was renamed the Georg Agricola University of Technology.


Since January 1, 1990, the university has been sponsored by the DMT Society for Teaching and Education (DMT-LB), which together with the City of Bochum also maintains the neighboring German Mining Museum . DMT-LB was established in 1990 as one of two subsidiaries of the Deutsche Montan Technologie für Rohstoff, Energie und Umwelt e. V. (DMT e.V.) , which in turn emerged from the merger of the Westfälische Berggewerkschaftskasse with a number of similar organizations in order to bundle the educational and research activities of the entire German coal industry.

The THGA is headed by a six-person executive committee, which includes the president, a vice-president for budget and administration and three academic vice-presidents, who each represent a scientific area but are also responsible for an overarching area of ​​responsibility (studies, research, university development).

Scientific areas & range of courses

The THGA is divided into three scientific areas that currently offer a total of eight Bachelor and six Master’s courses. Studies and teaching are practically oriented; around 80 percent of the theses deal with a topic from the corporate environment. Most courses can also be studied part-time. Since 2018, the master’s courses can also be completed with the title “ European Engineer ” (EUR ING).

Engineering students at the Post-Mining Research Center

WB1: Georesources and Process Engineering

Bachelor courses

Master’s degrees

  • Geoengineering and Post-Mining ( M. Eng. )
  • Mineral Resource and Process Engineering ( M. Sc. )

WB2: Mechanical engineering and materials science

Bachelor degrees

Master's degree

  • Mechanical engineering (M. Eng.)

WB3: Electrical / Information Technology and Industrial Engineering

Bachelor degrees

Masters courses

Post-mining research center

Drill core test in an FZN laboratory

The research center Nachbergbau (FZN;. English Research Institute of Post-Mining) was in 2015 with the financial support of the RAG Foundation founded and is funded from state and EU funds. As the only research center of its kind in the world to date , it researches the so-called perpetual tasks of coal mining ( mine water management , rehabilitation of closed mines), the conversion of former mining areas for commercial and recreational purposes and the development potential of former mining areas. This also includes the development of modern monitoring systems for mining consequences, for example through special deep-sea probes and remote sensing data. The knowledge gathered from mining and post-mining is to be made accessible in a separate database. The interdisciplinary team is made up of experts from mining, geology, geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology, electrical engineering and information technology, as well as mine separation .

The so far unique master’s degree in Geoengineering and Post-Mining , a combination of natural science and technology, is offered to students . Thematically, the spectrum of the course ranges from rock mechanics and reservoir science to hydrology , surveying and legal issues.

Christian Melchers is the scientific director of the FZN . In addition, the FZN has an endowed professorship for "Geomonitoring in old and post-mining" financed by the RAG Foundation . It has been occupied by Tobias Rudolph since May 2019 .


The THGA cooperates in numerous projects with partners outside the university landscape. For example, it supports initiatives that aim to inspire so-called “study pioneers” for academic training. Since 2016 there has been a special study program for refugees that combines language acquisition, professional qualifications and integration. The program is funded by the DAAD and the RAG Foundation and carried out in close cooperation with the regional job centers . In 2017, a Competence Empowerment Center (CEC) was set up for professional training and integration. The proportion of people with a refugee background at the THGA was 5.2 percent in 2017.

The THGA is a founding member of the Dual Career Network Ruhr (DCN Ruhr), which supports partners of newly appointed scientists in their professional orientation in the region. The DCN is coordinated by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR). Since 2017 the THGA has been participating in the state program “Career Paths FH Professorship” . Over a funding period of three years, participants can combine practical professional experience outside the university sector as well as teaching and research experience in the context of a university of applied sciences. At the same time, they work at a university that runs the program and in an external company. In the Hidden Champions³ pilot project, foremen , technicians and similar specialists in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are trained to become specialists and managers with the help of part-time studies alongside their jobs.

The THGA also participates in the UniverCity Bochum network , which is intended to promote the identification of Bochum residents with the city's scientific institutions. The association includes the nine universities of the city of Bochum, the Academic Promotion Agency (AKAFÖ), the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Middle Ruhr Area, the German Mining Museum and Bochum Marketing GmbH.


  • The knowledge area. 150 years of mining research and training at the Westfälische Berggewerkschaftskasse / DMT society for teaching and education . Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum 2014. 2 volumes ISBN 978-3-937203-69-0 and ISBN 978-3-937203-72-0

Web links

Commons : Technical University Georg Agricola  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Numbers and facts - TH Georg Agricola. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  2. The history of the Georg Agricola University of Technology, p. 18.
  3. ^ The history of the Georg Agricola Technical University, p. 36 f.
  4. The history of the Georg Agricola Technical University, p. 60 f.
  5. The history of the Georg Agricola Technical University, p. 94 ff.
  6. ^ The history of the Georg Agricola Technical University, p. 166 f.
  7. Technical University Georg Agricola celebrates its anniversary: ​​200 years of teaching and research in Bochum - TH Georg Agricola. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  8. Festschrift p. 160. See also
  9. ^ Presidium - TH Georg Agricola. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  10. THGA goes Europe: Cooperation with DVT enables qualification as "European Engineer" - TH Georg Agricola. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  11. Christopher Onkelbach: First research center opened for Nachbergbau in Bochum. In: October 25, 2015, accessed August 23, 2019 .
  12. a b Post-Mining Research Center. In: Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  13. THGA makes young engineers fit for the future. In: Westfälische Rundschau . June 12, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  14. IGP - Applied Geology - Tobias RUDOLPH, Dr. (Geology of the KW deposits). Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  15. ^ Social engagement / Third Mission - TH Georg Agricola. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  16. ^ Refugee Initiative - TH Georg Agricola. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  17. ^ Dual Career Network Ruhr Network. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  18. The Ruhr area pulls together in the competition for the best minds. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .
  19. UniverCity Bochum - TH Georg Agricola. Retrieved August 23, 2019 .

Coordinates: 51 ° 29 ′ 15 ″  N , 7 ° 12 ′ 48 ″  E