Technical University of Cologne

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TH Cologne
motto University of Technology, Arts, Sciences
founding 1971
Sponsorship MKW NRW (state)
place Cologne , Gummersbach and Leverkusen
state North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Stefan Herzig
Students 26,000 (2019)
Employee approx. 2,000 (2019)
including professors 440 (2019)
Networks EUA , UAS7

The Technical University of Cologne ( TH Köln ) is the largest university of applied sciences in the Federal Republic of Germany with 26,000 students and 430 professors . The TH Köln offers a total of around 100 bachelor's and master's degree programs , full-time, part-time and as a dual study program.


Former logo
TH Cologne - Campus Südstadt
Central staircase in the Südstadt campus

Some previous institutions can be traced back to the "Royal Provincial Trade School" founded in 1833.

The university was founded on August 1st, 1971 under the name of Cologne University of Applied Sciences ( FH Köln ) and is one of the first wave of technical universities in Germany and one of the first in North Rhine-Westphalia . The founding rector was Johann Atrops . As was common at the time, existing training facilities were combined to form a university of applied sciences. These were:

  • State Engineering School for Mechanical Engineering Cologne I and State Engineering School for Mechanical Engineering Cologne II | II
  • State School of Civil Engineering Cologne (formerly the Cologne Building Trade School )
  • Cologne factory schools
  • Higher technical school for social work Cologne
  • Higher business school in Cologne
  • Higher college for interpreters and translators in Cologne
  • German Insurance Academy Cologne
  • State Higher Technical School for Photography Cologne

On April 3, 1995, the University of Applied Sciences for Libraries and Documentation (until 1982 “Librarian Training Institute of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia”) was incorporated as the 22nd department “Library and Documentation” (today integrated in “Faculty 03”).

On October 8, 2014 Christian Averkamp, Dean of Campus Gummersbach, the name change of confirmed Fachhochschule Köln in Technical University of Cologne , which was already in February 2014 in an interview. The name was changed in September 2014 by an announcement to Technische Hochschule Köln ; The name has been used officially since the 2015/16 winter semester, which began on September 1, 2015. In addition to the renaming, the corporate design of the university was also revised and given a new logo. The university retains the status of a university of applied sciences.

Südstadt campus

The TH Köln has its headquarters at Römerpark in Cologne's Südstadt . The prestigious building erected in 1907 for the Cologne University of Applied Sciences at the time , which was incorporated into the University of Cologne in 1919, was designated as the main building and the headquarters of the administration . This used the building until 1934. After that, the Gauleitung of the Gaus Köln-Aachen of the National Socialist German Workers' Party moved in here . After the war u. a. the Lufthansa here until 1969 its Germany headquarters. The building has been a listed building since 1985 .

At the entrance of the TH Köln in Claudiusstraße (Campus Südstadt, GWZ) there has been a memorial for the names of the authors since 2001 , a reminder of the book burning in May 1933 in front of the main university building at that time, with the names of authors ostracized by the Nazis who were written with iron in basalt lava blocks are and will be admitted, an idea of ​​the art critic Walter Vitt .

Deutz campus

Deutz campus

The main building of the Deutz campus is in need of thorough renovation. A renovation in the current academic mode after the experience of the old building (it was in the years 2005 to 2008 redeveloped ) only with significant restrictions may apply. Due to the change in the Abitur from 13 to 12 years, there have been more new students since 2013. These exceed the current capacities of the campus. For this reason, a new building on the former site of the Dom brewery in the south of Cologne was discussed. This would then be in the immediate vicinity of the Südstadt campus, so that a single campus would be created in Cologne. However, these plans were discarded. Instead, it was decided to demolish the old main building of the Deutz campus , but to rebuild it in the immediate vicinity on a piece of land that is still vacant.

At the end of 2016, the university announced that it wanted to completely rebuild the Deutz campus by 2030. This is estimated to cost 320 million euros. According to the plans, which have existed since 2012, the site will encompass around 100,000 square meters. The start of construction was originally planned for 2015, but due to disagreements with the owners of the surrounding land that was bought for the new building, this is expected to be delayed until 2020. Around 80 percent of the previous buildings are to be demolished for the new building, only the campus library and the old building on Deutz-Kalker-Straße should be preserved. The new building will be divided into three construction phases. A new lecture hall and IT center are to be built by 2022. In the second construction phase, a new cafeteria and a learning center for electrical engineers and mechanical engineers are to be built. The third construction phase, which is planned from 2024, calls for the demolition of the IWZ main building. The new campus is designed for around 8,500 students. The current campus only has a capacity of 5,000 students and is overloaded with up to 10,000 students. The exact building designs are to be decided through architectural competitions, but the university does not want to build new buildings with more than six floors.

Gummersbach campus

The Gummersbach campus was originally founded as the "State Engineering School for Mechanical Engineering" independently of the TH Köln in April 1963 and has been part of the Siegen-Gummersbach University of Applied Sciences since 1971 (later the University of Siegen, now the University of Siegen ).

It was only in June 1983 that it became the Gummersbach campus of the TH Cologne.

In August 2007, the company finally moved to a new building on the Steinmüller site in Gummersbach.

Leverkusen campus

The TH Köln, the IHK Köln and the city of Leverkusen have submitted an application to the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia for the construction of a new campus in Leverkusen . The North Rhine-Westphalian cabinet approved this application.

This created new places in the technical and pharmaceutical chemistry courses for the 2009/2010 winter semester . These courses were not previously offered by the TH Köln. The new campus will be built on the site of the new railway city: opladen . On June 21, 2014, Minister Walter-Borjans handed over the request so that construction can begin. The course events will take place in Chempark Leverkusen until completion .

Astrid Rehorek was appointed founding dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (F11). She followed in the 2012/13 winter semester as the first elected dean Matthias Hochgürtel.



The TH Köln is headed by a full-time executive committee.

  • President since May 1, 2018: Stefan Herzig
  • Vice President
    • Vice President for Teaching and Studies: Sylvia Heuchemer
    • Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer: Klaus Becker
    • Vice President for Economic and Personnel Administration: Ursula Löffler

University Council

The University Council of TH Köln was appointed on January 30, 2008 by Research Minister Andreas Pinkwart . It consists of six external personalities and two university members. The University Council advises the Presidium on strategic issues and oversees its management. The members of the University Council are appointed by the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for a period of five years. They do their work on a voluntary basis.

Members of the new university council have been since February 1, 2018:


The Senate is made up of members of the university (professors, employees, students) and supports the Presidium in its tasks. It meets for regular university-public meetings.


The basic organizational units of the TH Köln form the twelve faculties with their numerous institutes. The faculties are headed by a faculty council and a dean or dean 's office. The faculties currently offer a total of around 90 courses.


The faculties in turn consist of institutes that were formed according to subject-specific criteria and are each supported by a small, medium or large number of professors. Depending on requirements, employees in research and teaching, technicians and other specialist staff are also located there. Each institute is headed by a committee (institute board with director). The large institutes in particular - such as the Institute for Computer Science with almost 30 professorships - are usually divided into laboratories that represent individual areas of expertise and are responsible for the corresponding teaching and research activities.

Administration and central facilities

The administration supports all areas of the university in fulfilling their tasks in research and teaching. The main tasks here include studying and teaching, for example student administration , matriculation , examination regulations , research and knowledge transfer , communication and marketing, international affairs, quality management, human resources, finances, planning and controlling, legal services, occupational safety and building management.

Central facilities complement the university's internal range of services. These include, for example, the "Campus IT" for the provision of information technology and services, various technical workshops and the university library.


The courses offered by the TH Köln are implemented in the faculties. Diverse research activities are also located here. The faculties initially emerged from the previous departments in September 2002 . At that time ten faculties were formed. An eleventh was added in 2009. The youngest faculty was founded in October 2019.

Other institutes and facilities


Cologne International School of Design (KISD)

The KISD is a multi-award-winning institution of the TH Köln, which offers courses in the field of design .

Cologne Institute for Architectural Design (CIAD)

The Institute for Design is an institute within the Faculty of Architecture at the TH Köln. The institute's focus is on experimental design, CAD / CAM, corporate architecture and design.

Cologne Game Lab (CGL)

Cologne Game Lab logo.svg

In the Cologne Game Lab (CGL), which is operated in cooperation with the International Film School Cologne , training and further education for games , game developers and game design take place.

Center for Library and Information Science Continuing Education (ZBIW)

The ZBIW is a training provider for employees of public and academic libraries and other information facilities. The offers are aimed at employees who want to gain further qualifications while working, as well as at organizations and companies. The ZBIW is part of the Institute for Information Science of the TH Köln.

Research institute STEPs

The Sustainable Technologies and Computational Services for Environmental and Production Processes (STEPs) is the first research institute of the TH Köln. The institute has set itself the goal of developing sustainable technologies for the environment and production. In interdisciplinary projects, research is carried out to find environmentally friendly, yet economical solutions for product development and process optimization. Another goal is to promote young scientists.


Research priorities

The university has set the following priorities in research and development:

  • Analysis, evaluation and treatment of pollution in sewer systems, sewage treatment plants and water bodies (ANABEL)
  • Monument maintenance and documentation
  • Business Transactions in Mobile Environments (BTME)
  • Biological-chemical process technology
  • Corporate architecture
  • Computational Services in Automation (COSA)
  • Innovative Digital Signal Processing and Applications (DiSPA)
  • Excellence in Automotive Systems Engineering - Interdisciplinary vehicle system development
  • Intercultural competence through personnel and organizational development
  • Medical technology: high frequency and laser technology
  • Mechanical waste treatment
  • Membrane technology
  • Sustainable circular economy
  • Next Generation Services in Heterogeneous Network Infrastructures (NEGSIT)
  • Process automation and process optimization
  • Smart building
  • Software quality
  • Social space management
  • Thermochemistry / thermochemical processes
  • Distributed and mobile applications
  • Security in distributed systems
  • Security of service-oriented architectures
  • Security of REST- based systems
  • Web application security
  • Security for massively scalable software systems (Ultra Large Scale Systems (ULS))
  • Usable information security
  • Cologne Research Center for Media Law
  • Effect of virtual worlds
  • Knowledge management

Further fields of competence

Further research areas and areas of expertise:


Südstadt campus
Deutz campus
Gummersbach campus

The TH Köln is spread over five locations in three cities:


  • Südstadt Campus (Humanities Center, GWZ)
    • Addresses: Claudiusstraße 1, Ubierring 40 and Ubierring 48. Cologne-Südstadt
    • Faculties: F01, F02, F03, F04
    • The administrative headquarters of the TH Köln is in Claudiusstrasse.
  • Campus Deutz (Engineering Science Center, IWZ)
    • Address: Betzdorfer Straße 2, Cologne-Deutz
    • Faculties: F05, F06, F07, F08, F09, ITT
  • Mülheim location


Over 5,100 students in the 2019 winter semester

  • Gummersbach Campus (CGM)
    • Address: Steinmüllerallee 1, Gummersbach
    • Faculty: F10


Around 730 students in SS17



The international name of the university is TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences . The International Office offers a wide range of exchange opportunities with 352 partner universities in 94 countries on all continents. Furthermore, the TH Köln is one of seven members of the university network UAS7 , whose aim is to represent seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences internationally.

Awards / ranking

In the CHE university ranking, the TH Köln (as of 2017) ranks in the middle of all rated universities of applied sciences. In 2015, the Faculty of Economics (F04) came third nationwide for business studies.

In surveys of HR managers, the TH has been in the top 10 or top 5 in engineering subjects for about 10 years:

  • According to a survey of personnel consultants carried out in 2012, business administration at the TH Köln ranks among the three best universities, and among the top five for electrical engineering and business informatics.
  • In the 2016 Universum university ranking, the TH Köln achieved eighth place among the technical universities in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • In the WiWo Ranking 2019, the TH Köln took 6th place in mechanical engineering, 6th place in business informatics and 3rd place in electrical engineering.
  • In the ranking of Wirtschaftswoche 2020, TH Köln took 5th place in computer science, 4th place in mechanical engineering and business informatics and 3rd place in electrical engineering.

In 2009, the TH was awarded one million euros among 108 universities for the implementation of its educational diversity concept in the competition for excellence in teaching, which was launched by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the Kultusministerkonferenz . Here, students are provided with more individual learning materials on an online platform.

In 2014 the Cologne University of Applied Sciences completed the machine house transfer project with the Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering (VDMA). The aim of the project is to increase the success of studies through improved course planning through the so-called curriculum workshop.


TH Köln has its own motorsport racing team, which was founded in 2006 as FH Köln Motorsport eV . A touring car is used as the only student racing team. Cooperations exist with Honda , Ford and Audi , whose cars also take part in the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring .

Graduate institute NRW and doctorate

TH Köln is a member of the Graduate Institute NRW. On July 11, 2019, the institute was transformed into a legally independent doctoral college due to a change in the University Act. The graduate institute primarily enables and arranges cooperative doctorates.

Tuition fees and semester ticket

With the abolition of tuition fees in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Technical University of Cologne has stopped charging tuition fees since the 2011/12 winter semester. However, a semester fee of approx. 274 euros (2019) has to be paid. This fee already includes the semester ticket, which entitles you to unlimited travel in public transport throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, one additional person can be taken along free of charge in the Rhein-Sieg transport association (VRS) in the evenings and at the weekend . Thanks to a cooperation with the Cologne transport company , the KVB-Rad rental bike offer can be used free of charge for 30 minutes per trip. The remaining part of the semester fee is used by the Kölner Studierendenwerk to look after the students .

Well-known graduates

Web links

Commons : TH Köln  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ TH Köln press release from January 24th 2018: Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig becomes the new President of TH Köln , accessed on May 1, 2018
  2. ^ Profile, facts and figures of the TH Köln. Retrieved November 2, 2018 .
  3. Technical University - Cologne University of Applied Sciences decides to rename. October 8, 2014, accessed October 10, 2014 .
  4. Section 1, Paragraph 2 of the Law on Universities of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  5. ^ Description of construction and history in the picture book Cologne
  6. Press release 96 2008 (PDF; 44 kB) December 8, 2008. Accessed December 10, 2016.
  7. Press release 98 2008 . December 11, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  8. Cologne University of Applied Sciences calls for location decision (PDF; 51 kB) July 12, 2011. Accessed December 10, 2016.
  9. Dirk Riße: TH Köln: Deutzer Campus will be a construction site for ten years . December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  10. ^ History of the Gummersbach campus. Retrieved July 23, 2017 .
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  12. ^ The Cologne / Bonn region meets in the Neue Bahnstadt Opladen in Leverkusen
  13. Press release 15 2009 (PDF; 52 kB)
  14. ^ Professor Matthias Hochgürtel with Lord Mayor Reinhard Buchhorn
  15. University management - TH Köln . Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  16. ^ University Council - TH Köln . Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  17. ^ New university council for the TH Köln . Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  18. ^ Institute for Computer Science at the TH Köln . Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  19. management of Fachhochschule Köln
  20. ^ TH Köln founds the Faculty for Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems. October 4, 2019, accessed October 30, 2019 .
  21. ZBIW - TH Cologne. In: Retrieved January 15, 2017 .
  22. a b c d e : metabolon Institute - TH Köln. Retrieved June 21, 2020 .
  23. a b c research - TH Köln. Retrieved June 21, 2020 .
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  28. University ranking 2020 from Wirtschaftswoche. Retrieved June 21, 2020 .
  29. University ranking 2020 from Wirtschaftswoche. Retrieved June 21, 2020 .
  30. Cologne University of Applied Sciences concludes machine house transfer project with VDMA - TH Cologne. Retrieved June 21, 2020 .
  31. ^ Graduate Institute NRW: Member universities . Retrieved June 26, 2020 .
  32. University Act. Retrieved June 26, 2020 .
  33. ^ Graduate Institute NRW: Cooperations. Retrieved June 26, 2020 .
  34. New board member for the development association of the Gummersbach campus . December 21, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2019.

Coordinates: 50 ° 55 '11.7 "  N , 6 ° 58' 2.2"  E