Technical University of Ostwestfalen-Lippe

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Technical University of
motto Excellent teaching and research strength
founding 1st August 1971
Sponsorship MKW NRW (state)
place Lemgo , Detmold , Höxter
state North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Jürgen Krahl
Students 6,600 (2017/18)
Employee 715
including professors 173
Annual budget € 64.8 million (2017)
Networks EUA
Main building of the Technical University OWL on the Lemgo campus (2019)
Detmold campus (2019)
Campus Höxter (2019)

The Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (abbreviated: Technische Hochschule OWL or TH OWL , English: OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts ) is a university of applied sciences in Ostwestfalen-Lippe in north-eastern North Rhine-Westphalia based in Lemgo . Other locations are in Detmold and Höxter . Around 6600 students are looked after by 173 professors and around 550 other employees in research, teaching and administration.

For several years the university has been one of the ten most research-intensive universities of applied sciences in Germany. Due to her research performance, she was accepted into the European University Association in 2010 .


Historically, the locations are distinguished as follows:

Lemgo is the engineering focus of the OWL Technical University. The departments of media production , life science technologies , electrical engineering and technical informatics , mechanical engineering and mechatronics , production and economics as well as economics are housed on the newly created campus in Lüttfeld in the south of the city in 1971. Most of the courses at a location and the three research institutes of the university are located there. The university, the Fraunhofer Institute, the Centrum Industrial IT and the SmartFactoryOWL, the vocational colleges, various student residences and the Phoenix Contact Arena form the Innovation Campus Lemgo (innovation pronounced in English).

Detmold houses the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design and Civil Engineering and thus shows a clear focus on the building industry. The departments are housed in the buildings of the former Emilien barracks (barracks III of the city). In addition to the old barracks, there has been another institute and laboratory building designed by professors, employees and students since 2008.

Höxter focuses on environmental engineering and applied computer science as well as landscape architecture and environmental planning on technical, environment-related and landscape-shaping topics. It is also possible to study applied informatics with a major in business informatics / operational IT systems.


As early as 1891 there was a technical center in Lemgo, where one could also study electrical engineering.

Technikum location: A forerunner of today's OWL Technical University (2011). The building houses the Lage Music School, which does not belong to the TH OWL.

As a successor institution there was an engineering school in Lemgo in the 1920s and 1930s , which was closed in 1938 because most of the students and lecturers switched to the Wehrmacht. In the course of the establishment of state engineering schools, the "State Engineering School for Mechanical Engineering Lemgo" started operations on October 1, 1964 with 36 mechanical engineering students. This state engineering school was supposed to replace the private engineering school Lage . They were initially accommodated in the Lindenhaus and in the school on Echternstrasse. The second department was set up on October 1, 1965, the mechanical engineering production technology department, today department 7 “Production and Economics” and on April 1, 1966 as the third department “general electrical engineering”, today department 5 “electrical engineering and computer engineering” “The State Engineering School for Mechanical Engineering Lemgo with its three departments then became part of the“ Lippe University of Applied Sciences ”, which was founded on August 1, 1971 and is based in Lemgo.

In the course of the university reorganization in North Rhine-Westphalia and the associated abolition of the comprehensive universities , the Höxter department of the University of Paderborn became part of the University of Lippe on January 1, 2002, which has since been called the "University of Applied Sciences Lippe and Höxter" (FH LuH) and three Locations had: Lemgo, Detmold and Höxter. In 2007, the Senate decided to rename it to “Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe ” with effect from January 1, 2008. This was justified with the breadth of the courses on offer and the fading specialization as well as a commitment to the region.

As part of the expansion of the universities of applied sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia , the Warburg study location was established in 2009 .

After this model fell short of expectations, a new course was started in the 2014/15 winter semester. The admission-free course “Business Administration for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises” can be completed entirely in Warburg. In October 2018, the OWL University announced that it would close the Warburg study site in 2020.

In September 2018 it was announced that the OWL University will be called Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe from April 2019 .


On the Innovation Campus Lemgo , Fraunhofer IOSB-INA (center), Centrum Industrial IT , SmartfactoryOWL and Institute for Industrial Information Technology of TH OWL form the Industrial Automation cluster in the it's OWL technology network (2020)

Profile areas

At the OWL Technical University, research is carried out in various areas, particularly in the field of information technology in networked technical systems ( industrial IT ) and food safety . These two profile areas were funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as competence platforms. From these competence platforms, the Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT for short) emerged at the end of 2006 and the first research institute for food technology in North Rhine-Westphalia (ILT.NRW for short) at the beginning of 2011. In 2017 the third institute Future Energy - Institute for Energy Research of the university was founded.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the OWL Technical University is one of the most research-intensive departments at German universities and technical colleges.

Thanks to third-party funding , which is often based on cooperation with companies in the region, some professorships at the university have a large staff of academic staff, some of whom can otherwise be found at universities.

Fraunhofer Institute

The Fraunhofer IOSB-INA was founded on the Lemgo campus at the beginning of October 2009 . At the beginning of 2012, it was expanded to become the first Fraunhofer application center in cooperation with a university of applied sciences in Germany and, following a successful evaluation, upgraded to a branch of the institute for industrial automation in 2017.

Technology and knowledge transfer

Based on its research strength in the profile areas, the OWL University of Applied Sciences sees itself as a partner to business and society. Together with other actors from science and industry, special infrastructures for research and research-based technology and knowledge transfer have been created on the campus in Lemgo in recent years.

Center Industrial IT (CIIT)

As part of a public-private partnership , the Industrial IT Center (CIIT) was established on the Lemgo Innovation Campus in 2010 . The CIIT is an independent research and transfer center that aims to make information and communication technologies usable for intelligent automation. To this end, companies and research institutions work under one roof in the company CIIT eV The CIIT with the university institute inIT and the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA forms one of the three regional performance centers of the technology network Intelligent Technical Systems Ostwestfalen-Lippe (its OWL) , which is in the third funding round Established at the beginning of 2012 as the BMBF top cluster.


Together with Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, the OWL University of Technology has been operating the SmartFactoryOWL research factory on the Lemgo campus since 2016. The aim of the facility is to establish a manufacturer-independent, real production environment as a research and demonstration center in the field of Industry 4.0 and Work 4.0. At the same time, a test field for medium-sized companies is being implemented.

Lemgo Digital IoT real-life laboratory

Fraunhofer IOSB-INA has been operating the Lemgo Digital real-life laboratory as a reference platform for the application of IoT technologies in medium- sized cities in cooperation with the OWL Technical University and other partners since the beginning of 2018 . For this purpose, the inner city of Lemgo is being expanded into a test and hands-on laboratory (English Living Lab ) for digitization on behalf of many other medium-sized cities . The goal is transferable innovations for mobility, retail and the environment. The participation of citizens and other users in the entire innovation process is an important goal of this initiative, which is financially supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


The successful development in the field of ICT-based automation is to be continued through the merging of Industry 4.0 competencies and food technology know-how from the university and partners. In 2016, the university was able to assert itself as one of 10 universities of applied sciences in Germany with the "SmartFoodTechnologyOWL" strategy concept.

Innovation Campus Lemgo

In 2016, a new major project in the region was announced with the Innovation Campus Lemgo. The aim is to create a new ecosystem for the digital economy in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, which will network existing and new players throughout the innovation chain education - research - economy. To this end, the two vocational colleges Lüttfeld and Hanse, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA , the OWL Technical University, technology centers (such as SmartFactoryOWL) and innovation centers (such as Centrum Industrial IT ) will work closely together. With the Phoenix Contact Arena , a multifunctional event location is available on campus. Existing areas are to be upgraded, new places with a high quality of stay are to be created and further research institutions and companies are to be located.

On the Innovation Campus Lemgo, the Landesverband Lippe offers over 300 partially furnished apartments in several student residences . In 2013, further privately owned student residences with over 100 apartments were built on the Innovation Campus Lemgo. In 2018 a further 150 apartments were built on the Innovation Campus.

Transport links

The Innovation Campus Lemgo can be reached by public transport via line 1 of the Lemgo city bus , the campus line 790 Detmold - Lemgo, or with the RB73 (Bielefeld-Lage-Lemgo) of the Eurobahn at the campus stop "Lemgo-Lüttfeld (Innovation Campus Lemgo) "within walking distance.


The OWL Technical University offers 32 bachelor's, 19 master's and 1 doctoral studies.

Degree programs by place of study

The following abbreviations are used below:

  • B = Bachelor's degree
  • M = Master's degree
  • D = dual course of study
  • P = doctoral degree




PhD opportunity

In June 2011, an agreement for the implementation of cooperative assistant doctorates was concluded between the computer science department of the University of Paderborn and the Institute for Industrial Information Technology of the Technical University OWL. In April 2013 the Institute for Industrial Information Technology and the University of Paderborn founded the international PhD program Intelligent Systems in Automation (ISA) as a joint scientific institution. In this, a professor from the inIT and one from the University of Paderborn scholarship holders with a topic from the field of intelligent automation lead in a structured manner to the doctorate.

Graduate Center OWL

The OWL Technical University has had an interdisciplinary graduate center since December 2015. This is a service facility that bundles the cooperative doctorates carried out in high-research departments. In addition, there are various offers for financial and content-related support as well as the opportunity to network internally and externally with other doctoral students - for example through series of events, further training measures and an annual graduation ceremony.


The Electrical Engineering course at the Technical University has already received several awards and is one of the best Bachelor courses of its kind in Germany. In the CHE ranking 2010 it was one of the most research-intensive courses in Germany and in the CHE ranking 2013/2014 it was one of the three best courses in Germany.

In the 2015/2016 CHE ranking, the technical informatics course took top positions in six categories and the applied informatics course in two categories. In the 2016/2017 CHE ranking, the electrical engineering and mechanical engineering bachelor's degree programs again occupy excellent positions.

Predecessor institutions

  • Building trade school Höxter (founded 1864)
  • Technikum Lemgo (founded 1891)
  • Technikum Lage (founded 1911)
  • Carpentry School Detmold (founded in 1893 by master carpenter Ludwig Reineking as a day school; from 1921 under the direction of Friedrich Meyer development to a modern technical school; since 1954 technical school for woodworking technology and interior design; 1971 transfer of the interior design school to the "Architecture" department of the Lippe University of Applied Sciences)
  • State Engineering School for Mechanical Engineering Lemgo (founded 1964)
  • University of Applied Sciences Lippe (founded 1971)
  • University of Applied Sciences Lippe and Höxter (2002, after the merger of the University of Applied Sciences Lippe with the Höxter department as part of the University of Paderborn )
  • University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe (renamed 2008)

Rectors and presidents of what is now the Technical University of Ostwestfalen-Lippe

Surname from to
Werner Rappaport 1971 1976
Karl Friedrich Saur 1976 1980
Wolfgang Zimmermann 1980 1984
Dietrich Lehmann 1984 2002
Tilmann Fischer 2002 2011
Oliver Herrmann 2011 2016
Jürgen Krahl 2016

University Council

The University Council of the Technical University OWL currently consists of the following members:

  • Antonia B. Kesel , University of Bremen
  • Klaus Böhme, chairman of the federal departmental board of education, science and research at ver.di
  • Andrea Frank, head of the “Research, Transfer and Science Dialog” program area at the Stifterverband Bildung, Wissenschaft, Innovation and management of the Foundation Education and Society in the Stifterverband
  • Ernst-Michael Hasse, Honorary President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lippe zu Detmold
  • Klaus Maas, head of the Environmental Information Systems department at the OWL Technical University
  • Claudia Schare, member of the WDR board of directors
  • Barbara Schwarze , Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
  • Ulrich Stiebel, managing director and part owner of Stiebel Eltron

International cooperation

The OWL Technical University maintains an international partner network with over 90 universities.

Tuition fees

As at many universities, the tuition fees were introduced at the Technical University of Ostwestfalen-Lippe in the winter semester 2006/2007 with the maximum rate of 500 euros. The student body applied to the university's senate to reduce the contributions to 350 euros. The Senate voted on December 2, 2009 with 13 “yes” votes, 7 “no” votes and one abstention in favor of the students' motion; In the 2010 summer semester, contributions of 350 euros were levied accordingly. In the 2011/2012 winter semester, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia abolished tuition fees .

Student institutions

In 2008, the OWL Racing Team was founded as a Formula Student team at the university in Lemgo. This team takes part in the international design competition of Formula SAE , in which student teams from all over the world compete against each other with self-designed and manufactured racing cars.

The campus radio Triquency is broadcast terrestrially at all three locations . There is also an internet stream. There is also, a university channel operated by students (IPTV).

A campus weather metrological station is operated on the site of the Höxter site , which enables the subject of metrology and process informatics to be taught in a practical way. The station's data are presented in real time on the Internet.

See also

Web links

Commons : Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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