University of Hohenheim

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University of Hohenheim
founding 1818
Sponsorship state
place Coat of arms of Stuttgart.svg Stuttgart - Hohenheim
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Stephan Dabbert
Students 8,956 winter semester 2019/2020
Employee 2,090
including professors 119 (2019)
Annual budget 165.0 million euros (2019), including 33.9 million euros third-party funding
Networks ELLS
Hohenheim Palace around 1899
Map of the gardens
Hohenheim Castle
Section of the university campus

The University of Hohenheim is a campus university in the Plieningen district of Stuttgart . Large parts of the university are housed in Hohenheim Palace. Her specialist areas are agricultural , natural , communication and economic sciences . The university library is connected .

In the field of agricultural sciences , the university is networked worldwide; she is a founding member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences and has ties to China . The University of Hohenheim is at the top in rankings for economics courses and communication sciences, and in agricultural sciences it ranks first in Germany .


The Hohe Karlsschule , from 1781 the first university in the city, existed from 1770 to 1794. The forerunner of the University of Hohenheim was founded in 1818, the University of Stuttgart in 1829, the two universities cooperate in research and teaching.

The University of Hohenheim goes back to the agricultural teaching, experimental and model institute that was founded by King Wilhelm I of Württemberg on November 20, 1818, after the catastrophic crop failures in the year without summer 1816 led to a famine in the following year 1817. The first director of the institution was Johann Nepomuk Hubert von Schwerz . Even then, the school was affiliated with the estate management that had grown out of the Hohenheim state domain . The orphanage , which was renamed the Agricultural School Hohenheim , and since 1842 the Horticultural School , were also subordinate to the management of the institution . The latter was initially part of the academy and was spun off from the university in 1949.

In 1847 the institute was elevated to an agricultural academy by decree of Wilhelm I. The training focus was initially clearly in the agricultural sector; initially there were professorships for agriculture and forestry, technology, natural sciences, mathematics and physics. Agricultural chemistry and economics were added in 1854 and 1875. At the beginning of the 20th century there was a move to group the previously single chairs into institutes.

With the optimism of the founding of the German Empire in 1871, a new student awareness came to Hohenheim. The establishment of the "Academic Society Gemüthlichkeit" was followed by another 13 openings of student associations, in which almost all of the approximately 1000 Hohenheim students were organized around the turn of the century. However, the life of connections largely ended when the war began in 1914. Not all connections were reconstituted after the end of the war in 1918. In the time of National Socialism the connections were forbidden, the connection houses were expropriated and "comradeships" set up in Hohenheim. After the war, the newly reconstituted compounds could not regain their former importance.

On the basis of a submission by Chamber President John C. Funch to King Wilhelm II of Württemberg , the academy was renamed the Agricultural University of Hohenheim in 1904 , in 1918/19 the university was granted the right to award doctorates and postdoctoral qualifications, and in 1922 a rectorate constitution, which a Senate as the actual decision-making body of College faced a strong rector. When Margarete von Wrangell was appointed to the chair of plant nutrition in the following year, a woman was appointed full professor for the first time in Germany .

While Hohenheim only had around 100 students around 1848, the number of students had grown to over 1,000 in 1922. In 1934 the rector was appointed "Leader of the Agricultural University" and given even more rights - the Senate only had an advisory role. In 1946 the constitution of 1922 was reinstated and Adolf Münzinger was re-elected rector. The university had survived the bombings of World War II relatively well, so that rapid growth began after the war.

At the end of the 1950s, scientific specialization was so advanced that thought was given to expanding the university beyond pure agricultural science. In 1964, the biological education was expanded and two faculties (one for agricultural sciences, one for natural sciences) were founded. As a result, a number of natural science chairs were established. In December 1967 the university was renamed University of Hohenheim (Agricultural University) , the addition of brackets has since been dropped.

In 1968 the economics departments were spun off from the agricultural science faculty into a separate economics faculty. The Baden-Württemberg State University Act of 1968 and the University Act of 1978 reformed the university's administrative apparatus; it was now headed by a president who was elected for eight years. The former three became five faculties in 1978 (two each for natural and agricultural sciences and one for economics). As a result, the former Esslingen University of Applied Sciences was incorporated into the university.

With the new University Act in 2000, the rector's constitution was reintroduced. In 2002 Hans-Peter Liebig was elected Rector for a six-year term and was re-elected in 2008. In 2005 the university co-founded the university region of Tübingen-Hohenheim . The five faculties have been combined into three (agricultural, natural and economic and social sciences). In 2007, well over 6,000 students (including over 2,000 in economics) studied in Hohenheim, the number of university employees was 1,200, including 120 professors.

On December 16, 2011, the Hohenheim agricultural economist Stephan Dabbert was elected as the new rector of the university; he took up his post on April 1, 2012. He was re-elected on May 15, 2017 and his second six-year term began on April 1, 2018.


The strong growth in the number of students made it impossible to accommodate the entire university in Hohenheim Palace. The biology center was built in 1973/76 , in 1985 a new canteen (with a capacity for 3,100 meals), in 1989 a technical center for food technology, in 1991 a building for plant breeding and a state plant breeding institute (the so-called Fruhwirthbau ), in 1987 four cavalier houses to accommodate humanities institutions, 1993 the building for third-party funded research and young scientists, 1994 the Euroforum (cultural events and language center of the university). In 1996 the ecology center (scientific facilities) was put into operation. In 2009 a new laboratory center was opened in Garbenstrasse.

View of the biology center

Institutes and facilities

Faculty of Science

  • Institute for Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Institute for Biological Chemistry and Nutritional Science
  • Institute of Botany
  • Institute of Chemistry
  • Institute of Genetics
  • Institute for Food Science and Biotechnology
  • Institute of Food Chemistry
  • Institute for Microbiology
  • Institute for Physics and Meteorology
  • Institute of Physiology
  • Institute for Physiology and Biotechnology of Plants
  • Institute of Zoology

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

  • Institute for Agricultural Policy and Agricultural Market Studies
  • Institute for Agricultural Engineering
  • Institute for Soil Science and Site Studies
  • Institute for Crop Science
  • Institute for Landscape and Plant Ecology
  • Institute for Farm Management
  • Institute for Animal Science
  • Institute for Plant Breeding, Seed Research and Population Genetics
  • Institute for Phytomedicine
  • Institute for Social Sciences in the Agricultural Sector
  • Institute for Tropical Agricultural Sciences (Hans Ruthenberg Institute)
  • Coordination for organic farming and consumer protection
  • Research station for agricultural sciences

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

  • Institute for Financial Management
  • Institute for Health Care & Public Management
  • Institute for Marketing & Management
  • Institute for Interorganisational Management & Performance
  • Institute for Economics
  • Institute for Law and Social Sciences
  • Institute for Vocational and Business Education
  • Institute for Communication Studies

Research centers

  • Food Security Center
  • Research center for bioeconomy
  • Health Sciences Research Center
  • Research center for global food security and ecosystem research

Research centers

  • Research center for agricultural and environmental law
  • Research center for export and technology management
  • Research center for cooperatives
  • Research center for media industry and communication research
  • Research center for wine law
  • Research Center for Gambling
  • Research Center for International Management and Innovation
  • Interdisciplinary research center for competition policy and business law


The largest degree programs with restricted admission - based on the number of places per year - include the bachelor’s degree in economics (819), business education (128), food science and biotechnology (125) and biology (100) as well as the master’s degree in management (250).

Bachelor courses

Masters courses

  • Agricultural Sciences ( M.Sc. in five subjects)
    • Agricultural engineering
    • Soil science
    • Plant production systems
    • Animal science
    • Economics and social sciences in agriculture
  • Agribusiness (M.Sc.)
  • Agricultural Economics (M.Sc.)
  • Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics (M.Sc.)
  • Bioeconomy (M.Sc.)
  • Biology (M.Sc.)
  • Biology teaching degree at grammar schools (M.Ed.)
  • Crop Sciences (M.Sc.)
  • Economics (M.Sc.)
  • Environmental Protection and Agricultural Food Production (M.Sc.)
  • Environmental Science - Soil, Water and Biodiversity (M.Sc.)
  • Earth and Climate System Science (M.Sc.)
  • Nutritional Medicine (M.Sc.)
  • Finance (M.Sc.)
  • Food Biotechnology (M.Sc.)
  • Food Science and Engineering (M.Sc.)
  • Food Systems (M.Sc.)
  • International Business and Economics (M.Sc.)
  • Communication Management (MA)
  • Communication Science and Media Research (MA)
  • Communication Management and Analysis (MA)
  • Landscape Ecology (M.Sc.)
  • Food Chemistry (M.Sc.)
  • Management (M.Sc.)
  • Molecular Nutritional Science (M.Sc.)
  • Renewable Resources and Bioenergy (M.Sc.)
  • Organic Agriculture and Food Systems (M.Sc.)
  • Business Informatics (M.Sc.)
  • Economics Teacher (M.Sc.)

PhD courses

Well-known Hohenheim residents

A compilation of well-known Hohenheim residents can be found in the following list: List of well-known personalities of the University of Hohenheim

Directors, Rectors and Presidents

Hohenheim's directors, rectors and presidents.

Directors of the Agricultural Institute Hohenheim:

Directors of the Agricultural Academy Hohenheim:

Directors of the Hohenheim Agricultural University:

Rectors of the Hohenheim Agricultural University:

Rectors of the University of Hohenheim:

  • Helmut Röhm (Professor of Agricultural Policy and Social Economics of Agriculture), 1967–1969
  • Günther Siebert (Professor of Nutritional Physiology), 1969–1970

President of the University of Hohenheim:

Rectors of the University of Hohenheim:


The university has its own cemetery, which was approved in 1853. Since then, the university has been responsible for the administration and maintenance of the cemetery. The cemetery was expanded for the first time in 1887 and a second time in 1945 for the soldiers who died in the Hohenheim reserve hospital.

Former professors and well-earned Hohenheimers were buried here. The cemetery today consists of around 100 burial sites and an urn field made up of 15 stones. Today it is rarely used for funerals.

See also


  • Ulrich Fellmeth , Harald Winkel (Ed.): Hohenheimer Topics , special volume (PDF; 4.2 MB) The academic teachers at the University of Hohenheim 1968 to 200. Stuttgart-Hohenheim 2008, ISSN  0942-0509 .
  • Ulrich Fellmeth (Ed.): 200 years of the University of Hohenheim. Aspects from history , University of Hohenheim 2018, ISBN 978-3-923107-79-7 .
  • Theophil Gerber: personalities from agriculture, forestry, horticulture and veterinary medicine. Biographical lexicon, NORA publishing group Dyck & Westerheide, Berlin, ISBN 3-936735-67-0 .
  • Ernst Klein: The academic teachers at the University of Hohenheim (Agricultural University) 1818–1968. Publications of the Commission for Historical Regional Studies in Baden-Württemberg, Series B Research, Volume 45; W. Kohlhammer Verlag Stuttgart 1968.
  • Manfred G. Raupp: Problems of the agricultural market in Germany ; at the Landbaumann Agricultural School in Hohenheim, 1971
  • Anja Waller: Terrifyingly flawless. The Nazi era and its consequences at the University of Hohenheim , Ulmer, Stuttgart 2018, ISBN 978-3-8186-0538-4 .
  • Harald Winkel (Hrsg.): Festschrift for Günther Franz history and natural science in Hohenheim. Thorbecke publishing house, Sigmaringen 1982, ISBN 0-7181-2842-7 .
  • The members of the K. Württemberg Academy of Hohenheim during its 75th anniversary from 1818 to 1893. Find, Plieningen 1893. Digitized

Web links

Commons : University of Hohenheim  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. University structure on (last accessed on July 31, 2019).
  2. Stuttgarter Zeitung: Stephan Dabbert most popular rector in Baden-Württemberg and number two in Germany , article from February 20, 2017 on
  3. a b c University of Hohenheim: Figures and facts, number of students 2019
  4. ^ University of Hohenheim: Annual Report 2019. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  5. QS ranking 2018: Agricultural research of the University of Hohenheim again No. 1 in Germany, accessed on March 2, 2018
  6. Agricultural Sciences Hohenheim and recognition by the PR China
  7. Agricultural Sciences Hohenheim on pole position
  8. CHE-Ranking 2009: Hohenheim Economics in the Top Field ( Memento from December 11, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Harald Winkel (ed.) With contributions by Erwin Reisch, George Turner and Harald Winkelː University of Hohenheim - Festschrift for the 175th anniversary. Ulmer, Stuttgart 1993, ISBN 3-8001-4801-3 , p. 83 ff.
  10. Bernd Reinhoffer: Local Studies and General Studies in the Beginning Class - Developments, Status , Trends. Dissertation. Klinkhardt, Bad Heilbrunn 2000. ISBN 3-7815-1084-0 . From ( digitized version ), accessed on November 2, 2019.
  11. Florian Klebs: Senate confirms Prof. Dr. Stephan Dabbert as future rector. In: press releases. December 16, 2011. From, accessed on November 2, 2019.
  12. Inge Jacobs: Re-election without opposing candidates: Hohenheim Rector confirmed in office. In: May 15, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2019 .
  13. ZZVO Universities 2019/20., November 2019, accessed on November 10, 2019 .
  14. ^ Hohenheim directors, rectors and presidents based on the Hohenheim University Archives
  15. ^ Cemetery of the University of Hohenheim on ( Memento from June 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive )

Coordinates: 48 ° 42 ′ 45 "  N , 9 ° 12 ′ 50.4"  E