University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

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University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich
- UniBw M -
founding 1973
place DEU Neubiberg COA.svg Neubiberg
state BavariaBavaria Bavaria
country GermanyGermany Germany
President Merith Niehuss
Students 3,500 as of Nov. 2019
Employee 1412
including professors 180 (2018; ♀: 16%)

The University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich ( UniBw M ) was founded in 1973 at the endeavors of the then Federal Minister of Defense, Helmut Schmidt , under the name “University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich”. It is one of two universities of the Bundeswehr that the Bundeswehr has for training its officer candidates and young officers . The university belongs to the civil organization area Human Resources and is assigned to the Federal Ministry of Defense . There the responsibility lies in Section P I 5.

The UniBw M is generally available to soldiers who are officers and officer cadets of the Bundeswehr. Around 3,000 students are currently studying in the undergraduate courses, 400 of them women.

Since the beginning of teaching there have been cooperation agreements with friendly countries. Around 50  exchange officers from foreign armed forces are completing their studies in Munich. In addition, civilian students as well as visiting researchers and professors are at the university within the framework of partnership agreements. A small number of German civilian students have been studying at the university since 2002, for example 270 in 2019. Your studies will be financed by your future employer, mostly large companies from industry and insurance; They mainly study economics and technical courses. Some civilian candidates for the Bundeswehr are also studying in the newly created military technology course .

Other authorities such as the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) also train employees, e.g. B. as part of the Intelligence and Security Studies course .


Together with today's Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg , the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich was established in 1973 as one of the two universities of the Federal Armed Forces for the training of young officers. The creation of the Bundeswehr universities went back to a resolution of the Bundestag in 1972.

When it was founded, the Bundeswehr University in Munich had six faculties and three departments; In 1978 the Faculty of Social Sciences was added. The university was reserved for members of the Bundeswehr. In 1980 the institution received the right to award doctorates ; In 1981 she was finally fully recognized by the state and granted the right to habilitation . In 1985 the university was renamed and is henceforth called "Universität der Bundeswehr München".

In 2000, a decree on the framework conditions of the university led to modernizations in structure and organization. A year later, the first female officers and officer candidates began their studies at the university (initially air force and navy , since 2004 also army ). The change in the Bavarian Higher Education Act made it possible for civilian students to study at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich in the same year.

Since the winter trimester 2010, the university's degree programs have been converted to Bachelor's and Master's degrees as part of the Bologna Process . The university consists of a university area and the university area for applied sciences (HAW). There are currently 16 bachelor's and 14 master's programs that are state-recognized and accredited.

In 2011, according to the Süddeutscher Zeitung , the student magazine of the Bundeswehr University was "converted into a platform for right-wing theses " by three students . Employees of the UniBw M feared "that an attempt will be made to penetrate the newspaper of the Student Convention with the political agenda of the New Right". The Military Counterintelligence Service started internal investigations. Nothing is known about the consequences.

In May 2017, in connection with the suspected terrorist soldier of the Franco-German brigade, it became known that the Military Counter-Intelligence Service was investigating four students at the Bundeswehr University because they were alleged to have connections with the right-wing extremist " Identitarian Movement ". The MAD had checked the references of active and former students of the university to the soldiers who were identified as right-wing extremists in the terrorist investigations against Bundeswehr soldiers from 2017 . The MAD came across a possible connection to a student at the Neubiberger University. This and another officer candidate attracted attention by anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans and were then removed from service at the end of May 2017.


The academic degrees acquired at the UniBw M are civically recognized, since the course takes place according to the regulations of the Bavarian University Act. However, the course is divided into trimesters instead of semesters in order to meet the time requirements of the German Armed Forces and to enable the achievement of a bachelor's degree after three years or a master’s degree in intensive study for particularly high-performing students after four years. Since the autumn trimester of 2010, all courses have been switched to Bachelor and Master. More modules are completed in the intensive course, so that the achievable number of ECTS points is 75 per year. It should also be mentioned that the university has the right to habilitation and doctorate and mainly trains young external researchers. The academically best military graduates, however, sometimes receive the offer to return to the university temporarily as a research assistant or to do a doctorate as an external doctoral candidate after two to three years of service in the troops .

In addition to the undergraduate studies as part of the officer training, since 2008 further education programs and certificate courses have been developed at the university's internal further education institute casc (campus advanced studies center) together with professors from the university and external cooperation partners. In addition to research and teaching , the area of scientific further education is the third pillar and forms the interface between the armed forces , industry , business and the university. The target groups of the extra-occupational programs are civilian specialists and executives from industry and business, in authorities at the federal, state and municipal levels, as well as members of the armed forces and outgoing temporary officers and soldiers. A temporary soldier (SaZ) can submit an application for funding for further training, especially in the last two years of service, to the Bundeswehr's professional development service. The continuing education programs are recognized and accredited by the state. All have a modular structure and an ECTS credit point system . They comply with the requirements of the Conference of Ministers of Education for modularized courses and the Bavarian Higher Education Act. In the so-called module study, the student completes the module, which extends over a trimester, with a university certificate from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. Most of the study programs are designed in a blended learning format: presence phases alternate with distance learning phases (web-based teaching and learning platform). The range of courses currently includes six bachelor's and master's degrees: Industrial Engineering (B.Eng.), Systems Engineering (M.Sc.), Personnel Development (MA), MBA Public Management and MBA International Management, as well as several certificate programs. The English-language master's program in International Security Studies (MA) is carried out in cooperation with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The program trains international students (especially from military institutions) to become security experts. It is a German-American cooperation project between the Federal Ministry of Defense / Uni der Bundeswehr with CASC, US Department of Defense, US European Command.

The study conditions at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich are considered better than at civil universities, as the number of students per professor is significantly lower and the condition of the buildings and scientific equipment is better. In the field of technical courses, for example, the university has B. via an engine test bench and wind tunnels that have been expanded into a lecture hall . The military students receive salaries according to the federal salary regulations according to the salary groups A5 to A9, depending on the rank, and there are no tuition fees. The financial independence means that the students can concentrate on their studies.

In its recent past, the university found itself in an overload situation: In 2006, the army officer training before studying was shortened from 36 months to the current 15 months. Therefore, in 2007 and 2008, two cohorts began their studies, so that the number of students has meanwhile increased to around 4,000. The university counteracted this burden, among other things, by building several new apartment blocks. Since the end of 2011, this overload situation has gradually given way to a normal load, as the first double year has finished the master's and diploma studies. In addition, it is foreseeable that due to the drastic reduction in the number of recruits in the career of troop service officers as part of the structural reform that is currently taking place , there will be an underload situation in the near future.

With regard to the quality of the course, the university is usually in the middle of national rankings ( CHE , Focus, etc.) and at the top for some technical courses (such as civil engineering and surveying). The very good study conditions gave the university top positions in these criteria. The university is generally not represented in international rankings such as THE , ARWU or HEEACT.

The university is designed as a campus university. All facilities of the university as well as the residential buildings of the students are located on the university campus, the former air base Neubiberg . After the Second World War, the air base was initially used by the US Air Force , later the site housed the Air Force Officer's School (OSLw) before the university took over its use. The students' accommodation apartments are partly in buildings from the early days of the property, partly in buildings from the time the university was founded, and in new buildings from 2005/2006.

University library , main building. The 23.5 meter high stainless steel stele on the left in the picture was created by Heinz Mack around 1977 and is entitled "Sculpture for Heaven".


The university is primarily geared towards the academic training of officers and cadet officers of the Bundeswehr, but like other universities it also conducts research and competes with other universities. In addition to government agencies (e.g. Federal Ministry of Defense approx. 20 percent, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 13 percent), research funds are also obtained from industry (24 percent) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). From 2002 to 2006 the third-party funding amounted to 41.4 million euros. Well-known research and work areas of the university are, for example, participation in the development of the Galileo geopositioning system or the development of self-driving cars. The University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich was involved in the Excellence Clusters Cognition for Technical Systems and Munich-Center for Advanced Photonics . The university also organizes regular scientific conferences, congresses and trade fairs.

There are several institutions for profiling research competencies:

  • the Cyber ​​Defense Research Institute (CODE)

and the three research centers

  • Munich Integrated Research on Aerospace (MIRA) ,
  • Modern Vehicles (MOVE) and
  • Risk, Infrastructure, Security and Conflict (RISK) .

The Institute for Technology of Intelligent Systems (ITIS eV) is also a permanent establishment in the form of an affiliated institute .


Coat of arms of the University of the Bundeswehr Munich
  • University area

The business informatics course is offered jointly by the computer science and WOW faculties.

The Mathematical Engineering course is offered jointly by the EIT, LRT, BauV and Computer Science faculties.

  • University of Applied Sciences



year Third-party funding Section 14
1998 8.9 million euros 11.6 million euros 20.5 million euros
1997 8.4 million euros 11.9 million euros 20.3 million euros
1996 8.5 million euros 11.1 million euros 19.6 million euros
1995 8.3 million euros 11.2 million euros 19.5 million euros
1994 9.1 million euros 10.5 million euros 19.6 million euros
1993 10.2 million euros 10.9 million euros 21.1 million euros
1992 8.3 million euros 10.8 million euros 19.1 million euros
1991 9.3 million euros 10.2 million euros 19.5 million euros
1990 7.9 million euros 12.1 million euros 20.0 million euros


From 1978 to 1984 the university housed the Bavarian Army Library . The university library of the Universität der Bundeswehr München supports teaching and research at the university.


Hans Orterer , the former head of Air Force Music Corps 1 , composed a separate troop march entitled Alma Mater for the university in 1999 at the university's request .

See also


  • Christiane Reuter-Boysen: pioneer for university reform? Planning, foundation and development of the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich . Nomos, Baden-Baden 1995, ISBN 3-7890-3635-8 .

Web links

Commons : Universität der Bundeswehr München  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich. In: Retrieved November 11, 2019 .
  3. a b Working at the University. Retrieved July 5, 2019 .
  4. Merith Niehuss: Welcome to the President. In: Retrieved October 22, 2019 .
  5. BMVg organizational plan. (PDF) In: . October 1, 2019, accessed October 22, 2019 .
  6. To the new course Intelligence and Security Studies. In: Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  7. ^ "Intelligence and Security Studies" - course for young spies. In: Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
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  9. UniBw Munich. Retrieved May 19, 2017 .
  10. courses of study. Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
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  12. ^ Thies Marsen, Bayerischer Rundfunk: Right network at the Bundeswehr University in Munich ?: Students with a right twist | . May 19, 2017 ( [accessed August 17, 2019]).
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  14. ^ Bundeswehr: Officer candidates dismissed because of right-wing slogans . In: The time . May 31, 2017, ISSN  0044-2070 ( [accessed June 1, 2017]).
  15. For the 10th anniversary of casc. Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  16. The training institute of the University of the Bundeswehr Munich casc. Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  17. ^ Bundeswehr vocational promotion service. Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  18. Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering (B.Eng). Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  19. Master's degree in Systems Engineering (M.Sc.). Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  20. Master's degree in Personnel Development (MA). Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  21. MBA Public Management. Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  22. MBA International Management. Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  23. Master's degree in International Security Studies (MA). Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  24. CHE university ranking . . Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  25. UniBw Munich - Ranking ( Memento from December 24, 2013 in the Internet Archive ). Website of the UniBw Munich. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  26. Times Higher Education (THE)
  27. HEEACTTemplate: dead link /! ... nourl  ( page no longer available )
  28. ARWU
  29. Portal to the research facilities of UniBw M ( Memento from September 27, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on September 26, 2017)

Coordinates: 48 ° 4 ′ 49 ″  N , 11 ° 38 ′ 17 ″  E