Hochschule Furtwangen University

Furtwangen University (HFU), is a German University of applied science with its main location in Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and two more branch locations in Villingen-Schwenningen and Tuttlingen. The HFU is part of the "International Lake Constance University Network" (IBH) as well as part of Franco-German University (FGU).

Hochschule Furtwangen University
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Main building
TypePublic University
Established5 March 1850 (1850-03-05)
48°03′05″N 8°12′28″E / 48.0515°N 8.2077°E / 48.0515; 8.2077Coordinates: 48°03′05″N 8°12′28″E / 48.0515°N 8.2077°E / 48.0515; 8.2077
ColoursGreen and White
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Its courses include health sciences, computer science, engineering, international economics, digital media, business infromatics and industrial engineering.


Furtwangen University emerged from the first German School of Clockmaking in Furtwangen in the Black Forest. The school was founded in 1850 by the engineer Robert Gerwig[1]. The German Clock Museum, the largest German watch collection (founded by Robert Gerwig as a display collection), is still a department of the University.

After the Second World War, the Furtwangen School of Clockmaking was divided into two branches: a vocational school (today the Robert Gerwig School, which still houses the Watchmaking School today) and the State Engineering School for Precision Engineering, which became the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences (FHF) with the introduction of the universities of applied sciences in 1971[1].

The founding director of the engineering school was Friedrich Aßmus. After teaching and research in Furtwangen had concentrated on engineering sciences for a long time, the range of courses of study was expanded to include computer science, business informatics, economics and digital media from the 1970s onwards. In 1997[1], with the amendment of the State University Law of the State of Baden-Württemberg, it was first renamed "Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft" and later "Hochschule Furtwangen".

Currently, the university is headed by Rolf Schofer, who has been the rector of the HFU since 2006. His predecessor was Rainer Scheithauer. Scheithauer in turn took over the office in 1998 from Walter Zahradnik (term of office from 1985 to 1998).


The president is assisted by three vice-presidents. The University Council is responsible for the development of the university and proposes measures to raise the profile of the university and to strengthen its performance and competitiveness.

Campus FurtwangenEdit

The Furtwangen campus is the university’s original location and includes the following faculties[2]:

  • Digital Media
  • Health, Safety, Society
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical and Medical Engineering
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Administration and Engineering

Campus Villingen-SchwenningenEdit

The Villingen-Schwenningen campus was established in 1988 and is located on the site of the former Kienzle watch factory. The following faculties are located here[2]:

  • Mechanical and Medical Engineering
  • Medical and Life Sciences
  • HFU Business School

Campus TuttlingenEdit

The Tuttlingen campus began operations in 2009 with about 121 students[3]. It consists of only one faculty: Industrial Technologies[2].

The Faculty of Industrial Technologies trains students in medical engineering, mechatronics and digital production, engineering psychology and materials technology and manufacturing. In addition to four Bachelor's programs, the Faculty offers two Master's programs in Applied Materials Science and Mechatronic Systems as well as a technical orientation try-out semester and the Industrial Studies / Study Plus (Dual Form) at the HFU study location.

The campus is located on the former site of Henke-Sass, Wolf, which was built in 1906 and 1954. The brick building was renovated for over 10.5 million euros and officially inaugurated on 8 October 2009. In addition to the modernisation and an extension of the building, direct access to the central bus station (ZOB) was created. Possible extensions are the former building of the Ludwig-Uhland-Realschule or directly opposite another brick building from the Art Nouveau period.

A special element is the so-called "Tuttlingen Model" the cooperation between university, city, district and industry. The practice-oriented, cooperative study courses are supported by more than 100 local medical technology companies[4]. A specially built Hochschulcampus Tuttlingen Förderverein e. V. has accelerated the creation of the campus.

The so-called Tuttlingen concept includes close cooperation with commercial enterprises, which guarantee permanent practical relevance through lecturers, demonstrations in companies, internships and the supervision of scientific work. The companies have a say in the design and operation of teaching. In total there is an annual financial support of 2.5 million euros from the business community, the district contributes 200,000 euros. The Campus' slogan is "Powered by Industry".

Study Center FreiburgEdit

In December 2016, the physiotherapy course moved into the new study centre in Freiburg, where part of the physiotherapy training will take place. The study centre is located in Konrad-Goldmann-Straße 7 in the Freiburg district Wiehre and is easily accessible by public transport.

On the first and second floors there are both classrooms and offices for the staff. An expansion in the same building is already being planned [5].

Study Center RottweilEdit

The Study Centre in Rottweil was reopened in March 2016. It is located in rooms of the former Rottweil powder factory, a place which already housed several powder mills during the Thirty Years' War. It offers space for the innovative plasma coating technologies of the Faculty Mechanical and Medical Engineering and a hall for the section mechanical engineering and industry 4.0 with state-of-the-art robots, automation technology and simulation.

In addition to university research with partly international research projects in the field of coatings for medical technology, there are also internships for students of the master's courses of studies in micromedical technology, advanced precision engineering and technical physician.

Furthermore, the facilities and equipment of the Study Center are available to students of the bachelor's degree programs for student research projects, project internships and bachelor's orthoses.[6]

Fields of study and study programmesEdit

Since the winter semester 2001/2002, the entire range of courses has been converted to Bachelor and Master degrees, in accordance with the Bologna process. The university offers courses of study in nine faculties. Within seven semesters, a first professionally qualifying Bachelor's degree can be obtained, which enables graduates to successfully start their careers. This includes an internship semester in a company and the scientific thesis. The following table lists all study programmes by faculty (See also here):

Digital Media Health, Safety, Society Computer Science Business Information Systems Business Administration and Engineering Mechanical and Medical Engineering HFU Business School Medical and Life Sciences Industrial Technologies
Computerscience in Media (B.Sc.) Applied Health Science (B.Sc.) Computer Science (B.Sc.) Business Information Systems (B.Sc.) Business Administration and Engineering - Industrial Solutions Management (B.Sc.) Electric Engineering (B.Sc.) Business Management and Psychology (B.A.) Applied Biology (B.Sc.) Engineering Psychology (B.Sc.)
Online Media (B.Sc.) Physiotherapy (B.Sc.) IT Product Management (B.Sc.) Business Networking eBusiness (B.Sc.) Business Administration and Engineering - Marketing and Sales (B.Sc.) Information Communications Systems (B.Sc.) International Business (B.A.) Molecular and Technical Medicine (B.Sc.) Materials Technology and Manufacturing (B.Sc.)
Media Design (B.A.) Security & Safety Engineering (B.Sc.) Computer Science (M.Sc.) International Business Information Systems (B.Sc.) Business Administration and Engineering - Product Engineering (B.Eng.) International Engineering (B.Sc.) International Business Management (B.A.) Sustainable Bioprocess Technology (M.Sc.) Mechatronics and Digital Production (B.Sc.)
Music Design (B.Mus.)

(Cooperation with Trossingen University of Music)

Applied Health Promotion )M.Sc.) Mobile Systems (M.Sc.) Business Application Architectures (M.Sc.) Business Administration and Engineering - Service Management (B.Sc.) Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics (B.Sc.) MBA in International Business Management (MBA) Precision Medicine Diagnostics (M.Sc.) Medical Engineering - Technologies and Development Processes (B.Sc.)
Computerscience in Media (M.Sc.) Interdisciplinary Health Promotion (M.Sc.) Business Consulting (M.Sc.) Business Administration and Engineering – Engineering Management (B.Eng.)

(Cooperation with the chamber of commerce and industry (IHK))

Medical Engineering - Clinical Technologies (B.Sc.) International Management (M.Sc.) Technical Physician (M.Sc.) Applied Materials Science (M.Sc.)
Interactive Media Design (M.A.) Risk, Reliability and Safety Engineering (M.Sc.) Business Administration and Engineering - Sales & Service Engineering (MBA) Smart Systems (M.Sc.) Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA) Mechatronic Systems (M.Sc.)
Business Administration and Engineering - Product Innovation (M.Sc.) Precision Manufacturing and Management (M.Sc.)
Micromedical Engineering (M.Sc.)
Biomedical Engineering (M.Sc.)
Advanced Precision Engineering (M.Sc.)

Clock museumEdit

The Deutsche Uhrenmuseum (German clock museum) is located right in the geographic center of clock making in the Black Forest. Its 160-year-old collection of clocks and watches includes about 8,000 items from Germany and abroad.[7] Purchases by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, notably the collection of Mr. Hellmut Kienzle in 1975, contributed to the international collection.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "History". Hochschule Furtwangen University. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Faculties". Hochschule Furtwangen University. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Lothar Häring. "Oettinger macht neue Hoffnungen". Schwäbische Zeitung. Archived from the original on 2016-09-07.
  4. ^ "Members". Hochschule Furtwangen University. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Hochschule Furtwangen. "Neues Physiotherapie-Studienzentrum in Freiburg" (in German).
  6. ^ Hochschule Furtwangen. "Studienzentrum Rottweil" (in German).
  7. ^ "Museum". Deutsches Uhrenmuseum. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "German Clock Museum". Hochschule Furtwangen University. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Hellmut-Kienzle-Uhrensammlung". Retrieved September 6, 2018.

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