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Anchored in the region - open to the world

Bodensee und Berge
Felix Kästle


RWU is a university of applied sciences in one of the strongest economic regions in Europe. Courses are offered in fields ranging from engineering, IT, and business to social studies and healthcare. The degree programs are characterized by a high degree of practical, real-world orientation and close cooperation between all involved. On RWU's friendly campus, students can test and expand their potential and shape the future through interdisciplinary dialogue.

Around 3,800 young people from all over the world study at RWU. Partner universities on every continent offer valuable experience abroad. Studying at RWU is more than just acquiring knowledge: This is where talents are discovered and fostered, where personalities bloom, and where life-long friendships start.


The organigram shows the internal structure of our university. You can find more detailed information on the individual organisational units (also called "institutions") by following the link under "further information".

RWU Organigramm


RWU Organigramm
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Studierende im Foyer.


October 1964
Opening of the State School of Engineering in Ravensburg. There were originally two departments: Mechanical Engineering and Physical Engineering.

October 1971
State engineering schools transition to become universities of applied sciences and a rectorate constitution is introduced.

March 1973
First elected rector: Professor Dr. Karl Dieter, prorector: Professor Dr. Wolfgang Brauch.

November 1971
The state government decides to move the Ravensburg University of Applied Sciences to Weingarten.

October 1982
The main building on Doggenriedstraße in Weingarten opens. There are about 870 students at the time.

Hochschulamagzin "Konzepte".


Winter Semester 1989/1990
Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences celebrates its 25-year anniversary

July, 1999
1st edition of the university magazine, "Konzepte"

November 2004
The University of Applied Sciences celebrates its 40th anniversary. The highlight of all the events organized for the anniversary year is the Alumni Festival held on November 27, 2004.

January 2005
Henning Rudewig replaces Peter Holländer as Administrative Director.

Spring 2005
The "Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten" changes its name to "Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten".

Winter Semester 2005/2006
The university begins offering bachelor's and master's programs exclusively.

Studierende auf dem Campus


September 2008
The new rector, Professor Dr. Thomas Spägele, takes office. Professor Dr. Franz Brümmer and Professor Dr. Michael Pfeffer take office as vice rectors.

August 2009
The Formula Student team completes their first race car.

February 2012
The universities of Aalen, Esslingen, Heilbronn, Mannheim, Ravensburg-Weingarten, Reutlingen, and Medien Stuttgart, join the University Federation SouthWest Germany (HfSW).

December 2012
Henning Rudewig, Chancellor of Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, is re-elected to an additional eight-year term.

July 2013
The rector of the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, Professor Dr. Thomas Spägele, begins his second eight-year term in office.

Laser im Optiklabor.


March 2015
The Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences has been certified as a "familiengerechte hochschule“ (family-friendly university) since March 15th, 2015. This increases and broadens the school's appeal as a place to study, work, and conduct research.

December 2015
New Campus App: Students can use the convenient Campus App on their smartphone to see their lecture schedule, grades, or even what's for lunch at the cafeteria.

February 2016
The "International Conference on Optics-photonics Design and Fabrication" (ODF)  takes place for the first time in Western Europe from February 29th to March 2nd, 2016. Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences hosts about 170 optics experts from all over the world.

December 2016
Twelve students from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology visit the university in Weingarten for a project week. German and Israeli students work together across national borders on the "Formula ATID" project.

Ministerin Theresia Bauer zu Gast an der Hochschule.
Felix Kästle


January 2017
The senate of the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences elects Professor Dr. Zerrin Harth to the office of prorector on January 26th, 2017. Responsibilities of the newly created role include diversity, continuing education, and student life.

March 2017
The Business Informatics program at Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences is ranked #9 in the nation by "Wirtschaftswoche" magazine.

April 2017
Another milestone for a forward-thinking university: the groundbreaking ceremony for the new e-mobility laboratory takes place on April 28th.

May 2017
Minister of Science Theresia Bauer is a guest at Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences for "Tag der Lehre" (Teaching Day).

Formula Student 5


March 2018
The University Federation SouthWest Germany (HfSW) opens an office in Pune, India. The new branch will serve as a point of contact for Indian applicants and help foster networking between RWU and the universities and companies located there.

May 2018
The Formula Student Team Weingarten celebrates its tenth anniversary and builds a second race car for the first time. The combustion-powered "Stinger18c" and the autonomous driving "Stinger18d" are ceremoniously unveiled in front of over 200 guests.

June 2018
Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT, the city of Ravensburg, and the greater district of Ravensburg agree on a joint cooperation focusing on technological trend research. A new Fraunhofer office is opened at the "kup" business incubator in Ravensburg.

October 2018
Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Science, Research and Arts, visits RWU as part of the "Start-up Stories" event series.

Plakat RWU Launch Party


March 2019
Enrollment at the University of Applied Sciences in Weingarten approaches 3,600 students.

June 2019
A comprehensive relaunch helps ensure a bright future for the university. A new corporate design aims to increase appeal among key target groups, boost brand awareness, and create a unique and modern image.

One major change is that the university's English name is now used in external communication: Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences or "RWU" for short. The new logo is a combination of the letters RWU and a lion. The lion is derived directly from the coat of arms of the city of Weingarten and combines tradition and regional ties with the values of strength and self-confidence. It is a visual expression of the university's identity.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement for Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences


This mission statement reflects the way in which every member of Ravensburg-Weingarten University sees themselves. It contains our mission, vision, and core values.

The members of the university developed the mission statement together. It the standard against which we measure ourselves in the long term and the values contained therein determine our planning, decisions, and actions.

Who We Are

Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences offers bachelor and master degree programs in the fields of engineering, IT, business, social work, and healthcare.

We are anchored in the local region while simultaneously being internationally oriented. Our bilingual courses especially are attended by both German students and students from all over the world. Innovative concepts, direct and open communication, and individualized support are the hallmarks of our university.


Competent Graduates

We are a brick and mortar university. We teach modern course content using state-of-the-art infrastructure, technology, and methods. Our courses are application-oriented and prepare students for demanding technical tasks as well as challenging leadership roles. Our master's degrees open the door for students to pursue a doctorate. We promote the development of our students' personalities.

Forward-thinking Research

We conduct forward-thinking research for the benefit of broader society. We inspire new ideas by combining teaching with applied research. Interdisciplinary approaches and cooperation are a natural extension of this philosophy.

Advanced Scientific Training

Lifelong learning is fostered by a wide range of advanced scientific training and continuing education. Master's programs help students to advance their careers. Free-standing modules and refresher courses can also be integrated into part-time master's programs designed to fit into a professional's busy schedule.

Technology & Knowledge Transfer

We put the results of our research into practice. Our diverse fields of expertise help us to advise organizations and companies and to support them in their research and development projects.

Our Values


Respect is the foundation upon which our colleagues build relationships. Recognition and mutual respect shape our behavior. Our culture is defined by open communication and constructive feedback.

Our Actions

The knowledge and commitment of our people underlies our success. We find solutions efficiently as a team and place a premium on transparency. We have the courage to blaze new trails.

Ethics and Sustainability

We teach, research, and conduct ourselves with ethical responsibility in mind. Ecological, social, and economic sustainability is a part of everything we do.

Diversity and Family Friendliness

We see diversity as an opportunity and actively support all members of our university regardless of gender, nationality, faith, creed, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Family friendliness is a special priority for us, which is why we facilitate the compatibility of family, studies, and career.


We are a nationally and internationally respected educational institution, a successful research university, and a preferred partner for companies and other organizations.

The high quality of our teaching, research, and continuing education ensure that our graduates are more highly qualified than the average. Our graduates are interculturally competent, global in their thinking, and ready to take on responsibility. They are sought after as specialists and leaders by employers in this region and beyond.

The university is an attractive place to work and offers employees a wide range of opportunities for professional development in a positive, family-friendly working environment.


The university has also issued mission statements for the individual faculties, as well as a shared pedagogical mission statement: