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Celebrating 50 years of universities of applied sciences: CHE compiles unusual facts for commemorative publication

More than half of all higher education institutions in Germany today are universities of applied sciences. To mark their 50th year in existence, CHE acknowledges unique higher education institutions with a very special map.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim is the university nearest to the geographical centre of Germany. Students from Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin have won the most Summer Olympics gold medals since 2008. And students at the Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences are within closest walking distance to a border with another country.

These are just some of the fascinating facts and figures compiled by CHE for a jubilee publication. All statements refer to universities of applied sciences that are members of the German Rectors’ Conference.

CHE teamed up with the Technische Hochschule Lübeck to publish a festschrift entitled “50 Jahre Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften” (Celebrating 50 years of universities of applied sciences). The publication will be presented during the official anniversary ceremony in Lübeck on 13 June 2019.

Among other things, the 40-page publication illustrates the origins of Germany’s universities of applied sciences, which evolved from engineering schools in 1969. Numerous contributions offer a good indication of the success story of this type of higher education institution; the export hit has been copied worldwide ever since.

In the festschrift, experts from science, industry and politics stress the importance of universities of applied sciences in the higher education system. Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education, explains in an interview how the German government seeks to highlight the strengths of universities of applied sciences. Six university managers describe which success factors will become – or remain – important in the future.

Impressions from university staff, faculty and students, such as Johannes Rydzek, Olympic Nordic Combined medallist, add the finishing touches to the publication.

About the publication:
The festschrift entitled “50 Jahre Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften” (Celebrating 50 years of universities of applied sciences) is a joint publication of CHE and the Technische Hochschule Lübeck. It was written by Melanie Rischke, Isabel Roessler, Jan Thiemann (all from CHE) and Theresia Lichtlein (TH Lübeck). The publication is being released to mark the anniversary of universities of applied sciences. For more information, visit

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