Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
|Fachhochschule Lippe (est. 1971)|
Fachhochschule Lippe und Höxter (2002-2008, after a merger with the former Abteilung Höxter of the University of Paderborn)
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (2008-2019)
|Campus||Lemgo, Detmold, Höxter|
The Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (abbreviated: Technische Hochschule OWL or TH OWL, English: OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts) is a university of applied sciences in Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia. Further campus are in Detmold and Höxter. About 6,600 students work closely with 173 professors and about 550 other staff members in research, teaching and administration.
For several years, the university has been one of the ten most research-intensive universities of applied sciences in Germany. Due to its research performance, it was admitted to the European University Association in 2010.
Historically, the locations have distinguished themselves as follows:
Lemgo is the engineering focus of the OWL Technical University. The departments of Media Production, Life Science Technologies, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Production and Wood Engineering as well as Economics are located on the campus in Lüttfeld in the south of the city, which was newly created in 1971. Most of the study courses of one location as well as the three research institutes of the university are located there. As part of the Innovation Campus Lemgo initiative, the university and players such as the Fraunhofer Institute IOSB, CIIT and SmartFactoryOWL form part of an urban development project that continues to include the neighboring vocational colleges, various student residences and the Phoenix Contact Arena.
Detmold is home to the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design, and Civil Engineering, and thus shows a clear focus on the construction industry. The departments are housed in the buildings of the former Emilia barracks (barracks III of the city). In addition to the old barracks buildings, another institute and laboratory building designed by professors, employees and students has been in existence since 2008.
Höxter concentrates on technical environmental and landscape design topics with its departments of Environmental Engineering and Applied Computer Science as well as Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Planning. In addition, it is possible to study Applied Computer Science with a major in Business Informatics / Business IT Systems.
Facts and figures
As of August 2019
- Students: 6,600
- Professors: 175
- Academic and supporting staff: 550
- Trainees: 57
- Laboratories: 75
- Budget in 2018: 64,8 Mio. €
- Lemgo is home of the engineering faculties (Production Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), supplemented by faculties such as Media Production, Wood Technology and Economics. Food Technology is unique in North Rhine-Westphalia.
- Detmold, which focuses on disciplines involving construction, attracts attention nationwide. Interior Design and the international degree programme Industrial Engineering – Construction are unique to the OWL University in NRW.
- Höxter has made a name for itself as a campus dedicated to ecological aspects in the teaching of its technical degree programmes and in applied research. This aspect applies not only to landscape architecture, but also to environmental engineering.
At OWL, research is carried out in the fields of food safety and industrial automation technologies. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science belongs to the most successful research-oriented faculties in Germany.
The CIIT (Centrum Industrial IT) is Germany's first Science-to-Business Center in the field of Industrial Automation Technologies. It is located at the university campus of Lemgo and is focussed to enable information technologies for intelligent technical systems. More than 400 experts from research institutions like the University Institute Industrial IT (inIT) and the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA as well as high-tech companies are working under one roof to create solutions for Intelligent Industrial automation with a strong focus on cyber physical systems. As a joint initiative of Fraunhofer and Technische Hochschule OWL in 2016 the SmartFactoryOWL was opened as a research and demonstration platform for integrating ICT in a real production environment.
January 2011 the Research Institute of Food Technology (ILT-NRW) was founded at the Lemgo Campus. It is the first institute of its sort in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
International Graduate School "Intelligent Systems in Automation Engineering"
In April 2013 the University of Paderborn and inIT launched the cooperative international graduate school “Intelligent Systems in Automation Engineering” (ISA) as a joint scientific institution.
Already in the 1920s and 1930s there was a school of engineering in Lemgo, but it was closed in 1938 since most students and professors were drafted into military service. In October 1964, the school of engineering was founded, starting with 36 students of mechanical engineering. In 1966 students of Electrical Engineering were enrolled.
The Technische Hochschule OWL was founded as Fachhochschule Lippe in 1971. In 2007, the University Council decided to rename the university to Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (international: OWL University of Applied Sciences) as an acknowledgement to the emergent same-named region and the wider offer of study programmes. Due to its strong focus on technology and engineering, it was relabeled to Technische Hochschule OWL (international: OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts) in 2019.
- Architecture and interior design
- Media Production
- Civil Engineering
- Life Science Technologies
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
- Production and Economics
- Business Administration and Economics
- Environmental Engineering and Applied Computer Science
- Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
- "Hochschule OWL ist eine der zehn forschungsstärksten Fachhochschulen Deutschlands". TH OWL (in German). Retrieved 2019-12-11.
- "TH OWL - Campus: Fachbereiche". www.th-owl.de. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
- Aug. 2019
- CHE Hochschulranking 2010/2011(last Access: 3. Mai 2010)
- International Graduate School ISA(last Access: 21. June 2013)