Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

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Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main/University of Applied Sciences
Logo Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main FH FFM.jpg
Established 1971
Type Public
President Detlev Buchholz
Academic staff 1,200
Students 10,705(Winter Semester 2012/13)
Location Frankfurt am Main, Hessen,  Germany
The new main building at dusk
View from Nibelungenplatz
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The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Also known as the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main or Frankfurt Technical College) is a large public university in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

It has over 38 study areas, in the arts, oeconomics, sciences, engineering and law. It has a highly international student body, with over 9,000 students from more than 100 countries. The faculty is 650-strong. There are four faculties:

  1. Architecture and construction
  2. Informatics and engineering
  3. Business and law
  4. Social work and health

Most courses are taught in German. It also teaches English-language Master of Science degrees in High Integrity Systems[1], Information Technology [2], and Urban development[3].

One of its best-known alumni is Gerhard Schulmeyer.



Earliest predecessor of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, the "Königliche Baugewerkschule" was founded in 1908 and the "Royal College of Mechanical Engineering" was founded in 1910. The Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main in its present form was created on 1 August 1971 by the union of various predecessor institutions, such as the Higher School of Social Work, the State Higher Economic School (HWS) and Interstate engineering schools.

Merging of the departments[edit]

1995-1998 Split the Department of Economics and the social works departments at the Nordweststadt and Nibelungenplatz. Steps were taken as part of a reform process, the university established basic goals and was given a new organizational structure. With effect from 1 July 2001 it was decided to combine the then thirteen departments to four subject areas. The 13 departments included:

  1. A= Departments of Architecture, B= Civil Engineering, G= Geodesy or Surveying. These 4 departments go back to the Royal Baugewerkschule founded in 1908 for civil engineering.
  2. The departments of E = Electrical Engineering , F = Precision Engineering, M =Mechanical Engineering and V = Process Technology goes back to the State united engineering schools, founded in 1920.
  3. The department of P= Social pedagogy goes back to the urban Jugendleiterinnenseminar founded in 1954.
  4. Department of S= Social Work goes back to the State-recognized women's school for Volkspflege founded in 1944.
  5. The Department of W = Economics founded in 1966 from the state higher Wirtschaftsfachschule.
  6. The departments MND = Data Processing and SuK = Social and Cultural Studies had been first created with the establishment of the FH in 1971, and they didn't have their own students initially, but were pure service departments created for the students of engineering disciplines.
  7. In 1993, a 13th Department was added: C= Healthcare

These 13 departments were spread over two locations:

  1. Nibelungenplatz: At Kleiststrasse in the old building of the "State School" the subject areas A, B, G and SuK are centered while in the old "engineering school" the specialist areas E, F, M, V and MND are based.
  2. Nordweststadt: Social pedagogy, Social work, Nursing and Business

Merger talks with the Fachhochschule Wiesbaden[edit]

In September 2005 The Presidents of the University of Applied Sciences of Frankfurt and the Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences agreed to a strategic partnership of the Universities of Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. This was due to the changes in the German higher education system (Bachelor / Master) and thereby increasing competition between colleges, universities and vocational colleges. On 14 September 2007 a steering group was set up by the President by issuing a paper for the merger of the two universities as Hochschule Rhein Main - University of Applied Sciences. However, on 12 December 2007, the merger was rejected by the Senate of the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main, although it had already been approved by the Senate of the Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences.


  1. 1971-1982 Johannes Uthoff
  2. 1983-1986 Rolf Kessler
  3. 1987-1994 Johannes Schneider
  4. 1995 2002 Rolf Kessler
  5. 2003-2008 Wolf Rieck
  6. Since 2008 Detlev Buchholz

Mission Statement and Development Plan[edit]

The Fachhochschule Frankfurt is characterized in particular by its urban location and its international students. The 10,000 students come from nearly 100 different nations. Also, the teaching and the curriculum has become an international orientation. The offer is made, for example, the possibility of double degrees with partner universities along with comprehensive exchange services for students and teachers.

Current research projects[edit]

Planet Earth Simulator, Fraline-IT-School-Service, quantitativ analysis of methan in human corpses with the help of a mass spectrometer, analysis of qualitative and quantitative gas in human lungs, long-term studies on photovoltaicmodules, Coating of fine particles with melting in fluidized beds, DiSiMed: drug regulation with digital signature, Web-based client ticketing system on FAQs, biomechanical modeling of aortic aneurysms (BiModA), mechanical characterization of human soft tissue (MeChum), optimization of heterogeneous, packagebased telecommunications networks, approaches to determining the QoS for VoIP in an NGN, Services and architectures in future telecommunications networks (DazTel), overall-networks improving quality of service at SIP-based VoIP communication (QoSSIP), Production of phasenjittern by switchable filter.

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Coordinates: 50°07′49″N 8°41′33″E / 50.130333°N 8.692486°E / 50.130333; 8.692486