Logo of Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen
|Motto||Zwischen Wirtschaft Kultur und Politik|
Motto in English
|Bridging Business Culture and Politics|
|President||Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Jansen|
|Location||Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Campus||Am Seemooser Horn 20 - 88045 Friedrichshafen|
Zeppelin University (German: Zeppelin Universität, ZU) is a prestigious and highly selective private research university located at Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The university was established in 2003 and is known for its avant-garde character as well as for a sophisticated selection. From the beginning it has been continuously ranked amongst the top 10 German universities.
Zeppelin University has the legal form of a non-profit, limited liability organization and calls itself "university bridging business, culture and politics". Thus it stresses the multi-disciplinary character of research and teaching that is an integral part of its self-image. It is named after the German general and airship constructor Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, whose foundation is the main financier of Zeppelin University.
The university is accredited nationally by the Academic Council of the Federal Republic of Germany (Wissenschaftsrat). The undergraduate major courses are accredited by ACQUIN, a German higher education accreditation agency.
From 2007 to 2008 (until the closure of the airport), Zeppelin University had an additional location in the foyer of Tempelhof International Airport in Berlin, the so-called “Institute for the Art of Swimming on Air”. Since 2011, there is a campus in Berlin again (HauptstadtCampus). In the end of the year 2007 a new university building has been finished, so that the Zeppelin University now has space for more than 800 students - it is located on the banks of the lake of Constance. In 2008 the student radio station Welle20 went on air.
Applicants are selected by the university in an arduous two-step selection process: after a detailed written application, in which the first selection is made, the most auspicious candidates will be invited to an assessment day (Pioneers Wanted). Thereby, the candidates undergo a program consisting of several interviews with professors, students, alumni, and external reviewers, as well as written tests. Furthermore, they have to accomplish a realistic project which is introduced by an associated organisation, whereby a problem has to be solved as a group and must be presented afterwards in front of the assessment committee.
The selection procedure of ZU is being considered as outstandingly sophisticated, also because of its deviating modalities compared to other universities: ZU deliberately refrain from the solely use of a numerus clausus (which is widely prevalent in German educational landscape), but instead tries to find personalities which - besides accomplishing the required performance - also fit to the university's character. Therefore, the university currently has an undergraduate acceptance rate, which is lower than 10% and a graduate acceptance rate of about 16%.
The university offers the following Bachelor courses:
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Politics and Economics
- Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Management & Economics
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Cultural Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Administration & International Relations
Moreover, there exist following Master tracks:
- Master of Arts in Corporate Management & Economics
- Master of Arts in General Management
- Master of Arts in Communication & Cultural Management
- Master of Arts in Politics, Administration & International Relations.
As an Executive Master, following degrees are achievable:
- Executive Master of Arts for Family Entrepreneurship
- Executive Master of Arts of Digital Pioneering
- Executive Master of Arts of Retailing
- Executive Master Intersektorale Führung & Governance
- Executive Master Business & Leadership for Engineers
- Executive Master in Mobility Innovations
The tuition for the bachelor program amounts to 3,950.00 euro per semester or 675.00 euro per month, for the master programs from 4,000.00 euro to 4,900.00 euro per semester. There are numerous merit-based scholarships by foundations and patrons as well as a student loan of Sparkasse Bodensee that is offered at a relatively low interest rate and is used by more than half of the students.
Starting from Fall Semester 2011, Zeppelin University reorganized all of their undergraduate degree programmes, converting them into 4-year programs. The additional year is intended to be used as "Humboldt-year", a one-year research project at one of the partner universities. Accordingly, it has cooperation agreements for example with University of California, Berkeley, with Sciences Po in Paris, with Copenhagen Business School as well as with Goldsmiths College, London.
Zeppelin University is a small and exclusive private university and offers fewer programs than traditional universities in Germany. Due to its young age and small size, it typically goes unranked in international comparisons. Nevertheless, it has reached remarkable results in German Rankings: In the magazine Handelsblatt Karriere, edition 07/08 dated April 27, 2007, Zeppelin University has appeared in a university ranking for the first time. It has instantly reached eighth place with its economic program. Eventually, after 2011/12, all programs offered by Zeppelin University were constantly ranked among Germany's top-10.
In the most reputable German Ranking, the CHE University Ranking, which was published by ZEIT Studienführer 2014/15, the university was able to reach the first place with “Corporate Management & Economics” (CME). 2011/12 also the Cultural and Communication Sciences got 1st place in this ranking, while politics came 4th place in whole Germany.
In 2014, the university was listed in an international ranking for the first time: in the U-Multirank it gained the best grade "excellent".
Professor Dr Stephan A Jansen has managed ZU since its foundation and was (age 32 at that time) thereby the youngest university president in history.
Well-known professors there include: Dirk Baecker, Peter Kenning, Klaus Schönbach, Nico Stehr, Heinrich Wilms, Birger Priddat, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Guy B. Peters, Helmut Willke, Joachim Behnke, Lucia A. Reisch. In August 2007, Birger Priddat was appointed president and managing director of the Witten/Herdecke University.
- Regarding the official status, see Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, Hochschulkompass (German)
- ZU: Application
- ZU: Bachelor-Programme
- ZU: Master-Programme
- ZU: Weiterbildungs-Programme
- ZU: Tuition
- Am Strand der guten Hoffnung, in: brand eins, January 2005
- ZU: Info-brochure
- IDW online
- ZU: Rankings