Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

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Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Former names
Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main
Established 1 August 1971
Type Public
President Frank Dievernich
Academic staff
250 professors + 1,195 academic staff
Students 12,043(Winter Semester 2014/15)
Location Frankfurt am Main, Hessen,  Germany
50°07′49″N 8°41′33″E / 50.1303°N 8.6925°E / 50.1303; 8.6925Coordinates: 50°07′49″N 8°41′33″E / 50.1303°N 8.6925°E / 50.1303; 8.6925
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and White         
Nickname FH (Pronounced 'F'-'Ha')
Affiliations EUC / EPS
Florence Network
The new main building at dusk

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (previously known as the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main) is a public University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It must not be confused with the Goethe University Frankfurt.

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences provides about 38 study programmes in architecture and civil engineering, business and business law, informatics and engineering, social work and health. It has a highly international student body, with over 12,000 students coming from more than 100 countries. About 250 professors and over a 1000 other employees work at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. The four faculties are:

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

Most courses are taught in German; however, Master courses in English are provided in High Integrity Systems, Information Technology, and Urban development.

One of the best-known alumni of the university is Gerhard Schulmeyer.



The 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 was created on 1 August 1971 by integrating various predecessor institutions, such as the Higher School of Social Work, the State Higher Economic School (HWS) and engineering schools. The Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main was renamed to Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences on 1 July 2014.

Merger of the departments[edit]

In 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

From 1995 to 1998, the 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 two Universities of Applied Sciences 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 of Applied Sciences 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. 2008-2014 Detlev Buchholz
  7. 2014–present Frank Dievernich

International orientation[edit]

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is characterized in particular by its urban location and its international students. The 10,000 students come from nearly 100 different nations. The international orientation of the institution is exemplified by the ability of students to attain double degrees with partner universities, as well as the comprehensive exchange services for both students and teachers.[citation needed]

Current research projects[edit]

Among the research projects are: Planet Earth Simulator, 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.

Structural development[edit]

Campus Building 1[edit]


"Campus building 1" was completed with a total cost of approximately 53 million euros. It allowed structural improvements such as the creation of a computer science center, computer rooms and rooms for research projects and spare rooms for use of buildings 2, 3 and 4. This includes 12,000 m² of floor space, in a new building (building 1) and an expansion of the existing building 2. Larger areas rented again in the BCN - due to the growth of the university.

Building 3)
Building 4
Building 5
Building 6
Building 8
Building 9
Inside Building-1
The campus on the former Kleiststraße with the buildings 8, 5 and 4 (left to right)
The BCN Tower

Campus Building 2[edit]

With the project "campus building 2" further spatial overload of the university was solved. For this, the Kleiststraße was turned over to be converted to use for public transport and integrated into the campus. Appropriate resolutions were adopted by the competent bodies of the City of Frankfurt am Main in 2002.


The departments of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences include:

  1. Architecture - Civil Engineering - Geomatics
  2. Computer science and engineering
  3. Economic and law
  4. Social Work and Health


Undergraduate programs[edit]

Bachelor of Arts[edit]

  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Business dual degree
  • Public Administration
  • Public and Non-Profit Management
  • Social Work
  • Social Work: Transnational
  • Tourism Management

Bachelor of Science[edit]

  • Business Information Systems: Business Computer Science (International)
  • Business Information Systems: Business Computer Science (Transnational)
  • Computer Science
  • Computer science - Mobile applications
  • International Finance
  • Care

Bachelor of Engineering[edit]

  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering (Dual degree)
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Electrical Engineering
  • Geoinformation and municipal engineering
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (dual degree) with Ingeniero Técnico Industrial en Mecánica
  • Product development and technical design
  • Mechatronics / Microsystems Technology
  • Service Engineering-Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management (online degree program)

Bachelor of Law[edit]

  • Business Law

Postgraduate Programs[edit]

Master of Arts[edit]

  • Architecture
  • Counseling in the workplace coaching and Supervision
  • Research in Social Work
  • Leadership
  • Care and Health Management
  • Psychosocial counseling and Law

Master of Science[edit]

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Accessible Systems (BaSys)
  • Global Logistics
  • High Integrity Systems
  • Care - Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Strategic Information Management
  • Urban Agglomerations
  • Industrial Engineering and Management

Master of Engineering[edit]

  • Geoinformation and municipal Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Production and automotive technology
  • Future-Proof Building

Master of Business Administration[edit]

  • Aviation Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Development

Master of Health Care Administration and Contracting[edit]

  • Management and contracting in the health industry

Family Friendly University[edit]

On 19 June 2007 the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences became the first Hessian Universities of Applied Sciences to be awarded the certificate "Family Friendly University" from the Federal Ministry of Economics. The focus of efforts to improve the compatibility of study or work and family obligations was a focus from the beginning of development of a concept for need-based and flexible childcare services. The certification is based on a process of auditing the participation of employees, professors and students.

The major agreed upon families audit objectives:

  • Construction of a "research-oriented children's house" on campus
  • Parent-child rooms with work opportunities for parents
  • Information material and advice about studying and working with child at the university
  • Information about caring for relatives
  • Information collection and agreements on ways of studying abroad with child
  • Family-friendly organization of courses and examinations
  • Improve reintegration employee on leave
  • Implementation of family justice in the quality management
  • Implementation of family justice in staff development
  • Training for executives
  • Flexibility of working hours

Facilities and affiliated institutions[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

  • Fachsprachenzentrum
  • Selbstlernzentrum
  • Café Profitratte
  • Café Kurzschlusz
  • Café-1
  • Kostbar

Scientific and research institutions[edit]

  • Institut für Materialwissenschaften (IfM)
  • Institut für Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung (ISR)
  • Institut für Suchtforschung (ISFF)
  • Institut für interdisziplinäre Technik (IiT)
  • Institut für Materialwissenschaften (IfM)
  • Frankfurter Technologiezentrum Medien (FTzM)
  • Institut für Migrationsstudien und interkulturelle Kommunikation (IMiK)
  • Institut für professionelle Anwendungen in der Informatik (IPIAG)
  • Hessisches Zentrum für Qualitätssicherung und Qualitätsmanagement (HZQ)
  • Institut für Materialwissenschaften (IfM)
  • Institut für Entrepreneurship (IFE)
  • Zentrum für Gesundheitswirtschaft und -recht (ZGWR)
  • Zentrum für Logistik, Mobilität und Nachhaltigkeit (ZLMN)

University Interscholastic research centers[edit]

  • Hessisches Institut für Pflegeforschung (HeSSIP)
  • Gender- und Frauenforschungszentrum der Hessischen Hochschulen (gFFZ)
  • Center for Biomedical Engineering (CBME)

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