Hochschule Furtwangen University

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Hochschule Furtwangen University
University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen Germany.jpg
Main building
Type Public University
Established 5 March 1850 (1850-03-05)
Location Furtwangen, Germany
48°03′05″N 8°12′28″E / 48.0515°N 8.2077°E / 48.0515; 8.2077Coordinates: 48°03′05″N 8°12′28″E / 48.0515°N 8.2077°E / 48.0515; 8.2077
Colours Green and White
Website en.hs-furtwangen.de
Hochschule Furtwangen Logo.jpg

The Hochschule Furtwangen University (HFU), formerly the Fachhochschule Furtwangen (FHF), is a German University of applied science in Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The university dates back to a school for clock making founded in 1850 by Robert Gerwig. After World War II, the school was split into two branches, one for engineering, the other for job training. The first one became a Fachhochschule when this new kind of universities was introduced in the early 1970s.

The Hochschule Furtwangen University has three campuses; Furtwangen ( Main Campus ), Villingen-Schwenningen and Tuttlingen.


5 March 1850 - Foundation of Archduke of Baden's Clock maker School in Furtwangen

1852 - Foundation of the "German Clock Museum“ - still a department of the HFU to this day

1863 - Closure of Clock maker School but vocational school remains

1877 - Re-establishment of the Clock makers' School and establishment of Wood-carving School

1891 - Completion of new building and introduction of new three-year educational model

1925 - Foundation of Baden Clock maker School, a state technical college for clock and watchmaking, precision engineering and electrical engineering

1947 - Foundation of State Engineering School in Furtwangen Introduction of first Engineering degree programmes

1958 - Erection of first new building - A building, south Graduation of first engineers

1963 - Establishment of first computer centre with large electronic computer (IBM 1620)

1971 - Foundation of Furtwangen Technical University

1988 - Inauguration of Schwenningen campus

1997 - Change of name to University of Technology and Business

1998 - Completion of technical centre for Faculty of Environmental and Process Technology on Schwenningen campus

2005 - Change of name and logo to Furtwangen University (HFU)

2009 - Inauguration of third HFU campus in Tuttlingen

2010 - Matriculation of over 4000 students for the first time

2011 - Opening of new HFU Business School and library building in Schwenningen Erection of Neckar Tower in Schwenningen - HFU moves into top five floors of tower


An online learning platform.[1]

Clock museum[edit]

The Deutsche Uhrenmuseum (German clock museum) is located right in the geographic center of clock making in the Black Forest. Its 150-year-old collection of Black Forest Clocks is the most extensive of its kind in the world. It allows fascinating insights at the history, tradition and culture of the Black Forest region.

Clocks from abroad, too, have been part of the collection as early as the 19th century. Purchases by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, notably the collection of Mr. Hellmut Kienzle in 1975, added to the international collection. A further emphasis of today’s collection is on quartz clocks as well as everyday clocks. With its more that 8,000 items, the collection presents a multi-faceted and international picture of phenomenon that is time.


  1. ^ "FELIX - FELIX - Deine Lernplattform". Felix.hs-furtwangen.de. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 

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