Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences

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OWL University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
Type Public
Established 1971
President Jürgen Krahl
Administrative staff
Students 6,650
Location Lemgo, NRW,  Germany
Campus Lemgo, Detmold, Höxter, Warburg
Website http://www.hs-owl.de/en
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe-logo.svg
Main building on Campus Lemgo (2010)
Science-to-Business Centrum Industrial IT (CIIT) (2010)
Building on the Campus Detmold (2010)

The OWL University of Applied Sciences (German: Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe or Hochschule OWL) is a state tech university in Germany, which carries out research and higher education at four locations. The university belongs to the 10 best research oriented Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany [1] and enrolled approximately 6.700 students in 9 faculties. Approximately 1.500 freshmen entered OWL in 2015. It offers Bachelor and Master study programmes with a strong focus to Engineering and Technology disciplines. Ph.D. programmes are carried out in cooperation with different partner universities (e.g.[2]).

The headquarter is found in Lemgo, located between Hannover and Dortmund, in the north-east of the state North Rhine-Westphalia. The university is named just as the high-tech region Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL), which is one of the most important technology clusters of mechanical engineering and industrial electronics in Germany. Because of its research strength the university became a full member of the European University Association in October 2010.[3] Electrical Engineering belongs to the top ranked majors in germany.

Facts and figures[edit]

As of January 17, 2015[4]

  • Students: 6,650
  • Professors: 171
  • Teaching, scientific and administrative staff: 450
  • Trainees: 59
  • Laboratories: 75
  • Budget in 2015: €44 m


  • 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 NRW.
  • 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.
  • Warburg


At the 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.[5]

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 200 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 OWL 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"[edit]

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.[6]


Already in the 1920s and 1930s there was a technical college 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 OWL University of Applied Sciences 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.


  1. Architecture and interior design
  2. Media Production
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Life Science Technologies
  5. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  6. Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
  7. Production and Economics
  8. Environmental Engineering and Applied Computer Science
  9. Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

International Study Programmes[edit]

The university offers together with three other European universities (Wrocław University of Technology, Poland, Aalborg University, Denmark and Halmstad University, Sweden) a joint international graduate programme to achieve a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Information Technology[7]


  1. ^ Research Strength Web site (Access: 20. January 2015)
  2. ^ Cooperation Institute Industrial IT (inIT) and University of Paderborn
  3. ^ EUA Webseite (Access: 3. November 2010)
  4. ^ Jan. 2015
  5. ^ CHE Hochschulranking 2010/2011(last Access: 3. Mai 2010)
  6. ^ International Graduate School ISA(last Access: 21. June 2013)
  7. ^ Homepage Master IT Programme(last Access: 3. November 2010)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°00′58″N 8°54′19″E / 52.01611°N 8.90528°E / 52.01611; 8.90528