Hochschule Mittweida

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Hochschule of Mittweida
HSM-Logo 2008.svg
Type Public
Established 1867
President Prof. Dr. Lothar Otto
Administrative staff
Students 5,375 (winter semester 2006/07)
Location Mittweida, Germany
Website www.hs-mittweida.de

The Hochschule Mittweida (German: Hochschule Mittweida) is a public university of applied science located in Mittweida, Germany, founded in 1867.


The University of Applied Sciences Mittweida is the second-largest public university of applied sciences in Saxony. It has had almost 80,000 alumni from almost 40 countries worldwide. Founded in 1867 as “Technicum”, the university first served the education of machine-building engineers, and it was one of the largest private schools in Germany at the turn of the century. After the takeover by the National Socialists, the “Technicum” lost its status as a private school, and in 1935 became the “Engineering School Mittweida” (Ingenieurschule Mittweida). In the 1960s, due to the success of the electrotechnical training program, the school became the “Engineering College Mittweida”. In 1980, it received the right to award the academic degree of “doctor engineer”. In 1992, after the reunification, the college received a new start as a university of applied sciences. The number of courses of study and the supply of research facilities increased (with a variety of institutes), and the schools of economic sciences, media, and social work were established. Furthermore, the university obtained the right to award doctorates in cooperation with another university as partner. The university builds strong contacts with the economy, focused in particular on small- and medium-sized enterprises in Saxony. The Bologna process has guided the university's development in recent years and has resulted in the establishment of bachelor and master courses. Today the university offers practice-oriented teaching in modern and disabled-friendly facilities, numerous laboratories, and computer pools. The architecture of the buildings combines new with old. In 1998, to reflect its modern role, the university was renamed as the “University of Applied Sciences Mittweida“.

Courses of studies (June 2009)[edit]

Bachelor's degrees

  • Applied Mathematics in Digital Media (Bachelor of Science)
  • Biotechnology / Biocomputer Science(Bachelor of Science)
  • Business Administration (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Computer Science (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Embedded Systems (Bachelor of Science)
  • Electrical Engineering (Bachelor of Science)
  • Industrial Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Information Systems (Bachelor of Science)
  • Information Technology (Bachelor of Science)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Mechatronics (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Media Management (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Media Technology (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Multimedia Technology (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Physical Engineering (Bachelor of Science)
  • Real Estate and Facilities Management(Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Social Work (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Steel and Metal Construction (Bachelor of Engineering)

Bachelor courses in cooperation with AMAK AG(public-private partnership)

  • Applied Media Economics (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Business Management (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Film and Television (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Health Management (Bachelor of Arts)

Master‘s Degrees

  • Applied Mathematics in Digital Media (Master of Science, bilingual)
  • Computer Science (Master of Science)
  • Electrical Engineering (Master of Science)
  • Industrial Management (Master of Science)
  • Information and Communication Science (Master of Arts)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Master of Engineering)
  • Physical Technology (Master of Science)
  • Social Work (Master of Arts)
  • Social Management (Master of Social Management)
  • Therapeutic oriented Social Work with Children and Teenager (Master of Arts)

German Diploma Degree (FH)

  • Economics for Engineers (Diploma (FH) - Industrial Engineer)

Further Post-Graduate Studies

  • German Diploma Degree (FH) Information Technology (Diploma (FH) - Engineer)

In Cooperation with the Centre for Studies and Technology Transfer Weiz and the Ingenium Education in Austria:

  • Industrial Management (Master of Science)
  • Information Technology (Diploma (FH) - Engineer)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Diploma (FH) - Engineer)
  • Economics for Engineers(Diploma (FH) - Industrial Engineer)

Schools / Faculties[edit]

  • Information Technology & Electrical Engineering
are key technologies for the technical progress. In Mittweida they are especially taught in the fields of automation engineering and energy system technology, communication technology, microelectronics, multimedia technology and embedded systems.
  • Mechanical & Precision Engineering
This faculty has the longest tradition at the University of AppliedSciences Mittweida, as the “Technikum” was founded for the education of mechanical engineers. Top graduates engineering, it offers many modern courses of studies e.g. mechatronics, real estate management and facilities

management and the Germany-wide unique study course steel and metal construction.

  • Mathematics/Physics/Computer Science
  • Economic Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Media
Studying in the morning and producing in the afternoon; the media education according to the „Mittweidaer Modell“ combines theory and practice of journalism with media economy and media technology. This interdisciplinary is a role model for many competitive courses of studies in all over Germany.


Research and Teaching cohere at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. The diverse research activities can be allocated to the following fields of competences: • Laser technology, • Information and communication technology, • High performance mechanical engineering and mechatronics, • Energy and facility management, • Economic sciences and social sciences, • Media and new media within education, • Environment engineering, medical engineering and biotechnology, • Discrete mathematics (network reliability and graph theory).

The University of Applied Sciences Mittweida occupies leading places in the Germany-wide research ranking of universities of applied sciences. The college contributes in about 80 research projects and maintains diverse national and international relations to science and economy. A variety of collegeassociated and external research facilities are affiliated to the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. Examples therefore are the Laser Institute Mittelsachsen e.V. and the Sensor Center Mittelsachsen e.V. The Laser Institute works in the fields of consulting, testing as well as research and development of laser technology, laser components and materials as well as process technology. The Sensors Center researches in the field of environment-technical and fibre-optic sensor technology and coordinates common projects between the college, enterprises and research facilities.

The number of doctoral degrees within the cooperative promotion process increases steadily. An important contribution to science development is the scientific exchange with colleagues of the same discipline. The University of Applied Sciences Mittweida hosts an annual International Scientific Conference (IWKM) with different research topics. With this conference the university owns nationwide a unique selling point among the university of applied sciences. With the Medienforum Mittweida and the congress Social Work and Region, additional conferences are hosted and a variety of workshops and panels are organized. Aside from diverse articles in specialist journals and scientific events, the college’s professors publish successful specialist books. By the collaboration on the key projects “Education Portal Saxony” and “Education Marketplace Saxony” for the inauguration of online based education and further education for “Livelong Learning” the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida helps to form the knowledge transfer of the future. Therefore, e-learning based prototype courses of studies with bachelor and master's degrees in tandem with work are developed for the Saxon economy.

International activities[edit]

Within the first decades of the “Technicum” more than half of the students came from abroad; today there are about twenty percent, which is a really high ratio in German comparison. Numerous foreign relationships[1] to Europe, Asia, Africa and America contribute to the internationalisation of the university. There are about 80 partnerships, which create possibilities for students and teachers:

  • to study and teach abroad,
  • to improve linguistic competences,
  • to gain intercultural experiences,
  • to work on international projects,
  • to participate in conferences and
  • to establish international contacts.

Cooperation contracts provide a framework for these activities. Inside the European Union the exchange is strongly determined by the EU-support programme “Erasmus” as a part of the programme “lifelong learning”. Programmes of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are the basis of international projects, which are realised in the faculties. Multiple double-track contracts make studying in Mittweida attractive for foreign students. The “Cosmopolitanclub” is intensely dedicated since over a decade as an association of German and foreign students at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida for socio-cultural support of foreign students.

From winter term 2013/14, the Master's programme Applied Mathematics in Digital Media will be held in English.

Sport and status as partner university of the top class sport[edit]

The department for university sport has a steady place at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. A variety of sport scopes, either to learn a sport or as prevention for fitness or to participate in competitions, are offered. In a three-field gym is trained among others. An own boathouse is available for the canoe training. In the one-semester course Communication Training/Sport, personality building contents with combination of teaching and sports activities are conveyed. Besides university internal competitions, Mittweida’s students achieve excellent leading positions in Saxony and nationwide competitions. As the third university nationwide, the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida attained the status of a partner college of top-class sport. For this purpose the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida collaborates with the General German College Sports Association (“adh”), the Olympic Base Chemnitz-Dresden and the Sports Association of the State of Saxony.

Living conditions[edit]

The student union Freiberg, as a partner of the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, provides student residencies nearby the college as well as varied catering in the central situated refectory on the campus.

Famous graduates[edit]

Rento Hofstede Crull (1863-1938) Dutch electrical pioneer who first studied at Mittweida and then at the Hannover Technische Hochschule (now the University of Hanover) in the 1880s,[2] came first to the United States in the 1890s to work for Elihu Thomson and Thomas Alva Edison,then briefly left for Moscow to establish its first power station, and thereafter came back to the Netherlands to create its power grid and several companies, among then the N.V. Heemaf[3] which was responsible for the invention of the first no brake motor in 1921; he perfected the process for making the manufacturing of rayon viable (See AkzoNobel and the American Enka Company).

August Horch (1868–1951), the father of the German automotive giant Audi, studied at the „Technicum“ from 1888-1891. Horch developed the first six-cylinder engine in 1907. The designation Audi is the Latin translation of the name Horch (having to do with hearing).

Walter Bruch (1908–1990) studied from 1928-1931 in Mittweida, before he invented the PAL color television system. The PAL system is in about 60 countries, the most widespread colour television system worldwide, aside from NTSC and SECAM.

Famous baker Hans Bahlsen (1902–1959), son of Hermann Bahlsen, founder of the world-renowned cookie factory, spent 1920-1922 studying in Mittweida. In 1928 he took over the technical management of the „H.-Bahlsen-Keksfabrik“ in Hanover. Bahlsen-cookies are still today among the most demanded ones.

Gerhard Neumann (1917–1997) studied from 1936-1938 in Mittweida. Hired as a testing engineer at General Electric, he developed the jet-engine J-79 and led the company's aircraft engine division (which today is called GE Aviation) as vice president for about 16 years. He received numerous awards, e.g. the „Collier Trophy“, awarded by the admission in the „National Aviation Hall of Fame“ of the USA.

A web-based alumni portal offers access for interested people to their alma mater. The university invites chosen alumni age-groups every year in May/June. The society for the promotion of the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida (“Förderkreis Hochschule Mittweida e.V.”) maintains contacts to alumni, initiate and supports projects.

The town Mittweida and surroundings - living here as student[edit]

The city with its 800-year-old history is located in the foothills of the Ore Mountains, a one-hour drive south-west of Dresden, the capital of the federal state. Mittweida has 16,000 inhabitants and more than 5,000 students.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Referat für Auslandsangelegenheiten: International partners & projects". www.ausland.hs-mittweida.de. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  2. ^ See nl:Rento Hofstede Crull; Jaap Tuik. Een bijzonder energiek ondernemer - Rento Wolter Hendrik Hofstede Crull (1863-1938): pioneer van de elekriciteits voorziening in Nederland. Zutphen, Nederland: Historischcentrumoverijssel & Walburg Pers., 2009. p. 17 ISBN 90-5730-6409 also Mittweida. Archief Technische Hochschule
  3. ^ nl:Heemaf{
  • brochure Mittweida Ingenieur in aller Welt, published by Hochschule Mittweida (FH) University of Applied Sciences
  • brochure Hochschule Mittweida - University of Applied Sciences, published by Hochschule Mittweida University of Applied Sciences

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°59′17″N 12°58′15″E / 50.9881°N 12.9709°E / 50.9881; 12.9709