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Anchored in the region - open to the world

Bodensee und Berge
Felix Kästle


RWU is a University of Applied Sciences in one of the strongest economic regions in Europe. The range of courses offered in the fields of engineering, IT, business, social work and healthcare is characterised by a strong practical orientation and close contact between all actors. On the modern campus of RWU, students can test and expand their potential and shape the future through interdisciplinary dialogue.

Around 3,500 young people from all over the world study at RWU. Partner universities on all continents provide valuable experience abroad. Studying at RWU is more than just acquiring knowledge: This is where talents are discovered and fostered, where personalities grow, and where friendships for life are developed.

RWU Organigramm
Studierende im Foyer.


October 1964
Opening of the State School of Engineering in Ravensburg and start of teaching operations with two departments: Mechanical Engineering and Physical Engineering.

October 1971
Transfer of state engineering schools to universities of applied sciences and the introduction of the Rectorate Constitution.

March 1973
First elected Rector: Professor Dr. Karl Dieter, Prorector: Professor Dr. Wolfgang Brauch.

November 1971
The state government decides to move the Ravensburg University of Applied Sciences to Weingarten.

October 1982
The study programme in the main building in Doggenriedstraße in Weingarten begins with around 870 students.

Hochschulamagzin "Konzepte".


Winter term 1989/1990
25 years Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences

July, 1999
1st edition of the university magazine "Konzepte"

November 2004
The University of Applied Sciences celebrates its 40th birthday. The highlight of the event in the anniversary of the Alumni Festival on 27 November 2004.

January 2005
Henning Rudewig replaces Peter Holländer as Administrative Director.

Spring 2005
The "Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten" is now called "Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten".

Winter semester 2005/2006
The university now only offers Bachelor's and Master's programs.

Studierende auf dem Campus


September 2008
The new Rector, Professor Dr. Thomas Spägele, takes office. Professor Dr. Franz Brümmer and Professor Dr. Michael Pfeffer will take office as Vice Rectors.

August 2009
The first race car of the Formula Student team is ready.

February 2012
The universities of Aalen, Esslingen, Heilbronn, Mannheim, Ravensburg-Weingarten, Reutlingen and Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart network within the SouthWest University Federation (HfSW).

December 2012
Henning Rudewig, Chancellor of Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, was re-elected for a further eight years.

July 2013
The Rector of the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, Professor Dr. Thomas Spägele, will take up his second term of office, which will last eight years.

Laser im Optiklabor.


March 2015
Since 15 March 2015, the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences has been certified with the so-called „audit familiengerechte hochschule“ (family-friendly university), thereby increasing its attractiveness as a study, work and research location.

December 2015
New Campus App: Students can conveniently use the Campus App on their smartphone to find out about their lecture plans, grades or the cafeteria.

February 2016
The "International Conference on Optics-photonics Design and Fabrication" (ODF)  takes place for the first time in Western Europe from 29 February to 2 March 2016. Around 170 optics experts from all over the world are guests at Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences.

December 2016
Twelve students of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology visited the university in Weingarten for a project week. In the "Formula ATID" project, German and Israeli students work together across national borders.

Ministerin Theresia Bauer zu Gast an der Hochschule.
Felix Kästle


January 2017
On 26 January 2017, the Senate of the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences elected Professor Dr. Zerrin Harth to the office of Prorector. The newly tailored area of responsibility includes the topics of diversity, continuing education and student life.

March 2017
In a ranking of the magazin "Wirtschaftswoche", Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences ranked ninth in business informatics - a top result considering that it is a nationwide survey.

April 2017
Another milestone for a forward-looking university: On 28 April, the ceremony for the construction of the new e-mobility laboratory took place.

May 2017
Science Minister Theresia Bauer is a guest on "Teaching Day" at Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences.

Formula Student 5


March 2018
The Southwest University Federation (HfSW) opens a contact office in Pune, India. In future, the branch office will serve both as a contact point for Indian applicants and intensify the networking of RWU with the universities and companies located there.

May 2018
The Formula Student Team Weingarten celebrates its tenth anniversary and has built two racing cars for the first time. The Combustion vehicle "Stinger18c" and the Driverless vehicle "Stinger18d" were ceremoniously unveiled before the eyes of over 200 guests.

June 2018
Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT, the city of Ravensburg and the district of Ravensburg agree on a cooperation focusing on technological trend research.

October 2018
Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Science, Research and Arts, visits RWU as part of the series of events "Start Up Stories".

Plakat RWU Launch Party


March 2019
Almost 3,500 students are enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences in Weingarten.

June 2019
A comprehensive relaunch project was launched to ensure that the university's future viability is sustainable. With a new corporate design, the appeal of the different target groups is to be sharpened, the awareness of the university is to be increased and an independent and modern image is to be created.

A major change is the conversion of communication to the English name of the university: Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences - "RWU" for short. The new logo is a word-picture mark formed from the abbreviation RWU and a lion. The lion is the heraldic symbol of the city of Weingarten, the district of Ravensburg, and the state of Baden-Württemberg, and stands for the roots of the university. The decision for the English name with the abbreviation RWU completes the international orientation. Thus the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences becomes the RWU with the lion.

Leitbild der RWU

Mission statement of Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences


This mission statement illustrates the self-image of all members of Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences. It contains our mission, vision and basic values.

The members of the university have developed the mission statement together. It serves as a yardstick by which we want to orient ourselves in the long term and which determines our planning, decisions and actions.


Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences offers bachelor and master degree programs in the fields of engineering, IT, business, social work and healthcare.

We are anchored in the region and internationally oriented. In particular, our bilingual courses are attended by German students and students from all over the world. Innovative concepts, short distances, open communication and personal support are the hallmarks of our university.


Competent graduates

We are a nonvirtual university. We teach modern study contents using future-oriented infrastructure, technologies and methods. Our range of courses is application-oriented and qualified for demanding specialist and management tasks. Our master's degrees provide access to a doctorate. We promote the development of the personality of our students.

Future-oriented research

We conduct future-oriented research in the service of society. We combine applied research and teaching and inspire enthusiasm for new ideas. Interdisciplinarity and cooperation are a matter of course for us.

Continuing scientific education

A wide range of scientific further education and training enables lifelong learning. Part-time Master's programs support students in their careers. The contact study modules impart knowledge and skills at university level, which can also be integrated into part-time Master's programs.

Knowledge and technology transfer

Our research results find their way into practice. Based on our diverse fields of expertise, we advise organizations and companies and support them in their research and development projects.

Our values


All members of the university have a respectful relationship with each other. Recognition and mutual respect determine our behaviour. Open communication and constructive feedback shape our culture.

Our actions

The knowledge and commitment of all university members is the basis of our success. We work efficiently, team- and solution-oriented and appreciate transparency. We have the courage to break new ground.

Ethics and Sustainability

We act, teach and research with ethical responsibility. In everything we do, we take the principle of sustainability into account from an ecological, social and economic point of view.

Diversity and family friendliness

We see diversity as an opportunity and promote all members of our university regardless of gender, nationality, religion and belief, disability, age and sexual identity. Family friendliness is a special value for us, which is why we promote the compatibility of family, studies and career.


We are a nationally and internationally respected educational institution, a successful research institution and preferred partner of companies and institutions.

The above-average qualification of our graduates is based on the high quality in teaching, research and further education. They are interculturally competent, cosmopolitan and responsible. Our graduates are sought-after specialists and managers for employers in the region and beyond.

The university is an attractive employer and offers university members a wide range of development opportunities in a positive, family-friendly working environment.