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Hochschule of Mittweida
PresidentLudwig Hilmer[1]
Administrative staff
495 (2017)
Students6.616 (WS 2018/19) [2]
Location, ,
Coordinates: 50°59′17″N 12°58′15″E / 50.9881°N 12.9709°E / 50.9881; 12.9709

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)

Bachelor's degrees

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

Master's Degrees

German Diploma Degree (FH)

Further Post-Graduate Studies

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

Schools / Faculties

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.
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.

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:

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

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[3] 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:

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

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

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

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

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


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  3. ^ "Referat für Auslandsangelegenheiten: International partners & projects". Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ Tuik, Jaap (2009). Een bijzonder energiek ondernemer : Rento Wolter Hendrik Hofstede Crull (1863-1938): pionier van de elektriciteitsvoorziening in Nederland. Zutphen, Nederland: Historischcentrumoverijssel & Walburg Pers. p. 17. doi:10.18352/bmgn-lchr.7375. ISBN 978-90-5730-640-2. Retrieved 30 December 2021., also Mittweida. Archief Technische Hochschule