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South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences

About us

Welcome to the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences!

Small tutorial groups and individual support is the formula for success at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences. Outstanding facilities and a focus on modern and pioneering courses and research - embark on a successful professional career here.

Top rankings

Over the last years, the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences has been frequently ranked amongst the leaders in the well-known "University ranking list" produced by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in conjunction with "DIE ZEIT" weekly newspaper.

A wide variety of courses yet still a personal feel

With around 12,000 students registered in over 80 Bachelor and Masters courses and nine faculties, the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest of its kind in North Rhine Westphalia. Despite this, it is a friendly studying environment at its campuses in Hagen, Iserlohn, Meschede, Soest and Lüdenscheid. Professors are always willing to listen, everyone gets involved and successes are celebrated together.

Specialists and leaders for business

We train qualified specialists and leaders in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, information technology, business administration and agricultural economics. It's not just the kudos that the former institutions enjoyed that makes for successful graduates. A close network with collaborative partners from business, associations and institutions offers positive prospects for a successful start to a professional career and a happy life.

Tailor-made study packages for each stage of your training and career

Studying is based, now as before, on classic full-time attendance courses. However, we have developed tailor-made forms of study around this for every stage of your training and career.

Collaboration and networks extending far beyond the economic region of South Westphalia

The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences is the contact for industry, agriculture and trade in many of the latest technology and process sectors. Research and business are successfully linked to each other in common projects and as business partners for innovative and technological advice.

Research and development for tomorrow and beyond

Research, development and studying here is very application-oriented. We look for technological solutions for tomorrow and beyond working for and with industry. Associated research and (technology) transfer institutes are networked with South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in the main research areas of computer sciences, information and communication technology, optical technologies, materials science and production engineering, environmental and energy research, sustainable agriculture, as well as bio- and nanotechnology. South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences participates on three platforms of expertise and, consequently, is successful within the economic region of South Westphalia and has national and international recognition.

Thinking and acting on an international scale

In the age of global networking, it is crucial to think and act on an international scale. This is the basis of our teaching and research. International collaboration also provides for work experience overseas, as well as the exchange of lecturers and students. Several courses are taught completely in English.

We take our social research assignments and lectureships very seriously, not just for the economic region of South Westphalia but more so for the people who work, study and live here.

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Innovation meets tradition on Hagen campus. Here you can find tailored courses in small groups, ultra-modern laboratories and a direct link to local economy.

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Outstanding quality of study, excellent future prospects and a pleasant environment - this combination is to be found on Iserlohn campus. Individual support for students and close cooperation with local industry characterise teaching in Iserlohn.

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Our youngest campus symbolises advent, progress and innovation. Learning and teaching takes place according to the proven recipe for success of the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in ultra-modern laboratories and small groups.

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Modern buildings, comprehensive equipment: the architecture's transparency corresponds with the openness and modernity that characterise studying in Meschede. Prospective students will find excellent conditions in Germany's No. 3 industrial region that are popular nationwide.

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Study courses with excellent rankings, research highlights, internationality, an environment for working and learning: Soest campus has much to offer.

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