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Modern mobility, digital technology, medical engineering, sustainable energy systems and intelligent industrial systems – in their project work at Ulm University of Applied Sciences, students find their own independent and creative answers to current societal and technological issues. With a multitude of elective specializations, our Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs offer fantastic career prospects.


1960 - The Ulm State School of Engineering (SISU) starts at the Sägefeldschule in Wiblingen, Ulm, with its first four degree programs:
  • Mechanical Engineering (Design)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing)
  • Communications Engineering
  • Precision Engineering
1963 - SISU moves to its new building in the Prittwitzstrasse. The first students graduate from the SISU.
1965 - The course offer is extended by the degree program Steel and Lightweight Construction. The Institute of Nuclear Engineering is completed.
1970 - SISU introduces new degree programs: Production Engineering and Computer Engineering.
1972 - As a result of the first Universities of Applied Sciences Act (Fachhochschulgesetz), issued by the State of Baden-Württemberg, SISU becomes the Ulm University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Ulm). It is under the control of the Ministry of Science and has election bodies for self-administration, student representation and liberty in research and teaching.

Between 1977 and 2006, the courses offered by the University of Applied Sciences are extended further to add, for example, the following degree programs:

  • 1977 - Automotive Engineering
  • 1977 - Industrial Electronics
  • 1988 - Automation Engineering (located on the branch campus in Geislingen, which closed as part of restructuring in 1999)
  • 1988 - Medical Engineering
  • 1990 - Energy Technology (established at a new location in Böfingen, the Eberhardt-Finck-Strasse Campus)
  • 1995 - Industrial Engineering as the first teaching alliance with the newly-founded Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, set up via a State Treaty
  • 1997 - Documentation and Computer Science in Medicine
  • 1999 - Digital Media
  • 2000 - Business Information Systems as a joint program with Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences
  • 2003 - Automotive Electronics
  • 2004 - Industrial Engineering / Logistics as a joint program with Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences

1989 - Founding of the Institutes: Innovation and Transfer (IIT), Automation Systems and Medical Engineering (today the Institute for Applied Research IAF) and

the Ulm Technical Academy (TAU) as organizations for further education.

1991 - 1994 - New departments boost management and service expertise: the International Office for strengthening international relationships and the Regional Science Center (RWZ) for scientific communication and corporate contacts.

Another department, the Coordination Office for Scientific Further Education, is also added.

1998 - Ulm University of Applied Sciences inaugurates its new building on the Obere Eselsberg (Campus Albert-Einstein-Allee).
2000 - Ulm University of Applied Sciences introduces a new type of dual study program in cooperation with the IHK and the Technical College: the "Ulm Model" dual study program.
2001 - The members of the newly-introduced Board of Trustees are appointed.
2002 - The RWZ becomes part of Corporate Communications and Marketing. The first Master's degree programs, such as Sustainable Energy Competence, are introduced.
2003 - Ulm University of Applied Sciences establishes guiding principles (mission statement). The alumni network FHU Alumni-Netz e.V. is founded.
2004 - The IAF Automation Systems and IAF Medical Engineering are combined to form a single entity: the Institute for Applied Research (IAF). The responsibilities of the former RWZ are transferred to the newly-established Vice President for Research and Transfer.

New Master's degree programs e.g. Medical Engineering extend Ulm University of Applied Sciences' portfolio

2006 - As a result of the new law regarding universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg, the "Fachhochschule Ulm" becomes a "Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften" (still translated in English as University of Applied Sciences). It is renamed "Hochschule Ulm – Technik, Informatik und Medien" (Ulm University of Applied Sciences – Technology, Computer Science and Media).From the winter semester onwards, the courses offered are completely reconfigured into the tiered degrees "Bachelor's" and "Master's".
2007 - All degree programs are accredited by the ASIIN and ACQUIN agencies.
2008 - The new teaching alliance with Biberach University of Applied Sciences offers the joint degree program Energy Systems.

A Graduate School is established for marketing the Master's programs and supporting the Master's students.

2010 - The University of Applied Sciences celebrates its 50th birthday
2017 - The University of Applied Sciences starts a comprehensive strategic process, involving all groups at the University of Applied Sciences.
2018 - Further education at the University of Applied Sciences is transferred to the School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS), a common organization with Ulm University.

Ulm University and Ulm University of Applied Sciences set up a joint center for energy research and technology.

2019 - On March 1, 2019 the "Hochschule" was renamed "Technische Hochschule Ulm" (still translated in English as University of Applied Sciences), the first and so far only University of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg to do so.

Heads of the University of Applied Sciences

Head of the SISU: Prof. Josef Hengartner

Presidents of the University of Applied Sciences:

1973 – 1980 Prof. Josef Hengartner

1980 – 1989 Prof. Karl Xander

1989 – 2001 Prof. Dr. Günther Hentschel

2001 – 2015 Prof. Dr. Achim Bubenzer

2015 – present Prof. Dr. Volker Reuter

Honorary members

Ulm University of Applied Sciences Medal of Honor

  • Dr.Jan Stefan Roell

Honorary Senators

  • Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Tries
  • Dipl.-Phys.Jürgen Dangel
  • Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Jäger

Energy Park

The Energy Park in the Prittwitzstrasse campus is unique among German universities. It reflects engineering skills as well as the benefits and opportunities associated with different types of power generation processes. Its industrial-sized exhibits guide the visitor through physical examples of historical development. With succinct information on functional principles and a neutral classification of the potential benefits, the aim is to stimulate debate. The exhibits provide an important cross-section of today's spectrum of power generation technology, which is nowadays supplemented by the ubiquitous solar cells and wind turbines.

The Energy Park is open to all interested members of the public. You can request a free brochure with a map and information on the individual exhibits and their inventors and developers. Click on the link to view an excerpt from the brochure. Ulm University of Applied Sciences also offers tours for schools ("Lessons on the campus/Unterricht auf dem Campus") and other interested groups upon request.If you are interested, please contact:

The idea and its sponsors

From the moment we discovered fire and invented the wheel, humankind has been committed to technical progress. Today technology defines our everyday lives more than ever – usually without us being conscious of the fact or the development effort involved.

The Energy Park was first conceived in 1999, when we received a gigantic gift: parts of a turbine from the Gundremmingen nuclear power station. These arrived as the result of an EU-sponsored research project to trial the low-risk dismantling of a nuclear power station. Existing large items such as the portable engine and the turbine rotors in the courtyard awakened aspirations for a technology collection which is unique on a university campus, providing excellent perspective for the engineers of tomorrow. Contributions from a range of foundations and donors mean that on the campus today we have, for example, representations of all the four types of turbines which engineers have come up with so far.

Energy is synonymous with progress. To view the Energy Park brochure, please click here.

Our concept convinced the following organizations and individuals to become donors or sponsors. We thank the following donors for their financial support and donations in kind:

E.ON Energie AG, München

Eugen und Irmgard Hahn-Stiftung, Esslingen

EvoBus GmbH, Ulm

Prof.Dr. Albert Haug, Neu-Ulm

Hefele, Blaustein

RWE Power AG, Essen

SIEMENS AG, Ulm/Stuttgart office

SWU Energie GmbH, Ulm

Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co KG, Laupheim

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation GmbH & Co KG, Heidenheim

Wieland-Werke AG, Ulm

Are you interested? If you too would like to become a donor or a sponsor, please contact us at

The forces of time are permanently gnawing away at our exhibits, so the THU is always delighted to receive any contributions from the private sector for maintenance.


The exhibits

Energy from water power

The Pelton turbine

This type of turbine can deliver a maximum performance of 100 kW to 400 MW in a matter of minutes, with the water falling from heights of 100 - 2000 m. The cup-shaped blades are typical. Each consists of two "half-cups" with a drainage divide in the center. Location: main approach.

The Kaplan turbine

This type of turbine is used for low, variable drop heights of 2 - 80 m. The power range is between 100 kW and 80 MW, with an efficiency of up to 95 per cent. The blades of the impeller and guide wheel are adjustable. Location: in front of Building "A"

The Francis turbine

Versatile turbine for pumped-storage power stations with drop heights of 15 - 850 m and powers of 110 kW - 880 MW, with an efficiency of more than 95 per cent. The impeller blades are fixed and those of the guide wheel are free to move. Location: in the courtyard.

Energy from steam

The pump wheel

After the water/steam cycle, the pump circulates the condensed water vapor. The exhibit comes from the dismantled Block A of the Gundremmingen nuclear power plant. Location: in the Mensa

The portable engine

This portable engine is a rather late example, built in 1909 by the 'Vereinigte Fabriken landwirtschaftlicher Maschinen' in Augsburg. It can generate power of 7.4 kW. It was used as a threshing machine in Jungingen, Ulm. Location: in the foyer of Building “B”.

The steam turbine

In 1917 the rotor belonged to the world's largest turbo generator, probably built by AEG for RWE. It was able to supply a power of 50,000 kW. The live steam had a pressure of 16 bar and a temperature of 325 degrees Celsius. Location: in the courtyard.

Energy from nuclear power

The low-pressure turbine

The half rotor and longitudinal section through the rotor of this extremely powerful turbine type comes from the Gundremmingen nuclear power plant. The steam generated by nuclear energy flows into the turbine with a higher pressure and temperature than when it exits. Location: between the Mensa and Building "B"

The Laboratory for Radiation Measurement

With its teaching reactor and its nuclear engineering training, THU has been contributing to the high safety standards in Germany for decades now. A post in the Energy Park commemorates the laboratory. Location: in Building "H".

Energy from sunlight

The solar cells

The classic silicon solar cells generate electricity without noise or pollution, by directly converting radiant energy into electrical energy. The laboratory building F is fully-covered by a high-performance photovoltaic system.

Energy from wind power

The wind turbine

Wind turbines convert the wind's energy of motion into electric current. Due to their size, there is no example exhibit on campus. Rotor diameter up to 128 m, hub height up to 140 m, power generation up to 7.5 MW.