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Westfälische Hochschule


The Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen and its Campus in Bocholt were founded in August 1992. In 1995 this duet expanded to become a trio with the addition of the Recklinghausen Campus. Together the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen Campuses interconnect to classic educational direction and modern engineering and business curricula to provide new impulses for the Northern Ruhr and the Emscher-Lippe regions as well as for West Münsterland.

Tradition – for the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen this means that the special strengths of the degree course education at Fachhochschules updates and advances: tuition and degree studies provide an education that is based upon a profession, the application oriented conversion of theory into practice provides graduates with the competence to handle profession-related tasks successfully, even when the requirements quickly change.

Simultaneously, the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen is obligated to make progress: application oriented research provides the impulse to innovation and technology transfers and conversion of scientific knowledge into new products, processes and services. Upkeep of tried and tested traditions and simultaneous development of tuition and research results can clearly be seen in the change and expansion of the range of subjects.

When it was founded, the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen took over the facilities for educating engineers that already existed on its site. As long ago as 1961 Gelsenkirchen-Buer was earmarked to become a State School of Engineering. It started teaching in Autumn 1962 with Mechanical Engineering, which was followed two years later by Electrical Engineering. For nearly ten years the school used rented rooms before it moved into a new building on Neidenburger Straße in 1971. In the same year the School of Engineering became an organisational component of the newly formed Fachhochschule Bochum and since then is has formed its "Gelsenkirchen Campus". In the 1979/80 winter semester the curriculum was extended to include Utilities Technology, in 1989 the course in Waste Disposal Technology was added.

...and Progress

In 1992 the Gelsenkirchen Campus merged with the newly formed Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen and formed its traditional core of modern engineering training. The range of courses offered by the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen was significantly increased in both the year of foundation and even more in the following years, in terms of both content and region. Today the Fachhochschule in Gelsenkirchen offers seven technical courses as well as a business course. A business course, two technical courses as well as a course in Business Engineering are offered in the Bocholt Campus. Courses offered by the Recklinghausen Campus are business oriented Law courses, a Business Engineering course, a Chemistry course and a Materials Technology course. As well as complementing and supplementing one another, all courses offered by the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen have a unique profile with special areas of focus.

New courses, a wider range of subjects, more students – such an expansion in Fachhochschule education also requires new rooms. The construction of new buildings shows how the Fachhochschule is acknowledging the requirement for increased rooms after setting up a total of nine new departments with courses in all campuses.

In the 1997/98 winter semester and therefore exactly five years after its foundation as an independent Fachhochschule the Gelsenkirchen Departments of Business Studies, Media Technology and Physical Engineering moved into a new building in Neidenburger Straße in Gelsenkirchen. In August 1998 a new building was opened for the Bocholt Campus to host the Departments of Business Studies, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Six months previously, in the spring of 1998, in Recklinghausen the foundation stone was laid for the new building for the Departments of Business Law, Business Engineering as well as Chemistry and Materials Technology. The Departments will be able to move into this building prior to the year 2000 .


Westfälische Hochschule
Neidenburger Straße 43
45877 Gelsenkirchen
Tel: +49 (0)209 9596-0
Fax: +49 (0)209 9596-445

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