History

of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

2006

 
January 2006

The Association for the Promotion of Higher Education in Kleve and the Region, later the Campus Kleve e.V. friends association, is founded.

 

2008

 
28 November 2008

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia passes a resolution for the establishment of a new “Northern Lower Rhine” university of applied sciences located in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort.

 

2009

 
March 2009

Renovations are completed for the first provisional university buildings in Kleve.

April 2009

The Hochschule Rhein-Waal e.V. friends association is founded.

30 April 2009

Professor Dr Andreas Pinkwart, NRW Minister of Innovation, appoints Professor Dr Marie-Louise Klotz as University President and Dr Martin Goch as Vice-President for Finances and Human Resources.

1 May 2009

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is officially founded. President Klotz and Vice-President Goch officially enter into office.

11 August 2009

The first students are enrolled in the undergraduate degree programme International Business and Social Sciences.

26 August 2009

The Ministry of Innovation of North Rhine-Westphalia approves the construction of new campuses in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort.

 

September 2009

The Campus Camp-Lintfort e.V. friends association is founded.

2009

Rhine-Waal University applies for the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, thus joining the family of European universities receiving EU funding to promote the exchange of students and teachers among EU member states.

winter semester 2009/2010

Rhine-Waal University begins its first semester of operations with three undergraduate degree programmes: Bio Science and Health, International Business and Social Sciences and E-Government. Fifteen students begin their studies. It employs a total of 30 staff members: six professors, five academic staff members, and 19 non-academic staff members.

 

2010

 
30 April 2010

The foundation stone is laid for a new campus on the banks of the Spoy canal in Kleve.

17 June 2010

The winner of the design competition for the new campus in Kamp-Lintfort is announced: pbr Planning Office Rohling AG Architects and Engineers in Osnabrück, Germany.

October 2010

The first Studium Generale lecture is held at Rhine-Waal University. This new lecture series format serves as a first important contribution to the knowledge transfer process in the region.

8 December 2010

Professor Dr Peter Scholz is appointed Vice-President for Research and Development.

2010

First Erasmus partnerships are established with universities in the German-Dutch border region, Spain and France.

winter semester 2010/2011

Rhine-Waal University’s four faculties launch a combined eleven undergraduate and two postgraduate degree programmes. The University now offers a total of 16 degree programmes taught in either German or English.

 

2011

 
27 May 2011

Topping out ceremony is held for the new Kleve Campus.

May 2011

The Wednesday Academy ("Mittwochsakademie") lecture series is launched in Kleve. Lectures focus on contemporary topics with broader social relevance and are open to all members of the public.

14 October 2011

Professor Dr Anja Freifrau von Richthofen is appointed Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Continuing Training.

1 December 2011

Ground is broken at the future site of the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus.

2011

Rhine-Waal University concludes its first overseas partnership agreements with the US universities Fitchburg State University and Ferris State University.

winter semester 2011/2012

Rhine-Waal University now offers a total of 20 undergraduate and three postgraduate degree programmes across four faculties.

 

2012

 
January 2012

Construction begins on the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus.

May 2012

Rhine-Waal University congratulates its very first graduate, who completed his master’s degree in Bionics/Biomimetics.

27 August 2012

Rhine-Waal University moves from the provisional campus in Emmerich to its new home in Kleve on the Spoy canal at Marie-Curie-Strasse 1.

21/22 September 2012

Grand opening celebrations for the new Kleve Campus.

24 September 2012

The first lectures commence on the new Kleve Campus.

30 November 2012

Topping out ceremony is held for the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus.

2012

The first DAAD PROMOS scholarships for study abroad stays and internships overseas are awarded. The DAAD Award for Talented International Students is also awarded for the first time.

winter semester 2012/2013

A total of 28 degree programmes (25 undergraduate and three postgraduate) are now offered at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The undergraduate degree programmes Bioengineering, Industrial Engineering, Journalism and Bionics, Gender and Diversity and Early Childhood Education are launched. Some 2,700 students are enrolled at Rhine-Waal University at this point.

winter semester 2012/2013

A total of 72 professors now teach at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

 

2013

 
26 January 2013

Kids‘ Uni is launched at Rhine-Waal University. These short lectures are designed to introduce children to scientific topics in an accessible way.

27 March 2013

The Rhine-Waal University Senate convenes for the first time.

2013

In the 2013 academic year, a total of 798 new students enrolled in the Faculty of Society and Economics, 547 in the Faculty of Communication and Environment, 368 in the Faculty of Life Sciences and 271 in the Faculty of Technology and Bionics. More than 4,000 students are enrolled in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort for winter semester 2013/14.

2013

The DAAD-sponsored Eastern Partnerships Programme is launched.

winter semester 2013/2014

Rhine-Waal University now employs 77 academic staff members and 93 non-academic staff members.

 

2014

 
February 2014

The Senate elects Bibiana Kemner as new Vice-President for Finances and Human Resources.

19 February 2014

Start up the moving trucks again: staff and students move into the newly completed Kamp-Lintfort Campus at Friedrich-Heinrich-Allee 25.

26 March 2014

The first Board of Governors is elected.

4/5 April 2014

Grand opening celebration for the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus.

Spring/summer semester 2014

The first lectures are held on the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus.

1 May 2014

Bibiana Kemner enters into office as Vice-President for Finances and Human Resources.

26 May 2014

The Board of Governors are officially appointed by Ministerialräten Angelika Claßen. Professor Dr Gerard J.M. Meijer is elected chair, Professor Dr Robert Renner is elected deputy chair.

summer semester 2014

A combined 33 degree programmes (25 undergraduate and eight postgraduate) are now offered across four faculties at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

22 October 2014

The Board of Governors elects Dr Heide Naderer as the new President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

2014

Rhine-Waal University expands its international network of partner universities to Brazil, Italy, Norway, Poland, France, Taiwan and South Korea.

winter semester 2014/15

Enrolment exceeds 5,000 students for the first time.

 

2015

 
February 2015

The Kleve Campus expands to a new building, designated 5A.

1 May 2015

Dr Heide Naderer enters into office as the new President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

28 August 2015

The Board of Governors elects a new Executive Board: Professor Dr Marion Halfmann is elected as Vice-President of Studies, Teaching and Continuing Training; Professor Dr habil. Jens Gebauer as Vice-President for Research and Outreach; and Professor Dr Georg Hauck as Vice-President for Human Resources and Organisational Development, Diversity.

September 2015

Rhine-Waal University is officially recognised as a family-friendly workplace (audit familiengerechte hochschule).

3 September 2015

The new Vice-Presidents enter into office.

winter semester 2015/2016

Rhine-Waal University now employs 94 academic staff members and 120 non-academic staff members.

 

2016

 
summer semester 2016

A total of 36 degree programmes (25 undergraduate and 11 postgraduate) are now offered across four faculties at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

June 2016

The Kleve Campus expands to a new building, designated 2A.

August 2016

The Kamp-Lintfort Campus expands to a new building, designated 6 and located on the adjacent decommissioned coal mining complex.

21 September 2016

The first annual Academic Celebration is held at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

2016

The first partnership agreement is concluded with Australia: The University of the Sunshine Coast and Rhine-Waal University are now partners.

winter semester 2016/2017

104 professors now teach in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort.

 

2017

 
April 2017

The Rhine-Waal University Alumni Network is founded.

8 May 2017

The Board of Governors elects Professor Dr Aloys Krieg as new chair.

23 August 2017

Rhine-Waal University congratulates the first graduate of its double-degree programme with Ferris State University.

October 2017

Rhine-Waal University announces a new Strategic Development Plan, its roadmap of development through 2022.

October 2017

Rhine-Waal University congratulates the first graduate of its double-degree programme with Donghua University in China.

26 October 2017

The Rhine-Waal University Election Assembly elects Michael Strotkemper as new Chancellor.

November 2017

Rhine-Waal University earns the distinction of being the first Fair Trade University in North Rhine-Westphalia.

2017

Rhine-Waal University maintains 90 active partnerships with universities in 34 countries.

winter semester 2017/2018

Enrolment exceeds 7,000 students for the first time.

 

2018

 
February 2018

Rhine-Waal University is officially recognised for its diversity and inclusion efforts by the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft.

1 April 2018

Michael Strotkemper enters into office as Chancellor.

April-June 2018

The Kamp-Lintfort Campus expands to the Villa Kellermann building (now building 7) and the Kleve Campus expands to a new building in the nearby Minoritenstrasse, designated building 20.

May 2018

Rhine-Waal University becomes the first partner for the Landesgartenschau 2020, the largest horticultural festival and exhibition in North Rhine-Westphalia, which will be held in Kamp-Lintfort in 2020.

2018

New partnership agreements are concluded with Jinan University in Guangzhou and Shanghai University, China.

winter semester 2018/2019

For the first time, half of the students enrolled at Rhine-Waal University (now numbering some 7,300) hail from outside of Germany. Seventy-five percent of its offered degree programmes are taught in English.

winter semester 2018/2019

Rhine-Waal University now employs 435 staff members: 110 professors, 146 academic staff members and 179 non-academic staff members.

 

2019

 
13 February 2019

The Rhine-Waal University Election Assembly elects Dr Oliver Locker Grütjen as the new President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

February 2019

The Department of Student Affairs, the Legal Department, the Centre for Innovation and Transfer as well as the office of Vice-President of Research and Transfer move into the newly renovated building 20 in Kleve.

27 March 2019

The second Board of Governors is elected.

May 2019

Rhine-Waal University launches its first online merchandise and apparel shop.

24/25 May 2019

Rhine-Waal University celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a huge campus festival in Kleve.

1 June 2019

Dr Oliver Locker-Grütjen enters into office as new President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

June 2019

Rhine-Waal University successfully re-certifies as a family-friendly workplace.

14/15 June 2019

Rhine-Waal University celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a huge campus festival in Kamp-Lintfort.

2 July 2019

The second Board of Governors is officially appointed by State Secretary Annette Storsberg. Professor Dr Aloys Krieg is elected as chair, Professor Dr Robert Renner as deputy chair.

2 July 2019

The Board of Governors elects three new Vice-Presidents to the Executive Board: Professor PD Dr Tatiana Zimenkova is elected as Vice-President for Internationalisation and Diversity; Professor Jörg Petri as Vice-President for Studies, Teaching and Continuing Training; and Professor Dr-Ing. Peter Kisters as Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Transfer.

August 2019

Rhine-Waal University’s total number of exchange students, incoming and outgoing, exceeds 200 for the first time.

1 September 2019

The new Vice-Presidents enter into office.