History

of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Groundbreaking Ceremony in Kamp-Lintfort



2008

 

Through autumn 2008

The County of Kleve and the Lower Rhine regional development group ‘Wir4’ each develop a proposal for a new institution of higher education in the Lower Rhine region as part of an official competition and call for submissions by the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia.

31 October 2008

Kleve County unveils its proposal, entitled ‘A University of Applied Sciences in Kleve County – Boosting Regional Strength’. The proposed site is Kleve, on the banks of the city's Spoy Canal.

28 November 2008

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia, upon recommendation from a jury of experts, accepts the proposal to found a new university of applied sciences with a main campus in Kleve and a second campus in Kamp-Lintfort.

 


2009

 

2 February 2009

NRW Minister of Innovation, Professor Dr Andreas Pinkwart, officially announces the appointment of Professor Dr Marie-Louise Klotz as a Founding Commissioner and designated future President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. He also announces Dr Martin Goch as a Founding Commissioner and designated future Vice-President for Finance and Human Resources.

February-April 2009

The Founding Commissioners work together to plot the course of development for the new University, in particular future degree programmes, construction planning, organisational structures, public relations strategies and personnel recruitment. The completed plans are presented to the public. The Founding Commissioners also announce their plans to open the University already for the coming winter semester 2009-10.

March 2009

The first university property in Kleve is finished and the offices are occupied.

2 April 2009

The Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia ratifies the University of Applied Sciences Development Act (Fachhochschulausbaugesetz), which includes the final, official authorisation to found the brand new Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences on 1 May 2009.

21 April 2009

The friends association ‘Friends of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences’ is founded in the Niederrhein Chamber of Commerce; the ‘Friends of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences – Campus Cleve’ continues its mission to support the establishment and development of a university of applied sciences in Kleve, now officially in the form of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

30 April 2009

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

1 May 2009

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is officially founded.

Professor Dr Marie-Louise Klotz and Dr Martin Goch officially assume their offices.

May 2009

The first members of the founding team of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences assume their duties and responsibilities.

12 May 2009

Official reception in Kleve to celebrate the founding of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. In attendance are over 200 distinguished guests from the spheres of business, society and politics.

18 May 2009

The University’s homepage goes online, informing prospective students about the University and its facilities, coming degree programmes for winter semester 2009-10, and the requirements for admission and enrolment.

11 August 2009

The University’s first students are officially enrolled.

26 August 2009

The Ministry of Innovation of North Rhine-Westphalia enacts official measures concerning the new campuses locations in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort, as well as the construction of new campus facilities.

August 2009

The Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWFT) authorises land use according to the proposed space requirements for the new Kleve Campus. Total area: 48,000 m2; usable area: 22,163 m2; budget allocation: approx. 122.3 million Euros

Winter semester 2009-10

First semester at Rhine-Waal University commences. The University offers three bachelor’s degree programmes: Bio Science and Health (in German) and International Business and Social Sciences (in English), temporarily in Emmerich (near Kleve); E-Government (in German) in Kamp-Lintfort.

Early December 2009

The first building application is submitted for approval to Kleve officials.

 


2010

 

13 January 2010

The MIWFT authorises land use according to the proposed space requirements for the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus. Total area: 19,054 m2; usable area: 15,599 m2; budget allocation: approx. 60 million Euros.

Early March 2010

First partial building permits issued to Kleve County.

22 March 2010

Test drilling begins at the proposed campus location.

Late March 2010

Full building permit issued to Kleve County.

30 April 2010

The foundation stone is laid for the new campus on the Spoy Canal waterfront in Kleve.

17 June 2010

A panel of experts announces the winners of the architectural competition for the design of the new campus in Kamp-Lintfort. First place goes to pbr Planning Office Rohling AG Architects and Engineers in Osnabrück, Germany, second place goes to the firm Müller Raimann, Society of Architects mbH in Berlin, third place to Marcus Patrias Architects BDA in Dortmund.

July 2010

Installation of the deep foundations concludes in Kleve; the ground floors are now standing.

Winter semester 2010-11

Eleven new bachelor’s and two master’s degree programmes are now offered at four faculties: Technology and Bionics, Life Sciences and Society and Economics in Emmerich (Kleve); Communications and Environment in Kamp-Lintfort. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences now offers a total of 16 degree programmes taught in either German or English.

 


2011

 

February 2011

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences concludes an exchange agreement with Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts, USA.

17 February 2011

First annual E-Government Day is held in Kamp-Lintfort.

25 March 2011

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences concludes a cooperative agreement with the Lower Rhine Association of Electrical Engineering (VDE Niederrhein).

27 May 2011

Topping out ceremony for the new Kleve Campus.

August 2011

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences forms partnerships with universities in India.

Winter semester 2011-12

The University now offers a total of 20 bachelor’s and three master’s programme across four faculties.

14 October 2011

Professor Dr Anja Freifrau von Richthofen is appointed Vice-President for Learning, Teaching and Further Education at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

5-6 November 2011

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences hosts the German University Futsal Championship in Kleve, in association with the German University Sports Federation (adh).

1 December 2011

Ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction phase for the new Kamp-Lintfort campus. The Duisburg branch of the Buildings and Property Management Department of North Rhine-Westphalia (BLB NRW) officially commences work on the second campus site of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

 


2012

 

January 2012

Construction expands on the site of the new campus in Kamp-Lintfort.

March 2012

The Indian Institute of Technology and the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman sign cooperative agreements with Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

May 2012

The university confers its first degree (master’s).

27 August 2012

The first big relocation efforts begin: Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences moves out of its temporary campus in Emmerich and onto the permanent campus in Kleve on the Spoy Canal waterfront.

21 September 2012

The campus developer, Kleve County, officially transfers ownership of the new facilities to BLB NRW. The tenant, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, officially commences regular operations.

21-22 September 2012

Grand opening of the new Kleve Campus with a two-day, open-doors event for the public showcasing the new facilities and grounds. Covering a total area of some 48,000 m2, the completed campus features the latest in research, teaching and education facilities and technology.

24 September 2012

The first lectures officially begin on the new Kleve Campus.

Winter semester 2012-13

A total of 28 degree programmes (25 bachelor’s and three master’s) are now offered by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The bachelor’s programmes Bioengineering, Industrial Engineering, Journalism and Bionics, Gender and Diversity, and Early Childhood Education are launched. Current enrolment: over 2,700 students.

30 November 2012

Topping out ceremony for the new campus in Kamp-Lintfort.

 


2013

 

2013

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences continues to grow leaps and bounds. The faculties begin continue developing additional master’s programmes. Construction of the Kamp-Lintfort Campus continues.

1 March 2013

Faculty Council of the Faculty of Life Sciences is formed and commences with its work.

 


2014

 

19 February 2014

The second big relocation begins: The Faculty of Communication and Environment moves onto the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus, located at Friedrich-Heinrich-Allee 25.

4-5 April 2014

Grand opening of the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus with a two-day, open-doors event for the public in the new university facilities. Covering a total area of some 11,516 m2, the new campus – like its sister campus in Kleve – features state-of-the-art research, teaching and learning facilities and technology.

1 May 2014

Bibiana Kemner takes office as Vice-President for Finance and Human Resources.

26 May 2014

The first University Council of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is elected.

Summer semester 2014

A total of 33 degree programmes (25 bachelor’s and eight master’s) are now offered by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Current enrolment: over 4,000 students.

Winter semester 2014-15

Enrolment at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences exceeds 5,000 students for the first time.

 


2015

 

30 April 2015

Farewell ceremony for President Klotz.

1 May 2015

Dr Heide Naderer begins her six-year term as the new President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

28 August 2015

A new Executive Board is elected: Professor Dr Marion Halfmann (Vice-President for Studies, Teaching and Further Training); Professor Dr habil. Jens Gebauer (Vice-President for Research and Outreach); and Professor Dr Georg Hauck (Vice-President for Human Resources and Organisational Development, Diversity)

 


2016

 

April 2016

Professor Dr Achim Kehrein is elected as the new Senate Chair in the 30th session of the Senate of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

Summer semester 2016

A total of 35 degree programmes (25 bachelor’s and 11 master’s) are now offered by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Current enrolment: over 6,000 students.