From Tradition to Future
There’s a phenomenon sweeping the Lower Rhine region, one which we’ve seen elsewhere in the Rhine-Ruhr region – in Bochum and Dortmund for example: a coal mining operation is closed and a new institution of higher education is erected in its place. This process itself is a metaphor for larger changes in the region, for shifting priorities, a restructuring of society and a prosperous future. Kamp-Lintfort, which holds Rhine-Waal University’s newest campus, is just the most recent example.
In December 2011, the ground was symbolically broken for the new €60 million campus. After three short years of construction, the brand-new facilities were officially inaugurated and opened for students and teachers of the Faculty of Communication and Environment. The campus has a total area of 19,000 m2 (15,600 m2 usable area) and lies squarely in the heart of Kamp-Lintfort, next to the now quiet Bergwerk West colliery. Its central location and inviting forum make it a meeting place not just for students, but for locals as well.
Our focus in Kamp-Lintfort is on applied learning based around the complex, real-world requirements that graduates will face. Our new facilities support us in this goal. The campus features five newly constructed and aesthetically-designed buildings, which can accommodate up to 2,000 students. Its seven lecture halls – including a campus Audimax with seating for 300 – and eight seminar rooms were designed to provide students with a comfortable and effective learning environment. All of our state-of-the-art facilities – which also include hands-on laboratories, PC pools, a language centre, canteen and library – are located within walking distance of one another and help students get the most out of their studies.
In a way, our new campus in Kamp-Lintfort doesn’t just stand for a changing landscape; it also signifies a new focal point for innovative, interdisciplinary and international education and research in North Rhine-Westphalia.
We hope to see you in Kamp-Lintfort.