History

November 2014: Africa conference at the Rheinbach Campus
The conference "Universities, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in Africa" at the Rheinbach Campus addressed itself to researchers, business representatives and other actors interested in the interplay between education, business life and economic development. More than 200 guests from 23 countries, including 80 African states, visited the conference.

September 2014: HuKB joins Rhein-Sieg-Onleihe (online borrowing facility)
The University and District Library Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (HuKB) joined the offerings provided by public libraries, thus expanding its stocks of borrowable electronic media of all types.

June 2014: Re-certification as a "Family-Friendly University"
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University has already been certified as a "Family-Friendly University" since 2007. In June 2014 it was re-certified for the second time, after 2010, for the next three years.

February 2014: Universities sign Agreement on Objectives and Performance
The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the universities of applied sciences under public law signed what is known as "Agreements on Objectives and Performance". The agreement, which is valid until the end of 2015, includes, among other things, provisions on the universities’ research focuses and new study programmes alongside work.

January 2014: Success in the "Gründungsradar" survey
H-BRS was ranked fourth among medium-sized universities (5,000 to 15,000 students) in the "Gründungsradar" survey, conducted by the German Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft to assess the extent to which higher education institutes support company start-ups. Thus, our university is a "role model university".

January 2014: North Rhine-Westphalian government gives consent to new university buildings
The Ministries of Finance and of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia gave their consent to our university’s building programme, which aims to extend the university buildings by approximately 5,400 square metres. There are plans to complete the new buildings at Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin in 2016. The total of the venture, including land acquisition and initial furnishing, is estimated at approximately € 34 million.

December 2013: Dr Michaela Schuhmann appointed Vice President

In December Dr Michaela Schuhmann took office as new "Vice President for Economics and Personnel Management". She was appointed for six years initially. Michaela Schuhmann thus took over the responsibility for the administration and business management of the entire university.

November 2013: Kick-off for "Research Day"
Our university organised a research day for the first time, inviting the public to join in. In December 2013 researchers from all departments presented their research projects at the Rheinbach Campus.

October 2013: First "Kinderuni" in the Rhein-Sieg District
The first "Kinderuni" in the Rhein-Sieg-District, a university programme for children, was kicked off under the motto "Grün, grün, grün sind alle meine Fragen" ("Green, green green are all of my questions", adapted from a German children’s song.) H-BRS and the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences carried out the project for the first time in the 2013/2014 school year. The events were fully booked up – the children were enthusiastic.

May 2013: Second term of office for University President Ihne
With a vast majority of the votes, University President Prof. Dr Hartmut Ihne was re-elected for an additional term of office by the Senate of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

April 2013: Our university bids farewell to Chief Administrative Officer Hans Stender
Im April 2013 Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University bade farewell to Founder and Chief Administrative Officer Hans Stender, who had reached retirement age, in a ceremonial act held at the Sankt Augustin Campus.

January 2013: National Code of Conduct
The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences joined the "National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Universities".

November 2012: Bonn-Rhein-Sieg District Archive online
Thanks to a partnership between the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University and District Library and the Rhein-Sieg District, the Academic Library of the Rhein-Sieg District Library is now available online.

October 2012: Tuition prize awarded
Our university organised a "Tuition Day" for the first time and awarded a tuition prize. Prof. Dr Ursula Konrads was presented with the prize.

September 2012: New study programmes
From the 2012/2013 winter semester, students with an interest in the subject have been able to study Business Psychology at the Rheinbach Campus. There are only a few universities offering this degree programme in Germany. At the same time and at the same place - the Rheinbach Campus -, the first students enrolled in the Master’s degree programme in "Analytische Chemie und Qualitätssicherung" (Analytical Chemistry and Quality Assurance).

September 2012: Opening of the Institute of Visual Computing
The Institute of Visual Computing (IVC) has its origins in the university research centre of the same name. The institute deals with interactive visual processing of information for a wide variety of applications in image synthesis and augmented reality, such as interactive (learning) surroundings.

August 2012: University Council continues its work
The incumbent University Council was confirmed in its entirety and will continue its work for an additional five years. The University Council includes four external and four internal members: Prof. Dr Tobias Amely, Prof. Dr Rupert Gerzer (Chair of the University Council), Prof. Dr Elvira Jankowski, Dr Eckart John von Freyend, Dr Ines Knauber-Daubenbüchel, Prof. Dr Gerd Knupp, Prof. Dr Karl W. Neunast and Dr Andrea Niehaus.

February 2012: Master’s degree programme "Technology and Innovation Communications" launched
Topics from communications, innovation, technology and economics are dealt with on an academic basis and communicative expertise is combined with technical expertise: the study programme leading to the degree of "Master of Science", which has been accredited by AQAS, is aimed at improving the opportunities for journalists in the jobs market and at opening up a completely new field of work.

December 2011: Cooperation between the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the Cologne Chamber of Trades and Crafts (Handwerkskammer Köln)
The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the Cologne Chamber of Trades and Crafts signed a partnership agreement aimed at reinforcing the business location in the areas of science and technology, research, production and services, so as to secure it in the long term. The agreement is aimed at developing sustainable structures between science and the trades that enable more intensive cooperation.

December 2011: Opening of the International Welcome Centre
In October 2010, our university started building the International Office and established the International Welcome Centre at the beginning of the 2011/2012 winter semester. The International Welcome Centre is a service and meeting point for international students and guest researchers.

October 2011: Membership of the European University Association (EUA)
Our university became a member of the European University Association (EUA), which includes universities and universities of applied sciences from 47 European countries. The EUA thus provides these universities with a unique forum for cooperation on issues relating to tuition and research. At the same time, the organisation represents the universities towards politics, as well as giving them advice on relevant fundamental issues.

Winter 2010/2011: Partnership with the Bordeaux ENSCBP
The partnership with the Bordeaux ENSCBP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie, de Biologie et des Physique) started in the winter semester. Students from both universities practise communication and negotiations in English using new media - for the purpose of promoting intercultural competence.

January 2011: Two new establishments
Following the formal establishment, the Graduate Institute and the International Centre for Sustainable Development (Internationales Zentrum für nachhaltige Entwicklung, IZNE) commenced operations on 1st January 2011. Prof. Dr Rainer Herpers is the Director of the Graduate Institute, while Prof. Dr Wiltrud Terlau is responsible for the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE).

November 2010: Opening of the Institute for Detection Technologies
The Institute for Detection Technologies opened at the Rheinbach Campus, enriched by a foundation professorship for cooperation partner EADS. In the next few years, new methods of detection research will be developed under the management of Professor Dr Gerhard Holl.

November 2010: University Development Plan (Hochschulentwicklungsplan, HEP)
In mid-November, the University Council passed a resolution on our university's objectives, which were presented by the Office of the President and are to be achieved by 2015. Among other things, these objectives determine our university's strategic orientation in the areas of internationalisation, research, tuition and finance. (University Development Plan - Hochschulentwicklungsplan, 2010 - 2015)

October 2010: Graduate becomes Wine Queen
Mandy Großgarten was not only the best graduate of the year in the study programme "Chemistry with Materials Science", but she was also the German Wine Queen. In addition, the 22-year-old graduate was awarded a prize from the university's Fund-Raising Association (Fördergesellschaft) for her thesis and was granted a scholarship by the German Cusanuswerk. She also intends to complete a Master's degree course.

October 2010: Research focuses
"Security Research" and "Visual Computing" will be at the centre of our university's applied research activities in the future. In a special meeting, the Office of the President defined these topics as our university's research focuses. Our university thus intends to reinforce its research profile, using financial means of just under four million euros over the next five years.

October 2010: Head of the new International Office
Dr Roland Weiß changed to our university in his capacity as Head of the International Office. This was an important step towards implementing our university's internationalisation strategy.

May 2010: Fund-raiser employed
In May 2010, our university employed Fidegnon Adeossi as a fund-raiser. In her new staff position "Fund-Raising and Funding Opportunities", she is, among other things, responsible for finding new ways of funding research projects - with the aim of supplementing our declining financial means from public sources.

March 2010: Professor Klaus W. ter Horst retires
He became a member of our university in its founding year 1995 as Founding Dean of the Sankt Augustin Department of Business Administration. Since then, he managed the Department - later in his capacity as elected Dean.

Spring 2010: Two new Master's degree programmes in Business Administration
The Department of Business Administration introduced two new part-time Master's degree programmes to be completed alongside work - Innovation and Information Management as well as Controlling and Management.

January 2010: Two new establishments
The Graduate Institute and the International Centre for Sustainable Development (Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, IZNE) were formally established. They serve to bring together the corresponding cross-departmental initiatives. 

Winter 2009/2010: The Study Fund Foundation (Studienbeitragsstiftung) is established
By consent with the students, part of the tuition fees were used as a deposit for the new foundation. Among other things, the purpose of the foundation is to grant scholarships.

Winter 2009: Anniversary of the University and District Library
The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University and District Library (HuKB) has existed for ten years since the former university library merged with the non-fiction library of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg District. The merger has become a role model for success. 

Autumn 2009: Our University becomes a partner in the Bonn Sustainability Portal
The Bonn Sustainability Portal was introduced as an information exchange for Sustainable Development. Needless to say, our university was one of the founding members alongside several other institutions.

Autumn 2009: Two new international Master's degree courses are introduced
The degree course in NGO Management was introduced, which had already aroused lively interest during the planning stages. This is not surprising as no other region is home to as many non-governmental organisations as Bonn.
The second new Master's degree programme is International Media Studies; alongside the university of applied sciences, its partners include the German broadcasting station "Deutsche Welle" and Bonn University.

Summer 2009: b-it-bots become world champions
Robot Johnny showed his strong competitors who was the boss in the RoboCup@Home-league. He was able to adapt himself to new surroundings, to fetch a drink from the dining room and serve it to a guest. In doing so, he recognised his counterpart's mood and responded to it accordingly. 

Summer 2009: Founding of a joint institute with the Aachen University of Applied Sciences
The idea of a joint institute emerged from the joint competence platform "Polymeric Materials". In June a contract was signed to establish the "Institute for Applied Polymeric Sciences" as well as the joint Master's degree programme in "Applied Polymeric Sciences".

Spring 2009: The Office of the President is complete
Alongside the President (Prof. Dr. Hartmut Ihne), there are Vice Presidents for Research and Transfer (Prof. Dr. Volker Sommer), Internationalisation and International Cooperation (Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Terlau), Tuition, Education and Further Education (Prof. Dr. Manfred Kaul) as well as Innovation and New Financial Instruments (Prof. Dr. Reiner Clement); Hans Stender is the Chief Administrative Officer.

Winter 2008: The Senate decides to change our university's name
On 18 December 2008, the Senate of the University of Applied Sciences passed the decision to change our university's name from "Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg" into "Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg" - with only one dissenting vote.

Autumn 2007: The shift to Bachelor's degree courses and Master's degree courses is completed
In the 2007/2008 winter semester, the first students enrolled for a Bachelor's degree programme at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism. In other words, the shift from the German Diplom (FH) to the American/British Bachelor's and Master's degree programme system was completed throughout the entire university.

Summer 2007: The University Council commences operations
At the end of August 2007, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University was the first university of applied sciences in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia to have a university council. Its members were officially appointed by Andreas Pinkwart, then North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Science and Research; afterwards they convened in the Constituting Assembly. At this assembly, Professor Dr. Rupert Gerzer, Manager of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne, was elected Chairman of the University Council. The Chairman appointed the future President of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, who was to act as its supervisor at the same time. The University Council is convened at least four times a year. The President reports to the University Council on a quarterly basis - among other things, on the University Development Plan and the Business Plan.

Winter 2007: The Third Agreement on Objectives is signed
The German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences signed a new Agreement on Objectives for the period until 31 December 2010. This agreement focuses on measures to ensure student achievement and to further the students' entrepreneurial skills. Our university aimed to promote its image as an "entrepreneurial university" by supporting company foundations by students and graduates. In addition, it made efforts to provide interdisciplinary courses at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IfIS), which was founded for this purpose. Furthermore, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research and our university jointly decided to carry out an analysis of the impact the agreed measures had on the university's success and profiling. Our university was to position itself as a "university with a high-quality, individual student advisory service". Furthermore, there were plans to institutionalise the Alumni Club and to obtain a certification as a "Family-Friendly University" from the Hertie Foundation (Hertie Stiftung gGmbH).

Spring 2007: Certificate "Family-Friendly University"
The university has taken numerous measures to support family-friendly work and study conditions for its students and employees. This is why it was awarded the basic certification "Family-Friendly University Audit" on 26 March 2007.

Autumn 2005: 10th Anniversary
Even though the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences was founded as early as on 1 January 1995, the university did not commence operations until October of the same year, when tuition officially started with 30 students each at Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach. In other words, this was the right time to celebrate the university's 10th Anniversary, to look back on the past, but above all, to look ahead.

June 2005
During our university's first summer festival with a large football tournament, the university's band TheBIGlive, which was then still called "Aktionstheke", got the party going. The musicians had met on the initiative of the Founder and President - with a view to the forthcoming festival.

Spring 2005: We move into the annex buildings
We moved into the new annex buildings on the Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach campuses. Alongside the President (Rector), the administration and the Department of Business Administration, the Business Campus GmbH moved into the building in Sankt Augustin. The laboratories of the Department of Applied Natural Sciences are mainly housed in the Rheinbach building.

Spring 2005: The Second Agreement on Objectives is signed
The renewal of the First Agreement on Objectives, which had been negotiatied between the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia three years earlier, confirmed that the university was pursuing the right course and thus shaping its own profile. Moreover, the agreement with North Rhine-Westphalia provided a framework for further development. For instance, our university was about to apply for new research focuses and competence platforms as well as activities to recruit new applicants.  It was also on the point of internationalising the degree programmes, above all at Rheinbach.

Autumn 2004: For the first time, the number of students exceeds 4,000
The university had reached its original goal of attaining the number of 2,500 registered students for a long time. Having more than 4,000 students in the 2004/2005 winter semester, our university then made the breakthrough. It owed this steady increase to the continuous interest in the subjects Business Administration, Computer Science and to the degree course in Business Information Systems, which was introduced in 2003.

Autum 2004: The Business Campus Rhein-Sieg GmbH is founded
To support young enterprises that come onto the market with new ideas or technical innovation, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the Rhein-Sieg District (RSK) and the District Savings Bank of Cologne (Kreissparkasse Köln - KSK) joined together to form the Business Campus Rhein-Sieg GmbH. This joint venture furthers the foundation and development of new enterprises in the vicinity of our university. The two Centres for Company Founders (Existenzgründerzentren) at Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach are part of the Business Campus.

Summer 2003: A third campus
Hennef was added as a third campus. The university of applied sciences set up its study programme in Social Security Management in conjunction with the General League of Employers' Liability Insurance Associations (Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften).

Autumn 2002: Founding of the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT)
The Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT) was founded, using the scientific facilities of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Spring 2000: A new name
Our name changed to "Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg" (i.e. "Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences").

Autumn / winter 1999: The new buildings are ready
Our university moved into its new buildings on both campuses.

From winter 1996: New degree programmes
1996: Applied Computer Science programme starts at Sankt Augustin
1997: Chemistry starts at Rheinbach, Electrical Engineering at Sankt Augustin
1998: Materials Science starts at Rheinbach; Mechanical Engineering begins at Sankt Augustin
1999: Technical Journalism starts at Sankt Augustin
2000: Biology starts at Rheinbach
2001: Start of the shift from the traditional German Diplom system to the American/British Bachelor's degree system; introduction of the first Master's degree in Computer Science
2003: Social Security Management is introduced

Winter 1995: Teaching starts
At the beginning, our university was anchored in two towns on the left and right banks of the Rhine: Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach. Teaching started on the Sankt Augustin campus straight away, finding a temporary home in the Technopark of the GDM German National Center for Information Technology. The Rheinbach section was temporarily housed in a building in the town park. New buildings for our university were still at the planning stages on both campuses. Teaching began at both Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin with one degree programme each in Business Administration.

January 1995: Founding of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
After the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990, Berlin was chosen as capital of the new, united Germany. Thus Bonn lost its status as capital of the former West Germany and most government offices moved to Berlin. In 1994 an agreement was reached to compensate Bonn in various ways for this loss of status and income.
As an integral part of this agreement, our university was founded under the name "Fachhochschule Rhein-Sieg" by the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia on 1 January 1995. Its mission was to advance structural change in the region; to provide new educational opportunities; to make a contribution to the further structural development of the economic area through practical projects and cooperation with industry.