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About the university

A portrait of H-BRS

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Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg was founded in 1995. It is a dynamic and research-driven university with around 9,000 students, approximately 150 professors and 400 research associates. They are supported by around 300 highly qualified lecturers from the fields of academia, business and industry. An additional 280 employees work for the administration, the library and the language centre.
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Students at a first semester welcome meeting at Campus Sankt Augustin. Photo: Juri Küstenmacher/H-BRS

The university is located in Hennef, Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin. In Bonn, the University of Applied Sciences runs the B-IT (Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology) jointly with Bonn University and Aachen Technical University (RWTH). The University Development Plan (Hochschulentwicklungsplan, HEP3) contains the strategic objectives that the University intends to achieve as well as the concrete measures taken to reach these goals - the main motive being sustainability

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Students from the IWK department at the open project day (2016). Photo: Juri Küstenmacher/H-BRS

Studying at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

At Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, students can expect a practice-oriented course of study based on the latest research findings in around 40 degree programmes. There is also a range of continuing education and certificate degree programmes.

The professors have experience in science and business. An excellent technical infrastructure and well-equipped laboratories are just as much a matter of course here as numerous PC pools, university-wide Wi-Fi, a modern university and district library and an active campus life. H-BRS bundles its numerous cooperative doctoral programmes in the university's own Graduate Institute; around 100 PhD students are currently enrolled on doctoral programmes at H-BRS.

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Research Day in the Hochschulstraße at Sankt Augustin Campus (2023). Photo: Juri Küstenmacher/H-BRS


As a University of Applied Sciences, H-BRS is intensively involved in practical research. A total of 17 research institutes cover a wide range of topics from detection technologies, genetics, sustainable development, resource conservation, security research and visual computing. In addition, the university conducts extensive research in cooperation with regional and national industry and has founded the Centre for Applied Research, where companies can rent space at the university for research questions.

Solarpaneele am Hochschulgebäude Campus Rheinbach. Foto: Esther Hummel
Solar panels on the university building in Rheinbach (2024). Photo: Esther Hummel/H-BRS

Sustainability - We take responsibility

In June 2022, the President's Office of the university adopted a sustainability strategy. It covers the areas of research, teaching, transfer, governance and campus life as well as digitalisation. The goals include unsealing campus areas, expanding sustainability-oriented degree programmes and researching new mobility and energy concepts. H-BRS's sustainability management supports the implementation.

Founding rector Hubert Severin at the opening of the H-BRS (1995). Photo: H-BRS

History of the university

Unique in Germany, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg is the result of a joint initiative by the Bundestag and federal government, the state parliament and state government as well as the region as part of the Bonn-Berlin Compensation Agreement reached in 1994. The official founding date is 1 January 1995.

The special mission of the H-BRS: to create new academic teaching and research capacities and to contribute to the structural development of the economic region through practical projects and co-operation with industry. In the summer of 1999, the first 26 graduates receive their diplomas. By 2002, it had already surpassed its original target of 2,500 students and had to be expanded. Today's H-BRS has since been released from special federal funding and has created excellent teaching, learning and research conditions largely autonomously.

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H-BRS student during her semester abroad in Ghana (2016). Photo: private

From the university to the world

In view of the changing demands of the labour market, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg intensively promotes study visits abroad. The summer schools, which are also supported by the university's development organisation, are attractive even for undergraduate students.

Learning at least one foreign language is compulsory. The university's own language centre offers a range of around 15 languages. The focus is on specialised language. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg cooperates with around 80 foreign universities in around 40 countries. In the winter semester 2023/24, more than 18 per cent of foreign students are enrolled at the university.

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Alumni excursion of the university (2015). Photo: Eva Tritschler/H-BRS

Specialists for business and industry

We attach a lot of importance to training highly qualified specialists and executive staff for the national and international job market. In addition, we make our students familiar with company foundation as an alternative to employment by providing them with the necessary information and infrastructure at an early stage of their studies.

The Alumni Network links alumni and current students within a continuously growing network so as to enable them to jointly and actively shape their future.

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Playground at the Sankt Augustin Campus (2014). Photo: Yorck Weber/H-BRS

Family-friendly university

We help students and employees to reconcile their study, academia and family commitments by offering family-friendly measures to students and employees alike. The number of female professors and research associates working for the H-BRS is above average; our manifold measures are also aimed at making the study of technical subjects more attractive to female pupils.

Top marks for the computer scientists at the H-BRS in the CHE ranking (2015). Photo: Eric Lichtenscheidt/H-BRS

H-BRS - simply excellent!

A number of excellent rankings and achievement awards, above all the feedback received from satisfied students and alumni, prove that the University is already one of the top universities in many respects.

The 72 MegaPixel display wall "Hornet" of the Institute for Visual Computing (2014)


H-BRS has an excellent technical infrastructure, well-equipped laboratories and computer hubs with network access.

State-of-the-art media are available to borrow from our University and District Libraries in Sankt Augustin, Rheinbach and Hennef, including by guest users. General and technical language courses are on the programme at the university's own Language Centre. CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) takes place in language laboratories on both sites.

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TV studio in Sankt Augustin. Photo: H-BRS

Laboratories and studios

The university premises in Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach are quite new, being built between 1997 and 1999. Since 1999 they have been extended and developed, as a result of which the laboratories and studios are modern and equipped with the latest technology. Learning at the university is hands-on and in a technical environment that meets the latest standards.

PC pools

Students at the university are given their own e-mail address through the university, can access their exam results via the net and have access to the PC pools and project rooms at all times, where work can be done even after the regular opening hours.