The History of FHWS

FHWS' and its predecessors' history reaches back as far as the year 1807.
We'd like to give you an impression of the most important milestones in the history of FHWS over the course of the last 50 years.

 

Balthasar-Neumann-Polytechnic in Würzburg
Balthasar-Neumann-Polytechnic in Würzburg

1 August 1971

FHWS was established by merging the Balthasar-Neumann-Polytechnic School of Lower Franconia in Würzburg, the "Höhere Wirtschaftsfachschule" (a business-oriented secondary school) of Würzburg and the "Werkkunstschule" (a business- and crafts-oriented secondary school) of Würzburg).

1971/72

Teaching operations started with 1,566 students in seven degree programmes in Würzburg: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Business Administration, and Communication Design. In Schweinfurt, there is Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Business and Engineering.

1973/74

In Würzburg, the Surveying degree programme starts. In Schweinfurt, the postgraduate programme Business and Engineering welcomes its first students.

Tour through the electrical engineering department
Tour through the electrical engineering department

1975/76

The Computer Science degree programme starts in Würzburg.

Due to lack of space, the numerus clausus (admission restriction based on school leaving grades) was introduced for the first time for the degree programmes Social Sciences, Business Administration, and Surveying.

1978

FHWS took over the old building of the Institute of Physics of the University of Würzburg on Röntgenring; the building was then reconstructed for the degree programmes Plastics Engineering and Surveying.

1980

A new lecture building on Münzstraße in Würzburg was built to host the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences.

Lecture in general academic studies
Lecture in general academic studies

1983

The building for the high voltage lab in Schweinfurt was erected.

1984/85

For the first time, there were more than 5,000 students enrolled at FHWS.

1985

The laboratory and workshop wing in Schweinfurt was erected for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

1986

The building on Sanderring/Münzstraße in Würzburg was refurbished.

View inside the lecture building on Münzstraße
View inside the lecture building on Münzstraße

1989

The canteen (Mensa) in Schweinfurt opened.

1991

More buildings of the Institute of Physics of the University of Würzburg on Röntgenring were taken over for the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

1994

The extension building in Schweinfurt for central FHWS facilities (library, ITSC, student administration) was erected.

1995/96

After the decision by the Bavarian Cabinet in 1991, teaching
operations start at the newly founded FHWS branch in Aschaffenburg. 
The first degree programme offered there was Business Administration.

Lecture hall on Ignaz Schön Campus Schweinfurt
Lecture hall on Ignaz Schön Campus Schweinfurt

2000/01

FHWS branch in Aschaffenburg is transformed into the independent Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences.

2004

A new lecture building (Rundbau = circular building) was erected in Schweinfurt.

2007

In Schweinfurt, the central building housing the large lecture hall and the south and east wing of the workshop building were refurbished.

2011

In Schweinfurt, Konrad Geiger Campus (former Campus II) was opened.

New building on Sanderheinrichsleitenweg in Würzburg
New building on Sanderheinrichsleitenweg in Würzburg

Opening ceremony for the new building on Sanderheinrichsleitenweg in Würzburg.

The refurbished old building (school and workshop wing) in Schweinfurt was put into operation hosting the Competence Center Mainfranken with its focus on energy and medical technology.

2013

The refurbished lecture building at Münzstraße 12 in Würzburg was put into operation.

2014/15

The first English-language TWIN programmes in the FHWS i-Campus concept starts.

The other sections of the old existing buildings of the school
and workshop wing start being refurbished.

Inner courtyard of the new Ledward Campus in Schweinfurt
Inner courtyard of the new Ledward Campus in Schweinfurt

2020/21

Opening ceremony for the new building of the Faculty of Business and Engineering on Ledward Campus in Schweinfurt.

2021

With 26 bachelor's and 21 master's programmes, FHWS today ranks among the biggest universities of applied sciences in Bavaria.

 

(Source: FHWS Archive)