Founded in 1972, the University of Wuppertal (UW) is still young. Its twin goals are academic excellence in its individual disciplines and the consistent development of the interface between these disciplines and the world of practical experience – in a word, the transfer of knowledge and technological know-how. With a combination of disciplines that is somewhat unconventional for a German university, UW offers interesting possibilities – for example in subject combinations for teaching degrees, in interdisciplinary cooperations between the Faculties of Engineering and Economics, or in the field of Safety Engineering, where UW's degree program is unique in Germany. The university's reputation as a force in business and industry goes beyond its role in regional economics. Its business startup and marketing program provides young entrepreneurs with a first-class springboard that once again in 2007 – as in 2005 – won Wuppertal number one position in the German university rankings.
The University of Wuppertal is a modern, independent university in the Humboldtean tradition.
Teaching and research profiles
The establishment of specific research and teaching profiles serves the purpose of bundling existing strengths, developing new synergies, and enhancing the impact of the university across the whole range of its achievements and potentialities.
The University of Wuppertal sees the fulfillment of its mission and the promotion of its academic profile as intimately connected with the following values and principles.
The three university campuses
UW has three campuses. The Main Grifflenberg Campus and the Freudenberg Campus & guesthouse are situated on the southern side of the Wupper valley. The Main Grifflenberg Campus is on Gauss Str. and the Freudenberg Campus is on Rainer-Gruenter-Str. The Haspel Campus is in Unterbarmen (Haspeler Str. / Pauluskirchstr.).
History of the University
The University of Wuppertal was established in 1972 as part of the North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) drive to create a practically oriented (or 'comprehensive') higher education sector. Already existing HE institutions in the region, like the Schools of Engineering, Industrial Art, and Education, were assimilated into the new format and expanded to incorporate new departments. A leading figure in this development was the locally born then NRW Minister of Science and Research, later Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and Federal German President, Johannes Rau. In 2003 the so-called 'Comprehensive University of Wuppertal' was re-styled simply 'University of Wuppertal'. The initial 3473 students by now numbered 20,000. A main focus of degree programs remained on the traditional Wuppertal subjects of engineering and science on the one hand and art and design on the other, with economics and the humanities given new prominence and state examinations for future school teachers offered in a wide variety of subjects. The roots of the UW Faculty of Engineering, as of the Faculty of Art and Design, go back well into the 19th century.