Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule Rhein-Waal

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Type Public
Established 2009 (2009)
President Dr. Heide Naderer
Academic staff
Students 5313
Location Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Website www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences (German: Hochschule Rhein-Waal) or HSRW, is a public university with an international orientation.[1] The university opened for the winter semester of 2009/10 and reached full size in 2013, with about 5,000 students. The university has two campuses: in Kleve and in Kamp-Lintfort.[2] The name for the university has been adopted from the German river Rhine and Dutch river Waal. The area between these two rivers have joined to a combined development group. 'Euregio Rhine-Waal'. The university is one of the group's projects. The current President of the university is Dr. Heide Naderer.


The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia organized a competition for the creation of three new Universities on 28 May 2008. The applicants were Kleve and the "We-4"-cities (Kamp-Lintfort, Moers, Neukirchen and Rheinberg), but the concept of separate universities was discarded. Instead, in November 2008, the responsibility was assigned jointly to the two competing candidates Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort, to establish a bipolar university. In April 2009, Prof. Dr. Marie-Louise Klotz was appointed President and Prof. Dr. Martin Goch as Vice President of the university. The official founding date of the University was 1 May 2009.

In the winter semester 2009/2010, students were able to enroll in Kamp-Lintfort for the first three courses: International Business and Social Sciences, Bio Science and Health, and E-Government .

The university soon offered 25 Bachelor's degree courses and 3 Master's degree courses, taught either in English (70 percent of programs) or in German, in the four faculties Technology and Bionics (Kleve), Life Sciences(Kleve), Society and Economics (Kleve) and Communication and Environment (Kamp-Lintfort). The overall target is to offer 29 bachelor and five master's degree programs. The study periods for Bachelor and Master courses are 7 semesters and 3 semesters respectively.

In 2015 founding president Prof. Dr. Marie Klotz was replaced by Dr. Heide Naderer.

Technical Orientation

In order to build effective network with local businesses, the emphasis has been given to the so-called STEM subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, information and communication technology, sales engineering, agricultural economics and agricultural engineering, logistics, energy and environmental technology).

Faculty of Technology and Bionics[3]

Faculty of Society and Economics[4]

Faculty of Life Sciences[5]

Faculty of Communication and Environment[6]


University Library

Knowledge represents one of the most important resources of a modern, information-based society. Higher education, research and development, cutting-edge innovation—all these require a swift and unrestricted supply of information that transcends borders and traditional barriers to access. In a way, knowledge itself needs a constant supply of new information to grow and thrive.

To manage the vast flood of information out there, it’s essential to carefully and deliberately separate the good from the bad. This is a skill each student needs to master, but we’re here to help: Rhine-Waal’s University Library maintains a robust, high quality collection of physical and electronic holdings. When you select a book in our shelves or access an article through a database we subscribe to, you can be sure of the quality of its content.

With locations in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort, the University Library is both a centre of information and a sanctuary of learning for all students and staff at Rhine-Waal University. Each location offers spaces for individual or group learning, access to PCs, self-checkout terminals, research workshops and more. Our holdings are also freely transferrable between both campuses, giving users unrestricted access to all of our materials regardless of location.

On these pages you’ll find current information about the University Library, including how to register, fees, holdings, our online catalogue and more.

Leisure and Education

Students have the opportunity to participate for free in university sports. Currently, badminton, volleyball, basketball, fitness, running, football and windsurfing are being offered.[7] In addition, the university participated in various sporting events such as the Triathlon Klever.

Language Course

As an international university, the university offers a variety of language courses for free. For international students, ‘German as a Foreign Language’ courses (DaF) are offered at all levels (A0-C1). After having reached the B2/C1 level, international students may participate in the external TestDaF, the most important German language proficiency exam for foreign students officially recognized by all of German universities as proof of language competence. English, French and Spanish[8] are offered here for different levels. In addition, students can participate in specialized language courses such as "Business English". Italian, Dutch, Russian, Chinese and Japanese are also taught, from beginner level (A1) to the intermediate level (B1).

Research Center

The Research Center of the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences offers for research funding and knowledge and technology transfer. Current research projects are:[9]


  1. "Greetings from the President". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  2. "Information for prospective students". Mastersportal. Mastersportal. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  3. "Courses in Faculty of Technology and Bionics". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  4. "Courses in Faculty of Society and Economics". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  5. "Courses in Faculty of Life Sciences". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  6. "Courses in Faculty of Communication and Environment". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20,. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. "Information about sports". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  8. "Language Center". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  9. "Research Projects". HSRW. HSRW IT. Retrieved September 20, 2012.

Coordinates: 51°47′37″N 6°08′45″E / 51.7937°N 6.1458°E / 51.7937; 6.1458

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