1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Kempten University
  3. About us
  4. History
1969 - 1979

1969 - 1979

  • 1977    Bavarian State Parliament passes the “Act to Found Kempten Higher Technical College” on 27 June (target capacity of 1,000 students).
  • 1978    Professor Hanns Ott assumes the office of Inaugural President on 1 February.
  • The first cohort of 82 students of Business Administration attend their first lesson in rented premises on Bahnhofstrasse on 2 October.
  • Minister of Culture Hans Maier conducts the grand opening ceremony for Bavaria’s newest Higher Technical College in the Princes’ Hall of the Residence on 4 October.
1980 - 1985

1980 - 1985

  • 1980 Free State of Bavaria acquires a plot of land (approx. 42,000m²) with a building containing offices and classrooms on Bahnhofstrasse.
  •  First exchange programme agreed with the Institut Supérieur de Gestion Commercial in St. Etienne, France.
  • University management and administration move from Bahnhofstrasse to different temporary premises at 69 Immenstädter Strasse.
  • 1981 “Patrons of FH Kempten” succeeds the “Alpine University Patrons’ Association”.
  • Board of Trustees founded on 27 November.
  • First Business Administration students graduate from the university after eight semesters.
  • 1983 Dr Volker Büchner assumes office of Chancellor on 1 June.
  • The Higher Technical College rents additional rooms in Building 4P on Kronenstrasse.
  • 1984 Minister of Culture Hans Maier lays the foundation stone for new buildings.
  • Students fight for a canteen – several hundred demonstrate on the town’s streets.
1986 - 1990

1986 - 1990

  • 1988 Founding of Mittelstands-Institut e. V. (1st Aux-Institute of the Higher Technical College)
  • Construction of the Centre for Applied Microelectronics and New Technologies (ZAM) e. V. based in Memmingen (2nd Aux-Institute)
  • 1989 Engineering auditorium / laboratory building completed.
  • 1990 Construction commences on Business auditorium building.


1991 -1995

1991 -1995

  • The Higher Technical College expands foreign contacts: Students from Kempten can now study in Northern Ireland, England, France, Hungary or Norway; lecturer exchanges take place with China, Estonia, Hungary and the USA.
  • 1992 Expansion targets raised to add a further 450 students; current total 1,450.
  • The Business Department moves into a new teaching building on Bahnhofstrasse.
  • 1994 Rector Professor Klaus Seidel assumes office.
  • Department founded in Neu-Ulm.
  • Library and canteen move into new shared building.
1996 - 2000

1996 - 2000

  • 1998 Department in Neu-Ulm becomes independent.
  • Founding of “alumni Cambodunum e. V.”
  • Bavarian Ministry of Finance approves purchase of neighbouring “Kunz high-rise” plot.
  • 1999 Founding of University Council with Wolfgang E. Schlutz (from ETH Zurich) appointed first Chair.
  • Membership of the “International Lake Constance University of Applied Sciences (IBH)” association
  • 2000 ZAM becomes the Memmingen Institute for Applied Research (IAFM e.V.) (2nd Aux-Institute)
  • 1st Allgäu University Fair – the combined open day for prospective students and company contacts proves a successful format.
  • Founding of the International Higher Education Institute for Professional Development Lindau/Lake Constance (IHL GmbH), (3rd Aux-Institute)
  • The Higher Technical College becomes an “Elite Sports Partner Institution”.


2001 - 2005

2001 - 2005

  • 2002 Professor Robert F. Schmidt assumes office as the new Rector on 15 March.
  • 2003 Construction of Professional Development Centre in Kempten
  • 25th anniversary – celebrations with local community on 27 June
  • 2004 Opening ceremony for the administration building (Construction Phase IV) and move into Building D; all departments now finally located on the same campus.
2006 - 2010

2006 - 2010

  • 2006 Professional development programmes are transferred from IHL to Kempten.
  • Expansion of co-operative study options under the new pan-Bavarian “hochschule dual” initiative.
  • 2007 New name from 30 March: Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  • Allgäu Research Centre founded.
  • Student numbers reach 3,200.
  • Kempten is allocated 1,254 extra students in first phase of expansion of Bavarian universities of applied sciences (38,000 students).
  • 2008 Christian Herrmann becomes the new Chancellor on 1 April.
  • 30th anniversary celebration with State Minister Dr Thomas Goppel on 6 June
  • One-off worldwide: European Centre of Competence for Campanology founded on 6 May.
  • Foundation stone ceremony for Construction Phase 5
  • to expand the library and canteen on 10 December
  • 2010 Foundation stone laid for the "Denkfabrik" (Think Tank) on 20 April.
  • Universities of applied sciences in Augsburg, Kempten and Neu-Ulm collaborate on the “Vöhlinschloss HE HUB” in Illertissen.
  • Centre of Competence for Professional Development transformed into Professional School of Business and Technology.
2011 - 2015

2011 - 2015

  • 2011 From this summer semester, Kempten University of Applied Sciences is divided into the faculties of Business Administration, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Social and Health Studies, and Tourism.
  • Ceremonial hand-over of the “Denkfabrik” from Sozialbau Kempten GmbH to the university on 1 March
  • Inauguration of Construction Phase V on 5 July
  • Completion of the library and canteen building
  • Kempten University of Applied Sciences participates in Germany’s national “Deutschlandstipendium” bursary programme.
  • 2012 “Family-friendly university audit” certificate earned for arrangements for students and staff.
  • Opening ceremony for Allgäu Technology Network (TNA) Official launch of association of three new technology centres in Allgäu (located in Kempten, Memmingen and Kaufbeuren)
  • 2013 Campus kids storm the university – new childcare facility for university students and staff
  • New “CultShare Club” networks students from all over the world.
  • 2014 Launch of semester-based student public transport tickets
  • 2015 Sensory Laboratory opened for school children – venue for extracurricular experiments and research.
  • Professor and physician Barbara Dockhorn-Dworniczak is elected as the new Chair of University Council this year.
2016 - present

2016 - present

  • In 2016, the Swabian universities of applied sciences in Augsburg, Kempten and Neu-Ulm launch a new regionally based model for online study under the “Digital and Regional” initiative.
  • Bachelor’s degree programme in Systems Engineering launched at Memmingen and Nördlingen.
  • New field of study “Health and Generations” launched under Bavaria’s regionalisation drive.
  • Official opening of the new Centre of Competence for Applied Research in Food and Packaging Technology (KLEVERTEC), attended by State Minister Spaenle and Secretary of State Pschierer.
  • The university hits the milestone of 6,000 students at the start of the winter semester.
  • “Welcome” project launched to help integrate refugees.
  • Construction commences on a new machinery hall to expand laboratory facilities in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Opening ceremony for HE Hub Memmingen
  • 2017 New strategic focus on “Competence driven by networked diversity”
  • Creation of an innovative new technology network for efficient production engineering.
  • Opening ceremony for the new Institute for Internationalisation (ifi)
  • 2018 3 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver for Kempten students: The Elite Sports Partner University congratulates Johannes Rydzek, Vinenz Geiger and Karl Geiger on their success at the Winter Games in PyeongChang.
  • Kempten University of Applied Sciences celebrates its 40th anniversary with many special events under the banner “Networked Diversity”.
  • Professor Robert F. Schmidt retires – ceremonial handover of office to the new President Professor Wolfgang Hauke in the Princes’ Hall