Founded as University of Applied Science in 1971 out of four colleges dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Acquired university status in 1976.
Accreditation: Ministry of Science and Research North-Rhine Westphalia. Special accreditation agencies for the BEng and MSc courses
- Academic year: September-February, March-July
- Requirements: Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur), Fachhochschulreife (Fachabitur). Basic three-month internship for most courses. Language certificate for international degree courses and artistic qualification for Design