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Four sites – one university

images: The four sites of the Hochschule OWL - University of Apllied Sciences.

Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences's goal is to tackle complex problems and global challenges and work to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. We provide education and research in engineering, economics and management, life science technologies, design and construction. Almost 6,700 students, 174 professors and 527 employees are based at our campuses in Lemgo, Detmold, Höxter and Warburg.

Each campus is characterized by its courses of study:

  • Lemgo is home to the classic engineering disciplines, supplemented by one-of-a-kind courses such as Media Production, Wood Technology and Food Technology.
  • Detmold focuses on disciplines involving construction and design.
  • Höxter has made a name for itself as a campus dedicated to ecological aspects in engineering.
  • Warburg is the youngest site of the university and offers a new study course "Business Administration for small and medium-sized enterprises".


Study programs at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences prepare students for the world of work from the word go. Practice orientation is the hallmark of studying at universities of applied sciences. At Ostwestfalen-Lippe University, scientific knowledge and methods are conveyed and applied in the numerous well equipped labs and institutes. Thanks to our close cooperation with industry, it is commonplace for our students to carry out work placements and prepare theses in companies. Studies are rounded off by practical semesters.

In the field of research and technology OWL UAS has two main profile areas: life science technology and industrial IT. The Institute Industrial IT (inIT) carries out research in the field of industrial informatics and industrial automation for cyber-physical systems. The InIT is located in a science to business center (Centrum Industrial IT) on the campus in Lemgo, where more than 200 engineers from companies and research institutes are working in the field of industrial IT.

The university’s excellent contact to the local industry and businesses is the basis for innovative study programs and successful research collaborations. Thanks to the excellent education of our graduates and the close cooperation, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences has become an essential and indispensable part of the economic region.

Facts and figures

  • Students: 6,700
  • Professors: 174
  • Teaching and administrative staff: 470
  • Trainees: 57
  • Budget in 2013: € 35 M, Third-Party Funds: € 9 M