Dear members, friends and interested parties of Trier University,
This year is a special year because we are celebrating our 50th birthday. We are looking forward to celebrating this anniversary with all students, colleagues, our partners and friends.
Under the motto "50 years - 50 pictures", we will look back on special moments again and again throughout the year and let beautiful memories shine in pictures.
The round anniversary of our university invites us to take a look at the past, present and future together.
Why have we existed for 50 years?
In 1971, the University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Palatinate was founded, from which Trier University of Applied Sciences emerged - 50 years later, we are celebrating our round anniversary. The university's largest campus, the main campus at Schneidershof, was built in 1979 as a result of the rapidly growing number of students. Above the rooftops of Trier, the path begins to the innovative, dynamic and diverse university life as we know it today with the departments of Building + Living, Computer Science, Engineering, Economics and Architecture from the Department of Design.
In 1996, the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, as a location of the then Trier University of Applied Sciences, opens its doors to students with sustainable and forward-looking courses of study in two departments, Environmental Planning/Environmental Engineering and Environmental Economics/Environmental Law. This year, the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld celebrates its 25-year success story as a model for sustainability.
If we look even further into the past, the origins of Trier University with its two predecessor institutions, the Baugewerkeschule and the Werkkunstschule, date back to the 19th century. Since 1830, the Baugewerkeschule has been dedicated to the training of architects and civil engineers, thus laying the foundation for the Department of Design, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in its current composition and is an important driving force in the creative and cultural landscape.
Where are we today?
Our diverse range of courses, with more than 85 degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines from the fields of technology, computer science, construction, life, business, law, environment, health and design, is unique in the region. Today, Trier University of Applied Sciences has more than 7,000 students. Learning and teaching are characterized by innovative study concepts and teaching methods, practical and applied relevance, a remarkable commitment of all university members and personal contacts. Regionally, nationally and internationally, Trier University of Applied Sciences is excellently networked and positions itself as an attractive place for practice-oriented learning, forward-looking research and living internationality.
With its innovative strength, Trier University of Applied Sciences can claim to be the third most funded university for applied sciences in Rhineland-Palatinate (more than 13 million euros per year). We research, publish, train the young scientists of tomorrow and bring innovative content from research into teaching. Not least because of our research strength, we are a professional cooperation partner for business, politics, culture, administration and schools.
We also set standards in the area of sustainability. Thanks to our commitment, the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld has achieved the distinction of "Germany's Greenest University" in the international Green Metric Ranking 2020 for the fourth time in a row.
What are our plans for the future?
All these successes are both an incentive and an obligation for us when we ask ourselves the question: Where will our university be in the next 5 or even 50 years? We want to continue to stand for high quality learning, research strength, regional anchoring and international networking. What influence will digital solutions have on learning in the future in the long term? How will we address issues like climate change with sustainable concepts from science and practice? It will be exciting to witness how progress will reshape the education and science system and how we will actively participate in this process. We don't even know many of the challenges of the next 50 years yet, perhaps not even the appropriate words.
But what we can say as Trier University of Applied Sciences is that we will help shape the future, keeping in mind the diversity of science, practice and society: "Diversity. Innovations. Future."
This is how we are shaping the areas of life of the future, the digital transformation, the mobility of the future, sustainable development.
I cordially invite you to discover our university for yourself or to learn about new perspectives!
Yours, Dorit Schumann
President of Trier University
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