With its varied and up to date programme, Hochschule Emden/Leer positions itself primarily as a university of applied science in the region and for the region.

Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and natural sciences, nautical science, business administration, social work and health science aim to cover current and future needs for academics in the region.

Excellent teaching and study programmes with an international profile are seen here as essential elements in the education of young scientists for a globalised knowledge-based society.

Research, technology transfer and continuing education – particularly in our established areas of specialisation – serve among other aspects to provide stimuli for new businesses or new directions in existing business and society.

This focus of the university – a strong commitment to the region and at the same time an international orientation – matches the picture shown in an OECD study from 2007.

The profile of Hochschule Emden/Leer stems from the combination developed over recent years of areas of specialisation in teaching, research and technology transfer. Regional relevance, an international focus, study programmes with interdisciplinary features, and aspects of sustainability all contribute to a high degree in defining its profile.

Regional Relevance

The regional relevance of the university of applied science with its two campuses in East Frisia is focussed on

1.  the growth region Ems-Axis
2.  the cross-border Ems-Dollart-Region (EDR)


Here, Hochschule Emden/Leer is the only university of applied science in the growth region Ems-Axis with a comprehensive and broad range of studies!

Cooperation with universities on the Dutch side of the EDR both in teaching and in research and knowledge transfer is of particular importance. The participating universities can point to a whole series of successful cooperation agreements. Joint study programmes (e.g. double degrees, joint degrees) and transfer projects open up many perspectives for regional development; this process is to be extended.

At the Leer campus’ Department of Maritime Studies, the university‘s maritime specialisation is particularly emphasised in its regional context.

Existing cooperation agreements with Universität Oldenburg (joint bachelor‘s and master‘s degree programmes, joint research projects) and Jade-Hochschule are to be continued and intensified. The cooperation with the Lingen campus of Hochschule Osnabrück is to be developed further.

Close cooperation with Universität Vechta (joint doctoral programme) also reflects the relevance for the region.

Interdisciplinary Nature

Based on the broad scientific range of the four departments, excellent opportunities to combine study programmes and further interdisciplinary approaches are provided in both teaching and research. The university makes use of the chances arising from this; students in particular are placed in a position to solve complex interdisciplinary problems from engineering, business and society through teamwork.

Close cooperation between the departments and collaboration at the module level (e.g. in such courses as Industrial Business Systems, Social Management, Engineering/Marketing/Sales, Energy Efficiency, Maritime Technology and Shipping Management) already define the profile of the university; further expansion is planned.


International Focus

Its exposed location at the coast and on the border was soon recognised by the university as a particular chance for its development in a European and international context. With its commitment to international matters, the university also wishes to emphasise its role as a stimulus for the region as a whole.

The university has numerous international contacts in teaching and research. Particularly noteworthy are joint teaching programmes with the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen and the Universities of Esbjerg and Leicester.

Some courses (e.g. Technical Management and Engineering Physics) are taught in English. In some cases a semester abroad is compulsory. The university intends to place further emphasis on the international aspect of its teaching.

Internationally recognised symposia and congresses provide further evidence of the importance of the university at both a European and an international level. All departments of the university are active here.


Sustainability and Social Responsibility

The university is especially committed to the concept of sustainability and social responsibility. Our interest in sustainability can also be seen in a regional context. Our proximity to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site Wadden Sea and the region’s clear position regarding renewable energy play a particular role here.

The university’s commitment is reflected in specific courses e.g. the degree in Energy Efficiency, which was developed in close cooperation with regional industry, and in related research projects such as “Renewable Resources”. Further profile-defining elements are to be developed in this field.


Areas of Specialisation

Apart from the general areas of concentration described above, the university has a range of profile-defining areas of specialisation in teaching and research.

In addition to the standard courses, several courses are unique to our university, e.g. Energy Efficiency, Maritime Technology and Shipping Management, and Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design. We are constantly reacting in a flexible manner to current needs, with particular emphasis on regional specialities. Further courses exclusive to our university are planned: IT Security and (inter-departmental) Engineering/Marketing/Sales.

Established areas of specialisation which are also recognised beyond our region are Industrial Informatics (Master’s in Industrial Informatics, coordination Research Network Industrial Informatics, core research area cluster, industrial fair Emder Automatisierungstage) and Life Sciences (Master’s in Applied Life Sciences, core research area Renewable Resources). Further profile-defining (core) areas of specialisation, e.g. in the fields of energy efficiency (research projects) and offshore (symposium Emder Offshore-Tage), as well as in the areas of interdisciplinary health promotion and rehabilitation, and child and youth welfare are to be expanded.