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University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart

1995 Renamed and new buildings
The new university law came into effect in 1995 and the Polytechnic was renamed the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart. The HFT Stuttgart acquired the building Kienestrasse 45 which became Building 4 and houses the Departments of Civil Engineering, Foundation studies and Building Physics. Block 4, a pavilion in the courtyard was created as the result of a university-wide student project and was planned and built by the students. The wood construction was financed by donations and is open for all student events.
1996 Department renamed
The Department of Surveying was renamed „Surveying and Geoinformatics“.
1997 Courtyard design
Four newly planted trees added green to the courtyard between Buildings 1 and 3.
1998 Artistic aptitude test
The Interior Architecture programme introduced an artistic aptitude test. A multifunctional student identity card was issued.
1999 The first Master programme
The Bachelor-Master era of the University began with the first English-taught Master programme Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics.
2001 Restructuring the departments
Five former departments now became the three departments of Architecture and Design, Civil Engineering, Building Physics and Business Management, Geoinformatics, Computer Science and Mathematics. Master programmes began in International Project Management and Urban Planning.
2002 zafh.net and first Bachelor programme
The Centre for Applied Research – Sustainable Energy Technology (zafh.net) is a centre for building energy research. It was established as one of three elite university research centres in Baden-Württemberg. In the winter semester Information Technology became the first Bachelor programme at the HFT Stuttgart. Master programmes also began in Software Technology and SENCE.
Opening of the Centre for Building Physics
Following a construction period of only 15 months the Centre for Building Physics was completed in July 2002. 1.8 million euro had been invested in creating 1,000 m² of state-of-the art facilities for building acoustic measurement and research. Apart from the main focus on building acoustics and ambient noise there are also laboratories for solar and geothermics.
2003 Additional space, Department of Business Studies
Workshops were created for the Interior Architecture department by taking over two floors and the basement of the »Breitscheidstrasse« building from the University of Stuttgart. In the winter semester the newly created Department of Business Studies offered the Bachelor programme Business Management.
2005 Introduction of faculties, changeover to Bachelor and Master programmes
In the winter semester the three departments were renamed faculties. Furthermore, as part of the Bologna process, the complete study programme was changed to the Bachelor and Master system. The Diploma courses were phased out.
2006 New Bachelor programmes
Information Logistics and Infrastructure Management were offered as Bachelor programmes for the first time. In the courtyard a new Block 4 was created, again planned and built by the students.
2007 Anniversary of the University, new Rector
The 175th anniversary of the HFT Stuttgart was celebrated with numerous ceremonies. Over 300 guests from the world of politics, business and culture and directors from international partner universities came to the main ceremony. After 14 years as Rector Prof. Martin Stohrer passed the office to Prof. Rainer Franke. Prof. Franke (*1954) was appointed Professor for Construction History and Building Construction in 1998 and became Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design in 2004. In the summer semester the Master programme Surveying was offered for the first time. In the winter semester the Bachelor programme Business Information Technology was also offered for the first time as part of the „University Expansion Programme 2012“ (Ausbau Hochschule 2012). The Institute for Applied Research (IAF) was able to take over new facilities in Building 7 on the Schlossstrasse.
2008 New Master programmes
The Department of Business introduced the Master in General Management and the Department of Mathematics the Master in Mathematics.
2009 Tender for a new building, launch of the Didactic Centre
Sponsored by student fees, the Didactic Centre's main task was to improve the transition from school to university. The range of courses was extended to all semesters and to teaching staff. The Department of Interior Architecture took over new facilities in Building 6.
After long preparation an international tender was called for the new building of the HFT Stuttgart and the prize winner given the commission. The plot is the car park close to the Liederhalle, the HFT Stuttgart now gaining another new address. Approximately 3,900m² of space is planned for the Department of Architecture and Design whose workshops will move here.
2010 New Corporate Identity, Solar Decathlon, 3,000 Students
According to the guidelines of a university-wide team, communication designers developed a new corporate identity to express the diverse profile of the university. The HFT Stuttgart received a new logo, an individual corporate typeface and a unique colour system.
At the international competition in Madrid „Solar Decathlon“ 20 universities from across the globe competed to design and construct a house powered only by solar energy. The team from the HFT Stuttgart achieved third place overall with their plus energy house „home+“.
In the 2010/11 winter semester student numbers grew for the first time to over 3,000. At the same time the Polytechnics in Baden-Württemberg became Universities of Applied Sciences (Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften). The change in name reflected the growing demands placed upon these universities. The name as such HFT Stuttgart did not change.
2011 University development, Student Scholarships
As part of the „University Expansion Programme 2012“ 325 new student places were created each year with the new Bachelor programmes Climate Engineering, Business and Engineering (Building and Real Estate) and Business Psychology. In total the HFT Stuttgart now offers 14 Bachelor and 13 Master Programmes. The first scholarships of the HFT Foundation scheme were awarded as were all the „Deutschland“ scholarships.
2012 Construction start of new building, extra space
The competition house „home+“ returned to Stuttgart and has become a research pavilion. In autumn excavation started for the new building south of the Breitscheidstrasse. Five minutes from the main campus an extra facility was leased in the Lautenschlagerstrasse for the Department of Business. Student numbers grew to over 3,700.
2013 Establishment of the Centre for Sustainable Development (ZNE)
The ZNE brings together the existing sustainability activities of the university.
2014 New Master programme
The Department of Civil Engineering introduced the Master of Transportation Infrastructure Management. In this year student numbers grew for the first time to over 4,000.
2015 New alumni portal
The all-new alumni portal has started.