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Hof University stands for interdisciplinary and application-oriented studies in engineering, computer science, business and design. The unique combination of disciplines makes Hof University students fit for the networked and digital future.

For students with at least one year of professional experience, Hof University Graduate School offers exciting further education opportunities. 

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In January 2023, the internet portal StudyCheck ranked Hof University as the most popular university in Germany

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Anne-Christine Habbel (Hof University), University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.. Jürgen Lehmann, Rolf Brilla (Executive Board of Wirtschaftsregion Hochfranken), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk (Vice President Research and Development of Hof University)
Dr. Harvey Harbach
Project leader Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Czygan
Proud scholarship holders at Hof University
Award certificate "Digital readiness" for Hof University from internet portal StudyCheck
Award certificate from StudyCheck for Hof University as the most popular university in Germany in 2023
Students working in Hof University MakerSpace
Prof. Dr. Lutz Fuegener

University and economic region Upper Franconia strengthen cooperation with European regions

Together with the economic region Upper Franconia, Hof University would like to advance the exchange on a European level and promote innovations. This is to take place within the framework of the partner network ERNACT. A corresponding memorandum was now signed by university president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, the Vice President for Research and Development, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk, as well as by the Wirtschaftsregion Hochfranken e.V. - represented by the Executive Board Rolf Brilla and Managing Director Susanne Lang. It expresses the common goals of the organizations.

The Institute for Information Systems at Hof University of Applied Sciences (iisys) had already made a start by cooperating in the European DIGITAL REGIONS project: Now Hof University of Applied Sciences has joined the European regional network ERNACT. The network, based in Ireland, leads a community of eleven European regions and coordinates applications of communication technology. The goal here is to work on issues of the future: Economy, sustainability, technologies and dealing with climate change are on the agenda – always linked to new developments in digitalization. Upper Franconia now becomes the twelfth region in the network.

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University competition: Food project by Dr. Harvey Harbach receives award

Dr. Harvey Harbach's research on sustainable food production at Hof University is one of the winning projects in the university competition for the "Science Year 2023 - Our Universe". From more than 70 submissions, an expert jury selected a total of 15 project ideas nationwide, each of which will now receive 10,000 euros in prize money to put their ideas into practice by the end of the year.

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"Digital Lotse Wasser" offers digital solutions for the water industry

With the new online platform, Hof University aims to record and publicize modern digitization solutions for the German-speaking water industry. According to the researchers, only about 10 percent of the available digital aids are currently being used in the utility industry. The reason for the lack of acceptance of the technology is often simply the lack of information about available solutions, functions and advantages.

The “Digital Lotse Wasser” platform developed by Hof University aims to eliminate the information deficit in the long term. The website offers a comprehensive database for digitalization solutions in the water sector, making it easier for municipalities, researchers and providers to find the information they need

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Vacancy eliminated: Hof students bring life back to the “Hemingway” bar

Most recently, the well-known Café Hemingway in Hof's Kreuzsteinstraße was a rather dreary sight. Since the last tenant threw in the towel in November 2019, the location was deserted. This has now changed thoroughly: Thanks to a group of students from Hof University, the café named after cult writer Ernest Hemingway has now blossomed and serves as a real meeting place in Hof's old town - not least for other students!


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Hof University awards 25 students with a Deutschlandstipendium

Hof University has awarded the Deutschlandstipendium ("Germany scholarship") for the eleventh time at a ceremony. A total of 25 new scholarship holders were selected for the grant period 2022/23 and received their certificates from the President of Hof University, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann. The young students receive a grant of 3600 EUR for at least one year. The funding is usually shared between private companies as well as foundations and the federal government.


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Digital Readiness Ranking: Hof University reaches 2nd place nationwide!

Another award for Hof University of Applied Sciences: The renowned student portal has published a "digital readiness" ranking for the first time, which records the level of digitalization. Hof University achieved second place among all German universities and is thus also number 1 within Bavaria. The survey was based on almost 62,000 assessments by current and former students at German colleges and universities.


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Studycheck: Hof University is the most popular university in Germany!

Hof, 18.01.2023 -  Hof University of Applied Sciences is the most popular university in Germany and receives the best grades for its teaching. This emerges from the ranking published today by the renowned internet portal In the nationwide comparison among a total of 512 universities, the Upper Franconian educational institution with its campuses in Hof, Münchberg, Kronach and Selb achieved the best rating by current and former students.


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In the MakerSpace at Hof University: On the trail of MacGyver

Admittedly, the Hof students who recently took part in the MacGyver project in the Engineering programe were not even born at the height of his TV career. But the myth of action hero Angus MacGyver continues to have an impact - especially in the MakerSpace at Hof University. 

MacGyver was a television series produced from 1985 to 1992. The protagonist Richard Dean Anderson alias MacGyver is a mixture of secret agent and helper in distress. His trademark is the practical use of everyday objects such as pocket knives, chewing gum or duct tape and the use of basic scientific laws to solve his tricky missions. Since then, the word MacGyver has been synonymous with a clever inventor.

In keeping with the spirit of the resourceful TV hero, the students of the newly established Engineering program recently took part in the MacGyver project in the MakerSpace. The goal is to find an original solution to a specific task in a given time and with existing resources – in this case: building a boat or boat-like vehicle that moves under its own power. 


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Bachelor's program Design and Mobility: Prof. Lutz Fügener: "We're slowly working our way up!"

One year ago, the new Bachelor's program Design and Mobility, which deals with the future of transportation, started at the learning site Selb of Hof University of Applied Sciences. Prof. Lutz Fügener, an internationally recognized expert in transportation design and 3D design, was recruited to set up the course, which was initiated in collaboration with the Staatliche Fachschule für Produktdesign Selb, and his move to Upper Franconia at the time attracted a great deal of attention. After the first two semesters, he is very satisfied with what has been achieved so far.

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Better food for humans and fish

With a new research project, a team at the Institute for Water and Energy Management at Hof University of Applied Sciences (iwe) aims to develop more sustainable feed for fish. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the project "Optimized rapeseed protein for the complete replacement of fish meal" (in short: "OpRaVAF") will produce a novel and high-quality rapeseed protein that can be used to produce a fish meal-free fish feed.

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