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deggendorf institute of technology

pioneering and vibrant

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university Portrait

Founded in 1994, our multi award-winning university has become the most successful newly founded University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria. We believe this is due to our vision which has always been at the forefront of our development strategy: we have continuously developed attractive fields of study supplemented by a range of further education courses, generated intensive research, knowledge and technology transfer to modern economy, followed economic and social trends, and developed a vast regional and international network.

No boundaries

Our total student population is currently at around 8,600 including 45% international students from all over the globe. Our studies focus on Business, Engineering, Digitalisation and Healthcare to undergraduate and postgraduate level in full-time and part-time courses, taught in either English or German. Additionally, we have two completely English undergraduate exchange programmes in the fields of Engineering and Business. All courses meet international quality standards. Three teaching campuses accommodate all students: in addition to the main campus in Deggendorf, there's the European Campus Rottal-Inn in Pfarrkirchen, which specialises in international bachelor and master degrees in Healthcare and Engineering that are instructed exclusively in English, and our newest addition, Campus Cham offers degrees in engineering in both languages.

Pioneering work in knowledge and technology transfer

The university has a strong social and ecomonic cohesion with the town of Deggendorf and the beautiful surrounding Bavarian Forest national park. The development of the university has evolved the town into a vibrant, international and multicultural hub of young academics intermingled with traditional Bavarian culture.

We have thirteen unique technology and healthcare campuses dotted around neighbouring districts in the Bavarian Forest region. In these technology campuses, staff and students work closely together with local and international companies to create specific pioneering solutions for immediate implementation. Companies are supported by the university in research, development and consulting work and therefore the companies innovate to create new perspectives for young, qualified people.

Down-to-earth but always upwards and onwards

DIT has always clearly shaped its future when it has taken advantage of existing opportunities and surprised with extraordinary ideas and their swift implementation. In 2013, for example, the application for the title "Technical University" was an important and successful milestone in its development. In the years that followed, DIT refined its portfolio step by step. In 2015, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences came into being and, six years later, put DIT in the conversation for the planned Medical Campus of Lower Bavaria. The Faculty European Campus Rottal-Inn at the international campus in Pfarrkirchen far exceeded the expected student numbers. The eighth faculty, Applied Computer Science, brings to life pioneering study programmes like Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. Cham has been DIT's third study location since 2021 and complements the range of English-language degree programmes.  

Creative, intelligent and responsible

This enormous growth required the consequence of expanding spatially. Over the course of time, a university mile has emerged right into Deggendorf's city centre. DIT lecture halls, labs and offices can now be found in former shops in the pedestrian zone. Of course, DIT has not taken all these paths without a long-term goal. The vision is to have 10,000 students by 2030. In doing so, DIT wants to provide the best services for prospective students and students. The university's administration has been restructured since October 2022.

Cozy campus life

Despite the rapid growth, the atmosphere on campus is still very interconnected and cozy. Deggendorf has many advantages as a university town as the distances between campus, town centre and dorms are easily within walking distance. The close proximity to the River Danube and the surrounding hilly landscape provide a stunning natural backdrop for countless recreational activities. Excellent public transport links including bus, coach and train services take passengers to all parts of mainland Europe. Student living costs are relatively affordable in comparison to larger student cities. As a community, we ensure that our campuses host many events throughout the year. Music festivals, concerts and a food fair for example, fill the academic calendar alongside competitive sports competitions to a national level and student club events. Our sports teams are extremely successful, in football, athletics and volleyball in particular. There is plenty of opportunity for students to socialise, make friends and have fun.

rankings, awards, certificates & memberships



WURI (World University Rankings for Innovation)-Ranking



  • No. 2 worldwide in the category „Entrepreneurial Spirit“
  • No. 8 worldwide in the category „Crisis Management“
  • No. 33 worldwide in the category „Industrial Application“
  • No. 51 worldwide in the category „Student Mobility and Openness"
  • No. 24 worldwide in the category „Real Impact"


  • No. 5 worldwide in the category "Entrepreneurial Spirit"
  • No. 7 worldwide in the category "Crisis Management"
  • No. 29 worldwide in the category "Industrial Application"
  • No. 29 worldwide in the overall ranking of the most innovative universities


  • No. 8 worldwide in the category "Entrepreneurial Spirit"
  • No. 26 worldwide in the category "Student Mobility and Openness"
  • No. 43 worldwide in the overall ranking of the most innovative universities


CHE university rankings

2023/24 ranked as outstanding in:

  • Business Administration
  • International Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Organisational and Economic Psychology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Business Informatics

2019/2020 ranked as outstanding in:

  • Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering Physics


2023: DIT is one of the best state universities in Germany according to the study "Deutschlands Beste" (Germany's Best) in cooperation with Focus and Focus Money.







  • Award "Top-Arbeitgeber im Mittelstand 2024" (Top employer in the SME sector 2024)
  • Award "Arbeitgeber der Zukunft" (Employer of the future) 2023
  • European Society for Quality Research: International Diamond Price for Excellence in Quality 2023
  • ACEEU Triple-E Award: #4 in Europe in "Young Entrepreneurial University of the Year" (From Technology to scale: Full 360° Mission)
  • Prof. Peter Schmieder: Triple-E-Award „Male Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year“ 2022
  • Proudr LGBTIQ+ Campus Index for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 2021. Placed no. 4 with a result of 79,7%
  • ESPA Innovation Award 2019
  • Winner of the "Zwei-Länder-Preis" 2019
  • Winner of U-Multirank award as top 25 worldwide in the category " Contact to work Environment" 2019
  • Winner of U-Multirank award as top 25 universities worldwide in the category " International Orientation of Degree Programmes" 2019
  • Winner of the MINTernational Best Performance Prize 2018
  • Winner of the National Employer Prize for Education 2013






  • The European Campus got certified in 2023 as bicycle-friendly employer
  • E-Quality Label certificate, ensuring equal opportunities
  • National Code of Conduct for German Universities certificate, regarding international students


academic institutional memberships


  • MINT Zukunft schaffen (STEM initiative)
  • Affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization
  • Member of the European University Association
  • Member of Families in the University best practise club
  • Hydrogen Alliance Bavaria

The European Campus Rottal-Inn is an academic institutional member with the following top professional societies in Digital Health:

  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH)
  • International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
  • European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI)




vision 2030 - 10,000+ students

1. digitalisation

A centre for digitisation technology is our vision for the digital transformation of the Bavarian economy.

2. health

We strengthen the health care market through suitable academic courses and our goal is to shape the future of the health care industry.

3. mobility

Mobility is an essential element to success, especially in rural areas, which we strengthen through our intensive research and technology transfer.

4. sustainability

Sustainability interconnects all degree courses and areas of study out of humility and respect for future generations.

5. internationality

Our university is without borders, we have a vast range of partner universities around the globe and our students represent over 100 nations.

6. knowledge and technology transfer

Essential in growth areas and relevant research topics with and for our business partners.

7. further education courses

We are a reliable and innovative institute for life long learning parellel to full-time work at any age

8. startup campus

We will provide you with all the knowledge you need as an entrepeneur: a suitable degree, advise and support, scholarships and innovation labs.

9. quality of education

Our alumni are proof of our exceptional standard of education and innovative teaching methods. They are in professions all around the globe, we're very proud of them.

dit milestones



Opening of the Technology Campus Vilshofen

10 years Technology Campus Grafenau

Laying of the foundation stone for the extension in Cham

Richtfest des Erweiterungsbaus Mensa

University milestone: Opening of new facilities in the Veilchengasse in Deggendorf



In June, the DIT awards the Anton Fink Science Prize for Artificial Intelligence for the first time

20 years of the Centre for Academic further education


8,324 students for the winter term 2021/2022

Campus Cham becomes third study location at DIT

Opening of the Bavarian Innovation and Transformation Centre (BITZ) Oberschneiding


DIT receives system accreditation

Opening of the Technology Campus Plattling

Decision to open another Technology Campus in Vilshofen in 2022 with focus on cyber security

DIT becomes the only university of applied sciences in Germany with a European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)


7,158 students for the winter term 2019/20

Foundation of the Faculty of Applied Computer Science (AI)

Establishment of the Faculty of European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI)

Opening of the Technology Campus Parsberg-Lupburg

Opening of the Technology Campus Hutthurm

Opening of the Technology Campus Teisnach II

DIT's 25th jubilee festival


Opening of the Transfer Centre for Technology and Innovation on 7 June as the fifth building in a major extension project


Prof. Dr. Peter Sperber is elected to carry on his presidentship for the second successive term


The new campus building for TC Grafenau is opened

Student population in Oct 2016: 6,068


Founding of the European Campus Rottal-Inn in Pfarrkirchen, courses start on 1 Oct 2015

Technology and Study Centre Weißenburg is opened

Faculty of Applied Healthcare (AGW) is founded


Major campus extension in Deggendorf is opened on 26 Oct 2014, including 4 new buildings over an extended area of 5,700 sqm


Student population in Oct 2013: 5,061

Federal President Joachim Gauck visits Deggendorf as students help locals during a flood catastrophie

New "THD" and "DIT" logos

Awarding of the new titles "Technische Hochschule Deggendorf" and "Deggendorf Institute of Technology"

Technology Campus Grafenau is opened


Heathcare Campus Bad Kötzting is opened

Technology Application Centre Spiegelau is opened


Prof. Dr. Peter Sperber is elected to be the University President, starting March 2012

Faculty of Naturwissenschaften und Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (NuW) is founded

New “HDU“ logo is created for "Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Deggendorf" and "Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences"

Campus Schloss Mariakirchen is opened


Student population in Oct 2010: 4,052

Technology Campus Cham is opened


Technology Campus Teisnach is opened

Technology Campus Freyung is opened


Visit from Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel


Student population in Oct 2007: 3,159

German degree titles are adjusted to Bachelor und Master titles for international transparency


Faculties are established


Student population in Oct 2002: 2,146


The Further Education Centre is established

 “Fachhochschule Deggendorf“ logo is redesigned


Innovation and Technology Campus Deggendorf (ITC 1) is opened


Student population in Oct 1999: 1,121

Development of the R&D labs, cooperative doctorates

On 1 Oct 1999 virtual teaching methods begin  (IT compact course, E-Learning)


“Fachhochschule Deggendorf“ logo is developed


On 24 April 1997 a foundation stone for the new campus is laid


Prof. Dr. Reinhard Höpfl is elected to be University President


The university is founded with the title of  "Fachhochschule Deggendorf - Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft"


On 26 Nov 1991 the Bavarian Council of Ministers decide to establish a university in Deggendorf

stats & facts

Stats and facts gives you an overview of various key figures, evaluated regularly on fixed key dates. Please direct any enquiries to pressestelle@th-deg.de.

dit's mission and guiding principles

The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), founded in 1994, has quickly become one of the most pioneering and advanced universities of applied sciences in Germany. Our mission is the continued focus on high quality, practice-oriented and modern education combined with advanced research, based within our business, technology and health faculties.

We are committed to our values

We are committed to uphold our democratic, flexible and dynamic culture. Our shared values are acceptance, mutual respect, tolerance and openness. We promote and champion cultural diversity and equality regardless of gender, nationality, rank and religion. We stand for cultural diversity and the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our staff and students.

We are regionally rooted and internationally linked

Internationalization improves DIT’s stand in education, research and service and thereby secures academic success. We take responsibility for the social and economic development of our region by networking with national and international organisations, companies and institutes. Social and scientific skills coupled with entrepreneurial thought processes are actively cultivated in the student community. DIT serves as an instigator for internationalisation in the region.

We are vanguards

We are pioneering in education, further education and applied research. Opening up to new target groups and leading an ongoing dialogue with society, politics and business shape our further development. An innovative learning and teaching environment is key to our success.

We never stop improving

We have created an excellent studying environment for our students, as service-oriented administration and support centres are constantly improved to nurture the success of each individual student.

We are target-oriented

In order to achieve our goals, we recognize and seize chances, acting quickly and flexibly without compromising our universities’ values.

dit's mission statement for teaching

The mission statement for teaching reflects the self-concept of DIT and the standards of teaching for the whole university. It provides orientation for all stakeholders at the university, such as lecturers, students, and academic and non-academic staff, concerning the type of teaching and learning embodied by DIT. The following principles describe, in a transparent way and based on the university’s mission statement, the teaching ideals DIT stands for.

1. Value orientation and personality development

The DIT values are always taken into consideration in the further development of study programmes and their implementation. Not only the content but also the didactic and media means reflect the culture of democracy, dynamics, acceptance, respect, tolerance and open-mindedness. In particular the aspiration for a family-like university community and equal opportunities is realised in all areas of research and teaching.
DIT also regards it as its responsibility to prepare the graduates for professional practice and research on an interdisciplinary level. In addition to the technical content, the use of different media and didactic options promotes social, societal and interdisciplinary competences such as communication skills, teamwork, willingness to discuss, social interest, self-reflection and personal initiative.

2. Cosmopolitan education and regional responsibility

DIT sees internationalisation and cultural open-mindedness as central aspects of its future orientation and higher education approach. The study contents and the study organisation enable student mobility, international participation, cosmopolitan cooperation and intercultural communication. Students are encouraged and trained to be able to operate in professional practice both nationally and internationally. DIT aims to develop personalities who can manage intercultural and international research and manage projects in a professional and goal-oriented manner.
DIT combines its cosmopolitan approach with close ties to the region. As a central component of the educational and professional development of Lower Bavaria and beyond, regional opportunities, labour market requirements and potential future topics are integrated into the university’s and the educational approach. This way, the education at DIT ensures that the region continues to be a popular place to study, work and live for a long time to come.

3. Future and labour market-oriented education

As a practice-based university with a centre for applied research, DIT always imparts timely, future-oriented and sustainable content. The lecturers incorporate the current findings from research and development as well as the incoming demands and advice from professional practice into the development of the study programmes. The constant exchange with regional, national and international representatives of companies, research and interest groups enables the training of competent and market-competitive graduates. DIT is also committed to promising, innovative and venturesome research and teaching projects in order to address and help shape the current issues of our time.

4. Practice-oriented and innovative imparting of skills

Through close collaboration with companies, authorities, institutions and partners, we aim to achieve and strengthen application-oriented and practical imparting and execution of the skills we provide. Due to the promotion of extra-university and internal collaborations, students acquire professional skills that offer a competitive advantage on the labour market and enable them to enter the market more efficiently.


strategies & Plans


internationalisation strategy 21-23

The claim to be the most international university in Bavaria comes with the responsibility not only to live internationalisation together on a daily basis, but also to constantly put it to the test, to develop it further and to always keep our finger on the international pulse.

This idea naturally also underlies the current internationalisation strategy:


Gender Equality Plan

Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) considers it its responsibility to offer all employees, teaching staff and students an environment that stands for openness, equal opportunities, acceptance, inclusion, and freedom from discrimination. As DIT has a share of ca. 35% international students, it is even more important to establish a culture in which everyone feels included, integrated, and accepted. We see diversity as an opportunity and as the future, which is why we want to offer every single person the same opportunities to develop to the best of their abilities at DIT. This also includes breaking down existing barriers, exclusion mechanisms and discrimination, effectively. Our family-friendly university community stands for equal opportunities regardless of gender, sexual orientation, origin, and religion. We promote cultural diversity, as weil as the physical and mental health of our students and employees. Therefore, we commit ourselves and all members to a respectful and sensitive interaction with each other.