Educational location with tradition

The Upper Lusatian "Six Towns League" was one of the most important town unions in Europe in the Middle Ages. Jakob Böhme from Görlitz was the first philosopher to publish his writings in German at the end of the 16th century. 100 years later, Christian Weise performed school comedies in Zittau, breaking new ground in humanistic education and attracting attention throughout Europe.

With the growth of the cities and increasing prosperity, education and craft teaching developed to considerable quality in the Middle Ages. With industrialization, "higher educational institutions" emerged, especially in mechanical engineering, the textile industry and construction.

Zittau and Görlitz educational institutions gained a good reputation throughout Germany. The students' and graduates' association "Zittauer Bauhütte", for example, played a major role in determining German building activities until well into the 20th century. The "Oberlausitzische Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften", founded in 1779, is considered one of the first scientific academies in Europe. In addition to outstanding intellectuals from the region, internationally recognized personalities such as Wilhelm von Humboldt were also members of this society.

After the World Wars, available functional buildings, teaching materials and outstanding specialists led to the founding of colleges or technical schools in Zittau and Görlitz. They became leading educational institutions for entire branches of industry in the GDR.

After reunification, the German Science Council decided in 1992 to establish a university of applied sciences because of the high practical relevance of the existing universities, their quality and the expected demand for graduates. A modern educational institution was created at the dual location of Zittau and Görlitz.

The admission of Poland and the Czech Republic into the European Union means a new challenge and development opportunity for the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. In the "International Network NEISSE UNIVERSITY" new ways of educational cooperation with the Universities of Liberec (CZ) and Wrocław (PL) have been taken.

Historical development and predecessor facilities

Annual milestones and highlights


  • 13.07. Foundation of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz (FH)
  • Appointment of the first 19 professors
  • Enrollment of the first 192 students
  • Members of the university management: Founding rector Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. oec. Peter Dierich, Prorector Education Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Holger Theilig, Vice-Rector Research Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Klaus Meyer, Chancellor Dr.-Ing. Peter Reinhold
  • Founding Deans: Department of Civil Engineering - Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Eberhard Kothe; Department of Electrical Engineering / Computer Science - Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Herbert Kindler; Department of Mechanical Engineering - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Lischke; Department of Mathematics/Natural Sciences - Prof. Dr. rer. oec. habil. Gerhard Große; Department of Social Sciences - Prof. Dr. rer. soc.Hermann Heitkamp; Department of Economics - Prof. Dr. sc.oec. Peter Hedrich


  • Renaming to University of Applied Sciences Zittau Görlitz (FH)
  • University logo confirmed by founding senate
  • Formation of an independent study reform commission: development and decision of a proposal for the future design of the educational profile at the university
  • Matriculation with the first cheerful start of the semester on the Oybin mountain


  • First university newsletter is published
  • 1st university day with honorary colloquium on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liquid gas company Tyczka GmbH & Co and endowment of the Dr. Tyczka Energy Prize
  • Commissioning of the amateur radio club station


  • Senate resolution to conduct an eco-audit and implement the principles of ecological action at the university
  • 1st International Olympiad of Electrical Engineering Neisse -Elektro 2000
  • Resolution of the Senate to establish the institutes IPM, IRE, IÖU


  • First committee elections: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Peter Dierich as rector, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Rudolf Förster as Vice-Rector Education, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Reichel as Vice-Rector Research.
  • Connection to the broadband science network
  • Last graduates of the Zittau University of Technology leave the university


  • Federal President Roman Herzog visits
  • Separation of the Department of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science into the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Foundation of the Department of Languages with Studienkolleg and Language Center
  • Introduction of cooperative engineering education (KIA)
  • More than 3000 students enrolled at the HS for the first time


  • Adoption of the Environmental Policy Statement by the Senate
  • Introduction of the multifunctional chip card at the HS
  • For the first time, an electronic student ID card is issued at a Saxon university.


  • First German university to introduce an operational environmental management system in accordance with the European Eco-Audit Regulation.
  • Renaming of the university to "Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz - University of Applied Sciences
  • Senior citizens' college opened in Zittau
  • Completion of construction work on House VII


  • Elections by the Council: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Reichel as Rector, Prof. Dr. phil. Jutta Blin as Prorector for Education, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Schmidt as Prorector for Research
  • New teaching rooms on the Görlitz campus inaugurated
  • Declaration on the foundation of the international network Neisse University


  • University of Applied Sciences for the 4th time German Champion in women's volleyball
  • Inauguration of the new teaching building "Blue-Box" for the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Rainer Hampel elected prorector for research
  • 1st Controlling Conference in Görlitz


  • 1st CampusOpenAir in Görlitz organized by students of the courses of studies Culture and Management and Tourism
  • Festival session of the council on the occasion of "10 years of university
  • Summer Academy of the Collegium Pontes Görlitz-Zgorzelec-Zhorelec


  • Election of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Rainer Hampel as rector, Prof. Dr. phil. Erika Steinert as Prorector Education and Prof. Dr. oec. Joachim Zielbauer as Prorector Research
  • Handover of the Laboratory for Biotechnology
  • Admission of the university to the Environmental Alliance of Saxony


  • Festive event "10 years of the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Protection
  • Inauguration of the new refectory and library at the Zittau site
  • Establishment of the Institute for Transformation, Housing and Social Spatial Development


  • Opening of the Children's Academy in Görlitz - joint project with the State Museum of Natural History in Görlitz
  • New design and new homepage for university
  • Award for university in the D21 university competition - Get the Best - More women in research


  • Establishment of the Institutes for Surface Technology and for Peat and Natural Products Research
  • Elections: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Rainer Hampel as Rector, Prof. Dr. phil. Friedrich Albrecht as Vice-Rector Education and Prof. Dr. oec. Joachim Zielbauer as Vice-Rector Research.
  • New campus in Zittau and new cafeteria and library inaugurated at the Görlitz site


  • Opening of the Children's Academy in Zittau
  • Celebration session of the council on the occasion of 15 years of university and first university ball
  • Dipl.-Jur. Karin Hollstein appointed as new chancellor of the university
  • Successful accreditation of the study programs in Service Sciences with the study programs in Tourism as well as Culture and Management


  • Energy technology cabinet inaugurated
  • First extra-occupational preparatory course for prospective students without high school diploma
  • International Scientific Conference WIKO 2008
  • Start of administrative alliance between IHI Zittau and HSZG
  • Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (ZWT) founded


  • New laboratory and research building on the Zittau campus inaugurated with Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich
  • Establishment of a joint master's degree program in "Mechatronics" with the TU Liberec
  • Restructuring of the 8 departments into 6 faculties
  • University council with seven members appointed


  • International Görlitz Children's Academy is a prize winner in the nationwide innovation competition "365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas
  • Election of Prof. Dr. phil. Friedrich Albrecht as rector, Prof. Dr. oec. Dr. h.c. Roland Giese as Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Zschunke as Vice-Rector for Research.
  • 1st Central Matriculation Ceremony
  • Flood disaster hits both Zittau and Görlitz campuses hard


  • Foundation of Competence Center for Bioenergy
  • Fraunhofer Institute settles in Zittau
  • Relaunch of the corporate design and the university website
  • Morlok, Minister of Economics, Labor and Transport, hands over €5.75 million in funding from the Free State for projects to increase energy efficiency


  • University development plan 2020 passed by senate and approved by university council
  • Funding decision of 1.75 million euros within the framework of the Quality Pact for Teaching handed over in Görlitz by State Secretary of the BMBF Rackel
  • Anniversary celebration "20 years of Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences".


  • Ceremonial handover of the renovated building G II on the campus Görlitz
  • Symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the new building of a Fraunhofer Technical Center in Zittau


  • Declaration on quality management adopted
  • HSZG positions itself as a "cosmopolitan university against xenophobia"


  • Founding of the research institute "Health, Aging and Technology (GAT)"
  • Start of work of the first university social worker in Germany


  • Opening of the "Cybersecurity" learning laboratory with Fraunhofer IOSB in Görlitz
  • Extensively reconstructed House Z l becomes the new seat of the university management
  • Celebration of "25 years HSZG


  • System accreditation of the HSZG is applied for
  • HSZG most popular university in Saxony according to "StudyCheck
  • Action plan "Inclusion 2025" adopted
  • University development plan 2025 passed by senate and university council approved


  • Opening of the HSZG's first international office in Zgorzelec
  • Anniversary celebration to mark "50 years of the founding of the Zittau University of Engineering" on the campus in Zittau
  • 1st German-Czech "Erasmus + Staff Week