Mission statement

Our roots

We are firmly rooted in a 500-year-long tradition of education in Upper Lusatia grounded in humanist philosophy and technical endeavour.

Our mission

We offer a scientifically grounded academic education ensuring a successful start into professional life and a sustained, ongoing professional development.

We offer continuous professional development in academic and scientific fields, so enabling the systematic, lifelong acquisition of knowledge and enlarging the stock of knowledge in the fields of technology, economics and business, and society.

We conduct applied research and development with a view to achieving a sustainable world.

Our central fields of competence are "Energy and the Environment" and "Transformations in Industry and Society".

Our underlying principles

Our students acquire the relevant discipline-specific, methodological, human resource-oriented and social competences that enable them to shape processes of change in the academic fields of the

  • Engineering and Technological Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Economic and Business Studies and Languages and Linguistics

The competence of our teaching staff is grounded in their academic qualifications, in firmly-rooted professional experience and in ongoing training both in their specialist discipline and in didactic methodology – all enabling them to undertake a wide variety of tasks in their respective faculties.

Our Professors are the bedrock of the academic renown and the appeal of our University. Well-qualified in their disciplines, well-networked both within their academic fields and in the world of praxis, active in research and development, fully versed in tertiary sector teaching and highly involved in the day-to-day running of our institution, they are fully competent to act in many advisory capacities.

Our lecturers and auxiliary staff in the faculties, operative divisions and academic administration ensure the efficient running of our institution and our effective ongoing development and profile-formation.

We regard education as a communal public good in and for an open society. Our educational offers are designed both for those who have the classic admission requirements for further education and for those who have demonstrated elsewhere their particular aptitude for study. At one and the same time, we maintain an academic culture informed by the principles of equal opportunity, pluralism and family-friendliness.

The quality of research conducted at our University finds expression in the external funding we are awarded, and in doctoral projects and publications corresponding to the exigencies of the respective specialist disciplines. Our institution supports research as a prime activity of all staff.

Our international institutional partnerships are concentrated thematically and geographically on specific areas and clusters. Special areas of emphasis are our neighbours in Poland and the Czech Republic and the states of Central and Eastern Europe.

Our University sees itself also as a 'regional supplier' in things academic and scientific, producing education, research and development with an eye to the socio-economic development of the region.

Studying without borders

You'll be pushed to find anywhere other than Zittau and Görlitz that offers such a great opportunity to study without borders. Here, in the midst of gorgeous landscapes in the tri-border region where Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland meet, you will find ideal conditions in which to study effectively and in close contact with the world of praxis.

Currently, around 3,000 students have chosen to study at our University, and with good reason: Our 100 professors guarantee an outstanding teaching quality followed by excellent career prospects.

The high placement rate of our graduates is tangible evidence that a degree from HSZG will help you get a firm foot in the door of potential employers. We offer more than 40 Bachelor, Diplom and Masters courses in engineering, natural, social, and economic sciences. All our Bachelor and Masters courses have either been accredited or are awaiting accreditation. The close linking of research and practice-oriented teaching gives our students a clear insight into our current research agenda right from the start.

Foreign students also have the opportunity to study at HSZG. Exchange and research partnerships with universities both at home and abroad create a truly international atmosphere.

In addition to the excellent study opportunities we offer, our region is rich in further attractions, and leisure and culture opportunities across and beyond the three borders. Dresden, Prague, Wrocław; the Zittau, Jizera, and Giant Mountains - here they are all close at hand.

Education in an interconnected world

HSZG is a truly international institution. We have partnerships with 126 universities in 40 countries: from South Africa to the USA, from Brazil through the UK to Russia and China. For our students, we are a stepping stone to the big wide world.

Further key elements are cooperations with a number of international industrial partners, internationally recognized qualifications, and our tri-national Neisse University network. Studying in Zittau or Görlitz means studying in the course of globalization.

Our research - application-focused for the benefit of industry and society

Be it the optimization of power station processes and automation technology, be it biotechnology, specific surface properties for high voltage fittings or socio-regional development processes – the specialist expertise of the Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences is widely known and in great demand, both in industry and society and among the research community at large.

Our areas of expertise

Our central fields of competence are "Energy and the Environment" and "Transformations in Industry and Society". We continue to develop these in our teaching and research.