Deggendorf Institute of Technology

Pioneering and Vibrant

University Profile.

Ethos, Misson, History, Rankings

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 almost 8,000 including 30% international students from all over the globe. Our studies are focused 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

We have always taken advantage of practical opportunities and ensured their rapid implementation. The international European Campus Rottal-Inn in Pfarrkirchen, for example, was swiftly established in 2015 and its growth and development has been promoted ever since, most recently in the opening of a new mult-million campus extension containing lecture halls and workshops.

President Professor Sperber believes that the university's success is due to many factors. He states, " We have always worked hard here in Deggendorf, we have not let ourselves down and have sometimes worked in unconventional ways to achieve our aims".

Creative and responsible

Our long term vision is to have a student population of 10,000 by 2030, a realistic goal as Minister President of Bavaria rescently gave the green light for the next major project. The development of the digitalisation centre is in full swing and begun with the establishment of the Faculty of Applied Computer Science for a capacity of 1,000 further students.

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 oppurtunity for students to socialise, make friends and have fun.

Rankings, Awards, Certificates & Memberships




CHE university rankings 2019/2020.
Ranked as outstanding in:

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

WURI (Worlds Universities with Real Impact) ranking 2021:

  • 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

WURI (Worlds Universities with Real Impact) ranking 2019:

  • 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






  • 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





  • E-Quality Label certificate, ensuring equal opportunities
  • National Code of Conduct for German Universities certificate, regarding international students


Academic Institutional Memberships


  • 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. Digitisation

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


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

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

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 underlies the new Internationalisation Strategy 2021-2023:

Stats & Facts

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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.