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Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da)

About h_da


Darmstadt, Germany


The h_da has a unique spectrum of STEM, economic and social sciences as well as artistic and creative subjects. Our broad applied sciences scope in addition to the inter- and transdisciplinary work enable us to identify and analize current and future social challenges and develop adequate solutions.


Fusing several well established higher education institutions (some as old as 1843) h_da was founded in 1971 under the name FHD- Fachhochschule Darmstadt and renamed in 2006 as h_da - Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

Key figures

  • 16500+ fulltime students (Bachelor/Master/PhD)
  • 80+ study programs
  • 350 Professors & 100 Teaching staff
  • 500 non-academic staff
  • 600 external lecturers
  • 12 Departments
  • 1 main campus in Darmstadt and 2 annex campus in Mathildenhöhe (Darmstadt) and Dieburg

Main themes

Digital technologies and society

We seek for opportunities to intensify the dialogue with scientific and non-scientific actors as well as the increase of the interaction with society to meet the strategic claim of acting as a (co-)shaper of the future where digital technologies play a paramount role.


We strive to ensure that quality and sustainability determine our actions in all areas and establish processes in the direction of sustainable development in the region. This should continuously generate impulses for new ideas.


Mobility is of key importance for modern society. Yet besides better enginies a lot can be gained by better city architecture, social work-life-balance and innovative transport systems. Internally, besides student’s mobility, we pursue the mobility of our teaching and administrative staff. In addition, language and cultural competences are a relevant issue for our institution.
Date of update 12 mai 2023