52 degrees north: 8 degrees east; the University of Vechta’s latitude and longitude also symbolise its mission. Located in northwest Germany and sharing a latitude with the dynamic historic capital Berlin and a longitude with a world of science and experience at Klimahaus Bremerhaven, the University sees its role as cherishing tradition and nurturing innovation. The University of Vechta is able to look back on a long and varied past characterised by political transformations and by a dynamic, reform-minded approach.
Cosmopolitan, personal, familial – today the University of Vechta is a youthful, modern campus university with excellent conditions for studying and a clearly delineated profile. For the 5000 students and 400-odd staff, the campus offers a familial atmosphere conveniently coupled with the infrastructure of a modern university. The Bologna Process has been fully implemented, with the emphasis on quality – attractive, forward-looking courses, personal support and global exchange programmes are the hallmarks of a high quality degree programme. The structure of the services which accompany the degree programme permits a high degree of individual evolution and personal development even within the constraints of the bachelor’s/master’s degree system.
The University of Vechta has set out to present a clear profile to the business, social and cultural world. The Vechta region offers the perfect laboratory for addressing a range of issues impacting on the future viability of our global society – an economic boom region in the heart of the countryside, a provincial global player, a unique cultural and social identity, natural spaces and intensive agriculture; contrasting factors which resolve into an excellent quality of life. The University of Vechta’s development plan defines the rural space as a framework for profiling the areas of education, aging, social services, cultural change and regional development. The choice of focus represents a conscious response to the University’s location, which delineates it from urban spaces and creates additional research prospects, including at the international level.
Across the various life stages, issues pertaining to the future of society – education, aging and social and cultural change – are key areas of academic discourse. The profile is rounded off by gender studies and business ethics, generating further cross-faculty learning and research opportunities. By adopting this strategic orientation, the University of Vechta has deliberately chosen to strike out in new directions, which, in both the research and teaching spheres, provide space for an intensive exploration of the political, social and individual challenges confronting people and society in the 21st century.
The location of Vechta
The district and university town of Vechta, with a population of around 32,000, lies in the heart of the Oldenburg Münsterland area on the A1 motorway within the city triangle formed by Osnabrück, Oldenburg and Bremen. Vechta is well known beyond the region as a horse-loving community and for its annual Stoppelmarkt Fair. The landscape of Oldenburg Münsterland makes it ideal for cycling, which explains Vechta’s reputation as a cyclist’s haven.
Vechta is one of Northwest Germany’s economic powerhouses. As a rural area with several world market leaders in agriculture and as a centre of European plastics technology, it is very active on the international arena. A low rate of unemployment and a high birth rate make Vechta a family-friendly, dynamic town where people enjoy living and working.
The University of Vechta has several sites within the town. The campus containing lecture halls, administrative buildings, the library and the canteen are located at the Driverstraße/Universitätsstraße crossing, in the south-east of the town. There are also several smaller sites, including the Katasteramt, Burgstraße, Kreuzweg and Gut Füchtel.