A modern university with history
The University of Vechta offers a clear, forward-looking vision. It sees itself as offering a balanced mix of regional integration and international orientation. It was one of the first universities in Germany to actively face up to the challenges posed by the Bologna Process. Its bachelor’s degree courses are consistently designed to be interdisciplinary and vocationally oriented, permitting direct entry into the relevant profession or the pursuit of a further qualification through a master’s degree course. The University of Vechta has consciously chosen to focus on key issues for the future of society – education, aging, social and cultural change and the rural setting generate exciting research and teaching opportunities. Founded by the Duchy of Oldenburg in 1830 as a Catholic teacher training college for prospective state school teachers, today it is a modern university offering outstanding teaching, innovative research and an international outlook.
The original institution was directed solely towards teacher training. Following expansion into a Catholic seminary for schoolteachers, in 1940 it became the Duchy of Oldenburg Vechta Teacher Training College (Oldenburgische Lehrerbildungsanstalt Vechta). After the war the college was taken over by the State of Lower Saxony as a specialist education college and in 1969, along with seven other higher education institutes, became part of the Lower Saxony College of Education (Pädagogische Hochschule Niedersachsen). In 1973, the departments located in Vechta were transferred to the University of Osnabrück. With the expansion of its teacher training courses and the introduction of new degree programmes, the focus switched to obtaining independent status. 1995 saw the creation of the first independent higher education institution in Vechta (Hochschule Vechta). It was formally designated as a university on June 8, 2010. A further milestone was reached with the opening of the new ‘Q’ building, combining lecture theatres and seminar rooms. In combination with a pioneering wayfinding system, this has created a modern learning environment which offers excellent orientation throughout the campus. Innovative and future-oriented, the University of Vechta nonetheless retains its traditional values and offers outstanding conditions for teaching and research within an intimate, personal atmosphere.