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Mission statement and history

The students are
at the core of our actions.

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Our mission statement

The mission statement of Mainz University of Applied Sciences is a roadmap for continuous quality improvement as part of a university audit and is therefore subject to dynamic development.

The mission statement as a university audit

Our mission statement consists of twelve guiding principles on relevant core university policy issues such as teaching, research and transfer. The university administration decides in an annual cycle which of the listed objectives are to be developed further with which desired results. This means that the objectives set out in the mission statement are subject to continuous review, have to prove themselves explicitly in the "acid test" of practical application and have immutable consequences for university policy (employment policy, for example). The university can thus carry out a permanent strength/weakness analysis, successively set new goals, create new structures for their implementation and document the solutions.


Our aim is to provide our students with a high-quality academic education through teaching and further education, research and transfer. This includes the development and promotion of an independent, creative and responsible identity for our students. We, i. e. all members of our university, align our activities with this goal.

The students are at the core of our actions.

  • We are committed to providing intensive and individual support for our students on the basis of fairness and mutual esteem.
  • We are committed to the principles of university autonomy, self-government and democracy.
  • We reflect on social responsibility and work towards respecting ethical values and the further development of scientific knowledge and cultural content.
  • Research and teaching serve civic purposes.
    • We are guided by the basic principle of efficient administration and excellent research and teaching.
    • We are committed to an intensive practical orientation.
    • We are committed to internationalization.
    • We are dedicated to the concept of lifelong learning.
    • We design the cooperation within our university in such a way that a fruitful working atmosphere is created.
    • We promote diversity and advocate for true equality for all genders.
    • We foster identification with our university.
    • We conduct transfer in business, science, culture and society as a bidirectional process.

    Our History

    Mainz University of Applied Sciences is a young university. It has been independent since 1996 and has been identified in its logo as a "University of Applied Sciences" since 1999.
    But the origins go all the way back to 1757, the year in which the elector of Mainz decided to found an academy of painting and sculpture.

    Much has changed since then: On 1 September 1996, the "Fachhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz", consisting of eight departments, was dissolved. A merger of the former departments Mainz I and Mainz II resulted in the Mainz University of Applied Sciences. Our German name was changed from "Fachhochschule Mainz" to "Hochschule Mainz" in September 2014, and around 5000 students are currently enrolled at the university.

    Room for applied sciences

    In 2009, the university moved into an attractive new building on the campus in the immediate vicinity of Johannes Gutenberg University.

    The School of Business with over 3,000 students, the Department of Geoinformatics and Surveying with its workshops and laboratories, and our central administration are located here. In addition, student dormitories and a day-care center for the children of students and employees of the university are available directly at our doorstep.

    With a second construction phase for the schools currently housed in the city center of Mainz, we will unite all areas of our university at the new site. The aim is a modern campus that offers optimal opportunities for study, research and development; promotes interdisciplinary work as well as concentration; uses synergy effects and creates a sense of identity.

    Video portrait of Lucy Hillebrand

    Born in Mainz, Lucy Hillebrand not only had a lasting influence on the world of architecture, she also helped open up the architectural profession, a very male-dominated profession in her time, to women. Based on the movement of the body in space, she acquired a very personal attitude towards architecture and became an honorary member of the Deutscher Werkbund in 1985. Up until 2002, her legacy was the only one from a female architect in the German Architecture Museum.

    As part of the Klara Marie Faßbinder Visiting Professorship for Women’s and Gender Studies, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, together with the internationally renowned scientist Prof. Dr. Mary Pepchinski (Dresden University of Technology), produced a short video portrait of the person who gave our street on campus its name. Prof. Dr. Pepchinski’s research focuses on modern architecture and urbanism, as well as female architects in the 20th century. She composed and recorded a voice-over text for the video portrait.

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