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The OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL) is a strong research university for applied sciences, which offers around 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs as well as doctoral programs at three locations. It is firmly anchored in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, a lively and economically strong region in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The TH OWL is creative, innovative and sustainable. It lives through the diversity of its departments, which are technically, economically, creatively and artistically oriented.

Our Vision

The vision of the OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts expresses our self-image as a university. It describes the values and culture that shape us. We educate responsible graduates, we are an agile partner in the innovation network, we live in scientific cooperation, we are creative, innovative and sustainable and we are a place worth living in and inspiring. On this basis, we have developed the University Development Plan 2020 ­– 2024.

About the TH OWL

Table of figures

Here you will find the most important data of the TH OWL in the areas of teaching, research and transfer, personnel as well as organization and budget.

Table of figures


In which direction does the TH OWL want to develop in the coming years? Where does it set its thematic priorities in research, teaching and transfer? Which topics will be relevant for the university and its members in the future?

Strategy of the TH OWL

Campus Life

Get to know us! Creative Campus Detmold, Innovation Campus Lemgo and Sustainable Campus Höxter - find out how the TH OWL works, studies, teaches and researches at its three locations.

Campus life at the TH OWL


The university has been bearing the name TH OWL since 2019 and can now look back on half a century of university history. In 2021 the university will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its foundation.

History of the TH OWL

Digital teaching

Here you will find all information on digital teaching at the TH OWL.

Digital teaching


The TH OWL is committed to ensuring that all people can participate equally in studying, teaching and research and in the administration of the university.



The TH OWL contributes to sustainable development as a socially and regionally effective player. Sustainability management bundles existing activities and coordinates measures for project and organizational development in order to make the entire university more sustainable in the areas of teaching, research, transfer, university operations and governance.

Sustainability Management


Whether in the context of research cooperations, as a destination for international guest and exchange students, or with a view to their own students' stays abroad - the TH OWL must be thought of internationally. Successful research knows no national borders and during studies, a look beyond the boundaries of one's own university and culture opens up new perspectives, both academic and personal. The TH OWL thus sees all internationalization measures as a contribution to a cosmopolitan and diverse Europe.

International Affairs