History

History of the Universität der Bundeswehr München

In 1973, the first officers and officer candidates began their studies at the Universität der Bundeswehr München. Like its partner university in Hamburg, the University was founded as a model for planned reforms. The liberal coalition headed by the German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, intended to implement its university policies and ideas of reform in these two universities. Another aim was to develop a new way to make the training and education of officers a more attractive option for prospective students. From the very beginning, the Universität der Bundeswehr München has consisted of two main parts: a university and a college of applied sciences (Fachhochschule).

Important milestones in the history of the Universität der Bundeswehr München include:

1972: The German Parliament approves the establishment of Bundeswehr universities in Munich and Hamburg.
1973: The Universität der Bundeswehr München is founded.  It is made up of six departments, with three departments belonging to its College of Applied Sciences.
1978: The department of Social Sciences is established.
1980: The Universität der Bundeswehr München is granted the right to award doctoral degrees.
1981: The Universität der Bundeswehr München is fully recognized by the state and granted the right to award the postdoctoral lecturing qualification.
1985: Name changed to "Universität der Bundeswehr München".
2000: The University issues framework provisions, thus modernizing its structure and organization.
2001: The Bavarian University Act is amended, which makes it possible for civilian students to study at the Universität der Bundeswehr München as well.
2001: Female officers and officer candidates begin studying at the Universität der Bundeswehr München (initially, from the Air Force and Navy; since 2004 also from the Army).
Hirschkaefer

Construction of one of the central buildings of the University (1974-75): building 35, also known as "Hirschkaefer"