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The most important facts and figures about the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer at a glance:

Foundation of University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer (Hochschule Emden/Leer)

  • Newly founded: 2009
  • Initially founded: 1973 (as East Friesland University of Applied Sciences [Fachhochschule Ostfriesland])

Staff (as of 31.12.2020)

  • 462 employees (396.36 FTE*)
  • of which 114 professorships (112.75 FTE*)

Total income in 2020 (preliminary)

53.6 million Euros

  • of which is allocated by the federal state from the budget: 36.2 million Euros
  • of which is allocated by the federal state from special funds: 9.5 million Euros
  • of which is third-party subsidies: 3.7 million Euros


  • Study location of Emden: 90,000 m²
  • Study location of Leer: 6,450 m²

Study faculties

  • Maritime Sciences
  • Social Work and Health
  • Technology
  • Business Studies

Study programmes (as of summer semester 2022)

  • 27 Bachelors degree programmes
  • 12 Masters degree programmes

Including various courses that can be studied part-time, as well as online and continuing education courses, courses in the practical/dual system and cooperative courses of study with

  • Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • Jade University of Applied Sciences (Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg/Elsfleth)
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • various universities as part of the Virtual University of Applied Sciences (VFH)

Student numbers (as of winter semester 2021/2022)

  • 4,296 students
  • of whom 904 first-year students started their studies in the 1st semester of the winter semester 2021/2022
  • the proportion of female students is 42%

Number of graduates (01.10.2020 to 30.09.2021)

  • Maritime Sciences: 68
  • Social Work and Health: 256
  • Technology: 316
  • Business Studies: 196

*FTE: Full-time equivalent (decimal places rounded up/down), the unit for the notional number of full-time employees in an organisational unit when all part-time employment relationships are converted into full-time employment relationships.

Wilfried Grunau

Head of the presidential office and media spokesman

Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Grunau
Room V 204
Tel.: +49 (0) 4921 807 1005
E-Mail: Wilfried.Grunau(at)