Textile and Clothing Technology

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

Welcome to the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology

The Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, with its facilities in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach, is the second biggest university in North Rhine-Westphalia. The “Preußische Höhere Fachschule für Textilindustrie Mönchengladbach/Rheydt” was established in 1901. In 1971, when the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences was founded, the faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology was opened as an individual department in Mönchengladbach. With more than 2,000 students, it is the largest textile faculty in Europe.

The combination of application-based research, practice-oriented teaching, knowledge transfer and cooperations with the regional, national and international economy enables a course of study producing highly qualified graduates. Three bachelor's and two master's degree programmes (one of them in English) with different textile-related core study areas and directions emphasize the international focus on global markets in the clothing sector as well as in the field of technical textiles, from the fiber to the final product. In addition, students receive up-to-date practical training in more than 30 laboratories and technical centers.

There are a number of opportunities for cooperations, which we would like to introduce below:

A double qualification is offered with the dual study course, the cooperative engineering training (KIA), which combines a practical apprenticeship in a company (IHK apprenticeship contract) and a course of study at the faculty. Thus, students can be introduced to business processes at an early stage.

Apprentices who will be taught at the newly opening Textile Academy on the campus in Mönchengladbach as of 2018, thus gain additional perspectives.

Companies have the opportunity to actively offer topics for study works, final theses, the projects in the 5th semester or research papers and thus recruit young talents.

Regarding research activities, the affiliate institute "FTB - Research Institute for Textile and Clothing", together with professors and employees of the faculty, is successfully involved in many research projects and solutions for the textile industry. The eWeb Research Center covers the areas eBusiness, eCommerce and online trading.

The accredited textile testing institute (Public Textile Testing Institute of the Hochschule Niederrhein GmbH (ÖP)), based at the Hochschule Niederrhein, is unique in its kind in Europe. The ÖP mainly deals with issues and tasks in the field of textile and clothing technology. Testing of personal protective equipment (PPE), textile medical products and products of textile and service companies are just as much a part of the daily business as research on the industrial reprocessing and hygiene of textiles.

Sustainability is another relevant issue in the textile and clothing industry and at the university. The EthNa Competence Center CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) of the Hochschule Niedrrhein offers opportunities for students, graduates and companies, who would like to plan the implementation of ethically justifiable and sustainable processes.

In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics corresponding sector-specific activities will converge in the future at the Fraunhofer Center Textile Logistics.

Textile education and further training opportunities for open and individual seminars and the course for industrial foremen in textile industries will be carried out, among others, by professors and research assistants within the faculty at the Textile and Fashion Institute Mönchengladbach (TFI). This is supported by the Textile and Fashion Network e.V. (TFN), the association of friends and sponsors of the faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology at the Hochschule Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach.

Please contact us - we look forward to hearing from you!

Dual Studies - Cooperative Engineering Training (KIA)

The dual study concept creates a bridge between academic education and practical training, thus providing the best possible combination of theory and practice. The Cooperative Engineering Training (KIA), the so-called "Krefeld Model", has been an established study concept at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences since 1982. The Hochschule Niederrhein thus complies with the mission and the claim of Universities of Applied Sciences to enable a practice-oriented and application-based study that directly leads to the employability of the graduates. This is best achieved through the dual studies course. During the first four semesters at the university, the training phases in the company and the study periods alternate. The advantage of the double qualification is to achieve both a completed apprenticeship recognized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) and a Bachelor's degree in the shortest possible time.

Prerequisites are a general higher education entrance qualification (University or Fachhochschule) as well as a KIA apprenticeship contract with a company.

The Course of Studies and Training

The standard time to attaining a degree is extended by only two semesters, compared to the conventional Bachelor's programme. During the first two years the attendance alternates from the company and to the university (two resp. three days). During the lecture-free periods, KIA students are trained at the apprenticeship company. They take the IHK exam after two years.

The rest of the studies takes place full-time at the university. However, companies are offered the possibility to accompany their apprentices during this period through participation in projects, the practical semester and the Bachelor thesis. The complementation of theory and practice at the university and the company already during the studies deepens and intensifies the training. The wide range of elective subjects can also be used to gain professional expertise.

Study Structure


Advantages for Companies

  • Attractiveness - The dual study programme is an interesting opportunity for young people and a convincing argument to decide for your company
  • Recruitment of high potentials already among pupils 
  • Bonding to the company
  • Contact to the university
  • Transfer of knowledge: company-specific questions in final theses
  • Compact: Reduces training, study and familiarization periods
  • Attracting particularly well-performing students that can cope with high workloads
  • Early introduction of students to business processes
  • Intertwining of theory and practice

Fields of Study and Training Occupations

A dual degree programme is possible in the listed study courses with their core study areas. A possible selection of training occupations that are compatible with the study courses is also listed (as of June 28, 2016).


Textile Technology - Textile Management

  • Industrial clerk
  • Wholesale and foreign trade merchant
  • Office clerk
  • Freight forwarding and logistics clerk
  • Retail salesman/women


Textile Technology - Textile Technologies

  • Product inspector / textile
  • Machine and equipment operator
  • Textile laboratory technicians, Mechanical technicians
  • Textile product finisher, Technicians in fabric goods manufacturing
  • Technical product designer (former Technical draftsman/woman)
  • Textile product designer, Textile designer in handcraft *


Clothing technology - Product development

  • Fashion seamstress/tailor
  • Upholsterer
  • Upholstery seamstress/tailor *
  • Tailor
  • Custom tailor *
  • Alteration tailor *
  • Costume tailor
  • Leather worker *
  • Interior designer with a focus on upholstery *, upholstery seamstress/tailor or decoration and curtain seamstress/tailor


Clothing Technology - Clothing Management

  • Industrial clerk
  • Wholesale and foreign trade merchant
  • Office clerk
  • Freight forwarding and logistics clerk
  • Retail salesman/women

(* handicraft professions, which are exceptionally accepted)

On the right hand side of this text you can find further information and flyers on this topic.


Research Institute for Textile and Clothing - FTB

Organisationally, the faculty bundles its most important research activities in the institute "FTB - Research Institute for Textile and Clothing".

On the homepage of the "FTB - Research Institute for Textile and Clothing" you can receive information about the institute, our recent publications and current information. You can obtain an overview of our research topics as well as of our current and completed projects on the pages of the individual research focuses. There, you will also find the respective contact for professional questions or project proposals.

You can contact the individual professors and employees via the list of staff at the institute; general telephone numbers via which you can contact the management of the institute, the secretary or the rooms of the institute can be found on the contact page.



Research Institute for Textile and Clothing (FTB)
Webschulstraße 31
D-41065 Mönchengladbach
Telephone: +49 (0)2161  186 6099
Fax:       +49 (0)2161 186-6013
Mail: ftb(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head of the Institute: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maike Rabe


Public Textile Testing Institute

A Public Textile Testing Institute which is strongly integrated in the daily operation of a university of applied sciences is unique in Europe. The Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences can look back on a long experience in testing with its range of services offered to the industry, to commerce and to the end-consumers, which is highly appreciated in its professional world. The Public Textile Testing Institute of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (ÖP) is an institute of the faculty of textile and clothing technology of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and sets material examinations for the total textile chain, from fibre production to fabrics, as a neutral public institute of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Public Textile Testing Institute - ÖP


Public Textile Testing Institute for Textiles at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (ÖP) 
Richard-Wagner-Str. 97
D-41065 Mönchengladbach
Telephone: +49 (0)2161 186 6063
Fax:       +49 (0)2161 186 6199

Management and Scientific Head: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lutz Vossebein
Telephone: +49 (0)2161 186-6126
Mail:       lutz.vossebein(at)hs-niederrhein.de


Textile and Fashion Institute Mönchengladbach - TFN/TFI

Textile education and advanced training. The Textile and Fashion Institute Mönchengladbach (TFI) is an educational institute for further training for the regional and national textile and clothing industry and offers advanced trainings, seminars, workshops and round table discussions for relevant topics matching the special requirements of the employees in this and the neighbouring areas of industry. 

The supporting organisation of the Textile and Fashion Institute Mönchengladbach is the association of the friends and supporters of the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladach, the Textile and Fashion Network e.V. (TFN). The lecturers are professors and teaching staff of the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology. 



Textile and Fashion Institute Mönchengladbach (TFI)
Webschultsr. 31
D-41061 Mönchengladbach
Telephone: +49 (0)2161-4027903
Fax:       +49 (0)2161-4027905
Mail:       tfi(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head of the Institute: Prof. Dr. habil. Rudolf L. Voller





Textile and Fashion Network e.V.
Webschulstr. 31
D-41065 Mönchengladbach
Telefphone: +49 (0)2161-4027903
Fax :      + 49 (0) 2161 186 6013
Mail:      tfi(at)hs-niederrhein.de

1. Representative: Markus Schmitz
2. Representative: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Voller



EthNa Competence Centre CSR

The University of Applied Sciences bundles the growing relevance of ethics and sustainability in the management of enterprises in its EthNa and competence centre CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). This competence centre provides offers for students, university's graduates and companies that want to design ethically justifiable and sustainable processes. 

EthNa Compentence Centre CSR


EthNa Competence Centre CSR
Reinarzstr. 49
D-47805 Krefeld
Telephone: +49 (0)2151 822-6683
Mail: ethna(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr. Monika Eigenstetter
Telephone: +49 (0)2151 822-6683
Mail:       monika.eigenstetter(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr. habil. Rudolf L. Voller
Telephone: +49 (0)2161 186-6010
Mail:      rudolf.voller(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Wenke
Telephone: +49 (0)2161 186-6442
Mail:      Martin.Wenke(at)hs-niederrhein.de


Center Textile Logistics CTL

Under the motto "Logistics for Textiles - Textiles for Logistics", the CTL aims to bundle the efforts of business to apply innovative solutions in practice and the interests of the scientific partners in practical, current research topics in the field of textile logistics in the Lower Rhine.

The focus is on five research lines:     

  • Sustainable textile logistics     
  • Last mile textile logistics    
  • Intralogistics and IT of the textile chain     
  • Textile logistics for intelligent clothing     
  • High performance textiles in production and logistics


Center Textillogistik

Center Textile Logistics CTL
Webschulstr. 31
Visiting address: Richard-Wagner-Str. 140
41065 Mönchengladbach

Tel.: 02161 186-6130
Mail: ctl@hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Muschkiet
Tel.: 02161 186-6130
Mail: Markus.Muschkiet(at)hs-niederrhein.de


Opportunities for Cooperation

The Department of Textile and Clothing Technology is continuously developing and always follows the requirements of the global markets. This is reflected in the international orientation of our programmes as well as in the German- and English-taught study courses. The faculty concerns itself with new challenges of the textile industry, such as globalization, technical requirements, pricing and design.

Expert knowledge is provided at all stages of the textile chain. Teaching and research at the faculty are conducted on the basis of the slogan “from the fiber to the final product”. Practical problems concerning the economy can be discussed and analyzed in one of the university-owned labs and technical facilities. The goal is to enable practice-oriented science through a collaboration between the companies’ know-how on the one hand and the university’s profound theoretical knowledge on the other.

A cooperation with the faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology is possible in many different ways. Depending on the nature of the cooperation, various options for a loose or a closer cooperation arise. If you are interested in a cooperation, you can contact the professor responsible, the dean's office or the contact person listed.

The following possibilities exist for a cooperation in a Bachelor’s or a Master’s programmme:

  • Fifth semester projects
  • Dual studies
  • Study works
  • Final Thesis
  • Research and development projects


We also offer the opportunity to hold a company presentation in the faculty.

Support / Sponsoring

You can support our faculty, for example, by presenting yourself as a sponsor at our graduation ceremony or by providing students with a scholarship.

  • Exhibitors and / or sponsors at „MG Zieht an“
  • Sponsoring of the graduation ceremony
  • Cooperation in the form of the „Deutschlandstipendium“ (sponsoring of students)
  • Offering a Master's scholarship
  • Sponsoring Association (Förderverein) TFN
MG - zieht an


The faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology is present at national and international trade fairs and is involved in national and international competitions and events.

  • Trade fairs and symposia at the faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology
  • Fairs and exhibitions worldwide
  • Academic conferences
  • Competitions-excursions-projects-awards


additional Information


For further information or if you want to setup a cooperation please contact Ms. Hansmeier.

Service for companies

Use our free of charge service to publish your job and internship vacancies at our faculty and on our website. For that, please send your advertisement as a one-page PDF document to our contact person.

The advertisement will be published for a duration of four weeks on our job board. If you want your advertisement to stay published after this period, please send us the PDF again and get in touch with us and ask for a prolongation. All information on these websites is without guarantee! They are maintained to the best of our knowledge and belief. Please keep in mind also the local notice boards in our faculty.


Iris Meyer
Secretary to the Dean