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.
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