Learning has accompanied Life – for over 30 Years
Lifelong learning, further education concurrent with work, along with the necessity to relieve the overcrowded conventional universities have been important topics in the early seventies of the last century. All this inspired the then NRW-Minister of Higher Education and Research to found a distance teaching university at Hagen.
Under the NRW-Foundation Law of 1 December 1974 the “pioneers” from academia and administration had only ten months for preparing the new university, so that 1,300 students could embark on their studies from winter semester 1975/76. The two academic departments of economics and mathematics were soon joined by education, cultural and social sciences and humanities, as well as electrical engineering, information technology, law and computer science. After some re-structuring these subject areas are organised in four faculties today.
Simultaneously with the FernUniversität, the first study centres in North Rhine - Westphalia started operating.