Textile and Clothing Technology

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Welcome to the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology

The Hochschule Niederrhein with its campuses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach is the second largest university in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Prussian Higher Technical School for Textile Industry Mönchengladbach/Rheydt was founded in 1901. In 1971, with the establishment of the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology was opened as a separate faculty in Mönchengladbach. With over 2,000 students, it is the largest textile faculty in Europe.

The combination of application-oriented research, practically oriented teaching, knowledge transfer and cooperation with regional, national and international industry enables studies with excellently trained graduates. Three Bachelor's and two Master's degree programmes (one of which is taught in English) with different textile fields of study and specialisations underline the international orientation towards global markets in the apparel sector as well as in the field of technical textiles from the fiber to the end product. Students also receive modern practical relevance in more than 30 laboratories and pilot plants.

There are a number of cooperation opportunities, which we would like to present below:

A double qualification is offered by the dual qualification program, the cooperative engineering education (KIA), which combines practical vocational training in a company (IHK training contract) and studies at the faculty. Students can thus be introduced to company processes at an early stage.
Apprentices who will be taught in the Textile Academy, which will then open on the Mönchengladbach campus, from 2018 onwards will thus be given additional prospects.

Companies have the opportunity to actively offer topics for studies and theses, project topics for the 5th semester and research work and thus recruit their young talent.

In the field of research activities, the in-institute "FTB - Research Institute for Textile and Clothing" with professors and staff of the faculty is successfully involved in many research projects and solution approaches for the textile industry. The eWeb Research Centre covers the areas of eBusiness, eCommerce and online trade.

Unique in Europe is the accredited textile testing institute (Public Textile Testing Institute of the Hochschule Niederrhein GmbH (ÖP)) located at the Hochschule Niederrhein. The ÖP mainly deals with questions and orders in the field of Textile and Clothing Technology. Examinations of personal protective equipment (PPE), textile medical products and products of textile service companies are part of the daily business, as are examinations of the industrial reprocessability and hygiene of textiles.

Sustainability is also a relevant topic in the textile and apparel industry and at the university. The university's EthNa Competence Centre CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) offers courses for students, graduates and companies who want to plan the design of ethically justifiable and sustainable processes.

In the future, the Fraunhofer Center for Textile Logistics will bundle the corresponding industry-specific activities in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics.

Textile training and continuing education courses for open and individual seminars and the industrial master's course in textile management will be conducted by professors and academic staff of the faculty in the Textile and Fashion Institute in Mönchengladbach (TFI), among others. The sponsor is 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 get in contact with us - we are looking forward to meeting you!

Dual Study - Dual Engineering Training (KIA)

The dual study format bridges the gap between academic education and apprenticeship, ensuring the best possible combination of theory and practice. Dual Engineering Training (KIA), the so-called "Krefeld Model" has been an established programme of study at the Hochschule Niederrhein since 1982. The Hochschule Niederrhein thus follows the mission and claim of universities of applied sciences to provide studies with a practical emphasis / orientation that lead directly to the graduates' employability. This is optimally fulfilled with the dual studies. 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 that students can obtain both a degree in an apprenticeship recognized by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and a Bachelor's degree in a very short time.

The prerequisites are an Abitur or entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences as well as a KIA training contract with a company.

Apprenticeship and study program

Compared with the conventional Bachelor's degree programme, the period of study is extended by only two semesters. During the first two years, attendance alternates between the company and the university (two and three days respectively). During the lecture-free periods, the KIA students study in the training company. After just two years, they take the IHK examination.

Further studies take place full-time at the university. However, companies have the opportunity to continue to support their trainees through participation in projects, the practical phase and the Bachelor's thesis. The mirroring of theory and practice in university and company already during the studies deepens and concretizes the apprenticeship. The diverse range of elective courses can also be used for advanced courses.

Course of study structure

study structure-KIA

Advantages for companies

  • Attractiveness - dual studies are an interesting offer for young people and a convincing argument to choose your company.
  • Recruitment of higher qualified already among school leavers
  • Binding to the company
  • Contact to the university
  • Knowledge transfer: Company-specific questions in theses
  • Compact: Shortening of apprenticeship, studies and induction periods
  • Attracting particularly high-performing and resilient students
  • Early introduction to company processes
  • Dovetailing of theory and practice

Fields of study and apprenticeships

Dual degree programmes are possible in the listed Degree programmes with the specialisations. A possible selection of apprenticeships is listed for this purpose (as of 28.06.2016).

Textile Technology - Textile Management

  • Industrial clerk
  • Wholesale and foreign trade merchant
  • Office administrator
  • Freight forwarding and logistics services clerk (m/f)
  • Retail salesman/woman


Textile Technology - Textile Technologies

  • Textile product tester
  • Machine and plant operator
  • Textile laboratory assistant, production mechanic
  • Product finisher, technical clothing maker
  • Technical product designer (former technical draftsman)
  • Product designer textile, textile designer in the skilled trades sector*


Clothing Technology - Product Development

  • Fashion seamstress
  • Upholsterer
  • Upholstery seamstress*
  • Fashion tailor
  • Tailor*
  • Alteration tailor*
  • Garment master
  • Saddler*
  • Interior decorator with specialisation in upholstery* or upholstery seamstress or decoration and curtain seamstress


Clothing Technology - Clothing Management

  • Industrial clerk
  • Wholesale and foreign trade clerk
  • Office clerk
  • Freight forwarding and logistics services clerk
  • Retail salesperson

(* Professions in the skilled trades accepted as an exception)

Further information and flyers on this topic can be found to the right of the text.

Center Textile Logistics CTL

The Center Textile Logistics (CTL) is a cooperation between The Hochschule Niederrhein and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund. Under the motto "Logistics for textiles - textiles for logistics", the CTL aims to combine the efforts of industry to apply innovative solutions in practical application and the interests of scientific partners in practice-related, current research topics in the field of textile logistics in the Lower Rhine region. Behind this are, on the one hand, the optimization of logistics processes in the textile industry and, on the other hand, Textile Technologies for Production and Logistics. The focus is on five lines of research:

  • Sustainable textile logistics
  • Textile logistics of the last mile
  • Intralogistics and IT of the textile chain
  • Textile logistics for smart clothing
  • High-performance textiles in production and logistics


Cooperation opportunities

The Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology continues to develop consistently and is always oriented towards the requirements of global markets. This is also reflected in our international orientation and the German and English Degree programmes. In doing so, the faculty takes on the new challenges of the textile industry, such as globalization, technical requirements, pricing and design.

Expertise is available at all stages of the textile chain. According to the motto "From fiber to end product", teaching education and research are carried out in the faculty. Through the university's own laboratories and pilot plants, practical problems from industry can be discussed and analyzed. The aim is to achieve consistently application-oriented science in cooperation with the know-how of companies on the one hand and the profound theoretical knowledge of the university on the other.

A cooperation with the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology is possible in many ways. Depending on the type of cooperation, there are various options for a loose or closer collaboration. If you are interested in a cooperation, you can contact the professor responsible for the subject, the Office of the Dean or the contact person listed.

The following options exist for cooperation with students in the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes

  • 5th semester projects
  • Dual studies
  • Student assignments
  • theses
  • Research and development work


There is also the possibility to show a company presentation in the faculty.

Promotion / Sponsorship

Support our faculty by being a sponsor at our graduation ceremony or by supporting our students with a scholarship.


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

  • Fairs and Symposia at the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology
  • Fairs and exhibitions worldwide
  • Academic conferences
  • Competitions-Excusions-Projects-Awards


further information


If you need further information or would like to take advantage of one of the cooperation opportunities listed, please feel free to contact us.

Francesca Corradi, M.A.

Service for companies

Use our free service to publish your job and internship offers, or topics for theses in our faculty and on our website. Send us your advertisement as a one-page PDF document to the contact person.

The advertisement will be published on our job board for four weeks. If you want the job posting to continue to be listed after this period, send us the PDF again or contact us in time for an extension. All information on these pages is without guarantee! They are updated to the best of our knowledge and belief. Please always pay attention to the notices on site in the faculty.


Iris Meyer
Department Administration