Offers for citizens

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

Third mission

In addition to the traditional tasks of universities in studies and teaching as well as research and transfer, the term Third Mission stands for the exchange of science with society. The Third Mission encompasses the most diverse activities of the Hochschule Niederrhein in the areas of knowledge and technology transfer, continuing education offerings and social engagement. Our goal, especially in the Lower Rhine region, is to bring knowledge to society and vice versa. We cordially invite you to join us and get in contact with us. Here you will find our contacts:

Discover The Hochschule Niederrhein as a place of dialogue and take part in the exchange between science and society. Gain an insight into our knowledge, ideas and discoveries as we benefit from your wishes as well as your knowledge and expertise. Join us as a guest student, as a participant in lectures, as a student in workshops, follow our activities or get involved as part of the research with your questions and your know-how. Together we shape the dialogue!

Below you will find our offers:

The "Design Discussion" has been held since 2005 in cooperation between the Faculty of Design at the Hochschule Niederrhein and the Cultural Office of the City of Krefeld. Five times a year, Prof. Dr. Erik Schmid, Professor of Theories of Design at the Hochschule Niederrhein as well as Dean of the Faculty of Design, discusses topics related to design with guests on the studio stage at Fabrik Heeder (Virchowstr. 130, 47805 Krefeld). Krefelders, students and people interested in the field are cordially invited to take part in these discussions. You can find more details and the dates here:

The FAUST program for guest students offers more than 200 seminars and lectures on a wide range of topics, including psychology, sociology, nutrition, Business Administration and Economics, and many more. Citizens interested in education can attend normal lectures as well as courses specially designed for guest students, so-called FAUSTplus courses. And all this without the pressure of exams. The respective semester program starts in March and September.

"Zwischentöne"is a true multigenerational magazine that has been around since 2002. Students, guest students, lecturers, other members of the Hochschule Niederrhein, and guest writers jointly create a magazine on various topics. Both scientific and everyday topics as well as poetry find their place here.

Become part of this project - new authors are always welcome!

How can the permeability of teaching education, research and transfer to society be increased? Since March 2022, the Innovation and Future Office (IZB) of the Hochschule Niederrhein has offered citizens in the Viersen district the opportunity to make intensive contact with the university. It actively carries the university's offers into the region and at the same time takes up the needs and interests of the citizens in order to reflect them back to the university.

The IZB was created by the renewal of the cooperation agreement between The Hochschule Niederrhein and the district of Viersen in the summer of 2021 and is located in the Haus der Wirtschaft, Willy-Brandt-Ring 13, 41747 Viersen, room OG 203 at the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft des Kreises Viersen. If you have any questions or are interested, please feel free to contact Dr. Joachim Schick at The Hochschule Niederrhein:

E-mail: joachim.schick(at) or phone: 02151 - 822 2944

Is there a creative space for curiosity, the joy of discovery and the urge to explore for children and young people? This is precisely the goal of theJuniorUni Mönchengladbach: Exciting courses are offered on topics such as social media, upcycling, soap workshops, food researchers, etc., during school and vacation time, as well as intensive courses on weekends. Children and young people aged 4-20 are cordially invited. The current flyer and contact information can be found here:

Course PDF Summary

info(at) or phone 0 21 61 - 9 45 83 00 (Mondays-Thursdays 9:00 - 12:00).

The JuniorUni is a non-profit limited liability company (gGmbH). The shareholders are Wissenscampus Mönchengladbach e.V. (majority shareholder), The Hochschule Niederrhein and the Trützschler Foundation. The honorary management is carried by Hartmut Wnuck, Norbert Bienen as well as the university president Dr. Thomas Grünewald.

The focus of the Summer and Winter Academy is on personal key competencies. In our rapidly changing times, it is becoming increasingly important to further develop one's own skills and acquire new knowledge. The so-called soft skills or future skills are not only important for professional development, but also support our personal development and social participation. The events offer interested citizens numerous face-to-face and online seminars in an activating learning atmosphere in small groups with committed speakers, e.g. in the areas of rhetoric and communication, work-life balance, job application training or time management.

What is the easiest way for science, business and city society - and thus Krefeld's citizens - to exchange ideas about innovation, education and Krefeld as a business location? We, the W3 House of Knowledge and Business, invite companies and the city's society to an informative exchange and constructive networking: open, close and at eye level. Together we discuss challenging future issues and local approaches to solutions. The aim of the association is to create a new transparency of Krefeld as a business location and of the business community.

Are you interested in Krefeld, are you a local company or institution and would you like to discuss future issues with interested dialogue partners? Then we look forward to hearing from you.

At the Center for Continuing Training, we support you in updating your knowledge to qualify for new professional tasks and requirements. With its scientific continuing training, the university is also open to you as a professional with or without a university degree. Our goal is to accompany our participants on their personal educational path. Our promise: Scientific continuing training with high practical relevance.

The current range of certificate studies and courses includes the topics of IT and digitization as well as management and law. If there is a need for customized continuing training, we also offer in-house formats for companies.

At our four campuses (Krefeld South Campus, Krefeld West Campus, and the Campus and Monforts Quartier in Mönchengladbach), our libraries, language centers, and dining halls open up further opportunities for you. In our calendar you will also find numerous offers that might be of interest to you. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus store.



Benefit from the extensive offer of our three libraries in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. Our scientific literature is of course also available to citizens in printed or electronic form. Detailed information can be found on the university library page:


The registration modalities for use can be found under "A-Z" under the term "Registration":



Language Center

A limited number of places are available for guest students in the university's language courses. We currently offer ten foreign languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Turkish, Chinese and German as a foreign language.

Detailed information can be found on the Language Center page:


Information on the application for guest student status can be found in the section "Guest students in specialized courses":



The dining facilities of the Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf are available to students as well as guests. Please have a look at the menus.

Detailed information can be found on the Studierendenwerk website:


Calendar of the Hochschule Niederrhein

You can find the most important dates and events in our university calendar.

Detailed information can be found under "Current Events - Save the Date":

The monthly overview of the university calendar can be found at:


Information and Publications

The University Communications department of the Hochschule Niederrhein regularly provides information about everything important concerning the university and publishes this on the homepage, via various social media channels and as publications. Do you have a request or are you looking for contact at the university? We look forward to hearing from you!


Campus Shop

Various items such as hoodies and T-shirts, mugs and cups, notebooks and bags can be purchased through The Hochschule Niederrhein's Campus Shop. Sustainable materials and fair manufacturing conditions are very important to us. We will gladly accept your order!


A collaborative project:


The offer is aimed at class groups accompanied by up to two teachers or accompanying persons. Two to three classes (max. 55 people) can take part each time. Admission is free. Registration under servicekunstmuseen(at)

For further information, please contact eva.eick(at)


Friday, November 10, 2023 | 12 p.m.

Dr. Sylvia Martin (Deputy Director Kunstmuseen Krefeld) and
Dr. Thomas Grünewald (President Hochschule Niederrhein).

Krefeld's development around 1900 in the context of the Handwerker- und Kunstgewerbeschule Krefeld and the founding of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum.

Lecture followed by a short guided tour of selected collection highlights
Frank Meyer, Lord Mayor of the City of Krefeld.

Suitable for all levels
Subjects: esp. art, history

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 | 12 p.m.

Networks and Systems
Adapt and/or stand out: Why, how, when, and to what end some things fit well together and some just don't ...

Lecture followed by film screening at the exhibition "Sarah Morris. All Systems Fail"
Prof. Dr. Erik Schmid
Faculty of Design (Theories of Design)

Suitable for Sek II / Oberstufe
Subjects: esp. art, social sciences

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 12 p.m.

Arts and Sciences
What can heat change? Why heat is a driving moving force that leads to exchanges between systems and what this has to do with energy.

Lecture followed by a short tour of Joseph Beuys'
artist spaces
Prof. Dr. Achim Eickmeier
Faculty of Chemistry (Physics and Physical Measurement Technology incl. Data Processing)

Suitable for Sek I / trial level and intermediate level
Subjects: esp. art, physics

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 12 p.m.

Advertising and Consumption
From posters to social media:
The evolution of creative advertising. Or: Why advertising isn't what it used to be.

Lecture followed by a short guided tour of selected works in the exhibition "The Great Seduction. Karl Ernst Osthaus and the beginnings of consumer culture"
Prof. Richard Jung
Faculty of Design (Communication Design and Corporate Identity)

Suitable for Sek I / trial level and intermediate level
Subjects: esp. art, social sciences, economics-politics

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 12 p.m.

Art and Perception
Believing in Beauty.
On the meaning of aesthetic experience, good taste, and sensual self-dramatization in the digital age.

Lecture followed by a short guided tour of selected works in the exhibition "The Great Seduction.
Karl Ernst Osthaus and the beginnings of consumer culture"
Prof. Dr. Frank Jebe
Faculty of Applied Social Sciences (Cultural Education/Management)

Suitable for Sek II / Oberstufe
Subjects: esp. art, psychology

The "Home Game Science" Project

The "Heimspiel Wissenschaft" project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) brings scientists from rural regions back to their home towns. It also introduces those who live in the neighborhood, village or (small) town for professional reasons to lecture events. There they talk about their research and teaching education. Why they do research and how it affects all of our lives. In this way, science in teaching education and research is made tangible for local people. The Hochschule Niederrhein, as a regionally anchored university, is participating in this campaign with three events in the Viersen district.


Prior registration by e-mail is required for all three events: veranstaltung(at) - admission is free.


Wednesday, August 16, 2023 | "Starting today, I'll train my resilience."
6:30 p.m. Niederrheinisches Freilichtmuseum, 47929 Grefrath - Am Freilichtmuseum 1 / Stadionstraße 145 (navigation).

Professor Dr. Lena Evertz (Faculty of Business Administration and Economics), who was born in Kempen and lives in Grefrath, will give a lecture entitled "Ab heute trainiere ich dann mal meine Resilienz. Why resilience training has a lot to do with brushing your teeth and everyone can benefit from it", she provides exciting insights into her research and highlights current scientific findings as well as practical everyday tips on the topic of resilience. Resilience is also referred to as the "immune system of the soul." It helps to overcome crises and challenging times. Research has now proven that resilience can be trained. Anke Petrat, director of the open-air museum, will lead through the evening.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | "Help, my bees are too warm"
6:30 p.m. Event room Obsthof und Quartier Selders, 47877 Willich-Schiefbahn - Am Diepenbroich 58.

Prof. Dr. Claus Brell (Faculty of Business Administration and Economics), who lives locally in Schiefbahn, will present his work, carried out in partnership in projects, on experience-oriented beekeeping, which is facilitated by networked sensors. Important to him is the statement that "the sensor technology must fit the biology of the bee and the requirements of beekeeping." Initial results have already been achieved in the Biene4.0 research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL): Simple temperature and sound sensors provide information on whether, for example, the bees are too warm or whether the winter food is running out. Remote swarm detection also seems possible. The sensor technology can also be used to monitor heating gas consumption. The lecture will show how this can be done.

Prof. Dr. Claus Brell, himself a hobby beekeeper, is a physicist and teaches business information systems at the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at the Hochschule Niederrhein. His research interests include the use of Internet-of-Things to support nature observation.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | Artificial Intelligence: Do I need to understand it?
18:30 | Event room Verein für Heimatpflege e. V. Viersen, 41747 Viersen - Gerberstraße 20a.

Even though the field of Artificial Intelligence has been around for more than 50 years, it has been taking more and more influence on our everyday life, especially in the last years - sometimes more and sometimes less obvious. Therefore, we should take a closer look at what is behind the buzzword AI and what opportunities and risks are associated with its use. Because similar to other technical advances, a basic understanding is important to be able to shape the world of tomorrow in a meaningful way. This talk aims to contribute to this: it will first take a brief look at the development of the field over the past decades. Then, different AI techniques and their use will be outlined with examples. Finally, the relevance of the field to our life today will be discussed.

Prof. Dr.- Ing. Jens Brandt, currently Dean of his faculty, teaches at the FB 03 - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Hochschule Niederrhein; he represents the field of teaching digital systems and embedded programming, researching, among other things, AI in industry and everyday life.