Our History

From Berufsakademie to the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University

The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University traces its roots back to the University of Cooperative Education BA BW (Berufsakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg) founded in 1974. Today the university continues to carry on the highly successful tradition of cooperative education, which implies the integration of academic theory and practical experience.

More than 40 years ago, this model was initiated by the renowned companies Robert Bosch, Daimler-Benz and SEL. Consequently, the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, in cooperation with many prominent companies, developed a professional education model for school leavers (holding the German Abitur) in 1974 alongside traditional tertiary education institutions.

Taking into consideration its outstanding performance over the past decades, the German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg has granted Berufsakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg the legal status of a university. Uplifting the institution's legal status is intended to ensure its national and international recognition.Further on, the corporate university status means the institution can grant academic degrees. One of the main innovations is the ability to implement cooperative research projects, thus tightening the bonds with our partner enterprises and institutions and bringing our academic studies on a more up-to-date level.