What we stand for

With some 11,193 students, the HWR Berlin works to achieve a combination of high-level intensive research into a range of areas with its clear practical application, all performed to the most exacting of quality standards and embedded in a strong network of international academic exchange. The HWR anchors its teaching and research activities in a wide subject portfolio which spans the disciplines of Business and Economics, private and public Economics, Administration, Legal and Security Management as well as a wide range of Engineering disciplines.


The great majority of our more than 55 degree programmes have been converted into the Bachelor’s / Master’s format and have been audited and accredited by the Accreditation Council. The HWR Berlin was awarded the Total E-Quality prize for its work in the area of equal opportunities for six consecutive years. This prize is awarded to companies and institutions of Higher Education which pursue a clear policy of equal opportunities in both educational and personnel affairs. The HWR was also awarded the Certificate of a family-friendly university in 2016 for its work in improving the combination of study and work with family life.


Conducting high-level research with a focus on its applicability, researchers at the HWR Berlin work in five departments, two Central Institutes, seven internal research Institutes and six An-Institutes conducting research into topics pertaining to Economics and the Social Sciences, the Administrative Sciences, Engineering and Law. A multi-disciplinary research concept promotes the development of shared research foci. The university also maintains an internal programme of research funding. The HWR Berlin is a member of the Institut für angewandte Forschung Berlin e. V. (IFAF). 

A diverse international orientation

Our international focus is an integral component of our institutional philosophy and informs every aspect of our teaching and research programme. Currently maintaining over 160 active partnerships with institutions of higher education on every continent, we are continually seeking to expand and reinforce existing programmes of co-operation. The HWR Berlin is also a member in the “Alliance for Excellence” (UAS7) an association of seven German institutions of Higher Education dedicated to quality and internationality and working to extend joint research undertakings and develop shared research strategies.

A practice-oriented approach

The HWR sets great store in the practical-oriented nature of its teaching. With over 2200 teaching places in co-operative studies degrees, we are the largest such provider in Berlin. The close connections between theory and practice provided by this degree form and the emphasis placed on work experience mean that our students profit from the expertise of both top-quality academia and leading real-world companies.

All Economics students are required to spend at least one semester in practical experience. We are constantly developing our already close co-operation with companies even to the point of assuming positions in company supervisory boards.

Berlin - a centre of academic excellence

The HWR Berlin is a highly-visible player in the International Metropolis that is Berlin. One of the centres of academia, looking back on a long tradition with consisting of names such as Humboldt and Einstein, Virchow and Koch, Meitner and Planck. Berlin’s current reputation as a centre of academic excellence rests predominantly on its four leading international universities, seven Universities of Applied Science, three schools of Art, a range of private institutes of Higher Education and over 70 research institutes not affiliated to a university. Berlin is home to some 165,000 students from both Germany and abroad, attracted by excellent institutions and a vibrant cultural life.