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In 2011 the Leibniz-FH (University of Applied Sciences) emerged from the Leibniz Academy, College of Cooperative Education . Consequently our institution has been in existence since the year 1920. Nowadays the Leibniz-FH offers integrated degree courses as well as part-time Bachelor or Masters degree courses in Business and Business Informatics.


The emergence of the Leibniz FH from the renowned Leibniz Academy, College of Cooperative Education in 2011 is the latest milestone in the long history of Hannover’s Leibniz Academy.  
For over 90 years, the Leibniz Academy has stood for sound commercial training in Hannover and it has firmly established itself as an educational partner of the Lower Saxony economy.

The Academy was founded in 1920, initially as a training facility for commercial clerks and officials, and it has continually expanded over the following years. To this day students with technical and managerial responsibilites for the Lower Saxony economy graduate from our part-time study courses as part of our Academy for Administration and Business (VWA).

Since 1976 the Leibniz Academy, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce Hannover, has successfully offered integrated degree courses as a second business mainstay.  In 1988 several different Business Administration courses were introduced before, as part of an EU-wide harmonization, integrated degree courses in Business Administration, Business Informatics and  Health Management were accredited with the bachelor's degree status. This degree is equivalent to the Bachelor of state colleges and universities.

Over 100 companies, such as Continental AG, Wabco Vehicle Systems GmbH, TUI AG, Nord / LB, ExxonMobil, AOK Niedersachsen and Concordia Insurance, are partners in this dual scheme and include the integrated degree course as part of their strategic human resource development.


The courses offered by the Leibniz FH include three integrated Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration (BWL), Business Informatics and Health Management. The distinguishing features of the integrated degree courses at the Expo Plaza include small groups with a maximum of 35 students, direct one-to-one access to professors, and a high exchange of theory and practice through autonomus student-led projects.

These core competencies were also incorporated into non-integrated degree courses and in the Autumn of 2011 a six semester full-time Bachelor of Arts degree course in Business Administration was launched .This full-time course is aimed at school leavers who wish to study with a strong focus on practical application without a specified business partner.

In 2012 a new course explicitly aimed at working professionals was created at the Leibniz University of Applied Sciences. Two Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Business Informatics as well as a Masters degree in Integrated Business Management were set up part-time, with content organizationally aligned to specific professional requirements. The courses are offered in the evening or as a block at weekends.


In view of demographic changes expected in coming years, the further training of skilled professionals is becoming increasingly important. With this target group in mind, the Leibniz University of Applied Sciences aims to become a vital building block in the strategic personnel development and retention of skilled professionals in the economy of Lower Saxony.

With a combination of successfully established integrated degree courses and newly offered courses at our location in Hannover, the number of students attending are expected to continue increasing. Besides teaching, the LFH is developing application-oriented research as well as continuing cooperations with international instiutions. Students and companies will equally benefit from these future developments.

The Leibniz-University of Applied Sciences at the Expo Plaza is strongly embedded in the regional economy and is held in high regard by companies for its strong practical relevance of training offered. On this basis, the teaching, as well as research, is systematically and continuously developed. This means graduates gain a noticeable advantage in the transition from school to work as well as in their future professional development.

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