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Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine – Westphalia (KatHO-NRW)



Building Character - Finding Solutions

The Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine - Westphalia focuses on quality education, practical training and applied research while seeking to instil a Christian sense of character and personality in its students. With campuses in Aachen, Cologne, Münster and Paderborn, it is Germany’s largest church-sponsored private university with state certification. It was founded in 1971 by the five Catholic dioceses of North Rhine - Westphalia and is refinanced in large part by the state of North Rhine - Westphalia.


The Catholic University of Applied Sciences has around 3,500 students, 100 full-time professors and 300 adjunct faculty members. It provides its students a personal atmosphere with practical purpose. Students can choose degrees in social services, health science or theology. They can also select an individual concentration to help them develop their own interests. The Catholic University of Applied Sciences cooperates with many universities in Germany and abroad and has forged a multitude of partnerships in professional practice where students can test their knowledge.


The Catholic University of Applied Sciences conducts important research in the fields of social services, health science and practical theology. The purpose is to find answers and convey the results to practitioners. Its research specialises in nursing, substance abuse, substance abuse prevention, health, social psychiatry, gender, transculturalism, ageing and disability.

Further Education

Part-time master’s degree programmes in continuing education are goal specific, designed to give professionals the skills they need to advance their careers. The university offers degree programmes in social management; cooperative management; substance abuse treatment; supervision; school management; as well as marriage, family and life counselling.


Christian ideals shape all aspects of teaching at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences. Our goal is not just to educate our students; we want them to strive toward professional integrity and to help build a better society.

Source: KatHO-NRW Website

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