„150 Years of RWTH“


Lernen. Forschen. Machen.

Stage in the RWTH main building Copyright: Andreas Schmitter

RWTH Cancels Anniversary Celebrations

In light of the progressive spread of the coronavirus and the associated effects on society, RWTH Aachen University has decided to cancel the festivities for its 150th anniversary this year.



Thorsten Karbach

Head of Department 3.0 – Press and Communications


+49 241 80 94323



Dear Friends of RWTH Aachen University,

When the “Königliche Rheinisch-Westphälische Polytechnische Schule” was founded in 1870, it was intended to strengthen the creative power of the economy in the region. Today, we would say: the power of innovation. 150 years on, this goal is more relevant than ever, yet this does not mean that the University – now “Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule” – has not substantially changed or developed over time.

Yes, our RWTH will turn 150 in 2020 and we would like to celebrate this very special birthday and honor the development of our University with you – our members, employees, students, friends, and everyone who is keen to get to know us better.

We would like to both look back on the past and look to the future, too. The next 150 years promise to be just as exciting as the past century and a half. And our innovative power is, and will continue to be, as unrelenting as ever.
So please come and celebrate with us, have fun with the University, and let us take a look at the past and the future together.

Your University Professor Dr. rer. nat. Dr. hc mult. Ulrich Rüdiger
Rector of RWTH Aachen

150 Jahre RWTH: Der Auftakt.