„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 turns 150 in 2020 and we wanted to celebrate this very special birthday and honor the development of our University with you – our instructors, employees, students, friends, and supporters, as well as everyone who is keen to get to know us better. We wanted to both look back on the past and look to the future, too. And then reality caught up with us. The coronavirus pandemic greatly impacted all our lives. We here at RWTH had to react quickly. A completely normal summer semester turned into an online one; in our everyday work, we faced the daily challenge of operating under constantly changing conditions. Under these circumstances, we felt we had no choice but to cancel all the planned events to celebrate our anniversary. We made this decision with heavy hearts, but at the same time we are convinced that our focus must be on overcoming the crisis in the current situation. Postponed does not mean canceled, however, and many of our anniversary plans will be made up for, or adapted to the circumstances at a later date. We hope you are as excited as we are!

Have fun getting to know RWTH and take both a look back at the past and into the future with us. Discover our unbroken power of innovation, which is also particularly evident in these extraordinary times, with specific projects addressing the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic hands-on.

150 Jahre RWTH: Der Auftakt.