In the summer of 2017, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia approved the foundation of the Medical School in Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Bielefeld. At the same time, Bielefeld University was asked to develop a corresponding concept in close cooperation with the Ministry for Culture and Science, as well the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs.
The objective: “The medical training in Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) is to be geared primarily to improving medical care in rural areas in the long term. To this end, general medicine will be of particular importance to this project as well as the establishment of networks with academic teaching hospitals and medical practices in rural areas.” (From the coalition agreement between the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Liberal Democrats (FDP) in NRW, 2017)
Admissions procedure for study places in medicine begins
NRW approves Medical Curriculum
Bielefeld University buys building ICB for the Medical School OWL
Green light for the first new building of the Medical School OWL
Start-up Fund Medical Research supports first projects
Professor Dr. med. Björn Spittau takes over the professorship for anatomy and cell biology
Kick-off for the Start-up Fund Medical Research
University Medicine NRW receives a positive assessment from the state government
Innovation Center Campus Bielefeld (ICB) is officially opened
First employees of the Medical School OWL move to the Innovation Center Campus Bielefeld (ICB)
„Medical School in foundation“ is established.
NRW Minister for Science, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, and NRW Minister for Health, Karl-Josef Laumann, inform themselves about the state of planning on site.
Constitutive meeting of the External Advisory Board
Bielefeld University submits a concept description to the German Council of Science and Humanities (“Wissenschaftsrat”)
Start of the selection procedure for the hospitals to form the joint University hospital in OWL
The rectorate appoints Professor Claudia Hornberg as Founding Dean
The Medical Advisory Board is constituted as an advisory committee with external experts from the fields of academic medicine
Bielefeld University and the social housing association BGW announce that the Medical School OWL will be initially located at the Innovation Centre Campus Bielefeld (ICB)
Rector Professor Sagerer publicly outlines first considerations
Bielefeld University receives the planning order