• Faculty

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Mission and Development

In the summer of 2017, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia approved the foundation of the Medical Faculty 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)


  • June 2017
    Coalition agreement between the CDU and the FDP includes the intention to establish a medical faculty in OWL
  • Summer 2017
    Bielefeld University receives the planning order
  • September 2017
    Rektor Professor Sagerer publicly outlines first considerations
  • December 2017
    Bielefeld University and the social housing association BGW announce that the Medical Faculty will be initially located at the Innovation Centre Campus Bielefeld (ICB)
  • June 2018
    The Rektorat 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

  • June 2018
    Start of the selection procedure for the hospitals to form the joint university hospital in OWL
  • September 2018
    Bielefeld University submits a concept description to the German Council of Science and Humanities (“Wissenschaftsrat”)
  • October 2018
    „Medical Faculty 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