MoRitS is a cooperation of

University of Bielefeld

University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld

government-funded by

Ministry of innovation, sciences and research of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen


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MoRitS – Partners

Bielefeld University


  • Founded in 1969
  • 13 faculties covering †humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology
  • ~21,500 students and ~2,800 staff members (incl. ~1600 academic staff)
  • MoRitS involves 3 faculties: Biology, Physics, and Technology
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FH Bielefeld


  • Founded in 1971
  • 6 faculties covering natural sciences, social sciences, design, engineering †and technology
  • ~9,400 students and ~560 staff members (academic and administration)
  • MoRitS involves the faculty of Engineering and Mathematics

"MoRitS - Model-based Realization of intelligent Systems in Nano- und Biotechnologies" is a research cooperation between the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and the Bielefeld University. It involves the faculty of Engineering and Mathematics at FH Bielefeld and the three Faculties of Physics, Biology and Technology at the Bielefeld University.




MoRitS – the Mission: Foster Transparency between Different Types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany

Transparency between Universities and FHs


MoRitS – the Bielefeld Model

The research cooperation is based on the principle of equality and mutual respect for each partnerís strengths in research and development, teaching and training. Fostering transparency between the two types of higher education institutions, universities and universities of applied sciences, is essential for offering unprecedented scientific training for graduates from both types of universities in a research area of great economic, societal and technological relevance. The cooperation also aims at closing the gender gap in STEM fields by encouraging female graduates.

The PhD theses planned in MoRitS over the course of three years will be conducted under joint supervision of both universities, with mutual primary and secondary supervisors and with the degree being awarded by Bielefeld University. The jointly developed curriculum reflects the expertise and key skills of each partner in the light of successful past collaborations and future prospects.