Campuses and other Facilities

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Campus at Holländischer Platz

The University of Kassel central campus is located at Holländischer Platz on the edge of downtown Kassel. The former premises of the Henschel Company are home to the Faculties of Human Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Planning, Economics and Management, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The International Studies Centre, the IT Service Centre, and University of Kassel administration are also located here. The library building is the heart of the campus. It provides access to approximately 1.9 million volumes, including 30,000 current periodicals and global electronic media. The University Library is headquartered here, but special libraries are also maintained at the university’s other campuses. As a state library, the University of Kassel library is public and open to everyone in the region.

Campus at Wilhelmshöher Allee

The university buildings at Wilhelmshöher Allee 73-75 house auditoriums and laboratories for the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Whether working with high-voltage, mechatronics or mobile telephones, modern equipment offers the best conditions for outstanding hands-on research and teaching.

The university Centre for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) is located at Wilhelmshöher Allee 47. Nearby (at Pfannkuchstr. 1) is the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Information System Design (ITeG).

Also nearby are several structures built with third-party funding; these include the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES), to which the University of Kassel Institute for Solar Energy Supply Technology (Institut für Solare Energieversorgungstechnik or ISET) was transferred.

Campus at Heinrich-Plett-Straße

In Oberzwehren (a district of Kassel), the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences along with parts of the sports science and ergonomics programmes are housed at Heinrich-Plett-Straße 40. At the Centre for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT), natural scientists and engineers cooperate to develop technologies for the future – by working with tiny structures measuring one billionth of a metre in size with enormous technical and economic potential. In the nearby wildlife conservation area is an outdoor laboratory operated with the scientific support of biologists from the University of Kassel.

School of Art and Design

Bordering the beautiful Karlsaue park (at Menzelstraße 13-15), is the Kassel School of Art and Design, a semi-autonomous institution under the umbrella of the university. The School of Art and Design looks back on a long tradition: it was founded in 1777 as the "Academie de Peinture et Sculpture". With courses of study in fine art, visual communications, product design, art education and aesthetics and art history, it is one of only two German colleges of art that bring together academic and artistic courses of study through integration with a university. Two short films made at the Kassel School of Art and Design have been awarded Oscars.

Aueparkhalle

The University of Kassel concentrates practical education and training for future sports teachers at the Aueparkhalle in Damaschkestraße. Classes in sports theory and sports education are also offered there by the Institute of Sports and Sports Science.

Kurt- Schumacher-Str. 2

The building is currently used by the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), the Competence Centre for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (CLIMA) and the Climate Adaptation Network for the Model Region Northern Hessen (KLIMZUG).

Brüder-Grimm-Platz

The “Murhardsche Library” (at Brüder-Grimm-Platz 4a) is an important part of the university library as well as the Kassel State Library. The library’s collection includes more than half a million volumes on linguistics and literature, German history (particularly Hessen history), philosophy, music, law and medicine. Hildebrand's Lay, the oldest major work of German literature, and numerous other priceless books and manuscripts can be viewed in the manuscript vault.

Witzenhausen

The University of Kassel Faculty of Organic Agricultural Science in Witzenhausen is distinct in many respects. Its alignment toward ecologically-oriented research and teaching is unique in Europe, as is the diploma course of study in ecological agriculture. Since the first professorship for ecological agriculture was established in 1981, the Faculty in Witzenhausen has been considered a pioneer in this field. Research results are implemented and tested at the Frankenhausen State Domain and the University of Kassel teaching, testing and transfer centre for ecological agricultural science and sustainable regional development, which operates according to the principles of ecological agriculture.

The Faculty’s research greenhouse in Witzenhausen simulates conditions for plant production in tropical and semitropical areas. The facility is available for study and research and can also be toured by visiting groups.

Frankenhausen Domain

The Hessen state domain at Frankenhausen is the teaching, testing, and transfer centre for ecological agricultural science and sustainable regional development. It was leased by the University of Kassel in July 1998 and has since been managed according to the principles of ecological agriculture. Under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hess, Frankenhausen has been developed into a renowned centre. The 320-hectare farm is simultaneously an experimental farm for ecological agriculture and also a commercial success. The central concerns of the project are the support and advancement of ecological agriculture and the creation of jobs in the agricultural and social sector. The domain strives to be a "transparent" farm and a model for ecologically, economically and socially sustainable management in the region. In the process, it is integrated into university research and teaching, while also open to the interested public. The Hessen state-owned domain of Frankenhausen is situated 14 kilometres north of Kassel, near the B83 in the direction of Grebenstein.