Founding of Zeppelin University
In summer 2003 Zeppelin University receives university accreditation from the state of Baden-Württemberg. Financial backing is secured through Zeppelin GmbH and Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Jansen is appointed founding president. This marks the starting point for the establishment of an innovative university on the shores of Lake Constance and with views across the Alps – in the one-time workplace of the man who gave the university its name: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.
Count Zeppelin, a late nineteenth century tycoon, who no textbook could adequately describe and who for this very reason serves as a role model for a university committed to innovation but conscious of its tradition, with a global reach yet firmly rooted in the Lake Constance area, visionary and strong-minded like the man himself. In short, someone who made the improbable probable, because he had the desire.
This attitude represents the very reason for the establishment of Zeppelin University and a tradition of more than one hundred years.