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May 2014
Top Spot
in CHE Ranking
Top Spot in CHE Rankings
In the CHE ("Center for High School Development") University Rankings for 2014/15, ZU is again ranked among Germany's top universities and colleges. In the field of economics, ZU is the highest ranked university in all of Germany. Above all, satisfaction with general study conditions and the studyability of the subjects was rated as outstanding.
May 2014
ZF Campus
Topping-Out
Ceremony
ZF Campus Topping-Out Ceremony
Following the old builders' rite, ZU has a topping-out ceremony for the new ZF campus in Fallenbrunnen. In total there will be around 14,500 square meters of gross floor area, about half of which will be provided by old buildings, with the other half newly built. This should be in operation for the 2015 fall semester.
September 2013
System
Accreditation
System Accreditation
For its quality assurance system in the field of studying and teaching, ZU is to be awarded with so-called "System Accreditation" by the accreditation council and the ACQUIN agency – the first private university with an interdisciplinary business sciences, social sciences, and cultural sciences study program. Thus, ZU can autonomously broaden and further develop the programs on offer based on the accreditation process. In its programs it is also responsible for compliance with national and international quality standards as well as guidelines relating to college legislation.
June 2013
Ground-Breaking
Ceremony ZF Campus
Ground-Breaking Ceremony ZF Campus
ZU is officially starting the construction and renovation works for its new ZF campus. Holding jackhammers, Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Jansen (President of ZU), Katja Völker, (executive board member of ZU), Andreas Brand (Lord Mayor of Friedrichshafen), and Dr. Stefan Sommer (ZF Chairman) symbolically give the go-ahead for the project in the former barracks area at No. 3 Fallenbrunnen. The building project is being made possible thanks to a donation of 20 million euro from ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
October 2012
ContainerUni
Opening
ContainerUni Opening
ZU opens ContainerUni in Fallenbrunnen in October 2012. Until such time as ZU's new ZF Campus can be moved into, the ContainerUni will serve as temporary premises for students, teachers and employees. For this very reason the ideas and opinions of the ZU students were taken into account during the design phase. The 2,500 square meter space comprises eleven seminar rooms, sixty offices, an "Open Test House" for student activities and the ZU café "Mundvoll" ("Mouthful").
June 2012
20 Million
Donation by ZF
20 Million Donation from ZF
ZF Friedrichshafen AG donates a total of 20 million euro to the ZU Foundation. This is the largest single donation towards asset growth in the history of ZU. Through these methods, the foundation trust of the university is in a position to finance the expansion and renovation of the former barracks building at No. 3 Fallenbrunnen.
September 2011
Right to Award
Doctoral Degrees
Entitlement for awarding doctoral degrees
On the recommendation of the German Council of Science and Humanities, ZU was given the right to independently award doctoral and postdoctoral degrees (professorial teaching qualification) by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Arts and Sciences (MWK), thereby formally achieving scientific and research-oriented parity with the state universities.
February 2011
Winner of
"Germany's Most
Committed University"
Winner of "Germany's Most Committed University"
ZU is awarded a top prize in the sponsorship scheme entitled "More than Research and Teaching – Colleges in Society" which is run by Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and Stiftung Mercator. ZU's special commitment to society and its concept of "University Social Responsibility", which integrates social experience-based learning into its degree programs, are rewarded. With this, ZU assumes responsibility for the local community and makes a valuable contribution to the future of civil society.
January 2011
65 Partner
Universities
65 Partner Universities Worldwide
ZU has 65 partner universities – worldwide and on every continent. Prestigious institutions in this group include colleges like the University of California in Berkeley, University of London's Goldsmiths College, and the Copenhagen Business School. With worldwide cooperation, ZU consistently pursues internationalization.
August 2010
ZU Professional
School Launch
Opening of the Zeppelin University Professional School | ZUPS
As an institute for further education, Zeppelin University Professional School brings together our study programs for working people who have one thing in common: they are focused less on a narrow definition of further education and more on tackling the dynamic, complex, exciting, and stimulating issues of our times. At the center of everything we do are the students with their own experiences and questions. Teaching methods, group projects, homework, independent presentations, and the possibility of drafting your own research proposal are just some aspects of this.
February 2010
100 Start-Ups
Launched by Students
Over hundred Start-Ups Launched by Students
With over one hundred Start-Ups launched by students – from inter-city bus company "DeinBus.de" to organic cookie manufacturer "knusperreich" to social enterprise "Rock Your Life!" – ZU is among the best universities in Germany to get funding as an entrepreneur. To that end ZU brought Micro Equity GmbH (also known as "ZUME") into being. The university's own fund for entrepreneurs provides financing of up to 50,000 euro and in return gets a 10% stake in the company. Furthermore, ZUME aids them by means of a mentoring program.
October 2009
Opening of FAB 18
ZU Opens CreativeQuarter at No. 18 Fallenbrunnen
Seen as a stopgap solution until the completion of the new ZF campus in 2015, the 1,600 square meter space offers plenty of room for research, for learning, and for working. In the former barracks building, seminar rooms, project rooms, and offices sit side-by-side with art- and dance studios as well as a small cafeteria. With on-site accommodation, the development of this hitherto rather peripheral and infrastructurally underdeveloped area of Friedrichshafen is forging ahead.
February 2009
Institutional
Accreditation
Accreditation
ZU is the first ever private college in the south of Germany to achieve accreditation by the German Council of Science and Humanities. The German Council of Science and Humanities grants institutional accreditation to ZU ZU is awarded this ultimate seal of approval in the German higher education landscape, thereby becoming the first private university in southern Germany to be successfully accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities.
May 2008
First CHE Ranking
ZU in leading group in CHE rankings
With its Bachelor's degree, ZU entered the CHE College Rankings for the first time and immediately earned a top spot among Germany's universities. They achieved 8th place in the field of Communication and Cultural Studies, 5th place in Political and Administrative Sciences and 15th place in Economics. This means that all three ZU faculties are highly rated.
January 2008
New Building at
LakeCampus
Opening of the newly built LakeCampus
At the Seemooser Horn campus, in just over a year of construction, around 17 million euro was invested in the further development of the fast growing university. The university building was designed by Fritz Hack architects in Friedrichshafen. Spanning 3,400 square meters, this double-glazed, shimmering silver cube offers an abundance of space for research, study, teaching, working, and relaxing a foyer for big events, a lounge, a cafeteria, a library, as well as seminar- and office spaces.
December 2007
"ZUtwelve"
Strategy
ZU becomes a privately-funded university and adopts the "ZUtwelve" future strategy
With effect from January 1, 2008, ZU will be a privately funded university. Connected with this is the transfer of the existing holding company to the ZU Foundation, in which all of the main sponsors of the university up to this point are represented. In this regard ZU is adopting a strategy for the future. After four years of construction, ZU is laying out numerous projects for the university's development in the coming years under the title of "ZUtwelve". In this way ZU wants to put itself in pole position among private colleges in Germany.
December 2006
Founding of Zeppelin
University Association ZU|G
Foundation meeting of the Zeppelin University Society (ZU|G)
The Zeppelin University Society (ZU|G) was founded in December 2006 with the aim of consolidating the university's strong position in the region as well as to ideologically and financially support and facilitate the countless creative ideas of the students. Its members are friends and sponsors of the university and are comprised of citizens, businesses, and institutions predominantly from the region.
June 2006
"Land of Ideas"
Award
Innovative Location Award in "365 Days in the Land of Ideas" Competition
In June 2006, ZU receives its first innovative location award in the "365 Days in the Land of Ideas" competition. Special praise is reserved for their innovative approach which, alongside the interdisciplinary nature of the programs, is reflected in concepts like GlobalStudies, StudentStudies, and TandemCoaching. The "Germany – Land of Ideas" initiative (2006 – 2012), in conjunction with Deutsche Bank, rewards ideas and projects which make a lasting contribution to Germany's future.
May 2006
Opening of
"Public Management &
Governance"
3rd Department "Public Management & Government" opened
The third ZU department – Public Management & Governance – is opened in the presence of Prof. Dr. Udo di Fabio. The idea of the university as a bridge between business, culture, and politics is thereby fully realized. National and supranational political processes, the increasing modernization of public administration, as well as leadership challenges in large administrative institutions, and the extensive field of international relations in the world of today there is hardly a course of study which reflects more pressing, more complex, and more internationally-oriented aspects of the working world than Public Management & Governance with International Relations.
November 2004
Citizens' University
Launch
"Citizens' University" event is launched
At Citizens' University ZU opens its doors and invites all interested citizens to a dialogue session with prominent personalities from culture, politics, and business. Already, TV stars like Thomas Gottschalk and Günther Jauch, top scientists like historian Jan Assmann, astronaut Thomas Reiter, or business gurus like Hans-Werner Sinn and Prof. Dr. Arnulf Baring have all put themselves forward as first lecturer. At the Citizens' University, visitors experience pioneering lectures and dialogues in the familiar multidisciplinary ZU style. With this format, ZU wants to open up the region even more and bring together interested people of all ages.
September 2003
Bachelor
Program
Launch
Launch of Two-Part Bachelor's Degrees
In the 2003 fall semester, for the first time, 19 students start Bachelor's degrees in Economics and in Communications and Cultural Sciences. ZU is thereby one of the first German universities to introduce a two-tier system of Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
June 2003
Founding of ZU
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.

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As an independent foundation university ZU is supported by the ZU-Foundation and finances itself solely by means of donations and sponsoring, revenues of the foundation assets, as well as tuition fees, competitively gained research third-party funds, and the revenues of academic services. So far, more than 600 medium-sized and large companies, as well as private citizens, have contributed to setting up and expanding ZU by donations and sponsoring.