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  • Medical School EWL

    Graphic of the building R.1 of the Medical School EWL
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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 School East Westphalia-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 East Westphalia-Lippe (EWL) 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)


  • October 2021:
    Welcoming the first medical students in Bielefeld
  • September 2021:
    Ceremony for the opening of teaching at the Medical School in EWL
  • July 2021:
    Bielefeld University concludes first teaching practice contracts in EWL
  • May 2021:
    NRW Health Minister and Science Minister on visit

  • March 2021:
    Admissions procedure for study places in medicine begins

  • January 2021:
    NRW approves Medical Curriculum

  • December 2020:
    Bielefeld University buys building ICB for the Medical School EWL

  • September 2020:
    Green light for the first new building of the Medical School EWL

  • July 2020:
    Start-up Fund Medical Research supports first projects

  • June 2020:
    Professor Dr. med. Björn Spittau takes over the professorship for anatomy and cell biology

  • January 2020:
    Kick-off for the Start-up Fund Medical Research

  • October 2019:
    University Medicine NRW receives a positive assessment from the state government

  • July 2019:
    Innovation Center Campus Bielefeld (ICB) is officially opened

  • November 2018:
    First employees of the Medical School EWL move to the Innovation Center Campus Bielefeld (ICB)

  • October 2018:
    „Medical School 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

  • September 2018:
    Bielefeld University submits a concept description to the German Council of Science and Humanities (“Wissenschaftsrat”)

  • June 2018:
    Start of the selection procedure for the hospitals to form the joint University Medical Center EWL

  • June 2018:
    The rectorate 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

  • December 2017:
    Bielefeld University and the social housing association BGW announce that the Medical School EWL will be initially located at the Innovation Centre Campus Bielefeld (ICB)

  • September 2017:
    Rector Professor Sagerer publicly outlines first considerations

  • Summer 2017:
    Bielefeld University receives the planning order

  • June 2017:
    Coalition agreement between the CDU and the FDP includes the intention to establish a Medical School in EWL

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