University Sports Center Projects


The RWTH Aachen University Sports Center, HSZ for short, not only offers regular sports classes and unique events. It is also involved with skilled partners in diverse projects, which further develop university sports in Germany and Europe. By implementing various projects in the field of university sports, the HSZ intends to increase the quality of university sports offers in Germany and Europe. With its advantageous location in the Euroregion and RWTH's European orientation, the HSZ is involved in multiple international networks, in which diverse projects are conducted. Here you can find a brief overview of some of our completed and current projects. You can learn more about our partners on the page HSZ Partners.

Active Campus Europe

From 2017 to 2018, the RWTH Aachen University Sports Center successfully carried out a Europe-wide health project with 16 universities from seven countries, co-funded by Erasmus+ sports funds. The project aimed to build a lasting pan-European network to advance health-promoting sport on the campuses of the participating universities. To this end, best practice examples were exchanged between the partners and collected in a handbook. Furthermore, local interventions were created to encourage the project’s physically inactive target group to engage in sport and physical activity.

Further details about the project can be found on the project homepage and on the ENAS website.

RWTH Aktiv - Moving University

“Moving University” is a project of the University Sports Center to promote health at RWTH. It is supported by Techniker Krankenkasse . Beside the main subject area of physical activity, the project also encompasses relaxation, stress relief and diet.

The aim of the project is the sensitization towards the importance of physical activity and health in everyday (work or student) life as well as the creation of incentives for behavioral change amongst staff and students of RWTH.

The students of RWTH Aachen are the next target group to be moved into the focus of the project. Thanks to the subproject “BottomsUp”, countless initiatives to combat a sedentary lifestyle have been successfully carried out in the past. Next, the University Sports Center wishes to bring more movement into the everyday lives of students. This is to be achieved by the Student-Pausenexpress, amongst other initiatives. The newest offer, the “Vitality Bike”, will also contribute to turning RWTH Aachen University into a truly “active university”.

Promotion of Health and Prevention for Students and Employees Through Sport and Movement

Together with the partner university institutions the Universities of Potsdam, Paderborn, and Wuppertal, the project "Promotion of Health and Prevention for Students and Employees Through Sport and Movement" was conducted between February 2009 and February 2011 with the support of the Federal Ministry of Health. The goal of the project was to motivate students and employees at universities to autonomously look after and care for their health and to guide them accordingly. Movement offers ensured for a healthy equalier to offset the typically stagnant academic day. You can find further information and the project report on the In Form website.


Development of Sustainability in Aachen University Sports

The RWTH Aachen University Sports Center, HSZ for short, provides the members of Aachen’s universities with a wide range of sport and movement offers. It further organises various events throughout the year. As a central institution of RWTH Aachen University, the HSZ is aware of its educational mission and role model function. It views it as its duty to continually examine and develop the sustainability of its program. For the HSZ, sustainability represents a continuous process to be steadily driven forward.

Besides its own conviction to act sustainably, the HSZ also derives its responsibility for sustainable development from its function as a central institution of RWTH Aachen University. RWTH Aachen University is aware of its responsibility towards society and the environment and promotes the subject of sustainability centrally through the Staff Unit: Board of Governors and Strategic Matters. As part of its membership of the German University Sports Association (adh), the HSZ has worked to esablish the subject of sustainability in the umbrella organisation. In this respect, various actors were brought together in a network for sustainability, an adh-seminar on sutainability was organised in February 2019 and an adh sustainability prize was established. Since 2019, the principle of sustainability is established in the statute and mission statement of the adh and are thus guiding for all member institutions including the HSZ. Besides exchanges on a national level, the HSZ is also engaged with its partner universities on the European level.