TII Group - founder Otto Rettenmaier is name sponsor
In November 2016, the new Otto-Rettenmaier-Audimax auditorium was officially handed over to the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim in a ceremony attended by Baden-Württemberg state ministers. The new state-of-the-art lecture theatre can hold up to 660 students. Realizing the new building was only possible thanks to a generous donation from TII Group founder, Otto Rettenmaier.
For Otto Rettenmaier, the substantial financial support is an expression of the appreciation that he extends to university education as a whole. The TII Group, that he founded, is today the world market leader in the production of vehicles with hydraulically supported pendulum axles, and which includes the internationally-operating traditional companies SCHEUERLE, NICOLAS, KAMAG as well as TII INDIA. Well-trained engineers, economists or programmers are today the mainstays of his company group.
That a building of the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim is named after a private person is indeed something very special. Up to now, this honour had only been bestowed on a queen: Katharina of Württemberg, who was significantly responsible for the founding of the university. With the decision to name the new auditorium after the generous donor, the University of Hohenheim wishes to express its gratitude.
"Without the financial support of Honorary Senator Otto Rettenmaier, it would have taken an extremely long time to build a new lecture theatre," said Prof. Dr. Stephan Dabbert, Rector of the University of Hohenheim. "It is a great pleasure and honour for us to have such a patron on our side."
Between the University of Hohenheim and Otto Rettenmaier, there has been a decades-long and diverse connection. For almost forty years now, the multi-entrepreneur and holder of the Federal Cross of Merit (First Class) of the Federal Republic of Germany has been supporting university with both expert advice and wide-ranging patronage. He has financially and non-financially supported, among other things, the German Agricultural Museum, the Hohenheimer gardens and castle where, thanks to his generous support, renovation of the hall, Blauen Saal (Blue Saloon) and the magnificent Balkonsaal was possible. In 1984, the University of Hohenheim conferred the title of Honorary Senator on its patron and, on 2nd June 2014, the university presented him with the highest honour that it could bestow: the University Medal in Gold.