Outstanding research & teaching
A long history of excellence. Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany. Since its founding 1386 it has attracted many top scientists from Germany and abroad, including Robert Bunsen, Hermann Helmholtz, Gustav Kirchhoff and Max Weber. To date, eleven Nobel Prizes have been awarded to professors at the University of Heidelberg, most recently in 2014 to professor Stefan Hell for his work on the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. The University’s recent successes in competitions and league tables testify to the extremely high standard of science at Heidelberg.
Recognized success. In 2012 Heidelberg University's status as an elite university was officially confirmed once again. Central to the award-winning Institutional Strategy "Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University" is a desire to facilitate work across traditional subject boundaries. The Excellence Initiative-funded "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" and "Cellular Networks" Clusters of Excellence and three graduate schools in the field of the natural sciences lend the Initiative further areas of focus.
A university with a future. More than 30,000 students are currently enjoying an excellent university education at the University of Heidelberg. With more than 160 courses of study to choose from, the range of subject combinations on offer at the University is virtually unrivalled in Germany. The diverse leisure activities available in Heidelberg and its surrounding area make it easy for students to strike a balance between study and recreation.
A further strength of the University of Heidelberg is its wide range of partnerships with external research bodies and businesses. These enable it to facilitate dialogue between the business and academic worlds, creating ideal conditions for research. Just how closely theory and practice are interwoven at the University is demonstrated by the large number of successful start-ups that have originated there.