University of Mannheim

The University of Mannheim, one of the newest universities in Germany, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business administration, economics, law, social sciences, humanities, mathematics, computer science and information systems.The headquarters of the University is the Palace of Mannheim, the largest Baroque palace in Germany (German: Universität Mannheim), abbreviated UMA is a public research university in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, founded in 1967, and its origins go back to the Palatine Academy of Sciences, founded by voter Karl Theodore at the Palace of Mannheim in 1763, as well as Handelschul (Mannheim Business School), founded in 1907.

University of Mannheim
University of Mannheim

The university is consistently ranked as the best business school in Germany as well as a leading institution in economics and social sciences, the university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in business, economics, law, social sciences, humanities, mathematics, computer science and information systems.  

History of the University of Mannheim

It dates back to the founding of one of its predecessors – the Korpwalzeische der Wiessenschaften (Palatinate Academy of Sciences) at the Palace of Mannheim, founded by the elector Carl Tudor in 1763, its other predecessors are the Mannheim Business School (1907-1933), which reopened in 1946 as the State School of Economics in Mannheim, and named the University of Mannheim in 1967, Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria and founder of the Palatine Academy of Sciences, in the twentieth century.

Faculty of Commerce at the University of Mannheim

Otto Beck, one of the founding fathers of Mannheim Handelshochschule, in 1907, Städtische Handelshochschule Mannheim (Municipal Business School) was founded on the initiative of Mayor Mannheim Otto Beck (1846–1908) and Professor of Economics Eberhard Jotun (1853–1923) as the College of Future Merchants.  

She carried out educational and research activities in business administration, economics, pedagogy, psychology, law, languages and humanities, from the beginning women occupied a prominent place in Handelshochschule In 1908 it was the first college in Germany to employ a university professor, a quarter of the students were women.

In 1933, Handelshochschule was incorporated into the University of Heidelberg by the Nazi City Administration.

Otto Sels, a German-Jewish philosopher and psychologist who had been a professor at the Handelshochschule School since 1923 and its president in 1929/30, was dismissed on April 6, 1933.

After the reign of Badeschen Gudenerlaas led by NSDAP politician Robert Heinrich Wagner, a Jewish academic franchise aimed at banning German universities, in 1943, Sils was executed in the Auschwitz concentration camp, only 3 of the 14 Jewish documentaries at Handelshochschule in Mannheim survived the Holocaust, with all institutes, inventories and staff transferred to the University of Heidelberg, the merger was completed and the Jews were "liberated" and Handelshochschule closed.

During World War II, the city of Mannheim was heavily bombed from December 1940 until the end of the war and witnessed more than 150 airstrikes.

The largest raid on Mannheim occurred on September 5–6, 1943 when much of the city was destroyed.In May 1945, only about 30% of the building's inventory remained.

In 1944, the Mannheim Palace was almost completely destroyed, leaving only one room intact out of more than 500 rooms, of which only its outer walls remain.

Eberhard Jotin, co-founder of Handelshochschule Mannheim, in 1946, the Handelshochschule School reopened under its new name Staatliche Wirtschaftshochschule Mannheim (State School of Economics) with 586 first-year students.

In 1955, Wirtschafshochschule moved to the rebuilt East Wing of the Mannheim Palace, in the same year the seal was created, which is still used today.

The Mannheim Palace appears at the top and the square area of downtown Mannheim at the bottom, surrounded by In Omnibus Veritas, the official emblem of the University in an abbreviated version, based on a line from the Constitution of the Palatine Academy of Sciences by Carl Tudor: in Omnibus Veritas Suprema Lex Esto, it is translated as "The truth in all things must be the supreme law".

Where is the University of Mannheim located

Located in downtown Mannheim, the University of Mannheim consists of an East Campus stretching from the Mannheim Palace to Mannheim Main Station and a West Campus consisting of squares A5 and B6 which are within walking distance of the Palace.  

Located 800 metres southwest of the university, between 1955 and 1973, the Mannheim Palace became the nucleus of the UMA campus, today housed in the university's School of Business and Law and parts of the Faculty of Humanities and the University Library.  

In 2000, UMA launched the Barockschlosses Renaissance Palace (Manheim Renaissance Palace), a fundraising campaign to renovate and expand the main campus.Raising €53 million, the university renovated 24 halls. Lectures and façade of the palace and built a new library inside the palace.  

In 2007, a palace museum was opened in the central part of the building displaying historic halls and rooms rebuilt for voter Carl Tudor, who resided there from 1742 to 1777.

In 2017, the university opened a new research center building, an educational building in place B6 and a study and conference center at the Mannheim Business School, behind the west wing of the palace.  

Contemporary campus features include the Jesuit Church of Mannheim, the Mannheim Observatory, the original Mannheim Palace Antikensammlung, the Anna Holzel Memorial, the Church of the Palace of Mannheim, the European Centre for Economic Research, the Palace of Breitzenheim, the Landgerst Mannheim (local court) and the Mannheim.Schnekenhof.

Ranking of the University of Mannheim

Harvard Germany is the German de Zeit, ranking UMA rating classes among the top hundreds of social meetings, management, accounting, financial management, business administration, management and economics, as well as the 50 universities in the field of political science.

The University of Mannheim ranks 20th in business and economics, ranked in the social sciences in 31st place, ranked 90th in psychology, in the 151-175th Science Index.

University of Mannheim Ranking within Germany

Ranked first in business, economics and social sciences, the University's social sciences programs, policies and information information about the national level rank as the first of the three centers and programs and computer science in the top 10.

In 2008, the first German institution was the "Crown Trilogy", a dependency among the three main associations for the accreditation of business administration at AMBA (UK) and the International Racing Federation (Belgium).

In the German University Rankings in LA 2017/2018, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Romantic Language were ranked highest in Germany, receiving the highest scores from any other institution in their national specialty.

The University's Master of Management is ranked fourteenth in Europe by, the University Business School ranks first in Germany by ranking Edunivate and Worldwide.

A leading institution in the economic and social sciences

For generations the University of Mannheim has been preparing students to take on leadership roles in business, academia and society.

One of the University's strengths in this mission is its profile that features economic and social sciences, in these areas, the University of Mannheim has been repeatedly ranked as one of the top 20 European research institutions.

University of Mannheim Specialties

  • Sports
  • Press & Media
  • Human Medicine and Dentistry
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Applied Sciences
  • Art, music and design
  • Law and Political Science
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Computer Science Engineering

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