University of Regensburg

The University of Regensburg (German: University of Regensburg) is a public research university located in the medieval city of Regensburg, Bavaria, a UNESCO World Heritage City, the university was founded on July 18, 1962 by the Landtag of Bavaria as the fourth comprehensive university in Bavaria, after its foundation in 1965, the university was officially opened to students in the winter semester of 1967-1968, and initially hosted the faculties of law, business sciences and philosophy, in the summer semester of 1968, the Faculty of Fundamentals of Religion was created, comprising the University of Regensburg (German: University of Regensburg) is a public research university. Regensburg is currently eleven faculties, the university actively participates in the European Union's SOCRATES programme as well as in several TEMPUS programmes, the most famous of which is the former academic, Pope Benedict XVI, who served there as a professor until 1977 and officially retains the Presidency of the Theology.

University of Regensburg
University of Regensburg

History of the University of Regensburg

Attempts to establish a university in Regensburg have been called since the end of the fifteenth century.

  • In 1487, the Duke of Bavaria Albrecht IV and the City Council of Regensburg sent a petition to Pope Innocent VIII to establish a university in the city, the idea was rejected and failed for economic reasons.
  • In 1562, the Protestant-Croatian reformer Matthias Vlasios again called for the establishment of a university in the city, arguing that a university in Regensburg would spread the ideas of the Protestant Reformation in Slavic lands.
  • Protestant intellectuals again attempted to establish a university in 1633, although their attempts prevented the arrival of imperial forces by order of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.
  • After the end of World War II, a group of concerned thinkers and scholars from East Bavaria founded the Society of Friends of the University (Verein der Freunde der Universität Regensburg eV) in 1948, calling for the establishment of the University of Regensburg, and the Upper Palatinate Region.  
  • The appeal of the Association proved successful in 1962 when the Bavarian Landtag authorized the establishment of the university.

 Campus & Library

Construction began with a ceremony of laying the official foundation stone on November 20, 1965.

  • The first lectures began in the winter semester of 1967, and the faculties of law, commerce and philosophy were the first schools for students.  
  • The following year, the Catholic Theological College opened for students, since 1967, the university has grown to include twelve faculties, including medicine, biology, psychology and chemistry.
  • The German Research Society has strongly supported a number of research projects at the university, particularly in the fields of biochemistry and microbiology.
  • The most famous professor at the university is Pope Benedict XVI, who studied from 1969 until he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Archbishop of Munich in 1977.
  • In 2006, a year after his election to the papacy, Benedict XVI returned to the University of Regensburg to give a controversial opinion of a lecture that received international attention from the university, the Pope is still listed as a university professor.
  • Another famous former faculty member, Carl Steter, served as president of the Archaea Center and Department of Microbiology between 1980 and 2002.
  • His discoveries include Pyrococcus furiosus in 1986, Aquifex aeolicus, Aquifex equitans and Nanoarchaeum equitans, which were discovered in 2002.

Where is the University of Regensburg located

The entire university is located on a central campus, located south of the inner city of Regensburg on a small slope south of the Danube, and is directly adjacent to the University of Regensburg of Applied Sciences and the A3 motorway.

  • The university itself consists of 150 hectares (280 acres) of land.
  • Including an affiliated university hospital, the University of Regensburg has about 4,200 employees, including 312 professors, and teaches more than 20,000 students (summer semester 2015).
  • The University's reputation and attractiveness are enhanced by the 2,000-year-old city of Regensburg, its picturesque countryside, the Donuthal (Danube Valley), the density of high taverns and the heights near the Bavarian Forest.
  • The active cultural life of both the city and the campus offers great opportunities for recreation, enhanced by a number of nearby lakes.

Specialties of the University of Regensburg

The University consists of eleven faculties:

  • Catholic Theological Seminary.
  • School of Law.
  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Management Information Systems.
  • Faculty of Medicine.
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Art History, History and Humanities.
  • Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences.
  • Faculty of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
  • Faculty of Mathematics.
  • Faculty of Physics.
  • Faculty of Biology and Preclinical Medicine.
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy.

On 31 March 2010, the Mayor of Regensburg submitted a formal application to the Bavarian Government stating that the additional technical university proposed by the Government should go to Regensburg.

Moreover: before taking the necessary steps, the current university can simply obtain additional technical faculty as some of Germany's universities have done in Bavaria, for example the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.  

In any case, the addition of such a college would also be beneficial to the University of Regensburg, as there are many engineering industries in and around the city.

Advantages of the University of Regensburg

The University of Regensburg, founded in 1962, is located on a modern campus on the southern outskirts of a historic city dating back to Roman times.

  • In 2006, the city was inscribed on the World Heritage List because of its unique and well-preserved old city.
  • Besides the beauty of Regensburg, the fact that the University of Regensburg is a campus is a huge advantage for other institutions to study within Germany.
  • The campus offers everything you need for your daily life, from restaurants to a hairdresser to a supermarket.
  • Most importantly, the university offers a variety of disciplines, a student-teacher ratio, and excellent facilities.
  • Originally designed as a regional university, it has grown into a renowned educational and research center with a strong tradition of international cooperation.  
  • There are currently about 21,000 students enrolled at the University of Regensburg, including 1,700 international students (as of the 2016/17 winter semester).
  • Furthermore, the University of Regensburg is committed to academic freedom in research and teaching, and the University sees itself as a society that supports equality between women and men.
  • Research is the main mission of the University and the foundation of specialized education, the University promotes the development of professional skills and is dedicated to transforming its students into motivated and critical individuals.
  • In order to improve the transfer of knowledge and technology between academic research and private companies, the University of Regensburg has established an interdisciplinary service called FUTUR.
  • It acts as an intermediary, translator and promoter between the university and industry in the field of knowledge and technology transfer – for the benefit of both partners.
  • The main objectives of knowledge and technology transfer are, on the one hand, to disseminate the knowledge and innovation potential of companies, and on the other hand, to gain practical experience and obtain external funding for the University.
  • FUTUR began its work to promote regional economic development in February 1989, and more than 820 contacts, consultations and cooperation have been made over the past 14 years.

Ranking of the University of Regensburg

  • The University of Regensburg is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world:
  • The University of Regensburg World Ranking by QS World is 2014: 395.
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013: 301-400.
  • Ranking of universities globally 2014: 338.
  • Handelsblatt 2014, one of the most business-related rankings in Germany, ranks the university's Department of Business Administration among the top 25 departments in German-speaking Europe.

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