Around half of all the students in Baden-Württemberg, 175,000 all told, are enrolled at the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hohenheim, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen and Ulm. A fundamental principle of these universities is Humboldt's ideal of the unity of research and teaching. This ideal makes far greater demands on university professors, expected to fulfill a dual role generating and transmitting knowledge, than, for instance, on their colleagues working in universities of applied science.
University of Freiburg
Profile: The Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg is one of Germany’s oldest and most famous universities. It offers a full range of subjects – with some 200 courses, including many conducted in English, including the humanities, economics, the natural sciences, engineering, medicine, law and theology. It also provides the ideal framework for undertaking modern, interdisciplinary studies.
Special features: Its engineering faculty has an outstanding reputation with its three Departments of computer science, microsystem engineering and sustainable technical systems. By linking together different fields, such as electronics, optics, mechanics and chemistry, it is possible to develop microsystem solutions for most areas of industry and daily life.
Research: The university’s many research centres have an important role to play. They include centres for neuroscience, material science, medicine and law. The BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies cluster of excellence uses the latest analytical methods and strategies of synthetic biology to explain and examine the complex processes of biological signalling in a creative and playful way.
Profile: The University of Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university and one of Europe’s leading research universities. Its courses include the humanities, the social sciences and law, the natural sciences, the life sciences and medicine. With over 150 different courses, Heidelberg offers an outstanding range of possible subject combinations and an excellent education through research-based teaching.
Special features: Heidelberg has an international flavour: Many Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are conducted in English, and its global research and teaching network encourages international exchange. For example, the Heidelberg Center Latin America in Santiago de Chile works with Chilean universities to offer courses in law, medicine, astrophysics and psychology.
Research: The university places a priority on encouraging dialogue across traditional disciplines and providing research results that are useful for society and business. With its Asia and Europe in a Global Context and Cellular Networks clusters of excellence and its plan for the future, the University of Heidelberg successfully came through both rounds of the Excellence Initiative, in this way reinforcing its claim to be a world-class research University.
University of Hohenheim
Profile: The University of Hohenheim is a university with a long tradition in the area of agriculture and the natural sciences. It has three faculties (agricultural sciences, the natural sciences and the social sciences) and offers 37 different courses.
Special features: The university is Germany’s leading university for agricultural sciences and it has an excellent global network. It has close ties with universities and other Research institutions in more than 90 different countries. Hohenheim is also one of the top universities in rankings of courses in economics and communication sciences.
Research: The university is involved in a number of joint research projects. It is currently working on interdisciplinary research in the areas of bioeconomics, global food security and ecosystems as well as health sciences. Central institutions, state institutes and laboratories allow interdisciplinary, joint research projects to be carried out in a hands-on way and stimulate new scientific findings.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Profile: The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was formed through a merger of the Karlsruhe Research Centre and the University of Karlsruhe. KIT is the research University in the Helmholtz Association. The academic disciplines on offer at KIT include biology, chemistry and process engineering, computer science, economics and society, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, the natural and built environment, physics and mathematics.
Special features: The KIT is one of Europe’s largest research and teaching institutions and has the potential to become a world leader in certain areas of research. As a place of academic life, lifelong learning, comprehensive further education, unlimited knowledge transfer and a lasting culture of innovation it offers an excellent academic education.
Research: The KIT creates and communicates knowledge for the benefit of society and the environment. It helps society to face global challenges through major contributions in the areas of energy, mobility and information science.
University of Konstanz
Profile: The University of Konstanz is one of Germany’s most successful universities and one of the world’s leading new universities. Since it was established, it has stood for cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and study, an international outlook and interdisciplinary collaboration. Germany’s southernmost university offers more than 120 courses, including mathematics and the natural sciences, the humanities, politics, law and economics.
Special features: With over 250 partnerships with other universities, the University of Konstanz displays an international outlook and offers its students a wide range of Exchange programmes.
Research: As part of its forward-looking “The Konstanz Model –Towards a Culture of Creativity” concept, the institution is focused on expanding its role as a top Research university and on promoting young talent. This has led to the establishment of the Cultural Foundations of Social Integration cluster of excellence and postgraduate Programmes in chemical biology and decision sciences.
University of Mannheim
Profile: The distinguishing feature of the University of Mannheim is its clear focus on Business studies and the social sciences and its strong ties to the humanities, cultural studies, law, mathematics and computer sciences. The quality of its programmes has been recognised for many years with excellent positions in the rankings. With the Mannheim Business School, the university is involved in management training and is considered to be one of the top 25 MBA providers in the world.
Special features: The university runs around 650 exchange programmes and partnerships with 450 universities around the world. It also offers a number of international courses. It involves students in charitable projects, and many academics are advisors on policy and society for national and international bodies.
Research: In its core area – it is nationally and internationally renowned for business studies and social sciences – the University of Mannheim focuses on empirical and quantitative approaches. The Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), the university’s largest research institute, studies the development of European societies and their political systems. ZEW, GESIS and IDS also have close ties to the university.
University of Stuttgart
Profile: The University of Stuttgart offers an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on the natural sciences and engineering, but also on architecture, economics, the social sciences and the humanities. The faculty of aerospace engineering is one of the largest and best known in Germany.
Special features: The University of Stuttgart prepares its graduates for working in the global market by offering them opportunities to study abroad and an increasing number of Englishlanguage Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses, along with special Double Degree Programmes and language courses.
Research: Its excellent reputation as a top research university and the broad range of Courses on offer make Stuttgart a forward-looking centre for academic study and research with a global reputation. This is reflected in its Simulation Technology cluster of excellence, the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering graduate academy, the research campus ARENA2036 and in numerous areas of specialist research and postgraduate programmes.
University of Tübingen
Profile: At the University of Tübingen, students can choose courses in seven faculties offering 30 different subjects and more than 280 different courses, including fringe subjects with a long tradition such as rhetoric and indology. As one of the oldest universities in Europe, it is home to many centuries of academic and scientific history.
Special features: With its LEAD Learning, Educational Achievement and Life Course Development postgraduate programmes, the CIN Excellence Cluster (Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience) and its forward-looking approach, the University of Tübingen has an outstanding reputation.
Research: The University of Tübingen is home to a multitude of special research departments
and five graduate academies. Its research focuses particularly on integrative neurosciences, medical imaging, translational immunology and cancer research, microbiology and infectious diseases, plant molecular biology, geological and environmental research, astrophysics, particle physics, quantum physics, archaeology, anthropology, language and cognition, education and media studies.
Profile: Baden-Württemberg’s youngest research university specialises in medicine, the natural sciences and engineering. However, its courses also include a number of interdisciplinary programmes such as mathematical biometry, mathematics and economics and biochemistry. The faculties are: medicine, engineering, computer science and psychology, mathematics and economics, and natural sciences.
Special features: The University of Ulm is one of Germany’s top new research universities. It maintains lively exchanges with renowned research institutions and businesses in Germany and abroad, and a number of courses are conducted in English.
Research: As a research institution, it draws its strength from a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration. It specialises in research into trauma, aging and age-related diseases, quantum physics and engineering, energy storage and conversion, interaction between man and machines, financial services and their mathematical methodology.