Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Seal of the Ruperto Carola Heidelbergensis
MottoSemper apertus (Latin)[1]
Motto in English
Always open
Established18 October 1386 (18 October 1386)
Budget€764.9 million (2018)[2]
ChancellorHolger Schroeter
PresidentBernhard Eitel
Administrative staff
Students28,653 (WS2019/20)[4]
Location, ,

49°24′37″N 8°42′23″E / 49.41028°N 8.70639°E / 49.41028; 8.70639
CampusUrban/University town and suburban
ColorsSandstone red and gold
AffiliationsGerman Universities Excellence Initiative, LERU, Coimbra Group, U15, EUA
Websitewww.uni-heidelberg.de/en Edit this at Wikidata
Data as of 2013

Heidelberg University, officially the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (German: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; Latin: Universitas Ruperto Carola Heidelbergensis), is a public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Founded in 1386 on instruction of Pope Urban VI, Heidelberg is Germany's oldest university and one of the world's oldest surviving universities; it was the third university established in the Holy Roman Empire after Vienna and Prague. Since 1899, it has been a coeducational institution.

Heidelberg is one of the most prestigious universities in Germany.[6] It is a German Excellence University, part of the U15, as well as a founding member of the League of European Research Universities and the Coimbra Group. The university consists of twelve faculties and offers degree programmes at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels in some 100 disciplines.[7] The language of instruction is usually German, while a considerable number of graduate degrees are offered in English as well as some in French.[8][9]

As of 2021, 57 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the city of Heidelberg and 33 with the university itself.[10] Modern scientific psychiatry, psychopharmacology, experimental psychology, psychiatric genetics, Mathematical statistics,[11] environmental physics,[12] and modern sociology[13] were introduced as scientific disciplines by Heidelberg students or faculty. Approximately 1,000 doctorates are completed every year, with more than one third of the doctoral students coming from abroad.[14][15] International students from some 130 countries account for more than 20 percent of the entire student body.[16]

  1. ^ "Mission Statement". uni-heidelberg.de. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Daten und Fakten – Finanzen". Universität Heidelberg. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Daten und Fakten – Personal". Universität Heidelberg. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Kennzahlen Studium – Studierende und Wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs". Universität Heidelberg. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Studierendenstatistik WS 2012/2013" (PDF). www.uni-heidelberg.de (in German).
  6. ^ Schönmann, Jochen (20 October 2007). "Elite-Uni Heidelberg: Der Stolz der alten Dame". Der Spiegel.
  7. ^ The university does not include departments of business, visual arts, and engineering, except for computer engineering. For a list of subjects offered see "Subjects offered at Heidelberg University". Heidelberg University (in German). Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  8. ^ "List of courses on offer at Heidelberg University". Heidelberg University. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Über uns – HEIPAR e. V".
  10. ^ Watzke, Christian. "Nobel Laureates affiliated with Heidelberg University – Heidelberg University". www.uni-heidelberg.de. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  11. ^ Burgmair, Wolfgang; Eric J. Engstrom; Matthias Weber; et al. (2000–2008). Emil Kraepelin. 7 vols. Vol. V: Kraepelin in Heidelberg, 1891–1903 (2005). Munich: Belleville. ISBN 978-3-933510-94-5.
  12. ^ "Department of Physics and Astronomy". Heidelberg University. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  13. ^ Petersen, William. Against the Stream: Reflections of an Unconventional Demographer. Transaction Publishers. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-4128-1666-3.
  14. ^ "Graduate Academy of the University of Heidelberg". Heidelberg University Homepage. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Interview with Rector Bernhard Eitel – Vorstoss in die internationale Dimension". Rhein Neckar Zeitung online. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
  16. ^ "Heidelberg Research Magazine Ruperto Carola 1/2004". Heidelberg University Homepage. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2008.

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