Cosmopolitan - innovative - tradition of excellence
The roots of Julius Maximilian University date back to the year 1402. The university thus belongs to the six oldest universities in the German-speaking world, looking back at a rich tradition. Currently, the University of Würzburg has approximately 400 professors and 28 000 students, who are enrolled in ten different faculties. The fields of research practiced at the university comprise the areas of Humanities, Law and Economics, Life Sciences, as well as Natural Sciences and Technology.
Julius Maximilian University employs about 4300 people – including the University Medical Centre even more than 10 000, therewith being the largest employer in the whole region. The university furthermore contributes a lot to the city’s international flair: It entertains partnerships with 75 universities all over the world. Additionally, we maintain various cooperations and agreements on the level of faculties or departments as well as 550 Erasmus partnerships, which enhance our research and teaching activities.
Many renowned scientists, among them 14 Nobel prize winners, conducted research at our university. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen is probably Würzburg’s most famous scholar: His first observation of X-rays (named after him), entered the history books.
Based on a long tradition, the university has always aimed at being state of the art and remains one of the most successful German research sites. One of the main reasons for this success was the implementation of several centres of interdisciplinary research, initiated in the 1990s.
This success is also demonstrated by the results of international rankings. In the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” (ARWU Shanghai Ranking) Julius Maximilian University is placed among the 200 best universities in the world and among the 13 best universities in Germany. The field of Natural Sciences is even placed among the top 100 universities world-wide, with Chemistry as top-rated subject (number 30 in the world). Concerning Medicine and Life Sciences Würzburg also features in the group of the 100-150 best universities.
The CWTS Leiden Ranking gives further proof of these positive achievements. Julius Maximilian University takes place 133 of the best 750 universities in the world and place six in Germany, concerning the number of top 10% publications, which indicates the high quality and international visibility of research conducted in Würzburg.
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