Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg - A Tradition of Future Orientation and Open-mindedness
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) is an internationally acclaimed university offering a wide range of subjects. Our University has deep roots in Würzburg and the region of Mainfranken, and our research and teaching activities have led to achievements of global significance. This is the foundation of our identity and our commitment to continuing excellence in research and teaching across all branches of science.
Established for the first time in 1402, the University of Würzburg is now offering more than 100 subjects from the humanities, social and natural sciences, life sciences, medicine and selected areas of engineering. We prepare our students for careers in a wide range of fields and, in this context, we endeavour to closely coordinate our teaching with our current research activities. Our students work with renowned scientists all around the globe and, with their Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral theses, themselves make contributions to science. The University is committed to strengthening interdisciplinary cooperation, tackling fascinating tasks at the interface between different branches of science. Working towards a sustainable university development across all subjects, JMU has initiated continuous quality improvement processes.
Gaining insights into all scientific disciplines and sharing these with students, research professionals and the general public - this is what JMU considers its main task. We are convinced that, while delivering research and teaching of international standing, we must never forget our responsibility towards society and ethical values. Our motto - ‘Veritati’, devoted to the truth - also reflects this attitude. We fulfil our social responsibility by advocating the basic rights of democracy, supporting humanitarian activities and promoting a sustainable use of resources.
Confidence: A tradition of success
Many eminent scholars have studied, taught and researched at our University: Philipp Franz von Siebold, renowned ethnologist, japanologist and naturalist, Rudolf Virchow, pioneer of modern cell biology, and Franz Brentano, prominent philosopher and psychologist, to name but a few. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the X-rays in Würzburg, an achievement for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics. Since 1985, three scientists that worked at our University have been awarded Nobel Prizes: Klaus von Klitzing (physics), Hartmut Michel (chemistry) and Harald zur Hausen (medicine). We will continue to provide the best possible support for scientists with outstanding expertise and creativity.
New discoveries: high-class research
Our University devotes itself to basic and application-oriented research. We strive to gain new insights into scientific disciplines that have relevance for the future, thus laying the foundation for cultural, ecological and economic innovation and providing important stimuli for society, the environment and the economy. Our research activities are guided by our scientists' responsibility towards general public interest and basic human values.
Quality learning: teaching excellence
Our University is devoted to delivering quality teaching. We want all of our students to acquire not only the best possible knowledge but also critical thinking skills. Our teaching activities focus on equipping students with research-based knowledge and skills to prepare them for their future careers and to help them expand their educational horizons. Our highly dedicated teaching staff is constantly working on improving the quality of its teaching and developing innovative teaching strategies.
Research-inspired teaching: support for the next generation of scientists and lifelong learning
In all of our degree programmes, lecturers bring the latest research findings into their classrooms. We promote the intertwinement of research and teaching and expose our students to research projects. A Graduate School spanning the entire University was established for doctoral training. We encourage autonomy in our junior researchers and create ideal framework conditions for them to put their ideas into practice. Offering opportunities for part-time studies, we encourage lifelong learning and a direct transfer of knowledge into the professional world.
Imparting knowledge: future-proof teacher training
Our University offers teaching degree programmes for different school types. We consider these programmes to be of particular importance to society and train our teachers-to-be according to the highest standards and latest scientific findings. To make sure our teaching degree students are well equipped for careers not only inside the classroom but also outside school, we offer them an opportunity to simultaneously study for the Staatsexamen, the state examination for teachers, and for an academic degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science). We also support students wishing to transfer to a Master's or doctoral programme.
Interdisciplinary: discussing the big picture
We attach particular importance to promoting a vigorous and constant interdisciplinary exchange. This is why we created new degree programmes at the interfaces between the humanities and the natural sciences as well as between the natural and life sciences. Intercultural elements and transferable skills relevant for careers in a variety of fields have become integral parts of many curricula. Research centres for major interdisciplinary research topics were and are being created, providing highly productive research groups with particularly favourable conditions for conducting studies of international significance.
Supportive: equal opportunities
We are vigorous in our efforts to create equal opportunities and committed to providing women and men in research, teaching and the administration with an opportunity to realise their full creative potential. This is why we introduced and systematically extend measures to support the development of staff members at all stages of their careers.
Certified: family-friendly institution
In 2008 JMU was officially certified as a family-friendly university. We attach utmost importance to offering working conditions that meet the needs of our staff and students who are in charge of family responsibilities, such as the care of children or elderly family members. We are committed to promoting the provision and development of tailor-made childcare options. It is of great concern for us to offer flexible and unbureaucratic solutions to the strains of everyday life and challenging domestic situations.
International: getting to know each other
Many international students are studying at our University, and we are continuously expanding our exchange programmes with renowned universities all around the globe. Exchange with our partners is mutual and balanced. We are committed to providing all students with an opportunity to spend some time living and studying abroad, and we consider international exchange an important factor in promoting an understanding of different cultures, nationalities and languages in students.
Working together: modern management
Committed to providing ideal framework conditions for our research and teaching activities and cooperations with businesses, our administrative staff with its modern management attaches great importance to involving and upskilling its members and implementing innovative working practices. A major employer and apprenticeship employer in the region, our University cares about its employees. We provide our staff members with the best possible working conditions, promote their personal identification with the University, and provide sustainable support for startups that originated at our University as well as advice on the use of property rights.
Being heard: a culture of participation
We attach great importance to taking the concerns of our students and staff members into account when making decisions that affect the environment in which they study and work. Our students play an active part in developing, improving and evaluating our degree programmes. We support the work of faculty and university student representations, the council of academic staff as well as the staff council and make sure they have a say in important decision-making processes.
Sharing experiences: alumni network
We are proud of our graduates and intent not to lose touch with them. Our alumni network provides a platform for an exchange of experiences and ideas between students and alumni of different subjects and faculties. Our alumni possess a wealth of professional experience for our students and teaching staff to profit from. Benefitting from this experience, offering our alumni an opportunity to participate in university life and forging a strong alliance for a strong University - this is what our efforts are directed at.
Sustainability: responsible use of resources
Whether we construct, organise, research or teach - all our activities reflect our commitment to sustainability. Home to 30,000 people and dedicated to fostering innovation and ideas, our University is proud to be a role model when it comes to addressing the big issues for the future, such as climate change or sustainable energy generation.
The good life: the University and the region of Mainfranken
Our University, the city of Würzburg and the entire region of Mainfranken are attractive places for our students and staff members to live, learn and work. Its architectural beauty, easily accessible geographic location, scenic surroundings and wide variety of recreational opportunities make Würzburg a popular place among students and researchers alike. The region in which we are located is characterised by vineyards, the river Main and a climate reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Many guests of our University that come from all over the world to spend some time researching, teaching or studying in Würzburg find it hard to stop enthusing about our city and its quality of life.