University of Cologne
The University of Cologne was established in 1388 as the fourth university in the Holy Roman Empire, after the Charles University of Prague (1348), the University of Vienna (1365), and the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (1386). The charter was signed by Pope Urban VI. The university began teaching on January 6, 1389. In 1798, the university was abolished by the French, who had invaded Cologne in 1794, because under the new French constitution, many universities were abolished all over France. The last rector Ferdinand Franz Wallraf was able to preserve the university's Great Seal, now once more in use.
In 1919, the Prussian government endorsed a decision by the Cologne City Council to re-establish the university. This was considered to be a replacement for the loss of the University of Strasbourg on the west bank of the Rhine, which contemporaneously reverted to France with the rest of Alsace. On May 29, 1919, the Cologne Mayor Konrad Adenauer signed the charter of the modern university.
At that point, the new university was located in Neustadt-Süd but relocated to its current campus in Lindenthal on 2 November 1934. The old premises are now being used for the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.
Initially, the university was composed of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences (successor to the Institutes of Commerce and of Communal and Social Administration), and the Faculty of Medicine (successor to the Academy of Medicine).
In 1920, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts were added, from which latter the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was split off in 1955 to form a separate Faculty. In 1980, the two Cologne departments of the Rhineland School of Education were attached to the university as the Faculties of Education and of Special Education.
In 1988, the university became a founding member of the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies (CEMS), today's Global Alliance in Management Education.
Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne is the second oldest German university. Our heritage goes hand in hand with a thoroughly modern outlook and a compelling and ambitious agenda in higher education.
The University of Cologne is one of the leading German research universities with an increasingly international reach. In 2012 we won substantial funding in the German Excellence Initiative and are now one of eleven German Excellence Universities. The main university-wide project, Meeting the Challenge of Change and Complexity – Strategies for Future Excellence in Research and Education, combines a variety of activities for establishing and strengthening the conditions for top-level research. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015/2016, we are among the top 160 universities in the world.
The University of Cologne currently has about 50,000 students enrolled in the 260+ degree programs (BA and MA) of our six faculties: Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Human Sciences.
We are part of a strong network of international partners and continue to deepen and develop our international links. The recently introduced International Faculty Program attracts outstanding international scholars to come to Cologne for an extended period of time in order to work with our students and staff. The University of Cologne is set on a large urban campus in the heart of the lively and thriving city of Cologne. The surrounding Rhineland is one of Europe’s most developed economic regions. Open, friendly and with an international outlook, Cologne is a great place to live, work, and study. We would be delighted to welcome you to Cologne.
Ranking / Awards
- The University of Cologne is ranked 151 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong
University of Cologne Rankings
- #245 in Best Global Universities (tie)
- #113 in Best Global Universities in Europe
- #18 in Best Global Universities in Germany
University of Cologne Subject Rankings
- #155 in Arts and Humanities (tie)
- #151 in Biology and Biochemistry
- #169 in Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
- #494 in Chemistry
- #189 in Clinical Medicine (tie)
- #172 in Economics and Business
- #206 in Geosciences (tie)
- #96 in Immunology
- #96 in Microbiology (tie)
- #131 in Molecular Biology and Genetics
- #138 in Neuroscience and Behavior
- #75 in Oncology (tie)
- #188 in Pharmacology and Toxicology
- #385 in Physics (tie)
- #157 in Plant and Animal Science (tie)
- #166 in Psychiatry/Psychology
- #274 in Social Sciences and Public Health
- #212 in Space Science
- #168 in Surgery
- Type of Accommodation: On Campus
- Albertus-Magnus-Platz 1 Cologne, Germany
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