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University of Marburg
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Established July 1, 1527
Type Public university
President Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus
Staff ca. 7,500 (incl. hospital staff)
Students 19,339
Location Marburg, Germany Germany
Data as of 2005
University of Marburg - Department of Social Sciences and University library
The old university

The Philipps University of Marburg (German: Philipps-Universität Marburg 'Philip's University, Marburg'), was founded in 1527 by Landgrave Philip I of Hesse (usually called the Magnanimous, although the updated meaning 'haughty' is sometimes given) as the world's oldest university dating back to a Protestant foundation. As a modern state university it has no religious bias anymore

It was the main university of the principality of Hesse and remains a public university of that German state. It now has about 20,000 students and 7,500 employees, making Marburg, a town of less than 80,000 inhabitants, the proverbial "university town" (Universitätsstadt). Though most subjects are grouped, the University of Marburg is not a campus university.

Marburg is home to one of Germany's most traditional medical faculties. The German physicians' union is called "Marburger Bund".

The department of psychology enjoys an outstanding reputation and reached Excellence Group status in the Europe-wide CHE Excellence Ranking 2009.

In 1609, the University of Marburg established the world's first professorship for chemistry.


Famous alumni and professors

Famous natural scientists who studied or taught at the University of Marburg:

Marburg was always known as a humanities university. It retained that strength, especially in Philosophy and Theology for a long time after World War II. Famous theologians include:

Famous philosophers include:

Other famous students:

List of subjects

The University of Marburg has a bright spectrum of subjects with research highlights in nano sciences, material sciences, near eastern studies, and medicine.

Collections of the University

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Coordinates: 50°48′39″N 8°46′25″E / 50.81083°N 8.77361°E / 50.81083; 8.77361


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