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Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Münster
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

The Schloss: the centre of administration and the symbol of the university.
Established April 16, 1780
Type Public university
Chancellor Dr. Stefan Schwartze
Rector Prof. Dr. Ursula Nelles
Staff 13,000 (2004)
Students 40,000 (2004)
Location Münster, Germany Germany
Campus Urban, 285 buildings (2003), yearly expenses ~ 1 Billion US-Dollar
Logo Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster.png

The University of Münster (German: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, WWU) is a public university located in the city of Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The WWU is part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany's leading research universities. The WWU has also been successful in the German "Excellence Initiative".

The WWU is the leading university in Germany in terms of CEO alumni in Top500 companies[1].

With more than 40,000 students and over 130 fields of study it is Germany's third largest university and one of the foremost centers of German intellectual life. The university offers a wide range of units (e.g. Business, Geography, IT, Mathematics and many more) and several courses in English (e.g. PhD/Doctorate, Masters in Geoinformatics, Geospational Technologies or Information Systems).

The university is associated with nine Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (most prestigious as well as most-funding prize in Europe), two Nobel prize (one former student and one professor) and one Fields Medal winners as professors and many more from former students.



The University has its roots in the Jesuiten-Kolleg Münster, which was founded in 1588. But today's University of Münster was founded in 1780 with four faculties: Law, Health Science (Medicine), Philosophy and Theology. The ceremony of constitution was performed by Franz Freiherr von Fürstenberg. In 1805 the university was extended to the Prussian University of Westphalia. It got its current name from Emperor Wilhelm II in 1907: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU).


The Centre for Medical Research at the university
  • Faculty of Economics (Muenster School of Business Administration and Economics)
  • Faculty of Health Science (Medicine and Dental Medicine)
  • Faculty of Philosophy
    • Faculty of Educational and Social Science
    • Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science
    • Faculty of History/Philosophy
    • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics
    • Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Faculty of Physics
    • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
    • Faculty of Biology
    • Faculty of Earth Science
  • Faculty of Music (Musikhochschule Münster)

Points of interest

Student life

The University of Münster offers a very active student life. Student organisations such as AIESEC, AEGEE, MOVE, MTP and many more are well represented and usually have a high number of members. A wide range of language courses is also offered (UNIcert). The city of Münster itself has a very active night life with over 1.000 bars, discotheques and clubs and the city of the Peace of Westphalia also has - of course - a very rich cultural life.

Notable alumni

See also List of Westphalian Wilhelms-University Münster people.


University lecturers

Honorary Doctors

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jan Assmann (D. theol. h.c. Faculty of Protestant Theology (1998))
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Arnold L. Demain, Biotechnology (2003 Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Judge, Bundesverfassungsgericht (2001 Faculty of Law)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. David A. O. Edward, Judge (2001 Faculty of Law)
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Gilberto Freyre Ph. D.
  • Dr. h.c. Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Dr. h.c. Manfred Gotthardt (2003 Faculty of Health Science (Medicine))
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Tomas Hammar, Political Scientist (2002 Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Dr. h.c. Wim Kok, Prime Minister (Netherlands) (2003 Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Dr. h.c. Hanna-Renate Laurien, Theologian (1996 Faculty of Catholic Theology)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Robert Leicht, Reporter (2003 Faculty of Protestant Theology)
  • Dr. h.c. Reinhard Mohn, Director Bertelsmann (2001 Faculty of Economics (Münster School of Business Administration and Economics))
  • Dr. h.c. Rupert Neudeck
  • Dr. h.c. Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister (Luxembourg)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hubert Schmidbaur, Chemist (2005 Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics)
  • Dr. h.c. Erich Schumann, Jurist (2002 Faculty of Law)
  • Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Thierse, Politician
  • Dr. h.c. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (2007 Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy)

See also


  1. ^ EMP Ranking

Coordinates: 51°57′50″N 7°36′47″E / 51.964°N 7.613°E / 51.964; 7.613

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