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Ulm University
Universität Ulm
Seal of the University
Motto Sciendo - Docendo - Curando
Established 1967
Type Public
President Karl Joachim Ebeling
Students 7.075 (2008/09)
Location Ulm, Germany Germany
The main building of the University of Ulm
The library building

The University of Ulm (German: Universität Ulm) is a public university in the city of Ulm, in the South German state of Baden-Württemberg. The university was founded in 1967 and focuses on natural sciences, medicine and the engineering sciences, mathematics/ economics and computer science. With over 7,000 students, it is one of the smaller universities in Germany, however, it frequently ranks one of the top schools in natural sciences in domestic rankings.


Concept and history

The university is the youngest university in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which boasts several old, renowned universities in Heidelberg (founded in 1386), Freiburg (1457) and Tübingen (1477). The idea was to create a university with a new approach in both research and teaching. An important concept since the foundation of the university has always been to promote interdisciplinarity. In the decades following the foundation, the spectrum of subjects has steadily been extended, and the university has grown significantly. It is regarded one of the best universities in the world in the field of Optoelectronics, RF Circuit Design, Microelectronics- which are the sub-divisions of Fculty of Electrical Engineering. It also ranks among the top five universities in Germany for Engineering and Computer Science. The Computer Science dept. continuously grab the top position in local region Programming contest and participate as a representative University from Europe and consistently position themselves among the top ten Universities in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

An important step in combining the strength of industrial and academic research was the realization of the idea of a "science city" around the main university campus. Research centers of companies like Daimler, Nokia, and Siemens have been established at the site, in addition to institutes of the university focusing on applied research. The university features four "Special Areas of Research" (German: Sonderforschungsbereiche), which are established on a competitive basis by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

In 1998, Ulm University introduces International Masters program in English : MSc in Communication Technology, which is the first of its kind in Germany. Since then, this program attracts the very best students from different countries around the world. C-Tech Program has research collaboration with many renowned Universities around the world.

It also offers Other English programs like Ms in Molecular Medicine, Ms in Material Science, Ms in Energy Science, Ms in Finance etc.

In 2003, the University of Ulm was involved in founding a private university in Egypt, the German University in Cairo.

Name of the university

As Albert Einstein was born in Ulm in 1879, it was suggested repeatedly that the university be named after him. In November 2006, the senate of the university finally decided to rename the university. This decision was however not confirmed by the department of science, research and culture of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the university will not be called Albert Einstein University Ulm (Germ.: Albert-Einstein-Universität Ulm) as of July 2007 but simply Ulm University. However, the street on which the main buildings of the University of Ulm are located - and thus, the physical address of the university - is called Albert-Einstein-Allee in honor of the great physicist.


The university is composed of four divisions, which in German universities traditionally are called faculties, and separate institutes. The four faculties are the medical faculty, the engineering and computer science faculty, the natural science faculty and the mathematics and economics faculty. A university hospital is associated with the medical faculty.

University Library

The Library of the University of Ulm is located in a new building on the main campus and features close to 1 million volumes.

Points of interest

External links

Coordinates: 48°25′20″N 9°57′14″E / 48.42222°N 9.95389°E / 48.42222; 9.95389



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