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Erfurt, Germany

+49 361 7370

Walter Bauer-Wabnegg


Total enrollment
5,710 (2014)


University of Erfurt

1379/1994 (closed 1815—1993)

Nordhäuser Str. 63, 99089 Erfurt, Germany

Notable alumni
Martin Luther, Johannes Gutenberg, Andreas Karlstadt, Justus Jonas, George Spalatin

University of Jena, Erfurt University of Applie, Martin Luther University, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Bauhaus University - Weimar

Grillen im campus the university of erfurt

The University of Erfurt (German: Universität Erfurt) is a public university located in Erfurt, Germany, the capital city of the state of Thuringia. Founded in 1379, the university was closed in 1816 for the next 177 years, until its re-establishment in 1994, three years after the reunification of Germany. It therefore constitutes both the oldest and youngest universities in Germany. The institution identifies itself as a reform university, occasioned by the attendance of Lutheran theologian Martin Luther's from 1501 to 1505. Today, the main foci center on multidisciplinarity, internationality, and mentoring. In contrast to the research profile, most of the students come from the region itself.


The University of Erfurt is home to such institutes as the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, the Gotha Research Center for Cultural and Social Scientific Studies, and the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy.

Holding one of Germany's largest collections of early modern documents, the Gotha Research Library belongs to the University of Erfurt. The Erfurt–Gotha library system also houses the famous Bibliotheca Amploniana—a collection of nearly 1000 medieval manuscripts collected by the scholar Amplonius Rating de Berka—and encompasses the Perthes Collection, preserved in the Perthes Forum.

University of erfurt


The University of Erfurt was founded in 1379 in the Holy Roman Empire, in terrority which is now modern day Germany. When the town of Erfurt became part of Prussia in 1816, the government closed the university after more than 400 years of operation.


Lying in the state of Thuringia, Erfurt was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) from 1949 to 1990. In December 1993, the State Government of Thuringia, Landtag of Thuringia, voted to re-establish the university. The university was re-founded on January 1, 1994. Lectures began in the winter term of 1999/2000. Shortly afterwards, the rector who had overseen the founding, Peter Glotz, a politician in the Social Democratic Party, left the university. The position was taken over by Wolfgang Bergsdorf, a friend of Thuringia's Minister-president Bernhard Vogel. In 2001, the Erfurt Teachers' Training College (Pädagogische Hochschule Erfurt), founded in 1953, became part of the university. On January 1, 2003, a fourth faculty was added to the university: the Roman Catholic Theological Faculty, which had belonged to Erfurt's Philosophical and Theological Centre (Philosophisch-Theologisches Studium Erfurt). In the same year, a chronic lack of financing meant that there were many redundancies and that vacancies were left unfilled. Once this situation led to student protests all over Thuringia, the university administration and committees were reformed to stabilise it.

The University of Erfurt is a liberal arts university with reform and socio-cultural profile. The close integration of the Philosophical, Educational Research, Governmental Studies, the Catholic Theological Faculty, and the Max Weber Center, promotes interdisciplinary alongside innovative approaches to research and teaching through a mentoring program.

The University of Erfurt has no tuition fees and represents the first institution of higher education to receive the family-friendly certificate for employers.

Faculties and institutions

The University of Erfurt has five faculties and three academic institutes:

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Arts/Philosophy
  • Faculty of Governance (Law, Economics and Social Science), the only one in Germany
  • Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies
  • The academic institutes are:

  • Erfurt School of Education
  • Research Centre for Social and Cultural Studies in Gotha
  • The Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, the former Erfurt School of Public Policy (ESPP), which is partly financed by tuition fees.
  • Academic priorities

  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • Governance (Law and economics)
  • Education
  • Regular summer schools

  • International Summer Course for German Language, Literature and Culture
  • Summer School "Muslims in the West"
  • Summer Program in Communications Erfurt (SPICE)
  • International Spring School
  • Current research groups

    Currently following colleges and research teams are part of the Erfurt doctoral and postdoctoral program (EPPP):

  • The research group Communication and Digital Media (COMDIGMED) is an interdisciplinary and international scale embedded and association of researchers. This project will combine to support the research activities of its members on the field of communication science, educational science, psychology and social science and networking of research and teaching help. COMDIGMED is co-creator of university education focus.
  • In the Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavior "(Cereb) scientists working together of economic and behavioral sciences. Focus on the theoretical modeling of human decision behavior, the design of social institutions and educational and career choices as long-term Selbststeuerungsprozesse. The university is involved in the specialization.
  • The Graduate School "Religion in modernization processes" religion-related research projects from the religious, social, literary, media and history of science, theology and philosophy. engage young scientists, the problems in this area, are at the Graduate School offer attractive conditions for their work to develop new understandings of religion in modernization processes.
  • The research program of Max Weber Center is directed to the problems of religion, science and law as interpretation and control powers, interactions between cultures, social systems and mentalities in radical change, and action-bases of cultural and social sciences and their relation to normative, especially ethical issues.
  • The DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Human Dignity and Human Rights" employs young researchers at the Max Weber Center and the University of Jena with creation, development and application of a central value of Modernity: the human dignity, including consideration of less history of violence.
  • The projects of the Research "Proficiency" deal with the theory-based coverage and promotion of linguistic competence. These are all language modalities (reading, listening, writing, speaking), both at the primary are taken as well in second language acquisition in the eye. The research group is actively involved in the design of the gravity profile the Education of the University of Erfurt.
  • The Research Training Group of the Forum "Texte.Zeichen.Medien." her profile is not covered by the thematic orientation, but by the transphilologische and interdisciplinary nature of their access to their objects - texts, symbols and media.
  • The DFG Research Training Group "Media historiographies" deals with the mutual relationship between history and media. The question of a "history of the media 'with the question of" media history "intertwined: how different media to determine the encoding of historical situations and processes? And how media and media techniques to bring out their own particular history?
  • The Platform regions of the world & Interactions
  • University projects

    In the summer semester of 2003, a project group was formed at the university to take part in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York City in April 2004. The pilot project has become a regular, student-organized seminar at the university. The various groups received several awards for their participation at the conference in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

    Original foundation (1392–1816)

  • Martin Luther, theologian
  • Ulrich von Hutten, Lutheran supporter
  • Johannes Gutenberg, printer (attendance debated)
  • Christoph Martin Wieland, poet
  • Konrad of Megenberg, historian
  • Johannes de Indagine, Carthusian monk and theologian
  • Re-establishment (since 1996)

  • Jörg Rüpke, classicist and historian of religions
  • Alexander Ebner, political scientist
  • Andreas Mausewein, politician
  • Alf Lüdtke, historian
  • Peter Glotz, politician and social scientist
  • Kai Brodersen, ancient historian
  • Martin Mulsow, historian
  • Wolfgang Schluchter, sociologist
  • Hans Joas, sociologist
  • Florian Hoffmann, political philosopher
  • Max Otte, economist
  • Jakob von Weizsäcker, politician and economist
  • References

    University of Erfurt Wikipedia

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