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Motto  wissen.leben (German)
Type  Public
Budget  € 628,7 million (2015)
Total enrollment  43,790 (31 Dec 2015)
Motto in English  living.knowledge
Established  April 16, 1780
Chancellor  Matthias Schwarte
University of Münster
Address  Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster, Germany
Undergraduate tuition and fees  1,500 EUR (2011), International tuition: 3,500 EUR (2011)
Notable alumni  Ursula von der Leyen, Hans‑Werner Sinn, Gerd Faltings, Oliver Welke, Wim Kok

University of m nster germany

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.


With more than 43,000 students and over 120 fields of study in 15 departments, it is Germany's fifth largest university and one of the foremost centers of German intellectual life. The university offers a wide range of subjects across the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Several courses are also taught in English, including PhD programmes as well as postgraduate courses in geoinformatics, geospational technologies or information systems.

Professors and former students have won ten Leibniz Prizes, the most prestigious as well as the best-funded prize in Europe, and one Fields Medal. The WWU has also been successful in the German government's Excellence Initiative.


The university has its roots in the Münster's Jesuit College (Jesuiten-Kolleg Münster), founded in 1588, and the convent of lay sisters Liebfrauen-Überwasser, founded in 1040, of which it took its seal. The convent was dissolved in 1773, so that its funds could be used to found the University of Münster on 16 April 1780.

In 1631, Pope Urban VII and Emperor Ferdinand II issued privileges, allowing the establishment of a university in Münster. However, due to a lack of funding, they were only put to use in 1780, when the modern University of Münster was founded with four faculties: Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Theology.

In 1843, it was renamed to Royal Theological and Philosophical Academy (Königliche Theologische und Philosophische Akademie), informally Münster Academy (Akademie Münster).

The ceremony of constitution was performed by Franz Freiherr von Fürstenberg. The university received its current name from Emperor Wilhelm II on 22 August 1907.

European degrees

1999 saw the beginning of the Bologna Process, which aimed to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher education qualifications. The Münster School of Business Administration and Economics was the first one to establish bachelor's and master's degrees.

In the winter semester 2006/2007 nearly all studies have been changed according to Bachelor/Master system. Exceptions are made in studies leading to the Staatsexamen in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law.


The University of Münster is member of the association German U15 e.V. which is a coalition of fifteen major research-intensive and leading medical universities in Germany with a full disciplinary spectrum, excluding any defining engineering sciences. The Leiden university ranking, ranks Münster as the third best German university in the size-independent ranking. Strong faculties include mathematics, chemistry, medicine and business studies. According to the Shanghai university ranking, the University of Münster is the fourth best German university for chemistry (46th best university for chemistry worldwide). Two Max-Planck-Prize and five Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Winner are currently professors at the faculty of mathematics. Münster has been successful with two excellence cluster "Cells in Motion" and "Religion and Politics" in the German excellence initiative.


  • Faculty of Protestant Theology
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • 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
  • Institute of Communication Science (IfK) (PR, Journalism, Media 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)
  • Library

    The central library of the university is the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster (ULB), which is also the regional library of Westphalia. As of 2011, the library owns more than 6.2 million volumes of which 2.68 million volumes are held in the ULB, while 3.53 million volumes are held by the 146 faculty and department libraries. Of those, 47,350 are electronical articles and newspapers.

    Points of interest

  • Botanischer Garten Münster, the university's historic botanical garden
  • Student life

    The university offers a very active student life. The university's sports club ("Hochschulsport") offers more than 100 sport courses, sport tours, further education and international tournaments. The university's IT organization ("Zentrum für Informationsverarbeitung" (ZIV)) provides central services for information processing and communication technology. It offers IT facilities for the students with standard and special software. Foreign languages can be learned at the university's language center ("Sprachenzentrum"). It offers traditional language courses, tandem courses (two persons with different native languages meet in order to learn from each other) and language certificates (for example UNIcert). The cultural programme also includes various museums, music (choirs, ensembles, orchestra), theatres and cinemas. Student organisations such as AIESEC, AEGEE, MOVE, MTP and many more are well represented with high membership. The city of Münster itself has a very active night life with more than 1,000 bars and clubs. As the city of the Peace of Westphalia, Münster also has a very rich cultural life.


  • Wolfgang Clement, Politician
  • Johannes Georg Bednorz, Nobel Prize winner (1987)
  • Andreas Raymond Dombret, Münster School of Business Administration and Economics, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Gerd Faltings, Mathematician, Fields Medal recipient
  • Dieter Fenske, Chemist
  • Birgit Fischer, Athlete
  • Kai Diekmann, Chief Editor of the tabloid "Bild", Europe's largest newspaper (3.5 million copies)
  • August Hanning, Former president of the Bundesnachrichtendienst, Germany's foreign intelligence service
  • Gustav Heinemann, Politician, former President of Germany
  • Friedrich Hirzebruch, Mathematician
  • Thomas Hoeren, intellectual property judge and lawyer
  • Jens Lehmann, footballer (former goal keeper) of the German National Football Team
  • Ursula von der Leyen, Medical Doctor, Federal Minister of Defense, MP in the Deutscher Bundestag
  • Niklas Luhmann, Sociologist
  • Ulrike Marie Meinhof, member of the Red Army Faction
  • Gilmar Mendes, Minister of Brazilian Supreme Federal Court
  • Frank Mattern, Münster School of Business Administration and Economics, Director Germany McKinsey
  • Thomas Middelhoff, Board of Directors Bertelsmann
  • Georg Milbradt, Minister-President of Saxony
  • Walter Momper, Politician
  • Ruprecht Polenz, Politician
  • Kurt Schumacher, Politician
  • Rudolf Seiters, Politician
  • Hans-Werner Sinn, economist, President of the leading Institution for Economic Research (Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung, IFO).
  • Karl Stein, Mathematician
  • Barbara Stühlmeyer, musicologist, writer and contributing editor
  • Ludger Stühlmeyer, Director of Music ACV
  • Hans Tietmeyer, Economist
  • Klaus Töpfer, Politician, former Minister of the Environment, former director of UNEP
  • Ernst Tugendhat, Philosopher
  • Karl Weierstrass, Mathematician
  • Harald Weinrich, Classical Scholar
  • Arthur Wieferich, Mathematician
  • Heinrich August Winkler, Historian
  • Klaus Zumwinkel, former Board of Directors Deutsche Post World Net
  • Oliver Welke, author, comedian, voice actor and presenter.
  • University lecturers

  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Wilhelm Ackermann, Mathematician
  • Kurt Aland, Theologian
  • Karl Barth, Theologian
  • Hans Blumenberg, (1920–1996) Philosopher
  • Wolfgang Burandt - Lawyer, legal academic and professor for commercial law
  • Max Dehn, (1878–1952) Mathematician
  • Gerhard Domagk, Nobel Prize in Medicine (1939)
  • Heinz Gollwitzer, (1917–1999) Historian
  • Bernhard Großfeld, International Business Law
  • Klaus Hildebrand, Historian
  • Paul Kevenhörster, Political scientist
  • Wilhelm Killing, (1847–1923) Mathematician
  • Paul Kirchhof, Jurist
  • Johann Baptist Metz, Theologian
  • Wolfgang Metzger, Psychologist
  • Alfred Müller-Armack (1901–1978), Economist, Inventor of the Social Market Economy
  • Friedrich Münzer, Classical Scholar
  • Frank Natterer, Mathematician
  • Josef Pieper (1904–1997), Philosopher
  • Karl Rahner (1904–1984), Theologian
  • Bernhard Rensch (1900–1990), Biologist
  • Helmut Schelsky (1912–1984), Sociologist
  • Song Du-yul, Philosopher, former prisoner under South Korea's National Security Act
  • Hans Wehr (1909–1981), scholar of Islamic Studies and author of the leading Arabic-English dictionary.
  • Honorary Doctors

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

    University of Münster Wikipedia