University of Bonn

University of Bonn

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Overview


The University of Bonn is a public research university located in Bonn,Germany. Founded in its present form in 1818, as the linear successor of earlier academic institutions, the University of Bonn is today one of the leading universities in Germany. The University of Bonn offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of subjects. Its library holds more than five million volumes. The University of Bonn has 544 professors and 32,500 students. Among its notable alumni and faculty are seven Nobel Laureates, three Fields Medalist, twelve Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners,Prince Albert, Pope Benedict XVI, Frederick III, Karl Marx, Heinrich Heine, Friedrich Nietzsche, Konrad Adenauer, and Joseph Schumpeter. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 ranked the University of Bonn as one of the 100 best universities in the world.

The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and is considered to be one of Germany’s and indeed Europe’s most important institutes of higher education. As home of learning to over 34,000 students, we enjoy an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad.

The University of Bonn is one of the world’s leading research based Universities and therefore it is no surprise that we operate on an international level. We particularly specialize in the fields of research and teaching and this has led to our evolving into the position of a truly prominent international institution.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


  • The Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • The Faculty of Protestant Theology
  • The Faculty of Law and Economics
  • The Faculty of Medicine
  • The Faculty of Arts
  • The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • The Faculty of Agriculture

History


The University of Bonn was founded on 18th October 1818 by the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm. It is for this reason that our University was subsequently named after the king – the official title is actually The Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn.

In our almost 200 years, the University has experienced many great moments but has also endured some difficult times. Nowadays, we are regarded as one of the leading German and indeed international higher education institutions.

Foundation and take – off

Founded in the age of Idealism and the Enlightenment, the University of Bonn was furnished with the spirit of Wilhelm von Humboldt. Even in our first few decades, the liberal approach of the University ensured that we grew very rapidly. The early stages of our development saw eminent scholars, many high potential students who were to later become household names and indeed many of the blue-blooded sons of Germany’s royal houses come to learn in Bonn.

Demise and destruction

Unfortunately, the sustained growth and reputation that had been achieved came to an abrupt end when in January 1933, the Nazis seized power. Tragically, this saw many professors and students have to leave the University due to their being Jews or dissidents. The loss of such high potential intellectuals was then followed by the physical destruction of the University. On 18 October 1944, Bonn was the subject of fierce aerial bombardment and this resulted in the main University building along with much of the city centre being destroyed.

Reconstruction and growth

However, the post Second World War period saw positive changes – a large-scale reconstruction effort was matched with new facilities for the University and a steady increase in student numbers. This period saw the University of Bonn rediscover our great traditions. Furthermore, we were able to expand upon our international approach and this resulted in our gaining an outstanding reputation and becoming even more attractive an Institution to students, teaching staff and researchers alike, from both Germany and abroad.


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