University of Würzburg

University of Würzburg

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Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JUMU) is an internationally acclaimed university offering a wide range of subjects. Our University has deep roots in Würzburg and the region of Mainfranken, and our research and teaching activities have led to achievements of global significance. This is the foundation of our identity and our commitment to continuing excellence in research and teaching across all branches of science.
Established for the first time in 1402, the University of Würzburg is now offering more than 100 subjects from the humanities, social and natural sciences, life sciences, medicine and selected areas of engineering. We prepare our students for careers in a wide range of fields and, in this context, we endeavour to closely coordinate our teaching with our current research activities. Our students work with renowned scientists all around the globe and, with their Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral theses, themselves make contributions to science. The University is committed to strengthening interdisciplinary cooperation, tackling fascinating tasks at the interface between different branches of science. Working towards a sustainable university development across all subjects, JMU has initiated continuous quality improvement processes.
Gaining insights into all scientific disciplines and sharing these with students, research professionals and the general public – this is what JMU considers its main task. We are convinced that, while delivering research and teaching of international standing, we must never forget our responsibility towards society and ethical values. Our motto – ‘Veritati’, devoted to the truth – also reflects this attitude. We fulfil our social responsibility by advocating the basic rights of democracy, supporting humanitarian activities and promoting a sustainable use of resources.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine (Human Medicine, Dentistry, and Biomedicine)
  • Faculty of Arts: Historical, Philological, Cultural and Geographical Studies
  • Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Biology
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
  • Faculty of Business Management and Economics


After a first foundation in 1402 – the fourth foundation of a university in the area of what is Germany today and the first foundation of a university in Bavaria – Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg was permanently endowed and established in 1582 on the initiative of Prince-Bishop Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn. It is to him that the “Julius” in today’s name JMU traces back to. It wasn’t until Würzburg fell to Bavaria that the name “Maximilian” was added – it refers to Elector Maximilian I. Joseph who became the first King of Bavaria in 1806.

Röntgen and other famous scientists

Today, more than four hundred years later, the University can look back on a history full of successes. Famous scholars and scientists, such as Rudolf Virchow, Carl Siebold, and Franz Brentano researched and taught at Würzburg’s University.

Fourteen Nobel Laureates – among them physicists Wilhelm C. Röntgen and Klaus von Klitzing, as well as chemist Hartmut Michel and physician Harald zur Hausen – worked here at some stage of their careers.

Extension since the 1960s

Almost completely obliterated during the bombing raid on Würzburg in 1945, the institution quickly recovered. After reconstruction, substantial extension measures were initiated in the 1960s on the Hubland Campus.

Extension continues to this day: In 2011, the JMU expanded to include the newly set-up Campus Nord, a 39-hectare area in the immediate vicinity of Hubland Campus.

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