The Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (University of Tubingen) is one of Europe’s oldest universities, with several hundred years of history in the sciences and humanities having been written here.
The University's history began in 1477, when Count Eberhard “the Bearded” of Württemberg founded the University. In Tubingen’s historical center there is hardly a building or a square that is not linked to a renowned scholar. Notable people who have studied at the University of Tubingen include Hegel, Hölderlin and Schelling, Mörike and Uhland, Johannes Kepler and Wilhelm Schickard.
Today, the University of Tubingen remains a place of research and teaching, with an enrollment of over 28,000, including thousands of international students. Some 450 professors and more than 4,000 other academic staff teach at the University’s seven faculties.
The latest chapter of the University’s history is marked by its success in the German federal and state governments’ Excellence Initiative. One Graduate School, one Excellence Cluster and the University’s Institutional Strategy were successful in the major funding program – also making the University of Tubingen one of Germany’s eleven universities in the top “Excellent” class. The university is also home to six collaborative research centers, is involved in five trans-regional collaborative research centers, and hosts six research training groups – all sponsored by the German Research Foundation.
The University specializes in a number of innovative fields of research, including Neuroscience, Clinical Imaging, Translational Immunology and Cancer Research, among other fields. The excellence of their research helps create optimal conditions for students from all over the world.
Teaching at the University of Tubingen reflects the broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of its research. More than 280 courses are on offer, and the university is open to the international exchange of academics and students.
The University of Tubingen has partnerships with more than 150 educational institutions in 63 countries, particularly in North America, Asia and Latin America, as well as with all the countries in Europe. Nearly 13 percent of its students come from abroad, and many of the University’s German students pursue part of their studies in another country.