Diversity and Excellence in Teaching and Research

Largest research and training institution in North Germany

Numbering around 41,000 students, with some 5,000 international students from over 130 countries, Universität Hamburg is one of the largest higher education institutions in Germany. The University unites diverse teaching and excellent research. With more than 170 degree programs, Universität Hamburg offers all the disciplines associated with a comprehensive university across its eight faculties:  Law; Economics and Social Sciences; Medicine; Education; Psychology and Human Movement Science; Humanities; Mathematics, Informatics and the Natural Sciences.
Universität Hamburg is Germany's first democratically founded university and was inaugurated in 1919 by the Hamburg State Parliament. Nobel Prize winners Otto Stern, Wolfgang Pauli, Isidor Rabi, and Hans Jensen all worked at the University, as did a number of other famous researchers and scientists, such as Ernst Cassirer, Erwin Panofsky, Aby Warburg, William Stern, Agathe Lasch, Magdalene Schoch, Emil Artin, Karl Schiller, Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker.
Universität Hamburg is committed to the idea of sustainable science and scholarship. The Center for a Sustainable University (KNU) functions as an academic platform for interdisciplinary concepts and procedures relating to sustainability. All these measures are guided by the University's avowal to pursue the motto inscribed above the entrance of the Main Building donated by businessman Edmund Siemers: "To Research, To Teach, To Educate and Form."


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Sustainable study

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Sustainable education can only be achieved when research and teaching interact. Universität Hamburg places particular value on academic training enshrined in the fundamental principles of learning through research and cultivating socially and intellectually independent students.
Beyond the classic disciplines such as education, law, economics, medicine, or mathematics, there are many fields and subject combinations among Universität Hamburg's over 170 degree programs that are rarities at German universities. These include Tibetan studies, sign languages, wood sciences, international criminology, marine ecosystem and fisheries sciences, or the master of science in politics, economics, and philosophy.

The University's degree programs also reflect its international orientation, and include English-language master's programs in European studies and European legal studies, industrial mathematics, polar and marine sciences, journalism, media and globalization, and South Asian studies (IMSAS). The Faculty of Law is also home to the China-EU School of Law (CESL), a unique association of thirteen European and four Chinese universities and educational institutions.
Universität Hamburg's international network makes it possible for students to gain experience of studying abroad at over 300 universities located in more than 70 countries. Students can prepare for study abroad at the University's own Language Center.
As the foundations of sustainable education are laid during orientation and the first semesters of study, Universität Hamburg has established the Universitätskolleg. It organizes projects that facilitate the transition from school to university and enable students to acquire the skills necessary for academic study and research.

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