The University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany's younger universities. It was named after Nobel Peace Prize winner Carl von Ossietzky (1889-1938), one of the most prominent journalists of the Weimar Republic.
The pathways on the Oldenburg campus are short: the University‘s academic staff and administrative staff work closely together, using an interdisciplinary approach. Many are integrated into special research areas, research groups and European clusters of excellence.
The University cooperates closely with more than 200 other universities worldwide and is also affiliated with non-university institutes in the areas of research, education, culture and business.
The University of Oldenburg is preparing 16,000 students for professional life. It offers a broad range of disciplines, from language studies, cultural studies and the humanities to educational sciences, art and musicology, the economic and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and the new medicine and health science programmes established in 2012.
Besides its attractive courses its students appreciate above all the excellent supervision they receive and the compact size of the University, which with its two locations has a campus atmosphere.
As a young institution the University of Oldenburg sees its pioneering research activities and promotion of interdisciplinarity and internationality as its main strengths. The University's courses place a strong emphasis on research-oriented teaching and learning formats. By naming itself after Carl von Ossietzky, the University underscored its belief that science bears a responsibility towards society and must be open to public discourse.