Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

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Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
founding 1973
place Oldenburg
state Lower SaxonyLower Saxony Lower Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Hans Michael Piper
Students 15,950 (WS 2018/19)
Employee 2,496 (2016)
including professors 222 (2018)
Annual budget € 233.3 million (including third-party funding ) (2017)
Networks Network of medium-sized universities

Association of North German Universities

Aerial view of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is a state university in Oldenburg with (as of winter semester 2018/2019) 15,950 students and 2,496 employees.


Aerial view of the university campus at the Ammerländer Heerstrasse site

Pedagogical Academy / University of Education Oldenburg

Aerial view of the university campus at the Uhlhornsweg site
Aerial view of the university campus at the Wechloy site (center to the left of the railway line)

On March 7, 1793, the Evangelical Teachers' College Oldenburg was founded by Duke Peter Friedrich Ludwig . A seminar garden for teacher training was laid out in 1882. It was gradually expanded into the botanical garden in its present form. It is the only institution for teacher training in the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg that has been preserved to this day. The training of teachers was further pursued by the state parliament of the Free State of Oldenburg on March 27, 1929 through the establishment of the Pedagogical Academy in Oldenburg, which was soon closed again due to financial difficulties. From 1936 to 1939 there was again a college for teacher training in the Weser-Ems Gau , which was closed because the war broke out.

On October 1, 1945, under the Protestant theologian Eduard Hollweg (1886–1971) as director (until 1947), the Pedagogical Academy Oldenburg opened as the first teacher training center in post-war Germany , whose lecturers were mostly taken over from their predecessors. In 1948 the name was changed to Oldenburg University of Education , which existed independently until 1969. Well-known professors included Martin Rang , Helene Ramsauer , Hans-Jochen Gamm , Werner Loch , Herwig Blankertz and Erwin Schwartz . The last rector was Wolfgang Schulenberg , who in 1969 carried out the transfer to the Lower Saxony University of Education , Oldenburg department.

Establishment and development of the university

The first step towards a university took place on February 23, 1959 with the decision of the council to establish a university for the city, which was implemented on March 13, 1970 with the memorandum of the Lower Saxony minister of education on the establishment of the University of Oldenburg and Osnabrück .

Founded on December 5, 1973 as part of the reform and expansion of the university system, teaching began in 1974 with 2,400 students on the basis of the PH Lower Saxony , Oldenburg department. The state governments under Prime Minister Alfred Kubel and Ernst Albrecht rejected the naming after the Nobel Prize winner and resistance fighter Carl von Ossietzky . It was not until 1991 that the name was introduced by the then Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Gerhard Schröder, in accordance with the amendment to the Lower Saxony University Act.

In 1984 the range of courses was expanded to include the computer science course. Since the 2007/2008 winter semester, business informatics has been offered as an independent course in addition to IT . The eleven faculties , which ran until 2002, were merged and reorganized into five faculties .

European Medical School Oldenburg Groningen

Following a positive opinion from the Science Council and a funding commitment from the state, the university is offering a degree in human medicine for the first time in the 2012/13 winter semester. For this purpose, a medical faculty was set up which, in close cooperation with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, set up a continuous 12-semester model course in accordance with the requirements of the medical licensing regulations with the completion of a state examination as part of the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen. Students from Groningen can complete part of their studies in Oldenburg; Students from Oldenburg spend at least one year of their studies in Groningen . In the European Medical School, the Dutch Master of Science in Genetics from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen can also be obtained, which under European law entitles the holder to practice medical practice in all countries of the European Union.


  • Faculty I - Education and Social Sciences
Institute for Education
Institute for Special and Rehabilitation Education
Institute for Social Sciences
Department of Computer Science
Department of Economics and Law
Institute for English / American Studies
Institute for German Studies
Institute for Dutch Studies
Institute for Slavic Studies
Institute for Art and Visual Culture
Institute for Material Culture
Institute for Music
  • Faculty IV - Human and Social Sciences
Institute for History
Institute for Protestant Theology
Institute for Philosophy
Institute for Sports Science
Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences (IBU)
Institute for Chemistry (IfC)
Institute for Physics (IfP)
Institute for Mathematics (IfM)
Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea (ICBM)
Department of Human Medicine
Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Department of Neuroscience
Department of Psychology
Department for Health Services Research



The presidium consists of the president Hans Michael Piper and four vice-presidents:

function Surname
president Hans Michael Piper
Vice President for Administration and Finance Jörg Stahlmann
Vice President for Research, Transfer and Digitization Martin Fränzle
Vice President for Studies, Teaching and International Affairs Verena Pietzner
Vice President for Young Scientists and Equal Opportunities Annett Thiele

University Council

The University Council consists of seven people from science, business and culture and have been appointed as members of the University Council by the Senate of the University of Oldenburg and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science.

Surname function comment
Jörg Waskönig Chairman of the University Council Chairman of the Oldenburg Employers' Association (AGV) and
managing director of Waskönig + Walter Kabelwerke
Karin Lochte Until 2017 director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven and professor at the University of Bremen
Ulrich Dempeolf Representative of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture
Wilhelm Schmitz Former Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Münster
Andrea Strübind Professor of Church History at the University of Oldenburg
Felix Thalmann Chairman of the management board of BÜFA-Holding
Dorothea Wagner vice-chairman Professor of Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Surname function list
Chairman without voting rights
Hans Michael Piper President of the University of Oldenburg
University professor with voting rights
Christiane Thiel FK VI - Department of Psychology List democratic college
Axel Hahn FK II - Department for Computer Science List democratic college
Albrecht Hausmann FK III - Institute for German Studies List democratic college
Mark Siebel FK IV - Institute for Philosophy List democratic college
Martin Georg Fränzle FK II - Department for Computer Science List of university autonomy
Barbara Moschner FK I - Institute for Education List of university autonomy
Martin Butler FK III - Institute for English and American Studies List University in transition
Employee group with voting rights
Jürgen Köster FK V - Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea List 1 Mittelbau Initiative
Michael Quarter FK I - Institute for Education List 1 Mittelbau Initiative
Student group with voting rights
Moritz Buhr List 1: MUT - MenschUmweltTechnik
Anna Kramer List 1: MUT - MenschUmweltTechnik
MTV group with voting rights
Katja Brandt Press & communication
Nadja Sturm Institute for Protestant Theology and Religious Education
Advisory members
Jörg Stahlmann Vice President for Administration and Finance
Meinhard Simon Vice President for Research and Transfer
Sabine Kyora Vice President for Studies, Teaching and Equal Opportunities
Esther Ruigendijk Vice President for Young Scientists and International Affairs
Dietmar Grube Dean of Faculty I, Education and Social Sciences
Rudolf Schröder Dean of Faculty II, Computer Science, Economics and Law
Ralf Grüttemeier Dean of Faculty III, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
Dagmar Freist Dean of Faculty IV, Human and Social Sciences
Michael Wark Dean of Faculty V, Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Hans Gerd Nothwang Dean of Faculty VI, Medicine and Health Sciences
Joachim Willems Representative of the Didactic Center
Anne G. Kosfeld Central equal opportunities officer
Max Wevelsiep Representatives of the student body from the StuPa
Wilfried Schumann Head of Psychological Counseling Service
Petra Mende Staff advisor
Swantje Müller Doctoral Representation

Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L)

C3L building

The Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) is a scientific center of the University of Oldenburg, which deals with questions of further education and lifelong learning in research and teaching and develops and provides research-oriented and practice-relevant further education offers. As a scientific center with an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary orientation, the research and development work of the C3L focuses on further education at universities and other educational institutions as well as the development of part-time programs.

The C3L offers u. a. Degree programs for the acquisition of a bachelor's and master's degree at:

  • Business administration in medium-sized companies (BA)
  • Business Administration for Competitive Athletes (BA)
  • Education and Science Management (MBA)
  • Management of Technology Enhanced Learning (MA)
  • Information law (LL.M.)
  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (MBA)
  • Risk Management for Financial Service Providers (M.Sc.)

Further offers include psychotherapeutic training and postgraduate training programs in the fields of counseling, coaching and conflict management. In addition, the C3L organizes the activities of the University of Oldenburg as an open university, e.g. B. with the guest listening course and the university entrance without Abitur.


Together with the city library of the city of Oldenburg, the “Research Center for Children's and Young People's Literature” (“olfoki”) organizes the annual “Oldenburg Children's and Young People's Book Fair ( KIBUM )”. The "olfoki" consists largely of members of Faculty III of the university.

The university is a member of the Socrates / Erasmus partner program , a partnership for student exchange between many universities in Europe.

Relationships with 38 other universities on five continents are also maintained. To improve teaching and research, the university is involved in the Association of North German Universities .


Haarentor campus, lecture hall building
Haarentor campus, cafeteria, university library
Wechloy campus
Haarentor campus, view of the inner courtyard and building A5

The largest location is the Haarentor campus . At the beginning of the 1960s, the buildings of the pedagogical college were erected, which are still used today as an auxiliary building. In the 1970s, the university was expanded to include two lecture halls and the central general disposal center (AVZ) . On October 15, 1982, the central area was relocated to a new building which now includes the cafeteria , library and sports center. The executive committee of the university and some other administrative departments moved to the eco-center in the direct vicinity of the university in 1999. The last structural expansion took place in 2001 with an auditorium center and an institute building.

The Wechloy campus was built at the same time as the Uhlhornsweg location was expanded in 1982. The members of Faculty V and z teach and research there. T. of Faculty VI. With the inauguration on October 10, 1994, the building of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea (ICBM) is located there , and since September 20, 2002 the building of the hearing center. In addition, the departmental library for the natural sciences as well as for mathematics and sport is located on the Wechloy campus.

The botanical garden dates back to 1882. In addition to the Philosophenweg location, there is the non-public Küpkersweg location. In 2007 the Oldenburg Botanical Garden celebrated its 125th anniversary .

The Wilhelmshaven site was founded on January 1st, 2008, when the Terramare research center, founded in 1994, was integrated into the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea (ICBM).


The university became famous in the 1970s for its special concept of one-phase teacher training . Even today it is characterized by a strong profile in teacher training. She holds all teaching posts for the courses. The didactic Instructional research with the promotion program Didactic reconstruction (Prodid) enjoys high reputation. In 1995, the Carl von Ossietzky University founded the RÖSA (Regional Ecological Objective Learning Workshop), one of the first university learning workshop facilities . Other special focuses in research are computer science, acoustics, regenerative energy sources with the international Renewable Energies course , gender research and neurobiology. In addition, at the beginning of the 2005/2006 winter semester, the university switched all courses to the bachelor and master courses planned in the Bologna process . This makes it one of the first universities in Germany to take this step.

In 2012, the university was successful in the Excellence Initiative with its “Hearing4all” cluster of excellence application. The cluster, applied for with funding of 34 million euros, aims to research the improvement of speech understanding in noise.

Affiliated institutes

Affiliated institutes are closely related to the university, but legally independent organizations. The university has 14 affiliated institutes:

Hearing Center Oldenburg
  • BKGE - Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe
    The institute, founded in 1989, belongs to the portfolio of the
    Minister of State for Culture and advises the Federal Government on all questions relating to the culture and history of German minorities in Eastern Europe.
  • ecco ecology + communication Unternehmensberatung GmbH
    ecco advises companies in the areas of management, marketing and communication and works closely with the chairs of business administration from Reinhard Pfriem and Thorsten Raabe.
  • Express Fund Northwest
  • Hearing Center Oldenburg
    The institute founded in 1996 by the physicist Birger Kollmeier and the Evangelical Hospital Oldenburg deals with acoustics for medical applications, especially the development of hearing aids.
  • ibe - Wolfgang Schulenberg Institute for Educational Research and Adult Education eV
    The institute founded in 1986 by the university and associations of Lower Saxony adult education serves the further development of adult education through cooperation with the economy, the qualification for new technologies and quality assurance. An archive on the history of adult education is also being set up.
  • INS - Integration through Sport and Education eV
  • IÖB - Institute for Economic Education GmbH
    The institute promotes economic education at general schools in Germany and in countries in Central and Eastern Europe. This includes teacher training.
  • ISN - Institute for Science Networking GmbH
    The ISN promotes the networking of scientific information, also through the development and operation of specialist information portals on the Internet.
  • itap - Institute for Technical and Applied Physics GmbH.
    The main focus of the work of this institute is technical acoustics, which includes immission control, building and room acoustics, corresponding measurement technology and sound investigations when using wind energy.
  • Next Energy - EWE Research Center for Energy Technology e. V.
  • LTP - Laboratory for Thermophysical Properties GmbH
    LTP GmbH, founded in 1999, deals with the measurement of thermophysical material properties for the chemical industry. There is a close collaboration with the Chair of Technical Chemistry (until 2012 Jürgen Gmehling ) at the Institute of Chemistry.
  • OFFIS - Institute for Computer Science
  • Parisi Photovoltaik GmbH
  • Sophie Drinker Institute for Musicological Women and Gender
    Studies The work of this institute includes the collection of scientific literature and its provision as a collection of sources. The institute is headed by Freia Hoffmann .

Cultural program

The Studentenwerk Oldenburg has been running the UNIKUM and Unitheater since 1985. The Oldenburger Universitäts Theater GmbH (OUT), which was founded at the time, has been using the UNIKUM since July 1997 . Student and free theater groups are organized in it.

The student cinema Gegenlicht has been showing films since 1993, first in the old auditorium and now also in the UNIKUM on stage 1. In the summer semester, the university cinema also organizes open-air performances on campus. In 2001, the Oldenburger Kurzfilmtage zwergWERK emerged as a further project .


The Oldenburg Student Union operates a cafeteria on both the Uhlhornsweg and Wechloy campuses. The canteens have been certified with the BIO seal in accordance with the EU organic regulation since January 2004 . In the main canteen on Uhlhornsweg, there are four different dishes to choose from every day, some of which you can put together yourself. In addition, the “Culinarium” offers a selection of high-quality, self-assemble dishes at slightly higher prices.

After the cafeteria on Uhlhornsweg took first place in the UNICUM magazine for taste in 2001 and came second in the overall rating, the food served by the Studentenwerk is now in the fourteenth place in the 2005 survey for taste and in the twentieth overall result To find space. In 2008, the cafeteria on Uhlhornsweg made it back to second place in the overall ranking and was the winner in the taste category.

In addition to the canteens, the Studentenwerk operates a cafeteria on Uhlhornsweg. In Wechloy, the cafeteria takes on this function outside of meal serving times.

Composed student body

As part of a public corporation is the Authored student body as part of the student government representing all enrolled students against the university, the university management and the public. The student body in Oldenburg, represented by the AStA, takes on - in addition to a wide range of political campaigns - the administration of the semester ticket , the parent-child room, the tasks of student loan advice, loan allocation and the joint acquisition of ecological study supplies (stationery , Printer cartridges, printer paper and more) are true. In addition, the AStA organizes the car-free university day every year and - in collaboration with the university management and other sub-bodies - the international summer festival.

Student parliament

StuPa election 2016
Turnout: 15.13%
Gains and losses
compared to 2015
 % p
-12.46  % p
-7.21  % p
+1.49  % p
+ 12.03  % p
+ 6.15  % p.p.
Template: election chart / maintenance / notes
b Uni Divers - Green Independent Center
c Open Green University Group
d Juso University Group - Social.Democratic.Open.
10 18th 
A total of 49 seats

In the elections for the student parliament from January 11 to 15, 2016, 2,240 of 14,628 eligible students took part. The Ring of Christian Democratic Students , Uni Divers - Green Independent Center, the Open Green University Group , the Juso University Group and Die LISTE competed for the 50 seats in the student parliament . The list of the Open Green University Group only included 9 candidates, so that the student parliament in the 2016/2017 period only had 49 instead of 50 seats. The election result was determined at the constituent meeting on April 20.

The RCDS is again the strongest force, but has lost 12.46 percentage points and now has 18 seats. With 20.08%, the OGH is the second strongest force, but can only fill nine of the ten seats, with heavy losses in third place is the GUM, which, however, forms the second strongest parliamentary group with ten seats. The Juso University Group, which started in 2015, has tripled its result from 2015 and now has 9 members in the student parliament. The list, which won three seats with 6.15%, entered for the first time.

General student committee

The Open Green University Group, Uni Divers - Green Independent Center and the Juso University Group have agreed on a coalition for the AStA.

The student parliament has elected the following speakers:

Department or office Surname list
speaker Katharina Corleis
Vanessa Puzio
Katharina Humbert
Finance Department Holger Robbe GUM
Department for refugee students Haiko Meents Juso-HSG
Public Relations Department Lynn Kaiser Supreme Court
Anti-Racism Unit Torsten Puschmann Juso-HSG
Department for semester ticket and transport Hannes Baumgärtner Supreme Court
Department for Culture and Sport Jannes Schmacker GUM
Department for Ecology and Sustainability Pierre Monteyne Supreme Court
Housing department Sarah Rihl Juso-HSG
Department for External University Policy René Bloch Supreme Court
Department for Internal University Policy Jaro Ehlers GUM
Department for studying with children Anja Ebert GUM
Department for semester ticket reimbursement Leonie Eglau
Yvonne Röbcke
Political Education Unit Tobias Rahner Juso-HSG

Autonomous units

In addition to other bodies, the student body's statutes also provide for the following sections:

  • Autonomous unit for disabled and chronically ill students (BeRef)
  • Autonomous Feminist Unit (FemRef)
  • Autonomous Gay Unit (SchwuRef)
  • University Group of Foreign Students (HGAS)

The autonomous units are not part of the AStA, but it is responsible for the implementation of their budget. In addition to the autonomous departments, there is an independent student council department that is part of the AStA, but works independently.


  • Every year the university awards the Klaus von Klitzing Prize, named after the German Nobel Prize laureate, for particularly committed teachers in the natural sciences in cooperation with the EWE Foundation. The prize money is 15,000 euros, of which 10,000 euros must be used for a school project.
  • Every year on Chemistry Day, the university awards the Angelus Sala Prize to students in nearby schools. This prize is awarded to students who have achieved outstanding academic performance in the 10th grade in chemistry. It was named after the doctor and scientist Angelo Sala .
  • The AStA / the Ecology Department of the AStA received the Oldenburg Environmental Protection Prize in 1998 for initiating the semester ticket, which was rewarded with a material prize of DM 1,000.
  • In 1994, the computer scientist Ernst-Rüdiger Olderog and his colleague Manfred Broy ( Technical University of Munich ) were awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG , endowed with three million DM .

See also


  • Rainer Rheude: Cold War for Ossietzky: Why the University of Oldenburg had to fight for its name for almost 20 years . A name dispute in Oldenburg. Ed. Temmen, Bremen 2009, ISBN 978-3-8378-4011-7 .
  • Hilke Günther-Arndt / Klaus Klattenhoff / Friedrich Wißmann: From seminar to university 1793-1993. 200 years of teacher training in Oldenburg , Oldenburg (library and information system of the University of Oldenburg) 1993, ISBN 3-8142-0422-0 .

Web links

Commons : Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. President - Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Michael Piper. Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg datum = 2019-10-01, accessed on October 3, 2019 .
  2. a b c d e Facts and Figures. Retrieved September 13, 2019 .
  3. ^ Statement on the establishment of a university medicine at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg based on the concept of a "European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen" (PDF)
  4. Research Center Children's Literature OLFOKI: List of members of Research Center
  5. Wechloy Departmental Library . Status: November 24, 2008.
  6. history . As of June 4, 2008.
  7. Chronology of the City of Wilhelmshaven ,, accessed on May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Jadestadt becomes a university town: Projects of the University of Oldenburg for Wilhelmshaven - cooperation . In: Nordwest-Zeitung , January 5, 2008.
  9. Results of the Excellence Initiative for Top Research at Universities .
  10. Press release of the University of Oldenburg on the Excellence Initiative ( Memento from June 24, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) on from June 15, 2012.
  11. An-Institute at CvOU .
  12. "ecco ecology + communication An-Institut der Universität Oldenburg" ( Memento from April 15, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) on
  13. Cafeteria of the Year 2008 ( Memento from May 24, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) on from 2011.
  14. ^ Election result of the StuPa election 2016 (PDF).
  15. Election to the student parliament 201 5 - Determination of the election result according to §20 election regulations of the student body (PDF).

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