Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

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Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
motto Promissa nec aspera curans
founding 1980 (as university)
Sponsorship Catholic University of Eichstätt Foundation
place Eichstätt , Ingolstadt
state Bavaria
country Germany
President Gabriele Gien
Students 5,100 October 10, 2017
Employee 846 December 1, 2016
Networks DFH , FIUC
Main entrance to the main complex (college building)

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is the only Catholic university in the German-speaking region and one of over 200 Catholic universities worldwide. With 5,330 students, 843 of whom are college students (WS 2016/17), it is one of the largest non-state universities in Germany. The university offers over 40 subjects. The central campus is in Eichstätt ; the Faculty of Business and Economics with 1099 students is located in Ingolstadt . Forerunners of the foundation university founded in 1980 were a lyceum founded in Eichstätt in 1843, which was renamed "Philosophical-Theological University" in 1924, as well as the Eichstätt Pedagogical University, founded in 1958, both of which were combined in 1972 to form the Eichstätt University. The comprehensive university was the first comprehensive, non-state academic university in the Federal Republic.


University location Eichstätt

Main building of the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Main building of the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Ostenstraße

Eichstatt's university tradition began in the 16th century. As part of the Tridentine reform , the Collegium Willibaldinum was opened on November 26, 1564 as a training and residence for the future clergy of the diocese; Even today, the Collegium Willibaldinum is the diocese's seminary. From 1614 to 1773 the Jesuit order directed the Collegium Willibaldinum, which attracted scholars far beyond the borders of the dioceses. As a result of the secularization of the bishopric, the collegium gradually dissolved as a priestly training facility. It was not until 1843 that the Episcopal Lyceum was re-established in Eichstätt , an academic teaching institution, which was renamed the Episcopal Philosophical-Theological University in 1924 . Well-known lecturers were here u. a. the catechist Ludwig Bruggaier , the canon lawyer Joseph Lechner , the New Testament scholar Joseph Kurzinger , the dogmatist Ludwig Ott , the Old Testament scholar Martin Rehm (theologian) , Rudolf Graber , appointed Bishop of Regensburg in 1962, the pastoral theologian Alfons Fleischmann , the physicist and mathematician Johannes Stigler , the philosophers Johannes Hirschberger and Friedrich Dörr and the historian Andreas Bauch .

In 1972 this merged with the Eichstätt University of Education, founded in 1958, to form the Eichstätt University . This was raised to the Catholic University of Eichstätt in 1980. The current name of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt came into being in 2001, after the economics faculty was founded in Ingolstadt in 1989.

University of Ingolstadt

Divine mission house; today: Student house of the economic faculty of the KU in Ingolstadt

The University of Ingolstadt , the first Bavarian university, was founded in Ingolstadt as early as 1472 with papal approval (Würzburg, which had had a university since 1402, did not belong to Bavaria at that time). One of the most important rectors of the university was Petrus Canisius , venerated as a saint, in the middle of the 16th century. Elector Max IV. Joseph (later King Maximilian I ) of Bavaria relocated the university to Landshut in 1800 .

In 1826 King Ludwig I brought the university to Munich (today the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich ).

Foundation and development of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Collegium Willibaldinum
The roots of the KU go back to the founding of the Collegium Willibaldinum in 1564.
Prof. Dr.  Gabriele Gien.
Gabriele Gien, President of the KU since October 1, 2016

In 1972 the University of Education and the Philosophical-Theological University in Eichstätt merged to form a comprehensive university. The Catholic University of Eichstätt was established on April 1, 1980 and recognized by the Holy See . The former Archbishop of Munich-Freising, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI ), who was awarded an honorary doctorate for this, the Eichstätter Bishop Alois Brems , who, as the locally responsible bishop, had made sustained efforts to expand and promote the building, played a decisive role , and Rudolf Mosis , President of the University from 1978 to 1983.

In 1986, Jorge Mario Bergoglio , today's Pope Francis , visited the Catholic University of Eichstätt in his capacity as rector of the theological faculty in San Miguel and held cooperation talks with the then President Nikolaus Lobkowicz.

Recent developments

Old logo of the KU that was used until 2015 and is no longer valid.

Since the 2007/2008 winter semester, it has been possible to acquire a Bachelor's and Master's degree in the chosen subject combination (“Lehramt Plus”) as part of a teaching degree leading to the first state examination .

Since 2008, the university has been part of the Bavarian Center for Political Theory (BayPol) through the Chair for Political Theory and Philosophy ( Manfred Brocker , Political Science ). The KU Eichstätt is a member of the MedienCampus Bayern , the umbrella organization for media education and training in Bavaria. The KU is not a member of the German Research Foundation , but researchers at the KU already receive project funding from the DFG and other sponsors.

Ulrich Hemel , who was elected by the University Council of the Catholic University on January 30, 2008 , was unable to take office as the new President. According to media reports, the Holy See blocked the appointment of the new president. Grand Chancellor Bishop Hanke entrusted Rudolf Fisch and the order historian Gert Melville with the provisional management of the university.

After a successful electoral process, the theologian Reinhard Hütter, who teaches at Duke University (USA), was elected as the new president on May 6, 2009 . Hütter accepted the election, but later announced that he would not take up the office. The reasons given by the Bavarian Bishops' Conference were an unsuccessful agreement when the contract was concluded. On June 4, 2009, Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl was appointed as interim president.

Richard Schenk was elected President of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt on May 26, 2011 by the University Council. On February 24, 2014, he announced his resignation from office for health reasons. The executing agency appointed an interim presidium for a period of two years in order to gain enough time to prepare for a new election process. The interim board of directors headed by Eichstätter German studies professor Gabriele Gien has been in office for two years since October 1, 2014. On June 15, 2016, she was elected full president for five years by the KU electoral commission. She prevailed against the astrophysicist Wolfgang Duschl from the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel . Her term officially began on October 1, 2016.

The college building and the cafeteria building (mainly designed by Karljosef Schattner ), i.e. the central part of the Eichstätter campus, were listed as a historical monument in June 2018. The planned renovations and conversions of these buildings will therefore be delayed.

Since June 2018, the KU, together with the Technical University of Ingolstadt, has been a research partner of the Urban Air Mobility initiative , as part of which the CityAirbus air taxi project is to be tested in the Ingolstadt area . The KU conducts research in the area of ​​social, psychological and ethical questions of mobility.

Profile and structure


Headquarters of the foundation administration

The KU is a " Catholic University " in the sense of the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae , which was canonically established and recognized by the Holy See by a decree of the Congregation for Catholic Education of April 1, 1980.

The university is supported by the Eichstätt Catholic University Foundation, a church foundation under public law . The foundation is under the supervision of the Freising Bishops' Conference . In November 2018, the Freising Bishops' Conference elected Peter Beer , Vicar General of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In this role, he succeeds the Augsburg Auxiliary Bishop Anton Losinger , who had held the office since November 2014. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is still Magnus Cancellarius of the KU, was previously Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Until September 30, 2010, the Bishop of Eichstätt was Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Grand Chancellor of the university. The Bishop of Eichstätt Gregor Maria Hanke is Deputy Grand Chancellor (Vice Magnus Cancellarius) of the university. The dioceses of the Freising Bishops' Conference subsidize the university with 15 million euros per year.

State-recognized non-state university

The university is also a state-recognized, non-state university within the meaning of the Bavarian Higher Education Act, guaranteed by the Free State of Bavaria on the basis of the Bavarian Concordat . The university is financed 85 percent by the Free State of Bavaria and 15 percent by the Bavarian dioceses.

Management and self-administration

Summer residence of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Eichstätt

The university management is under the President Gabriele Gien and her three Vice Presidents Jens Hogreve (Vice President for Research and Young Academics), Markus Eham (Vice President for Studies and Teaching) and Klaus Stüwe (Vice President for International Affairs and Profile Development). The office of Chancellor is held by Thomas Kleinert . In addition to these persons, the extended university management also includes all deans as well as the chairman of the student convention, the chairman of the convention of scientific and artistic staff and a representative of the scientific support staff.

Each faculty has its own faculty council . In addition, there are cross- faculty representative bodies at the KU with the University Council and the Senate .

The student members of all these committees (six per faculty council, four in the senate and one in the university council) as well as the student women's and equal opportunities officer and his deputy together form the student convention . This is headed by a five-person body, the spokesman's council of the Convention. The chairman of the convention (currently Maximilian Kaiser) is also a member of the extended university management.

There is also the convention of scientific and artistic staff.

In 2016, the KU was able to post income of 68.5 million euros (compared to 2009: 49.4 million euros); The operation of the university is financed from this money. The income is made up as follows: The Bavarian state government contributes 40.9 million euros, 12.6 million euros come from the sponsor, the Catholic Church, 7.5 million euros come from third-party funds, 5.5 million euros are paid by the German Bishops' Conference and 2.3 million euros are tuition fee substitutes .

The administrative seat of the university is the Eichstätt summer residence .

Structural data on the university

The university has 5,330 students (winter semester 2016/17; university and technical college courses) and more than 772 teachers, 114 of them professors. The supervisory ratio is around 1:14. In 1999, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt took first place in the university ranking of the news magazine Der Spiegel . The former diploma , now bachelor's degree in geography achieved the top group in three out of five fields in 2011.

Family-friendly university

In 2004, the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt was the first Bavarian university to receive the family- friendly university award from the non-profit Hertie Foundation . Thus, the KU was certified a family-conscious personnel policy, the promotion of family-friendly study conditions and the continuous work on the compatibility of studies / work and family. There is a university daycare center on the Eichstätter campus, the university children's house. In numerous buildings of the KU there are baby changing facilities, in the central library a family room with toys and in the central courtyard garden a playground. At lunch in the cafeteria, children up to the age of ten receive a child's portion free of charge.

In September 2016, the KU signed the Family Charter at the University and is thus a member of this best practice club.

Sustainable KU

The KU has been a pioneer in the theory and practice of sustainability (Rio follow-up process) since 1992 and has received several awards for this. After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster , the Environment Working Group was founded and, after the university's first environmental review in 1990, the student convention's environmental department, which from the start pursued the goal of redesigning the KU in an environmentally friendly way and providing numerous impulses for this. Accompanying the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and later as Rio-Monitoring, the environmental department of the Student Convention organized environmental lecture series that continue to the present day with a total of over 100 speakers, including a. Volker Hauff , Klaus Töpfer , Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker , Günter Altner , Jean Pierre Ribaut , Markus Vogt and Hans-Peter Dürr . In 1993, President Nikolaus Lobkowicz signed the COPERNICUS University Charter for Sustainable Development - as the first German university.

In 1995 the Franz von Assisi Academy for the Protection of the Earth was founded as a special contribution to the European Year of Conservation on the initiative of the Student Convention's Environment Department with the support of the Council of Europe . V. (FAA), which, on behalf of the KU, carried out Germany's first regional sustainability project with 25 projects for the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Study of Sustainable Germany , together with ten partners. In 1996, the first sustainability concept of a German university was developed as part of the Sustainable University project. The Altmühltal project was selected in 1995 as the Federal Republic of Germany's contribution to the Council of Europe’s European Nature Conservation Year and was recognized as a national project by Federal President Roman Herzog , who was also the project's patron.

In 1997, in the run-up to the UN Special Assembly on Rio plus 5, the FAA and the KU together with the International Consortium on Religion and Ecology at the World Bank (Washington) set up the Washington Consultation on Sustainable Community Ethics, Environmental Values ​​and Public Policy (Ethics and Agenda 21), the Washington Declaration of Interdependence adopted and a briefing on Ethical Perspectives for the UN General Assembly on Rio plus 5 with partner organizations and state representatives at the UN in New York. The requirements of the briefing were implemented in Article 6 of the Johannesburg Action Plan of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development : “We recognize the importance of ethics for sustainable development and therefore stress the need to take ethical aspects into account when implementing Agenda 21. "

The KU and FAA were represented with a large delegation and numerous events at the Second European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz in 1997 and were responsible for the area of ​​sustainability on behalf of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences , including the Ecumenical Consultation: Christianity and Sustainable Europe - Consultation about the new practice of ecological responsibility was organized with over 120 participants from over 24 countries. The result of the consultation was an ecumenical consensus on the long-term sustainability practice of the European churches in the areas of climate protection, biodiversity, Agenda 21 and lifestyles, and Lukas Vischer proposed the initiative to establish a Christian European environmental network for implementation. Delegate of the Franz von Assisi Academy for the Protection of the Earth e. V. were u. a. Represented at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002 and at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.

From 1998 to 2000, the EU-funded, regional large-scale research project on Agenda 21 and digitization (TELE 21) was carried out together with partners from Neumarkt, Rome and Wales.

In 2008, the environmental department of the Student Convention won a prize in the Generation D ideas competition with its Sustainable Campus initiative (100% green electricity for the KU). The DenkNachhaltig! e. V. annually organized WFI Dialogue on Sustainability is the largest student conference on sustainability in German-speaking countries.

In 2010, sustainability was anchored in the foundation's constitution, as well as the resolution of the sustainability concept Education for Sustainable Development , the establishment of an ESD course and the establishment of the Sustainability Graduate School . The power supply has been 100% green electricity since 2012, saving 4,100 tons of CO 2 in three years . The first sustainability report was published in 2012. In 2013, the German Commission for UNESCO recognized the KU's sustainability concept as a project of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development . In 2015 the KU was the first university in Bavaria to be certified according to EMAS ; This certification was renewed in 2018, and in 2019, also as the first university in Germany, it was extended to EMASplus . In 2016, UNESCO recognized the KU as an exemplary place of learning for sustainable development and in 2017 the university received the Fairtrade University award .

The campus refrigerator Eichstätt sustainability project, initiated by SDS, the Linke Hochschulgruppe Eichstätt together with the environmental department, has existed since May 2015 . The SDS also regularly organizes a fair breakfast with sustainable and fair-trade food.

The heating energy consumption of the KU in 2015 was 5909 megawatt hours (compared to 2011: 6002 megawatt hours). 78 percent of this is covered by the biomass cogeneration plant on the Volksfestplatz. The rest is covered by natural gas (21 percent, 1241 megawatt hours) and oil (1 percent).

Ethical claims

In the foundation's constitution of the university, emphasis is placed on ethical principles “in the light of the Catholic faith”. “The university is an academic community that is carried by the Catholic spirit. In research and teaching, it takes into account and deepens the Christian image of man as well as the ethical principles of personality, justice, solidarity as well as subsidiarity and sustainability. ”The KU emphasizes of its own accord that the freedom of research and teaching, which is mandatory for German universities at the KU is guaranteed by the carrier, d. H. The same rules apply in science and research as in state universities. Through the Free State of Bavaria, the KU is on an equal footing with state universities and has the right to award doctorates and habilitation in the academic departments . Admission for students is independent of denomination.


not complete selection

In addition, there are extra- and cocurricular courses that have been grouped under the heading Studium.Pro since 2017 . The focus is on the interdisciplinary discourse, the development of values ​​and personality, social commitment and qualification for professional fields.

Excellence orientation and rankings

As a campus university, the KU has an excellent infrastructure and excellent teaching, which has been reflected in very good ratings in various rankings for over 15 years. In the third university ranking of the news magazine Der Spiegel (issue 15/1999), for which Emnid asked over 12,000 students and over 1,600 professors about the quality of their subjects and universities, the KU took first place and was named "German Harvard" ( Spiegel) on the title page. The Faculty of Business and Economics has held top positions for years. a. in the CHE university ranking, the Wirtschaftswoche and many other rankings. The KU is also represented in the top group of the Center for University Development CHE in other subjects.

Third mission

Under President Gabriele Gien, the KU emphasizes social networking and knowledge transfer as a third mission alongside research and teaching. In February 2017, the KU and the Technical University of Ingolstadt founded the innovation alliance MenschINBewendung . The joint application for funding in the Federal Innovative University competition , the largest funding program to date for technical colleges and small and medium-sized universities, was successful in July 2017. In the future, the two universities plan to make their specific knowledge of the region accessible through various transfer activities on the topics of mobility, sustainability, digitization and civic engagement.


Since its foundation, the KU has had several research institutions and research centers in addition to the various chairs and professorships where research is carried out, see the section below .

Together with the University of Philosophy and the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Munich , the KU also founded the Center for Ethics in Media and the Digital Society in 2016 .

A graduate academy was set up as a central building block for research funding, funding for start-up and supplementary funding PRO FORschung (proFOR +) was made available by the sponsor, and a center for research funding was set up to bundle and coordinate science and research at the KU.

In June 2018, the new research unit Key Concepts in Interreligious Discourses (KCID) was set up together with Islamic Studies at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg . Together, the theoretical roots of these religious communities should be explored across disciplines and a contribution should be made to interreligious acceptance.

International networking

KU students currently have 370 exchange opportunities in 60 countries. The International Office looks after students who want to go abroad for a semester of study or an internship, as well as foreign students who are matriculated at the KU. Several courses at the KU are per se internationally oriented. These include u. a. the double degree courses in German-French Political Science, German-Chinese International Business Administration and the German-Finnish Master's InterculturAd / Intercultural Advertising.


Today the university offers over 40 subjects in its eight faculties .

  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Education
  • Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
  • Faculty of History and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Geography
  • Ingolstadt Faculty of Business and Economics (WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management)
  • Faculty of Religious Education and Church Educational Work ( FH )
  • Faculty of Social Work (FH)

Faculty of Mathematics and Geography

Oststrasse 14 building, headquarters of the IT department

The Mathematical-Geographical Faculty (MGF), which consists of mathematics and geography, covers core subjects at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.


The subject of mathematics provides training in the bachelor's and master's degree with a focus on business mathematics and, in addition, in networking with economics and psychology, also in the teaching profession.

There used to be a small sub-area of ​​computer science, which has since been abandoned. Computer science continues to be taught in social work and economics at the KU.


Geography offers specializations for human geography (economic and cultural geography) with tourism as well as for physical geography with environmental geography. In addition to a bachelor's degree in geography, the master’s area can focus on tourism and regional planning or natural hazards and environmental processes. There is also a master’s degree in Education for Sustainable Development .

The Chair for Physical Geography / Landscape Ecology and Sustainable Ecosystem Development maintains the university's own weather station . The operation of the system and the evaluation of the measurement data is organized together with the student AK weather show.

Didactics of Biology

The faculty also offers teacher training in the field of biology.

Faculty of Business and Economics (WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management)

The economics faculty of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, which appears publicly under the name WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management , is located on the second campus of the university in Ingolstadt. It was founded in 1989 and with 20 chairs and almost 1,000 students, it offers a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:11. The motto of the Management School is: "small - fine - demanding".

Since 1996, students have been selected using a university-internal process. A committee evaluates the potential of the applicants with the aim of admitting socially committed and intellectually high-performing students to study at the WFI. The evaluation criteria are complex. In addition to the performance of the university entrance qualification, a. Practical experience, social commitment and motivation to perform are taken into account.

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt has been awarded the European quality seal E-Quality (2006) by the German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD ) for its achievements and merits in the exchange of German and foreign ERASMUS students and lecturers .

Faculty of Theology

The theological faculty is located in the Ulmer Hof, a former canon house, opposite the Guardian Angel Church and the seminary. More than a dozen chairs and professorships are active in teaching and research. Subject areas within the faculty include a. Philosophy and borderline questions in theology, biblical theology, historical theology, systematic theology and practical theology. Institutions related to the ThF are the Mentorat, the Willibaldinum Seminary and the Collegium Orientale .

Martin Kirschner has held the professorship for theology and transformation processes of the present since 2016 - the professorship is the first Heisenberg professorship in the field of Catholic theology financed by the DFG in Germany.

Faculty of Philosophy and Education

Foyer of the building Ostenstrasse 25 (orphanage), seat of psychology and journalism as well as the EEG laboratory

The PPF encompasses the subject areas of education, philosophy, psychology, art, music and sport. It is divided into nine chairs and nine professorships. A school psychology focus is also offered as part of the subject of psychology. The university's own University Art Gallery on Eichstätter Marktplatz has been supervised by the professorship for art education and art didactics since 2017 . UniMusik is also located in the faculty as an amalgamation of ensembles in the fields of music education / didactics and musicology and as the organizer of regular concert events.

Faculty of Linguistics and Literature

The Faculty of Linguistics and Literature is currently the largest faculty of the KU with 1213 students (as of December 1, 2016). It combines philologies, English / American studies, German studies, Romance studies, the subjects of art history, classical archeology and journalism under one roof. Common to the subject areas is a cultural and media studies orientation.

Faculty of History and Social Sciences

The Faculty of History and Social Sciences consists of the departments of History, Political Science, Sociology and European Ethnology. It is divided into nine chairs and six professorships. Since the end of the 1980s, there has also been the Otto von Freising visiting professorship in the Faculty of History and Social Sciences. a. Paul Kirchhof , Heinrich Oberreuter and Uwe Backes .

Faculty of Social Work (FH)

The Faculty of Social Work is one of two FH faculties at the KU. A good 700 students are currently enrolled in the faculty's five courses. In addition to the classic bachelor's and master's degree in social work , the faculty also offers innovative profile areas with the bachelor's degree in education and upbringing in childhood and nursing science and the master's degree in social informatics .

Faculty of Religious Education and Church Educational Work (FH)

The Faculty for Religious Education and Church Education is one of two FH faculties at the KU. With 130 students, it is the smallest of the university's eight faculties. Practice-oriented and contemporary learning enable u. a. the religious educational learning workshop and the religious educational media workshop.


Research institutions

Central research institutions of the KU are:

Central Institute for Latin American Studies (ZILAS)

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is one of the few universities in Germany where Latin America is a focus of study and research. The Central Institute (ZILAS), founded in 1985, researches central social areas and processes as well as important cultural phenomena in the past and present of the countries of Latin America.

Central Institute for Marriage and Family in Society (ZFG)

The main research focus is on empirically oriented family science. However, according to the interdisciplinary self-image of the institute, contributions from all disciplines of partnership and family research are taken into account.

Center for Escape and Migration (ZFM)

The Center for Flight and Migration, which is currently being established, bundles research activities at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in the field of flight and migration, supports research projects and initiates cooperation. It also develops educational formats on this topic and supports prospective students with refugee experience.

From October 4 to 6, 2018, the Center for Flight and Migration at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt hosted the second conference of the Refugee Research Network .

KU Research Institute for Business and Economics in Service of Humanity (BESH)

The KU Research Institute for Business and Economics in Service of Humanity was newly established in 2019. The institute conducts, publishes and collects collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the field of economics. The focus is on challenges related to humanity.

Research centers

Grünau hunting lodge in Neuburg an der Donau - the seat of the Aueninstitut and thus the third location of the university
  • Aueninstitut Neuburg: This institute is a research facility of the Professorship for Applied Physical Geography based in Neuburg an der Donau on the hunting lodge Grünau . Research is carried out in the field of floodplain and water ecology. The Aueninstitut was established in 2006. Since 2010 it has been part of the university.
  • Research Center for the Christian Orient: Research facility of the Theological Faculty; Research into the ecclesiastical and social life of oriental Christians
  • Research Center for Spiritual Literature of the Middle Ages

Graduate Academy with four graduate schools

  • Migration in the context of religions and cultures in the context of globalization
  • Sustainability in the environment, economy and society
  • Personality development in the area of ​​tension between the individual and the institution
  • Philosophy of the place

Other research institutions

  • Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Ethics of the Media and the Digital Society (zem :: dg)

External institutes in the vicinity of the Catholic University

  • Institute for digital learning
  • Center for Corporate Citizenship e. V. is an interdisciplinary center for researching and strategically shaping corporate citizenship.
  • Franz von Assisi Academy for the Protection of the Earth V.
  • ISIS - Institute for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Research into Phenomena of Social Exclusion (ISIS e.V.)

Social work

Ford Transit from the vehicle fleet of the social welfare organization

The social work is also an institution of the university. It is legally organized as a registered association . All students at the university are automatically members of the association and contribute to the financing through their semester fee.

The social service provides various offers to promote the economic and social needs of the students, so u. a. in the field of psychological-psychotherapeutic advice and legal advice. It bears the costs for the transfer between the two university locations as part of courses and reimburses part of the costs for public transport. It also offers minibuses that can be rented by members of the university for university purposes.

Other facilities

Refectory and cafeteria

Other central facilities are the center for teacher training and educational research, the computer center, the center for research funding, the canteen and cafeteria run by the Erlangen-Nürnberg student union , the language center, the sports center, the university outpatient clinic and the university archive.

On July 1, 2019, the Foundation of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt took over the sponsorship of the Jura Museum . The university is responsible for running the museum. The museum would like to integrate these into research and teaching and revise the exhibition concept.

Together with the city of Ingolstadt and the digital start-up center brigk , the KU has been operating a real-world laboratory in Ingolstadt since September 2019 . It serves as an exhibition space for experimental technologies in the field of urban air mobility .

Former institutions

Central Institute for Central and Eastern European Studies (ZIMOS)

Former headquarters of ZIMOS in Ostenstraße

The Central Institute for Central and Eastern European Studies, financed by third parties, was established in 1994 by the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt as a central institution. The research focused on the history of the times and ideas of the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. The focus was on the current transformation processes in business, culture and society. In June 2019, the KU Senate decided to repeal ZIMOS.

University library

A modern university library with 1,929,155 volumes is available to students and lecturers , which is divided into several locations: Central library, branch library 1 "Ulmer Hof", branch library 2 "Aula", branch library 3 "Hofgarten" / historical collections and the economic branch library Ingolstadt. insight into inventory and orders can use the library catalog OPAC be made. Technically, the university library's computer terminals , booths and various multimedia appliances. Also in the library catalog of the University library of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt are proven stocks of various independent libraries, the library of Technical University of Ingolstadt , the libraries of the two Eichstätt seminars Collegium Willibaldinum and Collegium Orientale , as well as the independent monastery libraries of the Plankstetten monastery , the St. Walburg monastery and the monastery Salesianum Rosental .


Schäfflerhalle in Eichstätt, temporarily used as a storage room for the university library

As of June 2014, the KU managed around 2.5 million physical units, around 3,500 current magazines and newspapers in print, as well as online access to over 75,000 electronic journals. The historical holdings department in branch library 3 "Hofgarten" manages, among other things, 6,144 manuscripts (including music manuscripts), more than 1,200 incunabula , 128 bequests, 18 association and publishing archives, a graphic collection with over 100,000 units, approx. 400,000 old prints up to 1800 , historical records as well as old maps and atlases.

At the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, significant orders of magnitude of dissolved monastery libraries were transferred to the library, which led to massive space problems until 2012 despite the renting of large storage rooms in Eichstätt (e.g. the Schäfflerhalle). In February 2007 it became known that the university library had disposed of 80 tons (approx. 100,000) of books for recycling . After a complaint, the Ingolstadt public prosecutor's office started investigations and, at the beginning of January 2008, charges were brought against Angelika Reich, the head of the university library, of infidelity in five cases. An investigation by the Bavarian State Library as the supervisory authority came to the conclusion: "The accusation of the mass destruction of valuable books from the Capuchin collection cannot be confirmed." In September 2009, the then head of the university library was acquitted.


Central Library

The central library of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

The central library was rebuilt from 1984 to 1987 under the direction of the architect Günter Behnisch and his office Behnisch & Partner . The building, designed as a star-shaped, low-rise steel frame construction , houses the central library as well as office and seminar rooms as well as the language laboratory and the photo laboratory. In addition, the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Linguistics and Literature and the Faculty of History and Social Sciences have their headquarters in this building. The foyer has space for exhibitions, lockers and a lounge area. The building received the BDA Bavaria Prize in 1987.

The central library includes works from the fields of history, political science, art history, classical archeology, general linguistics and literary studies, classical philology, English studies, Romance studies, German studies, Slavic studies, political science and folklore. There are also u. a. the magazine collection, the textbook section and general reference works.

Part of the library's magazine is also located in this building . Because of the space problem, a new underground storage building for another one million books was completed in 2012 at Rebdorf Abbey . In addition to holdings from abolished monastery libraries, journal volumes older than 15 years and less used holdings from all Eichstätter library locations are to be transferred to the magazine. The building has a length of 130 meters and a width of 22 meters and is equipped with a state-of-the-art, electronically controlled compact shelving system.

Branch library 1 "Ulmer Hof"

Branch library 1 "Ulmer Hof"

The Ulmer Hof building was built around 1625. In 1688 it was expanded into a baroque city ​​palace by Giovanni Giacomo Engl . It served as the canon court for Karl Ferdinand and Ernst von Ulm zu Erbach. After secularization , the building was now in private hands and was acquired in 1842 by the Royal Humanistic Gymnasium (today's Willibald Gymnasium ). In 1977 the university bought the building. Between 1978 and 1980, Karljosef Schattner , Jörg Homeier and Andreas Fürsich converted the library into the theology department of the Catholic University. In 1987 the Ulmer Hof branch library was awarded the BDA Bavarian Prize.

This branch library comprises the departments of theology, philosophy and musicology.

Branch library 2 "Aula"

Branch library 2 "Aula"

Between 1727 and 1738, Gabriel de Gabrieli built a new prince-bishop's court stables in Ostenstraße directly on the city wall . After this came into Bavarian state ownership in 1855, it was first used by the Royal Humanist High School from 1868. In 1903 and 1904 the building was converted into an auditorium . After it came into the possession of the university in 1981, the building was initially used temporarily as a library. As part of the renovation from 1995 to 1996, carried out by Karl Frey , it was finally divided up: Part of the building was expanded to become the “Aula” library location and a new building; a second part became the “former riding school” building, which contains lecture and seminar rooms; In addition, another part of the former building complex became the building of the Catholic University Community. The auditorium building also received a BDA Prize Bavaria (1997).

The branch library 2 houses works from the fields of geography, journalism, mathematics / computer science, natural sciences / medicine, education, psychology, sociology, sport and economics.

Branch library 3 “Hofgarten” Former state and seminar library

Branch library 3

The building was built between 1963 and 1965 by Karljosef Schattner and Andreas Fürsich as the new location for the state and seminar library, after the summer residence became too small for the library. The historical holdings department is located in this library.

Ingolstadt economic branch library

The Ingolstadt economic science branch library was set up in the building of the former seminary of the Steyler missionaries . In 1988/1989, under the direction of Wilhelm Kücker , this seminar was converted into the main building of the newly created Faculty of Economics; part of the building is taken up by the library.

The Economics Branch Library is the only library location on the Ingolstadt campus. It includes the fields of economics and law. The European Documentation Center is also located in the second basement .

Personalities and alumni

The enumeration contains a list of personalities who are or were connected to the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. A list of university lecturers can be found under the corresponding category .

President of the Catholic University of Eichstätt (since 1980)

Student life and student activities

Studio house
Seat of the Catholic University Community of Eichstätt

There are numerous student groups at the Catholic University.

  • The working groups of the student convention are: DenkNachhaltig !, Foodsharing, women's choir, gender equality department, International, Kapuzinergarten Eden, creative break, Kreuz und Queer, cultural department, Shalom (awards the annual Shalom prize ), Taizé, tun.starthilfe for refugees in the eichstätt district , Environment department, weather show, WFI debating club and word sports.
  • Political university groups are represented: Green University Group Eichstätt, Juso University Group Eichstätt, RCDS Eichstätt e. V. and SDS. The Left University Group Eichstätt.
  • Student connections exist: KDSt.V. Alcimonia; KDSt.V. Aureo-Danubia, Ludovicia Ingolstadt and WKSt.V. Unitas Frankonia
  • Other groups: Amnesty International University Group Eichstätt; BLLV student group ; Comunione e Liberazione; Think Sustainable! e. V .; Parent working group; GEW - Education and Science Union - Eichstätt-Ingolstadt University Group; IN CONTACT e. V .; Ingolstadt IN team; YOUTH 2000; Young Europeans ; PANGEOs; Project e. V .; SMD Eichstätt; TOPAS e. V. - Tourist organization, planning and execution of students; WFI Debating Club; WFI university marketing
    • The Finance Network Ingolstadt e. V. is an initiative of the Chair for Business Administration, Finance and Banking. The association has been organizing business events and the BVH stock exchange license since 2005 in order to be able to offer students professional training in the fields of finance and banking.
    • The WFI Consulting Cup e. V. is a student organization of the economics faculty of the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Since 2007, the students have held an annual case study competition with the aim of bringing students together with companies from the consulting industry.
    • The WFI Summer Challenge e. V. is a student organization of the economics faculty of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. She has been organizing the WFI Summer Challenge recruiting event of the same name since 2002. The aim of this event, which is under the motto "Recruiting for once sporty", is to build up a sustainable network and promote communication between students and companies.
    • Catholic university community: The Catholic university community is also active in Eichstätt. In addition to regular church services and lectures, she also runs the university student bar, Theke . There is also a KHG on the Ingolstadt campus.
    • University radio : The university radio is called Radio Pegasus and is operated by journalism students. It is broadcast once a week on the radio station of Radio Galaxy Ingolstadt.

The study house in college building C is the central space for student activities.

See also


Web links

Commons : Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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