Leuphana University of Lüneburg

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Leuphana University of Lüneburg
founding 1946
Sponsorship Foundation under public law
place Luneburg
state Lower SaxonyLower Saxony Lower Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Sascha Spoun
Students 10.011 (WS 2018/19)
Employee 1076 (end of 2018)
including professors 181 (end of 2018)
Annual budget 111.1 million euros (2018)
Networks DFH , EUA , IAU , MGU , VNU
Website www.leuphana.de

The Leuphana University of Lüneburg is a state university sponsored by a foundation under public law in Lüneburg in Lower Saxony . Her research focuses on education, culture, sustainability as well as management and entrepreneurship. In teaching, she has established a highly interdisciplinary study model that is unusual for Germany, with a college for the bachelor's degree, a graduate school for the combination of master's and doctoral studies and a professional school for continuing education.

The University of Lüneburg was originally founded as the Lüneburg University of Education in 1946 and, with around 10,000 students, is one of the medium-sized universities in Germany (as of winter semester 2018/19).

, Leuphana central building of Daniel Libeskind designed


Foundation as a teacher training college

Founded in May 1946 as one of eight teacher training colleges in Lower Saxony for elementary school teacher training , the Lüneburg University of Education initially began with 150 students. The military government made the operation possible by evacuating the school in Grimm, which previously housed former prisoners of war. From 1946 on, shortened courses of study lasting four semesters were initially offered in order to be able to complete the training of new teachers as quickly as possible. From 1953 the course lasted six semesters and was very practice-oriented.

Conversion into a university

Logo of the University of Lüneburg (until 2007)

After a transition phase as the Lüneburg department of the Lower Saxony University of Education (PHN) - already with courses to become a qualified teacher and the right to award doctorates - the University of Education was converted in 1978 into an independent scientific university in Lüneburg with the right to habilitation . In May 1989 the university was renamed the University of Lüneburg .

After a sharp rise in the number of students in the 1980s, the move to today's central campus on the site of the former Scharnhorst barracks built in the mid-1930s began in the early 1990s . In the 1997/1998 winter semester, the conversion , which was unique in Germany at the time, was completed.

Conversion into a foundation university

Logo of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (2007-2013)

On January 1, 2003, the State of Lower Saxony established the University of Lüneburg Foundation as a foundation under public law . The foundation is responsible for sponsoring the Leuphana University of Lüneburg as a public corporation . Since then, the university has not been directly sponsored by the state, but continues to be financed by state funds.

With the conversion into a foundation university, the then Lower Saxony state government wanted to grant the university more autonomy and responsibility as one of a total of five universities in Lower Saxony. The aim of the foundation is to increase the quality of research, teaching, study and further education at the university through independent and efficient use of the funds made available to it.

A seven-member board of trustees has since replaced the ministry. The Board of Trustees advises the university, makes decisions on matters of fundamental importance, monitors the activities of the Presidium and exercises legal supervision over the university.

Fusion between university and technical college

Logo of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (since 2013)

In accordance with the resolution of the Lower Saxony state government in 2004, the University of Lüneburg merged with the Northeast Lower Saxony University of Applied Sciences on January 1, 2005 . The new University of Lüneburg serves as a model university for implementing the Bologna Process . After the merger, in 2006 the university decided on a fundamental process of realignment and the introduction of a new study model with a college for bachelor students, a graduate school for masters and doctoral students and a professional school for further education. In addition, the previously existing faculties and departments were transferred to four new faculties for education, cultural studies, sustainability and economics.

Renaming to Leuphana University of Lüneburg

As a result of the merger and its fundamental reorientation, the University of Lüneburg was renamed Leuphana University of Lüneburg on March 20, 2007 .

The name Leuphana is derived from an ancient settlement on the Elbe, which is mentioned in the world atlas of the geographer Ptolemy from the 2nd century. It is disputed whether the place marked corresponds to today's Lüneburg or rather, according to recent research results, as a historical settlement to today's Hitzacker - approx. 45 km east of Lüneburg. As a name for the university, it was only selected by the university's committees in 2006, following a proposal by the advertising agency Scholz & Friends .

Since the start of the reorientation in 2006, the university's budget has increased by more than five million euros, while the number of applications per study place and the number of doctoral students have increased.

Research and Faculties

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education focuses its research and teaching on teacher training and the improvement of educational opportunities for people of all ages and situations. Her research focuses on heterogeneity, theory-practice links, self-regulation and e-learning and blended learning. With its future center for teacher training (ZZL) and a network of university, campus schools, study seminars and extracurricular actors, Leuphana will be funded by the federal and state governments between 2016 and 2023 as part of the quality offensive for teacher training.


  • Institute for Exercise, Sport and Health
  • Institute for Educational Science (IBIWI)
  • Institute for German Language and Literature and its Didactics (IDD)
  • Institute of English Studies (IES)
  • Institute for Art, Music and its Communication (IKMV)
  • Institute for Mathematics and its Didactics (IMD)
  • Institute for Psychology (IFP)
  • Institute for Social Work and Social Pedagogy (IFSP)
  • Institute for Theology and Theological and Scientific Research (ITT)
  • Business Education Unit

Research centers and coordinated research programs

  • Center for Applied Health Sciences (ZAG)
  • Future Center for Teacher Education (ZZL)

Faculty of Cultural Studies

The Faculty of Cultural Studies is dedicated to contemporary social upheavals and embeds them in longer historical lines of development. Her research focuses on digital cultures, cultures of criticism and research on democracy. In the focus on digital cultures, the faculty has set up a DFG college research group, and in the focus on cultures of criticism a DFG graduate college.


  • Institute for History and Literary Cultures (IGL)
  • Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM)
  • Institute for Philosophy and Art History (IPK)
  • Institute for Political Science (IPW)
  • Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO)
  • Institute for Urban and Cultural Research (IFSK)

Research centers and coordinated research programs

  • Center for Democracy Research (ZDEMO)
  • Center for Digital Cultures (CDC)
  • Research Training Group Cultures of Criticism (funded by DFG)
  • Collective Research Group Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (funded by DFG)
  • Research program PriMus - Doctorate in museums (funded by BMBF)
  • Doctoral program Democracy under Stress (funded by MWK)

Faculty of Sustainability

The Faculty of Sustainability is considered to be the first faculty for sustainability in Germany. She focuses her research on the social foundations of sustainability with a focus on sustainability learning and communication, sustainability management and sustainability governance on the one hand and on the physical foundations of social coexistence with a focus on ecosystem services (biotic foundations) and sustainable chemistry (abiotic foundations) on the other.


  • Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research (IETSR)
  • Institute for Integrative Studies (INFIS)
  • Institute for Sustainability Management (INSUGO)
  • Institute for Ecology (IFÖ)
  • Institute for Sustainable Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry (ISEC)
  • Institute for Environmental Communication (INFU)
  • Center for Sustainability Management (CSM)

Research centers and coordinated research programs

  • Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC)
  • Futures of Ecosystem Services (FuturES)
  • Research program Science for Sustainable Development (funded by MWK)
  • Doctoral program Processes of Sustainability Transformation "(funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung)

Faculty of Economics

With its economic research achievements, the Faculty of Business and Economics is one of the top 10 percent of the strongest research business schools worldwide and in Germany. The faculty focuses its research on the areas of behavior and governance, digital transformation, entrepreneurship and innovation.


  • Institute for Bank, Finance and Start-up Management (IBFG)
  • Institute for Management, Accounting and Finance (IMAF)
  • Institute for Marketing (IFM)
  • Institute for Management and Organization (IMO)
  • Institute for Performance Management (IPM)
  • Institute for Product and Process Innovation (PPI)
  • Institute for Distributed Autonomous Systems and Technologies (VAUST)
  • Institute for Economics (IVWL)
  • Institute for Information Systems (IIS)
  • Institute for Experimental Business Psychology - LüneLab
  • Institute for Knowledge and Information Management (IWI)
  • Business Education Unit
  • Competition & Regulation Institute (CRI)
  • Leuphana Law School (LLS)

Research centers and coordinated research programs

  • Center for Gaming Law and Culture (GLC)
  • Research Center for Digital Transformation
  • Entrepreneurship Research Center (RCE)

Cross-faculty institutions

Studies and Schools

Courses at Leuphana are offered in three different schools, depending on the stage of study or life:

  • Leuphana College is home to the undergraduate bachelor's degree.
  • The Graduate School offers basic master’s programs and combines the master’s and doctoral studies.
  • The Professional School is home to continuing education or part-time studies.

The courses offered at each school follow a largely interdisciplinary study model. In addition to the respective specialist course, an interdisciplinary complementary course is offered in all three schools.

Leuphana College (Bachelor's degree)

Leuphana College was opened in October 2007 by former US President Jimmy Carter. The study model at Leuphana College offers a combination of interdisciplinary study elements (Leuphana semester, complementary study) with a major and a minor (major and minor). The aim is a strongly interdisciplinary study in the sense of a Liberal Arts Education . Leuphana College has received several awards for its study model. With the Individuale course , Leuphana College also offers a bachelor’s degree, which enables students to develop an individual professional profile through largely free choice of courses.

Leuphana semester

The first semester, the so-called Leuphana semester, is completed by students at Leuphana College together in interdisciplinary seminars and courses. The focus is on interdisciplinary modules on scientific methods, scientific ethics and responsibility, as well as scientific theory and understanding, supplemented by subject-specific introductions and subject-specific methods. This should enable students to deal with scientific principles and basic questions. Courses come and a. from the fields of history, philosophy, mathematics, statistics, research methods and responsibility in society. The Leuphana semester comprises 5 modules with a total of 30 credit points (ECTS).

Major (main subjects)

In the first semester, students choose one of currently 13 main subjects as a major. Depending on personal interests and individual career planning, one of the currently 17 minor subjects can be added as a minor. An application is made for the major, the minor is usually freely selectable. In the teacher training courses, instead of major and minor, two subjects are selected in accordance with legal requirements. The major comprises 15 modules and a bachelor thesis with a total of 90 credit points (ECTS).


Teaching position

Minor (minor subjects)

Starting in the second semester, students can choose one of currently 17 minor subjects in addition to their major. The minor, in combination with the major, leads to the development of an individual professional profile. The minor comprises six modules with a total of 30 credit points (ECTS).

Complementary studies

Also from the second semester, the major and minor are complemented by complementary studies. In the complementary course, students can continue the interdisciplinary perspectives from the Leuphana semester and a. Develop and deepen interdisciplinary skills, reflexive skills, artistic skills or communicative skills. The complementary course is intended to create space for interdisciplinary questions and problems and thus train competencies that go beyond pure specialist knowledge. In the complementary course, students therefore usually choose courses in unknown and unfamiliar fields of knowledge in four different perspectives: a social science perspective, a humanities perspective, a natural science perspective and an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective. The complementary course comprises six modules with a total of 30 credit points (ECTS).

Leuphana Graduate School (Master's and PhD studies)

The Leuphana Graduate School opened in autumn 2008. The Graduate School offers the master’s and doctoral programs at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in five thematic areas. The conception and implementation as well as the course advice and communication are carried out across disciplines according to uniform standards.

Master's degree

The Graduate School offers the following undergraduate master’s programs. In the Graduate School, too, an interdisciplinary complementary course is part of the study model for all Master’s courses. In addition, particularly qualified students can already receive admission to doctoral studies during their master’s degree as part of a “doctoral track”.

Master's program in Governance and Law

  • International Economic Law (LL.M.)
  • Political Science - Public Economics, Law and Politics (MA)

Master's program in Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Cultural Studies: Culture and Organization (MA)
  • Cultural Studies: Critique of the Present - Arts, Theory, History (MA)
  • Cultural Studies: Media and Digital Cultures (MA)
  • Theory and History of Modernity (MA)

Master's program in Management & Entrepreneurship

  • Management & Data Science (M.Sc.)
  • Management & Engineering (M.Sc.)
  • Management & Entrepreneurship (M.Sc.)
  • Management & Sustainable Finance and Accounting (M.Sc.)

Master's program in Psychology

  • International Joint Research Master in Work and Organizational Psychology (M.Sc.)
  • Sustainability Psychology - in planning for the academic year 2021/22 (M.Sc.)

Master's program in Sustainability

  • Global Sustainability Science (M.Sc.)
  • Sustainability Science (M.Sc.)

Master's program in Education

  • Primary School Teacher (M.Ed)
  • Teacher training at secondary schools and secondary schools (M.Ed)
  • Teacher Training at Vocational Schools - Social Pedagogy (M.Ed.)
  • Teacher Training at Vocational Schools - Economics (M.Ed.)

PhD studies

At the Graduate School, all doctoral procedures have been organized in a structured doctoral program since 2009. The following doctoral colleges are offered:


  • Education, culture and diversity
  • Professionalization research
  • Psychology and self-regulation
  • Social pedagogy / social work
  • Educational research


  • Presentation, visuality, knowledge
  • Philosophy, literature, history
  • Political science
  • Sociology and cultural organization
  • Urban and cultural space research
  • Knowledge cultures, digital media
  • Democracy under stress (funded by MWK )
  • Cultures of Criticism (funded by DFG )
  • PriMus - PhD in museums (funded by BMBF )



  • Entrepreneurship, management, innovation
  • Finance, accounting
  • Law
  • Engineering sciences
  • Economics
  • business Informatics
  • Business psychology

All doctoral students receive the (compulsory) offer of a structured doctoral program amounting to 25 CPs, consisting of three science-reflective or methodological modules, two colloquia and two mandatory lectures in the context of their own doctoral project.

To support the challenges of individual research work and to prepare for a scientific or non-scientific career, the Graduate School developed a program for the acquisition of interdisciplinary key competencies - "GradSkills" -, a certificate program "Leadership in Society and Economy" and offers advice and coaching for the doctoral candidates.

The following doctoral degrees are awarded:

Leuphana Professional School (advanced training course)

The Professional School opened in autumn 2009. The Professional School focuses on courses for lifelong learning, further education and part-time studies. The Professional School also offers specially developed study programs for the needs of individual companies. The following study programs are currently offered:

Part-time Bachelor

  • Business Administration (BA)
  • Music in Childhood (BA)
  • Social work for educators (BA)

Part-time Masters

  • Arts and Cultural Management (MA) (English-language distance learning, offered in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut )
  • Auditing (MA): Auditing
  • Construction Law and Construction Management (MA)
  • Competition and Regulation (LL.M.) (English-language distance learning)
  • Corporate & Business Law (LL.M.)
  • Governance and Human Rights (MA) (English-language distance learning)
  • Manufacturing Management / Industrial Management (MBA)
  • Sustainability Law - Energy, Resources, Environment (LL.M.)
  • Performance Management (MBA)
  • Prevention and Health Promotion (MPH)
  • Social Management (MSM)
  • Sustainable Chemistry (M.Sc.)
  • Sustainability Management (MBA, distance learning)
  • Tax Law - Tax Law (LL.M.)
  • Industrial Engineering (M.Sc.)

Extra-occupational certificates

  • Arts & Cultural Consumption and Audiences (English-language distance learning)
  • Arts & Cultural Production and Cultural Organizations (English-language distance learning)
  • Competition Law (English-language distance learning)
  • Digital marketing
  • European and International Law (English-language distance learning)
  • Corporate law
  • Disrupted construction process and supplements
  • Human resource management
  • Innovation management
  • International Cultural Management in Transition (English-language distance learning)
  • Law of the energy transition
  • Regulation Law (English-language distance learning)


In the ranking of the German National Academic Foundation, Leuphana ranks 9th among the public universities in Germany (based on the scholarship quota, as of March 15, 2019).


Scientific collaborations

Leuphana maintains a wide range of partnerships with scientific partner organizations. Cooperations with strategic partners include a. the cooperation with the Arizona State University , the University of Glasgow , the Technical University Hamburg , the Hamburg Media School and the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht .

Arizona State University

Leuphana maintains a wide range of cooperative relationships with Arizona State University . In 2015, both institutions founded a joint research center with the Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC). With the Master's “Global Sustainability Science”, both universities offer a joint double degree program. And since 2013 both universities have been bringing their students together in a digital teaching format with the “Global Classroom”.

University of Glasgow

As early as the 2014 winter semester, Leuphana set up a joint master’s program in “International Economic Law” as a double degree program with the University of Glasgow . After signing a cooperation agreement in June 2018, both universities are currently (as of March 2019) working on the establishment of a joint research center in Lüneburg, the European Center for Advanced Studies. The new research center is intended to help expand the academic relationship between the two institutions, also against the backdrop of Brexit .

Hamburg University of Technology

In October 2017, Leuphana agreed with the Technical University of Hamburg in the presence of Minister of Science Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic and Senator of Science Katharina Fegebank on extensive strategic cooperation in the areas of digitization, engineering, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Hamburg Media School

Together with the Hamburg Media School , Leuphana started a joint bachelor's degree in " Digital Media " in the 2013 winter semester . This partnership is intensively promoted by Axel Springer AG as an institution for training young publishers. Alexander Schmid-Lossberg, then head of the Human Resources department at Axel Springer AG, said: “Axel Springer wants to become the leading digital media company. Well-trained employees are a crucial prerequisite for making successful progress on this path. The cross-university, interdisciplinary and international orientation of the new course 'Digital Media' is very promising and an addition to our own training offers such as the multimedia training at the Axel Springer Academy. "

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Leuphana maintains close cooperative relationships with the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht , Center for Materials and Coastal Research, through the joint appointment of two professorships in the field of engineering. Nomane Ben Khalifa and Benjamin Klusemann work as part of a shared professorship at both Leuphana and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.

Practice cooperation and start-up funding

The university relies on close cooperation with organizations from social practice in order to promote cooperation in research and teaching.

Various institutions such as B. the start-up service and the professorship for start-up management (GMLG) at the Leuphana University Lüneburg offer not only a range of courses but also qualification, advice and support measures on the subject of business start-ups. Particular emphasis is placed on the connection of academic qualifications with practical assistance.

Leuphana has been recognized several times in a row as the most founder-friendly university in Germany in the category of medium-sized universities in the founding radar of the Stifterverband für die Deutschen Wissenschaft.

Examples of spin-offs from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg are Adference GmbH from the field of computer science, Hyperbole TV (winner of the Grimme Online Award 2015), explainity GmbH, house brand TV and 2SPOT production from the field of media, Lemonaid Beverages GmbH (winner of the German Founder's Prize 2016) and the GET.ON Institute for online health training in the field of health.

Funding cooperations and sponsors

The Alumni and Friends of the Leuphana University Lüneburg e. V. is the institutional sponsor of alumni work at the university. The association, which has existed for over 30 years, aims to contribute to the transfer of knowledge between theory and practice, strengthen contact between alumni and students among themselves and with the university, and support project plans by students, alumni and student groups.

Since 1987 the Universitätsgesellschaft Lüneburg has supported academic life at the university and the exchange between the university and the region. The University Society promotes "initiatives and projects that aim to promote social dialogue between scientists, students and employees of the university and their entire environment in the region."

Since 2008 the Förderkreis Leuphana Universität e. V. as an initiative of medium-sized companies projects, scientists and students of the university.

The non-profit Rainer Adank Foundation, founded in 2000, also finances science and research projects at Leuphana. The foundation also wants to promote the implementation of research results "into marketable innovations". It primarily finances the university-related innovation and start-up center "e.novum" in Lüneburg.


The Leuphana University of Lüneburg now has three locations: the central campus on Universitätsallee, the Rotes Feld campus and the Volgershall campus.

Central campus

The central campus on Universitätsallee is determined by the brick barracks buildings from the late 1930s, the lecture halls and library buildings from the 1990s (architect: Carl Peter von Mansberg) and the university's new central building (architect: Daniel Libeskind ).

The media and information center with library, computer center and film studio, the engineering laboratories and machine hall, music practice rooms, art workshops and the Lüneburg art space, an event hall (Vamos), a children's day care center, the university sports studio, a sports hall, a sports field with a soccer field, basketball field , Beach volleyball field, sunbathing lawn and barbecue area as well as a biotope complement the facilities on campus. There is also the KonRad bicycle self-help workshop , the Elistu child care facility and the AStA's sound and light rental, as well as the PlanB as a free space for students. There are also several dormitories and a day care center run by the Studentenwerk on campus. The private association Campus e. V., which was originally founded by students at the university, operates a café, two student residences and a row of shops on campus. The local radio station ZuSa also has a studio on the university premises.

As part of the start week of 2010, a new exterior design for the main campus was determined. Drafts were submitted by six landscape architecture offices.

Central building with Audimax

The auditorium in the new central building

A new central building was built on the university's central campus between 2011 and 2017 . It was designed by Daniel Libeskind and, according to the university management, is a central component of future campus development. On December 19, 2007, the university management and the Lower Saxony Minister of Science presented the project and gave the go-ahead for further planning work.

The building in the typical Daniel Libeskind style (sloping, not right-angled and interlocking facades and rooms with slit-like windows and a shiny outer surface made of zinc) is the new landmark of the university with a height of 38 meters. In addition to a research center with space for over 200 workplaces, a student center with rooms for student workplaces and a cafeteria, a seminar center with around 15 seminar rooms, an Audimax with space for around 1,200 people is part of the building. The Audimax has a huge projection surface and diagonally crossed light slits.

The foundation stone for the building was laid on May 8, 2011. Construction actually started in 2012. The topping-out ceremony for the entire central building took place on January 19, 2015. At the end of January 2017, the building supervision approved the building for commissioning. It was officially opened on March 11, 2017. Further kick-off events were planned for the opening phase from March to October 2017.

According to initial drafts in 2007, the central building was initially planned with construction costs totaling 57.7 million euros. Since then, the construction costs have risen considerably and the university has so far given them over 100 million euros (as of the end of 2016). In the end, the total costs amount to just under 109.3 million euros. In addition to the state of Lower Saxony (around 35 million euros), the construction costs are u. a. borne by the European Union (around 14 million euros), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (around 4 million euros), the city and district of Lüneburg (7 million euros), by private donors and through the sale of university properties. The initial substantial underestimation of costs sparked controversy over the construction of the central building. Above all, the student body and the state's financial supervisory authority saw the sum as disproportionately high.

Campus Rotes Feld

On the Rotes Feld campus there is a brick building from the imperial era, which was used for educational purposes at the beginning of the last century. Even though most of the university's operations now take place on the central campus, the Rotes Feld campus is still used for some courses and for offices by professors and psychology staff.

Volgershall campus

The engineering sciences of the Leuphana were previously located on the Volgershall campus. From mid-2019, the engineering sciences will have completely relocated to the central campus. The previous buildings of the university are to be used for a digital campus in the future. a. for settling in the area of ​​3D printing.

Campus life

Campus life at Leuphana is characterized by regular academic events: the start week to welcome the first-semester students at Leuphana College (October), the conference week to present the results of the students' work in the first Leuphana semester at Leuphana College (February), the graduation celebrations to see the graduates off (May and November) as well as the dies academicus with the awarding of honorary doctorates and the distinction of outstanding researchers, teachers and initiatives as the highlight at the end of the academic year (July).

In addition, around 80 different student initiatives on various social issues are currently organizing events and projects on campus that have been organized in the umbrella association of student initiatives (DSi).

The musical life at the Leuphana is u. a. shaped by four different ensembles: the university orchestra and the university choir, the Leuphana Big Band and the samba group Batucada Leuphana.

The art space of the University of Lüneburg regularly organizes internationally recognized art exhibitions.

Leuphana students have been organizing on the central Leuphana campus for years. a. the lunatic festival , a festival for music and art, and the Coraci festival against racism and exclusion.

Campus history

The current campus of the university, the former Scharnhorst barracks of the Wehrmacht and Bundeswehr , was built in 1935 and 1936 as one of three new barracks built in Lüneburg as part of the armament. All branches of arms were represented in the city: While the artillery was located in the older Lüner barracks, the cavalry in the Schlieffen barracks and the air force at the air base (today's Theodor Körner barracks), infantry divisions were set up in the Scharnhorst barracks , which at times - as in the attack on the Netherlands in May 1940 - were also used as airborne troops. The 110th Infantry Division , set up in the Scharnhorst barracks, was involved in the attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941 and in a serious war crime near the Belarusian town of Osaritschi in March 1944 .

After the fall of National Socialism and the end of World War II, the barracks was used by the German armed forces until the 1990s and converted into a university campus in the mid-1990s.

The art space of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg has dealt extensively with the structural history and development of the campus as part of a research project.


Current members of the Board of Trustees

Current presidium members

  • Sascha Spoun (President)
  • Christian Brei (full-time vice president)
  • Beate Söntgen (Vice President for Research and Humanities)
  • Carola Schormann (Vice President for College and Campus Life)
  • Markus Reihlen (Vice President for Graduate School, Scientific Qualification and Entrepreneurship)
  • Jörg Philipp Terhechte (Vice President for Professional School, Internationalization and Fundraising)

Former Presidents and Rectors

Current professors (selection)

Former professors (selection)

Honorary doctors

Well-known graduates



Criticism of the construction of the central building

Since the first planning for the new central building of Leuphana by the university management around President Sascha Spoun and Vice President Holm Keller , the project has long been controversial in terms of its necessity, dimensions, financing and use. The level of construction costs, the appointment of the architect Daniel Libeskind as a part-time professor at Leuphana, the planned but not yet implemented realization as part of a public-private partnership and the usefulness of the building were particularly criticized . The Lower Saxony State Audit Office and the Regional Finance Directorate estimate the construction costs at 94 million euros and up to 125 million euros, respectively. The university itself has so far been talking about construction costs of over 100 million euros. A final invoice is still not available.

Criticism of the election of full-time members of the executive committee for the 2012–2018 term

When the full-time members of the Presidium were re-elected for the period from 2012 to 2018, there was criticism in 2011 because the then full-time Vice President Holm Keller initially missed the required majority in the Senate's first ballot. University President Sascha Spoun made the re-election of Keller a condition for remaining at the university. In a second ballot, the Senate initially agreed to elect Holm Keller as Vice-President on a part-time basis. Keller would have been responsible for the acquisition of funds and projects, while another Vice President would have taken over the ongoing administrative business. To justify this compromise, the professor for sustainability communication and member of the Senate Gerd Michelsen said: “We absolutely wanted to keep Spoun because we didn't want to endanger the positive development. We were ready to accept the compromise proposed by the President ”. In 2012, a newly composed Senate re-elected Keller in a third ballot as full-time full-time Vice President.

Criticism of the full-time Vice President Holm Keller

The then full-time Vice President of the University of Holm Keller (term of office 2006 to 2016) has been criticized several times, in particular with his commitment to the university's new central building. For example, the Stade public prosecutor's office temporarily determined, based on an initial suspicion, that the university should have awarded contracts for the new construction of the central building to the architect Daniel Libeskind, in violation of public procurement law, without a tender. However, the public prosecutor's office could not find any indications of breach of trust or subsidy fraud in connection with the new construction of the central building of Leuphana. The investigation was discontinued without result.

Criticism of the Board of Trustees

In connection with the construction of the new central building , the then Minister of Education Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic reprimanded the Board of Trustees for not having sufficiently performed its supervisory duties on the increasingly expensive project. Former Professor Matthias von Saldern from Lüneburg was a member of the Board of Trustees for many years. In 2014 he left the university and wrote in an e-mail to colleagues: "From my personal point of view, the committee has disempowered itself by being too close to the Presidium, which is also one of the causes of the problems the university is facing today."

Web links

Commons : Leuphana Universität Lüneburg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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