Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg

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Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg
motto Study modern, do international research, teach innovatively and live serenely in Bamberg. The world heritage is our campus.
founding 1972 ( comprehensive university )
1647 ( academy )
place Bamberg
state Bavaria
country Germany
president Godehard Ruppert
Students 12,681 (WS 2019/20)
Employee 1,372 (2019)
including professors 157 (2019)
Annual budget 86.9 million euros (2019)
Networks AARC , DFH IAU , MGU , Technologie Allianz Oberfranken

The Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg is a state university in Upper Franconia. Founded in the 17th century, it is one of the early modern universities in Europe. Its facilities are located at three locations in the city of Bamberg . Around 12,600 students were enrolled at the University of Bamberg in the 2019/20 winter semester. The student body thus makes up a good 15 percent of the city's population.


The university has had its current name since October 1st, 1988. It is reminiscent of the name Universitas Ottoniana Fridericiana used in the 18th century . This honors their founder Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg and their sponsor Friedrich Karl von Schönborn .

Academia Bambergensis (1647)

Bamberg's Prince-Bishop Melchior Otto Voit of Salzburg laid the foundation stone for the University of Bamberg when, on November 14, 1647, the then Jesuit college , which was based on a cathedral school founded by Emperor Heinrich II. , Expanded the two faculties of philosophy and theology to form the Academia Bambergensis . Emperor Ferdinand III. and Pope Innocent X bestowed all academic privileges on the young university in the following year. In 1648 it was officially opened as Academia Ottoniana .

Universitas Ottoniano-Fridericiana (1773)

By 1770, Prince-Bishop Friedrich Karl von Schönborn added a law faculty to the university , making it a full university . The establishment of a medical faculty by Prince Bishop Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim made it a classic four-faculty university. In 1773 it was named Universitas Ottoniano-Fridericiana . In 1803 the four-faculty university was abolished again in the course of the secularization of the Bamberg monastery .

Continuation of the studies after 1803

However, the theological-philosophical studies could also be continued after 1803. The two faculties of theology and philosophy continued to exist as a lyceum . The medical faculty had to stop teaching in October 1809 and was initially replaced by a "rural medical school" which trained "rural doctors" under the supervision of a regional court doctor until 1823, by a school for surgeons and in 1836 by a bathing school that existed until 1841 .

Philosophical-Theological College (1923–1972)

In 1923 a Philosophical-Theological University (PTH) was founded. During the Nazi era it had to close on October 9, 1939. The military government in the American Occupation Zone approved the reopening on October 10, 1945. So six months after the Second World War, teaching continued, primarily in law , natural sciences and pharmacy . Nevertheless, it was limited to a philosophy-theological college. As a result, subjects that were not part of the profile of the university were abolished. It remained the philosophy , the theology and chair of art history , but in a chair for lack of student numbers pastoral theology should be rezoned.

Bamberg University of Education (1958–1972)

In 1958, the state government in Bamberg founded a college of education (PH) with a Catholic orientation, which was independent under the umbrella of the University of Würzburg and trained primary and secondary school teachers. Important professors were the theologian Michael Arneth , the pedagogue Reinhold Ortner and the folklorist Elisabeth Roth .

Comprehensive University 1972 and University 1979

In 1972, both Bamberg universities, the PTH and the PH, were merged to form the Bamberg comprehensive university because the concept of the comprehensive university was still considered sustainable.

In 1979 this was converted into the University of Bamberg . Previously, the comprehensive university had given itself a new structure, three faculties had been founded.

Structure of the new university in 1979:

  • Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Education, Psychology and Philosophy
  • Faculty of History and Geosciences (founded in 1975)
  • Faculty of Linguistics and Literature (founded 1977)
  • Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences (founded 1977)
  • Social work department

Recent development

On October 1, 2001, the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science was spun off from the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences.

In 2015, the University Council decided on the 2020 development perspective . It shows the direction of strategic development that the university intends to take, including with regard to research focuses and networks, quality assurance for doctorates and the promotion of young talent, further development of teaching, infrastructure and administration as well as internationalization.


In accordance with its statutes, the University of Bamberg is managed by a president, three vice-presidents with various departments and a chancellor .

The university management includes (as of February 2019):

  • Godehard Ruppert (President)
  • Margarete Wagner-Braun (Vice President Research and Young Scientists)
  • Frithjof Grell (Vice President Teaching and Students)
  • Guido Wirtz (Vice President Technology and Innovation)
  • Dagmar Steuer-Flieser (Chancellor)

Together with the deans of the four faculties, these five people form the extended university management of the University of Bamberg.

Number of students

In the 2019/2020 winter semester, 12,681 students were enrolled, of which 2,558 were new and new enrollers. This means a slight decrease compared to the previous year (13,119 / 2,861).


The old slaughterhouse is now used by the Institute for Geography (Am Kranen 1).
The Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science is located on the ERBA island (An der Weberei 5)
Entrance area at Feldkirchenstrasse 21 at the 2016 Sociology Congress

The university has consisted of four faculties since 2007:

Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies

Subjects of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences

Institutes of the Faculty of Human Sciences

Subjects of the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science

Course offer

The former Burgershof is now a central point of the university in the old town (An der Universität 9).

The range of courses includes 28 Bachelor and 57 Master’s programs as well as teaching programs from elementary school to grammar school (as of March 2018).

The following courses are offered:

Professionally qualified people can, under certain conditions, study at the University of Bamberg without a high school diploma. Almost all courses at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg can be studied part-time .


Research focus at the University of Bamberg:

  • Digital humanities, social and human sciences
  • Empirical social research with a focus on education and work
  • Development and preservation of cultural assets
  • Culture and Society in the Middle Ages

DFG-funded programs (selection)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds the following programs at the University of Bamberg:

  • DFG-funded graduate school as part of the Excellence Initiative :
    • Since 2010: Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS)
  • DFG-funded research training groups:
    • 2004–2013: Generational Awareness and Generational Conflicts in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
    • 2002–2011: Markets and social spaces in Europe
  • DFG-funded research group:
    • Since 2004: educational processes, skills development and selection decisions in preschool and school age (BiKS)

Scientific institutions

Scientific facilities at the University of Bamberg exist in the form of centers, institutes, graduate schools , competence centers, research centers, workplaces and affiliated institutes .

Centers / Institutes:

  • Bamberg Center for Empirical Studies
  • Center for Interreligious Studies
  • Center for innovative applications in computer science
  • Center for Medieval Studies

Bamberg Graduate Schools:

  • Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS)
  • Bamberg Graduate School for Affective and Cognitive Sciences (BaGrACS)
  • Bamberg Graduate School for Historical Research (BaGraHist)
  • Bamberg Graduate School for Linguistics (BaGL)
  • Bamberg Graduate School for Literature, Culture and Media (BaGraLCM)
  • Bamberg Graduate School for Orient Studies (BaGOS)
  • Bamberg Graduate School for Medieval Studies (BaGraMS)
  • Bamberg Graduate School for Business Administration (BaGSB)

Competence Centers:

  • Competence Center for Applied Personnel Psychology (KAP)
  • Competence center for business models in the digital world
  • Competence Center Monument Science and Monument Technologies


Affiliated institutes:


The Rotenhan-Palais houses parts of the university administration, including the student chancellery and the international office (Kapuzinerstraße 25).

Many of the university's facilities are located in historic buildings in the old town and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Bamberg . The institutes of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies and parts of the university administration are located in the former Jesuit college, the former wedding house , the former slaughterhouse, the former building yard and the former fire station . The Faculty of Human Sciences is located in the former women's clinic on St. Mark's Square ( Marcushaus ), the birthplace of Thomas Gottschalk . New lecture halls and institute buildings have recently been built in the adjacent Markusstrasse.

The Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences is located on Feldkirchenstraße (popularly known as Feki ), on Kärntenstraße and on Kirschäckerstraße. The central library of the Bamberg University Library and the university's computer center are also located in Feldkirchenstrasse . In 2012, the university was expanded to include a new building: the Faculty of Business Informatics and Applied Computer Science and the Institute for Communication Science moved to the site of the former Erlangen-Bamberg cotton spinning mill at the northern end of the island town, commonly known as the Erba . Around 300 student apartments were built in the immediate vicinity in a brick building that was formerly used for industrial purposes.


An honorary doctorate from the University of Bamberg is Heinrich Bedford-Strohm , regional bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany. Herbert Brücker, Professor of Economics at the University of Bamberg since 2008, has headed the Research Department Migration, Integration and International Labor Market Research at the Institute for Labor Market and Occupational Research (IAB) in Nuremberg since 2005 .


In the 2018 Wirtschaftswoche ranking, where the popularity of universities among HR professionals is recorded, the University of Bamberg ranks 54th among the German universities mentioned (together with four other universities) out of 67 in business administration, 33rd (together with four other universities) out of 52 in economics, 19 (together with four other universities) out of 36 in business informatics and 60 (together with another university) out of 60 in computer science.

See also


  • Rudolf Herd: The University of Bamberg (1648–1803) . Einst und Jetzt , Vol. 13 (1968), pp. 163-167.
  • Bernhard Spörlein: The older University of Bamberg 1648 - 1803. Studies on institutional and social history , 2 vols. Berlin 2004.

Web links

Commons : Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  6. ^ Members of AARC. In: Rector's Conference of the Universities of the Alpes Adriatic Region, accessed on September 12, 2019 .
  7. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 6, 2019 .
  8. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed July 28, 2019 .
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  19. Bachelor courses - Otto Friedrich University Bamberg. Retrieved September 3, 2019 .

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