Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

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Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
founding 3rd October 1993
Sponsorship State of Saxony-Anhalt
place Coat of arms Magdeburg.svg Magdeburg
state Saxony-AnhaltSaxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Jens Strackeljan
Students 13,913 (as of October 2018)
Employee 2,058 (as of December 2018)
including professors 193 (as of December 2018)
Annual budget € 93.5 million excluding medicine (2018)
€ 51.0 million medicine (2018)
Networks Network of medium-sized universities
Plastic at the entrance to Gareisstrasse

The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) (pronunciation: [... ˈgeːʁɪkə ...]) was founded in 1993 and is one of the youngest universities in Germany.

The roots of the university named after Otto von Guericke lie in the three higher education institutions previously existing in the city of Magdeburg , Technical University , Pedagogical University and Magdeburg Medical Academy . With nine faculties and almost 14,000 students, it forms a university center for teaching and research in Saxony-Anhalt .


Catholic University Church Sankt Petri
University aerial view

Magdeburg looks back on a relatively short academic tradition. In contrast to other university towns with a long history, the first universities were founded in the young GDR in the 1950s. Otto von Guericke University was founded in 1993 from the Technical University of Magdeburg , the Medical Academy Magdeburg and the Magdeburg University of Education .

The first university in the city was the Magdeburg University of Heavy Engineering , which was founded in 1953 . Since Magdeburg was the most important location for heavy machine construction in the GDR and suffered from an acute shortage of engineers , it was in the state's interest to counter this shortage through academic training on site. After a short time, in 1961 the name was changed to Magdeburg University of Technology before it was declared a Technical University in 1987.

As in the case of well-trained engineers, there was a lack of doctors in the early GDR , so that in addition to the traditional university locations of Berlin , Halle , Jena , Leipzig , Greifswald and Rostock, three medical academies were founded, in addition to Magdeburg these were Dresden and Erfurt . In the winter semester of 1954/55, the Magdeburg Medical Academy (MAM) opened its doors for the first time on the site of the former Sudenburg Hospital. The founding rector of the new university was the pathologist Hasso Eßbach . The special thing about it was that at that point the course was only reduced to the clinical section after passing the Physikum , so the students must have all successfully studied at other universities for two years. At the turn of the year 1960/1961, the pre-clinical study phase up to the physikum was established.

The third origin of the Otto von Guericke University is the Erich Weinert University of Education in Magdeburg , which was the last to be founded , which was supposed to counter the shortage of teachers in the then Magdeburg district .

On October 3, 1993, the three previous institutions merged to form Otto von Guericke University. Magdeburg University owes its two campuses, the University Clinic and Universitätsplatz (including the former University of Education, today the FHW), to the fact that there are three underlying universities .

Otto von Guericke , who was already the namesake of the Technical University, was chosen as the namesake . The man from Magdeburg became famous far beyond the borders of Germany for his groundbreaking research on air pressure and vacuum . The university sees itself in the tradition of this politician, lawyer, natural scientist and inventor.

On August 28, 1999, the Sankt-Petri-Kirche was appointed a Catholic university church. This is a certain peculiarity, as Magdeburg does not offer a degree in theology .

In 2013 the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and the TU Ilmenau signed a contract with the National Technical Research University of Kazan on the cooperation in establishing a German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT).


Technical University of Magdeburg and previous institutions

Medical Academy Magdeburg

Magdeburg University of Education and predecessor institutions

  • 1954/67 Helmut Winnig (founding rector)
  • 1967/76 Heinz Schaffenhauer
  • 1976/86 Klaus Schaeffer
  • 1986/93 Winfried Baudisch.

Otto von Guericke University


Otto von Guericke , namesake of the University of Magdeburg

It should be the task of the university to advance the state of education and science through teaching and research using scientific methods, striving for innovation and new knowledge and assuming social responsibility for present and future generations. The Otto von Guericke University "sees itself - without prejudice to the concept of 'Universitas' - as a profile university [...] which has a traditional focus in engineering and natural sciences as well as in medicine , and in economic , social and humanities sees the information society as indispensable disciplines for a modern university. As a bridge between Western and Eastern Europe, Magdeburg University has set itself the task of comprehensive internationalization of research and teaching and contributes to cultural rapprochement. "

In the years after the political change in 1989, the orientation of the new university resulted in a change in research from applied to innovative basic research . Due to the new breadth and variety of disciplines that emerged or resulted from the merger of three universities, special fields such as neurosciences , immunology , non-linear systems, new materials, processes and products, computer visualistics , social transformation as well as media , communication and culture are emerging . The aim is to create potential at the university that will decisively promote the economic and social development of Magdeburg and the state of Saxony-Anhalt . Young scientific disciplines such as combinations of humanities and economics also determine the university's new research profile. Associated institutes and the university's technology transfer center as intermediaries between the university and business are intended to make it easier for companies to access university research resources and strengthen their innovative strength.

Research priorities

Neuroscience: Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS)

As part of this research focus, scientists from six faculties of the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology and the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases DZNE are researching memory formation, learning processes, the motivation of targeted action, decision-making and the physiological and pathophysiological processes of the Brain plasticity, neuromodulation and cognition. The Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences has had the status of a Leibniz Science Campus under the name CBBS ScienceCampus since 2015.

Dynamic Systems and Biosystems Technology (CDS)

Scientists from Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems want to decode and specifically influence complex dynamic systems within the framework of the research focus of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg with the participation of five faculties. Important key technologies are mathematical modeling and simulation, optimization, test planning, control and regulation. The goals include personalized medicine, vaccine production in cell cultures, and the production of biopolymers.

Medical technology

The medical technology activities of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg are bundled within the transfer research focus medical technology on the STIMULATE - Solution Center for Image Guided Local Therapies research campus . Interdisciplinary teams of doctors and medical technicians work on the development of image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic methods to combat common diseases in the fields of oncology and neurology. The aim is to revolutionize medical care with the help of innovative methods, increase medical quality, reduce the burden on patients and reduce health care costs.


All automotive competencies of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg are bundled within the automotive transfer research focus, which was founded in 2006. This primarily includes the development of drive train and wheel hub motors, overall vehicle development, research fields in e-mobility and combustion engine expertise.

Digital engineering

In the transfer research focus Digital Engineering at Otto von Guericke University, research, training and networking in the field of digital engineering are bundled in the CeDeMo center for digital engineering , management and operations . A total of 12 chairs from the faculties of computer science, engineering and electrical engineering have been working closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation since 2005 in order to implement interdisciplinary research projects as well as advanced training courses for engineers. The aim is to develop concepts for robotics, electromobility, Industry 4.0 or product design.

Fluidized bed technology

This transfer research focus, dedicated to particle technology, is formed by the regional growth core fluidized bed granulation technology WIGRATEC, which consists of research institutions and companies, and the young research group NaWiTec. The aim is the joint development and marketing of innovative processes for the precise production of particles for the chemical, pharmaceutical or food industry.

Renewable energy

Scientists from Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg contribute to the energy transition together with research institutions and companies as part of the transfer research focus on renewable energies. This is where solutions are created for the use of wind energy, hydropower and biomass, for electrical networks and power electronics as well as for storage.


The university is divided into nine faculties.

Medical school

Building 60a of the university clinic

For historical reasons, the medical faculty with the Magdeburg University Hospital is locally separated from the rest of the university in the Leipziger Strasse district south of Magdeburg's city center on the site of the former Medical Academy . Only the university women's clinic is located in the building complex of the former state women's clinic in Stadtfeld Ost, west of the city center.

The university clinic , located in the south of the city, is the university's second campus, the training center for over 1000 prospective doctors and at the same time a center for medical care for the citizens of Saxony-Anhalt. As a hospital with maximum care, the Medical Faculty is the point of contact for particularly serious clinical pictures. With around 1,100 beds, the University Hospital is the largest hospital in Magdeburg. It is operated as an institution under public law . Over 44,000 inpatients are treated annually. There are also numerous outpatient treatment cases. In recent years, the centers and university clinics of the Medical Faculty have increasingly concentrated on providing special care for patients. In September 1995, for example, the Clinic for Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery was opened on campus , which together with the University Clinic for Cardiology , Angiology and Pneumology forms the second heart center in Saxony-Anhalt.

Research focus of the medical faculty

7 Tesla MRI building on the clinic campus

The Medical Faculty maintains two main research areas. These are the neuroscience major and the immunology major including the molecular medicine of inflammation. In close cooperation with the Otto von Guericke University and the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (IfN), which is also heavily involved in the training of neurobiology and neuroscience students, Magdeburg has been developed into a leading center for neuroscientific research. Europe's first 7-Tesla high-field magnetic resonance tomograph is located on the clinic premises. It is the most powerful device in the world and enables the highest image quality for neuroscientific research purposes.

A science center for applied brain research and medical technology (ZENIT - Center for Neuroscientific Innovation and Technology), which is unique in Europe, was inaugurated on the campus of the university clinic in June 1998. Scientists from private research companies, from university institutes and clinics and employees of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems can work in this complex .

The research focus “Immunology including the molecular medicine of inflammation” of the Medical Faculty was also systematically expanded. The decoding of the molecular processes that influence cellular function in the healthy organism and in disease situations is the focus of research in the immunological focus.

Another focus of immunological and cell biological research at the University Hospital deals with a new research area, systems biology . This is anchored in the University Research Center Dynamic Systems (CDS) and is funded in the excellence offensive “Networks of Scientific Excellence in Saxony-Anhalt”. In addition to university medicine, several university faculties participate in the CDS. In 2007, Magdeburg was declared one of the four German centers for systems biology by the BMBF.

Faculty of Human Sciences

Building of the University's Faculty of Human Sciences, former college of education

The Faculty of Human Sciences (previously: Humanities, Social and Educational Sciences), like the Medical Faculty, is spatially separated from the campus of the former Technical University, but only a few hundred meters. It is located in the northwest of Magdeburg's old town on the site of the former college of education. It is divided into the three institutes "Education, Profession and Media" (Institute I), "Social Sciences" (Institute II) and "Philologies, Philosophy, Sports Science" (Institute III).

Faculty of Science

Main building of the natural science faculty

Like the other faculties, the Faculty of Natural Sciences is located on the campus of the former Technical University in the south of the Old New Town . It is divided into the Institutes for Physics, for Psychology II and for Biology.

Faculty of Mathematics

The Faculty of Mathematics is structured into the four institutes for Algebra and Geometry, for Analysis and Numerics, for Mathematical Optimization and for Mathematical Stochastics.

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

The institutes of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering are the Institute for Mobile Systems, the Institute for Mechanics, the Institute for Machine Design, the Institute for Material and Joining Technology, the Institute for Ergonomics, Factory Automation and Factory Operation, the Institute for Production Technology and Quality Assurance and the Institute for Logistics and material flow technology.

Faculty of Computer Science

Faculty building for computer science

The Faculty of Computer Science, located directly next to the university library in a five-story building, is divided into three institutes: Institute for Simulation and Graphics, Institute for Technical and Operational Information Systems, Institute for Intelligent Cooperating Systems. The faculty's main research areas are image, knowledge and interaction. The 20 professorships of the faculty are mainly in the field of practical and applied computer science (16 chairs in total); Only four chairs concentrate on the areas of technical and theoretical computer science .

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

left campus tower, right faculty for electrical engineering and information technology

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is divided into the Institute for Automation Technology, the Institute for Electrical Energy Systems, the Institute for Information and Communication Technology, the Institute for Medical Technology, the Institute for Micro and Sensor Systems, the Institute for Automation and Communication Magdeburg e. V. (Aninstitut) and the Institute for Neurosimulation and Image Technologies AG (Aninstitut).

Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering

The institutes for process engineering, for fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, for apparatus and environmental technology and the chemical institute are assigned to the faculty for process and systems engineering.

Faculty of Economics

Vilfredo Pareto Building - Faculty of Economics from Pfälzer Strasse

The Faculty of Economics was founded in 1993. At the beginning about 1000 students studied in the offered courses. In the 2018/2019 winter semester, 2,414 students were studying at the FWW. In 1999, the faculty was one of the first universities in Germany to introduce a completely English-language Bachelor's degree. Due to various appointments (among others from Birgitta Wolff ) the faculty could be oriented internationally. In addition to the “International Management” course, the faculty also offers numerous exchange programs, among others funded by the German Academic Exchange Service or the Erasmus program .

The Magdeburg Faculty of Economics pursues an integrated approach that links normative and positive research. The focus is on the application of quantitative methods and the use of experimental research methodology. On this basis, scientific advice in the business and economic area is to be developed. In the light of this research concept, the entire research focus is divided into three individual departments. In the "Decision Making" area, fundamental questions of decision-making in an economic context are examined, while the areas "Business Advice" and "Policy Advice" focus on the application of normative and positive approaches with the aim of corporate and political advice.

Despite the high scientific standards, the faculty has maintained its practical relevance. So were Karl-Heinz Paqué and Birgitta Wolff each appointed ministers in various cabinets.

The Faculty of Economics is not divided into institutes, but instead is divided into 23 chairs and professorships. These are the Chair for Corporate Accounting and Controlling, the Chair for International Management, the Chair for Business Taxation, the Chair for Financing and Banking, the Chair for Management and Organization, the Chair for Production and Logistics, the Chair for Marketing, the Chair for Management Science, the Chair for Corporate Accounting, the Chair for E-Business, the Chair for Entrepreneurship, the Chair for Empirical Economic Research, the Chair for Economics of Business and Law, the Junior Professorship for Corporate Accounting and Controlling, the Chair for Public Finance, the Chair for Economic Theory, the Chair for Economic Policy, the Chair for International Economics, the Chair for Money and Credit, the Junior Professorship for Quantitative Macroeconomics and the Chair for Civil Law, Commercial and Business Law.


Magdeburg mechanical engineering tradition - Wolf
traction engines on the university campus

Since the university was founded from the Medical Academy, the Pedagogical University and the Technical University, it had important pillars in technical and natural science subjects, medicine and teacher training. After the university was founded, the established offer was supplemented primarily by a large number of business studies courses.

In the context of savings measures in the higher education sector by the state of Saxony-Anhalt, it was specified that only one-time provision should be guaranteed for the state's degree programs. For this reason, the teaching degree courses at Otto von Guericke University were largely canceled after 2002 in favor of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg . There remained courses for teaching at vocational schools in Magdeburg. In return, the technical subjects were concentrated in Magdeburg and reduced in Halle.

In the Bologna process , it was agreed at European level to make degree qualifications comparable. For this reason, from 2002 the range of courses at Otto von Guericke University was reduced to include diploma degrees and expanded to include bachelor and master degrees. With this changeover, new courses were introduced at the same time.

The university is particularly committed to part-time university continuing education. The number of part-time students has increased from approx. 250 (2010) to currently (as of 2018) around 400 students. Since 2003, the Faculty of Economics has offered the part-time Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Old University of Helmstedt and, since 2007, the undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Since 2018, the part-time, interdisciplinary course in business psychology has been offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The cooperation between the Business School Magdeburg and the university was viewed as exemplary by the Science Council . The adult education course has been offered at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2005 . In addition, various certificates offer an alternative to offers from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce or the Administration and Business Academy .

Well-known teachers and students

A number of well-known personalities studied and taught with the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and its predecessor institutions Medical Academy Magdeburg, Technical University Magdeburg, Technical University Magdeburg and Pedagogical University Magdeburg. These are included in the list of well-known personalities of the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg .

Central facilities

University library

University library

In 1993 the Magdeburg University Library was created by the newly founded Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg by amalgamating the former libraries of the Technical University, the University of Education and the Medical Academy. Today it is divided into the two facilities, the University Library on the campus at Universitätsplatz and the Central Medical Library on the campus of the Medical Faculty. The library on the Universitätsplatzcampus is a new building that was opened in 2003. The library holdings amount to around 1.2 million volumes. Special collections in the possession of the university library are writings by and about Otto von Guericke, the book estate of the literary scholar Walther Killy (1917–1995), the Ute and Wolfram Neumann Foundation bibliophile collection of small-format book series from the 20th century, various patents and DIN / standards.

Center for teacher training

The Center for Teacher Education is a central institution and takes on coordination tasks within the framework of teacher training courses and teacher training on behalf of the Rectorate and serves as a contact point for all teacher training students.

Graduate Academy

The Graduate Academy - formerly the Graduate School - is the central service facility for all doctoral students and postdocs at Otto von Guericke University. The facility expands and networks the offers that help improve the framework for successful doctoral projects and also keeps an eye on your career in science and business after completing your doctorate.

Transfer and start-up center

The Transfer and Start-up Center (TUGZ) of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg coordinates the transfer of knowledge and technology at the university and, in particular, pursues the goal of transferring potential research results to the regional and national economy and making them accessible to all market participants. The TUGZ is the point of contact for patents and start-up ideas as well as for industrial contacts and trade fair participation. It is a central operating unit of the university. It is responsible for converting invention reports into commercially exploitable property rights, arranges contacts, financing options and contact persons, and markets the research results of the members of the OVGU. Furthermore, the TUGZ research information systems develops and supports the research portal Saxony-Anhalt and organizes the company contact fair , the portal research for the future as well as business-related events of the OVGU. Finally, the TUGZ supports spin-offs in all phases of the founding process and oversees the transfer voucher program at the OVGU, thus making an important contribution to the “third mission”.

language Center

The language center offers students and staff courses in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German as a Foreign Language, Latin, Greek, Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, Japanese, rhetoric and speech training . It is based at the Faculty of Human Sciences. Research is carried out in the language center in several learning projects on the learning of foreign languages ​​and language teaching.

Media, communication and marketing

All cross-university activities and conceptual considerations on the topics of media, communication and marketing are concentrated in the central operating unit Media, Communication and Marketing (MKM). The specific tasks and projects in MKM are derived from the defined strategic goals of the university and are aimed at an excellent positioning of the university in the regional, national and international competition for researchers, prospective students, students, cooperation partners for research projects and funding providers from public and private sectors as well as possible cooperation partners. In the medium and long term, it is about generating social, political and economic support for the university in teaching, research and public relations. Another focus of MKM is the active involvement of university members and alumni in university life. The central operating unit also offers students and teachers training opportunities to promote media skills and provides practical support for student media projects.

Other central facilities

In addition, the university maintains the university archive, the sports center, the university computer center, the center for scientific training, the Institute for Competence in AutoMobility, the central service facilities of the medical faculty, the patent information center, the DIN display point and the international meeting center.

Student self-administration

The highest decision-making body of the student body at Otto von Guericke University is the student council (StuRa), which is elected annually . The Senate of the University of Magdeburg consists of four student representatives. In addition, the individual faculties each have their own student council, which is also elected annually at the same time as the StuRa and the Senate.

See also


Web links

Commons : Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg> Organization> Rectorate. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  2. a b c d e f Data & facts about the University of Magdeburg. Retrieved January 14, 2020 .
  3. About us , requested on December 30, 2014.
  4. Mission statement of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (accessed December 30, 2014)
  5. Peter Neumann (ed.): Magdeburg's automation technology in transition - from industrial to research location. Authors: Christian Diedrich , Rolf Höltge, Ulrich Jumar , Achim Kienle, Reinhold Krampitz, Günter Müller, Peter Neumann, Konrad Pusch, Helga Rokosch, Barbara Schmidt, Ulrich Schmucker, Gerhard Unger, Günter Wolf. Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg; Affiliated Institute for Automation and Communication Magdeburg (ifak), Magdeburg 2018, production: Grafisches Centrum Cuno GmbH & Co. KG, Calbe (Saale), ISBN 978-3-944722-75-7 .
  6. ^ Hospital directory Saxony-Anhalt. In: Krankenhausgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt eV Accessed on January 14, 2020 .
  7. Faculty of Human Sciences - organizational chart / institutes. Retrieved September 13, 2018 .
  8. ↑ Main research areas of the Faculty of Computer Science . Accessed January 28, 2016.
  9. The Faculty. Faculty of Computer Science. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, accessed on January 14, 2020 .
  10. Wissenschaftsrat recommends quality assurance and restriction of course-related cooperation | Criticism of franchise, validation and crediting models. Retrieved January 31, 2017 .
  11. ^ History. About us. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, accessed on November 30, 2015 .
  12. Numbers and facts , accessed on January 14, 2020.
  13. Saxony-Anhalt Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitization: Transfer voucher. Retrieved April 24, 2018 .

Coordinates: 52 ° 8 ′ 25.1 ″  N , 11 ° 38 ′ 35.6 ″  E