University of Bonn

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
University of Bonn
founding 1786 (elevated to university); Foundation: October 18, 1818
Sponsorship Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
place Bonn
state North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Michael Hoch
Students 35,000 u. 6,000 PhD students (October 2019)
Employee 6,545 (2019, excluding clinics)
including professors 545 (October 2019)
Annual budget ≈ € 662.7.4 million (October 2019) ,
third-party funding: ≈ € 187.5 million (2019) ,
university hospital: ≈ € 502 million
Networks DFH , German U15 , European University Association , Erasmus program , Excellence Initiative
Main building on the south-eastern edge of Bonn city center
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, aerial photo (2017)
Koblenzer Tor with Adenauerallee

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is one of the largest universities in Germany . The after the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. named and founded in 1818 is based in Bonn on the Rhine and describes itself as a well-known, tradition-conscious research university of international standing. In October 2019, over 41,000 students were enrolled , which puts the university in 13th place (out of 426) among German universities in terms of the number of students .

Among the graduates, honorary doctors and professors are seven Nobel Prize winners - including Harald zur Hausen , Wolfgang Paul , Reinhard Selten , Thomas Mann and Otto Wallach -, fourteen laureates of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize , three winners of the Fields Medal and Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI.), Heinrich Heine , Karl Marx , Konrad Adenauer , Robert Schuman , Joseph Schumpeter , Friedrich Nietzsche , Jürgen Habermas , Max Ernst , Karl Barth , August Kekulé , Justus von Liebig and Heinrich Hertz , but also leading National Socialists like Joseph Goebbels .

In the university ranking of Jiaotong University Shanghai , the University of Bonn took 70th place worldwide and fourth place in a national comparison. The subjects of mathematics, economics (economics), physics and agricultural sciences are particularly well-known, and come in 30th, 35th and 46th in an international comparison. Throughout Germany, mathematics and economics are in first place, agricultural sciences and physics in third place. In addition, the law faculty also enjoys a very high international reputation. The University of Bonn has also been the most successful university in the Excellence Strategy since 2018 and 2019, with the distinction of being a University of Excellence (colloquially an elite university) and a total of six Clusters of Excellence.


Electoral Cologne Academy Bonn

King Friedrich Wilhelm III., Sponsor of the University of Bonn

The predecessor of the University of Bonn was the Electoral Cologne Academy of Bonn, which was founded in 1777 with the four faculties for divine, legal, medicinal and world scholarship. In 1786 the German Emperor Joseph II granted her the right to confer the degrees of licentiate and doctor recognized throughout the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation . The academy thus rose to become a university. In 1798, the University of Cologne was closed after the left bank of the Rhine was annexed to France .

Founding time

Today's University of Bonn was then on October 18, 1818 by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. Founded as the sixth Prussian university alongside the University of Greifswald , the Friedrich Wilhelms University in Berlin , the Albertus University in Königsberg , the University of Halle (Saale) and the Silesian Friedrich Wilhelms University in Breslau . The reason for the foundation was the will to create an academic training center for the two new Prussian provinces of Rhineland and Westphalia. On the same day, the existing universities in Münster and Paderborn were closed for this purpose . The choice fell on Bonn for several reasons: First of all, the two vacant archbishop's castles provided sufficient space for the beginning. Then they wanted to send a clear signal for a new beginning in the university sector too. Therefore, neither the Electoral Cologne University in Bonn nor the city university in Cologne was re-established. In addition, the electoral Cologne university only existed for a few years as a forerunner, but it was considered a university that was shaped by the Enlightenment, which fitted well with the Prussian educational ideals.

The Duisburg University , founded on October 14, 1655, was dissolved in the year the university was founded in Bonn. The scepter and large parts of the Duisburg University Library went to Bonn, so that the University of Bonn is also the successor to the Duisburg University.

Initially, the university was called the "Rhine University". In 1827 the final statutes of the University of Bonn were completed and implemented by the Prussian king the following year. On June 28, 1828, Friedrich Wilhelm III. with a cabinet order of the institution the current name "Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität".

The first German chair for art history was established on May 4, 1860 at the University of Bonn. The Bonn philologists' dispute between professors Otto Jahn and Friedrich Ritschl , which led to Ritschl's departure to Leipzig in 1865, attracted nationwide attention . In 1868 the Faculty of Medicine awarded Louis Pasteur an honorary doctorate, which he returned in 1870 because of the Franco-Prussian War .

20th century

With the First World War and the collapse of the German Empire, a wedding came to an end. The lawyers Ernst Zitelmann and the industrialist Carl Duisberg tried as early as 1917 in view of the upcoming centenary with the "Society of Friends and Patrons of the University of Bonn" (Geffrub) to tap private resources. The material situation of many students was pathetic: the novel “Barbarians” by Günter Weisenborn , who was a student here in the 1920s, bears witness to this. In 1920, the student welfare association emerged from a self-help organization, and later the Bonn Student Union .

The University's second statute was issued in 1930. New was u. a. the “student body” as a constitutional member of the university with self-administration and participation in the university administration. The “General Student Working Group” (Astag) was set up in 1930, and its members were chosen by the students in a secret ballot. In contrast to other universities, the National Socialist votes never won a majority here.

In 1933 23% of the professors were NSDAP members. With the introduction of the leadership principle which was made DC circuit : the rector was appointed by the Minister, the deans by the rector. Their decisions were not linked to advice or voting in committees. 40 university professors (12.9% of the teaching staff) were dismissed because they did not like Jews or the new rulers. The philosophers Paul Ludwig Landsberg and Johannes Maria Verweyen died in the concentration camp. The mathematician Felix Hausdorff committed suicide.

Many emigrated, including the orientalist Paul Kahle : his son Wilhelm saw the burning synagogue on November 10, 1938 and then spontaneously helped a Jewish businesswoman with his mother to clean up the shop that had been devastated by SA men. A policeman established their identity. The result was the expulsion of the student Wilhelm Kahle from the university for “lack of academic dignity” as well as months of public denunciation and harassment of the professor and his relatives. They escaped by emigrating to England in the spring of 1939.

In 1935, the theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) was dismissed , who refused to take the oath on the Führer in the prescribed form, and in 1936 the philosophical honorary doctorate awarded to Thomas Mann in 1919 was withdrawn . The dean Obenauer , a member of the SS, had pronounced the withdrawal. It was awarded to him again after the Second World War .

In 1934 the Faculty of Agriculture was established. She is the successor to the Agricultural University Poppelsdorf.

Since the winter semester of 1941/1942, regular lectures could not be guaranteed due to the Second World War , as both professors and students had been drafted into military service and the needs of the war economy had a negative impact on research and teaching. In the winter semester of 1944/1945, the Reich Minister for Science, Education and Public Education, Bernhard Rust , ordered the cessation of teaching at the universities on the left bank of the Rhine - with the exception of the medical faculties. On October 18, 1944 - the 126th anniversary of the university's founding - a bomb attack destroyed the main building and the clinic district on the Rhine. At the end of the war, none of the fifty buildings belonging to the university were undamaged. The damage caused was estimated at around DM 50 million.

On April 12, 1945, on the initiative of Theodor Brinkmann, a board of directors was constituted, which on June 1 received official confirmation from the military government and the order to reopen the university. After Brinkmann's resignation, Heinrich Konen was elected as the new chairman, making him head of the university for the third time. University operations were resumed in the winter semester 1945/46, and the rector's office was temporarily housed in a building on Joachimstrasse . Due to the war damage and the increase in the number of students, major construction work became necessary. A new building for the university library was erected on Adenauerallee and a building for the law and political science faculty was built diagonally across the street. This building is called “ Juridicum ”. Most of the university clinics have been relocated from the city center to the Venusberg district . In 1980 the previously independent Pedagogical University of the Rhineland , located in Bonn, was integrated. This meant that teacher training for secondary and primary schools had also become the task of the university.

21st century

In 2001 the state government ordered the university to discontinue teacher training, which the university implemented the following year. With the conversion of the teacher training course in North Rhine-Westphalia to Bachelor and Master courses , the university was able to reintroduce teaching courses for the winter semester 2011/12. The teacher training courses within the University of Bonn are the responsibility of the Bonn Center for Teacher Education (BZL).

In February 2012, the construction of a new campus in the Poppelsdorf district began. The approximately 40,000 m² construction site between Carl-Troll-Straße and endsicher- and Nussallee was previously used by the agricultural faculty as a test field and was therefore undeveloped. A branch of the university and state library, several university institutes and the former Poppelsdorf cafeteria (today: CAMPO) were already located in the immediate vicinity of the building site . These university facilities were supplemented by a lecture hall center (opening: winter semester 2017/2018) and the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (opening: summer semester 2018). In addition, premises for the institutes for numerical simulation, for nutritional and food science as well as for computer science are being built on the site.

Excellence Initiative

Former building of the mathematical institute - opening of the Mathematics Excellence Cluster

The University of Bonn achieved mixed results in the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments . The future concept, i.e. the funding of the entire university, was not won. However, there were successes in the other funding lines.

In the first round in 2006, proposals for graduate schools in physics and economics ( Bonn Graduate School of Economics and Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy together with the University of Cologne ) and a cluster of excellence in mathematics (Mathematics: Foundations, Models, Applications - Hausdorff Center for Mathematics ) in the final selection, the economics school and the mathematics cluster were awarded the contract.

In the second round in 2007 were the Graduate School Chemical Biology in Life and Medical Sciences and again the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy as well as other inter-university projects of the Cluster of Excellence Media: Material Conditions and Cultural Practice together with the University of Cologne and the Graduate School Bonn-Aachen International Graduate School of Applied Informatics together with RWTH Aachen University in the selection, this time the Physics Graduate School was awarded the contract.

In the third round in 2012, the Cluster of Excellence in Mathematics (Mathematics: Foundations, Models, Applications) and the Graduate School in Physics ( Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy ) received further funding. In addition, the new cluster of excellence in the field of immunology ( immunosensation: the immune system as a sensory organ ) received funding approval.

In the fourth round of the competition now called Excellence Strategy, the university was the most successful university with a total of six clusters of excellence (two of which in cooperation with other universities) and the additional selection as a university of excellence.

Locations and architecture

Poppelsdorf Castle
Römerstrasse location

The University of Bonn is not a campus university, but is spread over several locations throughout the city.

In the main building, the former Electoral Palace on the edge of the city center, as well as in some modern buildings in the area (such as the Juridicum), the majority of the philosophical, theological, law and political science faculties are located.

The natural scientists are concentrated in Poppelsdorf , where, in addition to the Poppelsdorf Castle, institute buildings from the 19th century and modern office buildings predominate. The palace garden has served as Bonn's botanical garden since 1819 . The Institute for Computer Science has also been located in Poppelsdorf since the beginning of the 2018 summer semester, in a joint new building with the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology , which moved from Heussallee. This means that both the state authority building and the old building of General Disposal Center III are currently not used by the university. The new building of the General Disposal Center III has been cleared since 2010 due to the high pollution of the building fabric with polychlorinated biphenyls , the Institute of Psychology, which was also located there, moved from this building in 2008 and is now located on Kaiser-Karl-Ring opposite the LVR clinic . Medicine is located on the Venusberg . Individual institutes and facilities are spread across other parts of the city, such as astronomy, parts of chemistry and pharmacy in Endenich .

The university has a total of 371 buildings. In addition to the properties used scientifically and for administration, this also includes four canteens and 34 student residences with around 4,200 rooms, for which the Bonn Student Union is responsible. With the exception of a few of these properties, such as the main building and Poppelsdorf Castle, the university has rented practically all of the buildings from the construction and property management company in North Rhine-Westphalia .

Planning and renovation problems

In the course of restructuring, the university management is striving to abandon the decentralized structure and concentrate on four key locations: the City Campus with the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculties of Theology and the Faculty of Political Science, the Poppelsdorf Campus with the Faculty of Agriculture and parts of the Mathematical Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Endeich campus with the remaining parts of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the law and medicine to be accommodated in a new building on the Venusberg.

In particular on the Poppelsdorf campus , some new buildings were therefore built on former arable land. A lecture hall center and rooms for the institutes for computer science, for numerical simulation and for nutritional and food science were created here. While the lecture hall building is already in use, some of the other buildings are still pending due to delays in operation. A new laboratory building southwest of the Botanical Garden was completed in 2008.

Bonn - Uni Campus Poppelsdorf, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University

Due to the expected increase in the number of students on the Poppelsdorf campus , a new building for the cafeteria there is planned in the long term. For the renovations and new buildings planned by 2020, around 850 million euros are estimated. However, the financing has not yet been completely secured. By 2015, the university will receive 102 million euros from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia 's university modernization program. In addition, the construction and real estate company NRW is involved in the renovations.

Closure of the third floor

On January 2, 2019, the university had to stop research and teaching on the third floor of the Electoral Palace. The reason is an arrangement by the construction and property company NRW, which is based on a re-evaluation of the fire protection situation. Almost 100 rooms, 150 employees and over 400 students from the humanities faculties at the University of Bonn are affected by the closure. The order reached the university management surprisingly a few weeks before the lecture period continued at the beginning of January, so that spatial, personnel and logistical restructuring and alternative options had to be found at short notice.

As a teaching and research building for the University of Bonn, the castle is non-negotiable, explained Rector Michael Hoch in a resolution entitled "WE for our castle", with the Rectorate, Senate and University Council short-term further use of the top floor, a necessary spatial alternative in the medium term Want to achieve inner city area and concrete commitments to finance the renovation of the main building:

The Senate of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn emphatically supports the strategy of the university management "We for our castle", which pursues the goal of using the main building of our university in its long-term use as a teaching and research building, especially for the philosophical faculty, the Catholic Theological Faculty and the Evangelical Theological Faculty, to maintain and create the conditions for sustainable renovation, and joins these demands. We consider it indispensable to guarantee excellent teaching and research as well as modern administration, to achieve the continued use of the top floor at least in part at short notice in the construction and property operation, to receive a necessary spatial alternative in the inner city area and concrete commitments to finance the To receive renovation of the main building.


Seal of the University of Bonn

The university is run by a rectorate headed by a rector. The Rectorate is controlled by the Senate, which consists of elected representatives, university teachers from all faculties, academic and non-academic staff and the student body. A university council, 70% of which is made up of external persons, has been providing scientific advice to the university management since 2008.

The individual faculties that are currently set up at the University of Bonn are listed below. The number of students in the faculties is from the winter semester 2010/11.

Evangelical Theological Faculty

The Evangelical Theological Faculty has existed at the University of Bonn since 1818 (in contrast to other universities, only Bonn and the Friedrich Wilhelms University in Breslau, founded in 1811, had both a Catholic and a theological faculty). The thematic focus lies in the areas of "Texts of Theology", " Historical Theology ", "Theology of Theology", "Theology in Dialogue with the Human Sciences" and " Ecumenical Theology ". Other institutes of the faculty are the "Institute for Hermeneutics" and the "Institute for Ecumenism". The faculty is located in the main building of the university, where the Evangelical Castle Church is also located. The university preacher is Reinhard Schmidt-Rost . The faculty operates its own dormitory for students of Protestant theology. With 187 students, it is the smallest faculty at the University of Bonn. In teacher training, the Protestant theological faculty works together with the Institute for Protestant Theology at the University of Cologne . Also at the Center for Religion and Society at the University of numerous faculty members are involved.

Catholic Theological Faculty

The Catholic Theological Faculty was also founded in 1818 with six chairs; she began teaching in the summer of 1819. Today the faculty has 13 chairs. The department for theological gender research is a special feature . With 243 students, it is also one of the university's small faculties. It cooperates with the Institute for Cath. Theology of the University of Cologne and is on the course of the ZERG of the Ev. Faculty involved.

The chair for fundamental theology was held by Joseph Ratzinger from 1959 to 1963, who later became Pope Benedict XVI.

Faculty of Agriculture

Agricultural University of Poppelsdorf

In 1934 the Faculty of Agriculture was established at the university. It emerged from the former Agricultural University of Poppelsdorf, which was founded in 1847.

Today, the faculty focuses on the areas of “Development of sensor networks and modeling of agro-ecosystems” (Agricultural Systems Sensing Analysis and Management), “Food and Nutrition” and “Elucidation of genetically determined metabolic functions in crops and livestock and humans by means of molecular biological processes ”(From Molecules to Function: Crop - Livestock - Human).

The faculty comprises the following seven institutes:

The courses in agricultural sciences , nutrition and food sciences , animal sciences , geodesy and geoinformation in particular are enjoying increasing popularity with students. The Faculty is still located on the Poppelsdorf campus today. The faculty has around 2,500 students. In the 2008/09 winter semester, the Theodor Brinkman Graduate College was set up at the faculty.

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Building of the Mathematical Institute
Particle accelerator ELSA
Argelander Institute for Astronomy

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences comprises the departments of Mathematics , Computer Science , Physics - Astronomy , Chemistry , Earth Sciences , Biology , Pharmacy and Molecular Biomedicine . In 1936 the natural sciences were spun off from the philosophy faculty and the mathematics and natural sciences faculty was founded. With 7,636 students, it is now one of the largest faculties at the university. The locations are spread over the districts of Castell, Endenich and Poppelsdorf.

The Department of Mathematics includes the Mathematical Institute, the Institute for Applied Mathematics , the Institute for Numerical Simulation and the Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics . The Mathematical Institute (MI) and the Institute for Applied Mathematics moved into the building of the Rhineland Chamber of Agriculture in 2009 . The MI is organizing a DFG - Research Training Group on " homotopy and cohomology ". The university also has a cluster of excellence in mathematics. For this reason the " Hausdorff Center for Mathematics " was created. The Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics is one of the mathematical institutes of the university, but is not affiliated with the mathematics and natural sciences faculty, but reports directly to the Senate.

The Computer Science Section comprises the Institute for Computer Science and the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it). It was founded on April 1, 2011 and emerged from the mathematics / computer science department. In 1969 the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computer Science was founded. This institute was split into two independent institutes in 1975. The Institute for Computer Science has been using the Computer Science Center on the Poppelsdorf campus together with b-it since 2018.

The Physics and Astronomy Section comprises the Physics Institute (PI), the Institute for Applied Physics (IAP), the Argelander Institute for Astronomy (AIfA) and the Helmholtz Institute for Radiation and Nuclear Physics (HISKP). The “ Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy ” , which is funded by the Excellence Initiative, exists together with the University of Cologne .

The Physikalisches Institut operates the ELSA particle accelerator and organizes the Wolfgang Paul lectures . The chairs for theoretical physics as well as some of mathematics merged in 2008 to form the “Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics”.

The Argelander Institute for Astronomy , named after the astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander , was created in 2006 through the merger of the previous three astronomical university institutes: the Observatory, the Radio Astronomical Institute (RAIUB) and the Institute for Astrophysics and Extraterrestrial Research.

The Old Chemical Institute was at his construction 1864-1867 the largest institute building in the world. Today it houses the Institute of Microbiology and the Institute of Geography.

The Biology Section (2019) consists of eight institutes (Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Zoo Ecology, Institute for Genetics, Institute for Microbiology and Biotechnology, Institute for Molecular Physiology and Plant Biotechnology (IMBIO), Institute for Cell Biology, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Botany ( IZMB), Institute for Zoology, Nees Institute for Biodiversity of Plants) with 24 professors. The IZMB as well as parts of the IMBIO and the Institute for Genetics are located in the old Soennecken building. In addition, the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig and the Botanical Gardens are associated with the Biology Department as a cooperating institute .

Old Chemical Institute

The Steinmann Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Paleontology has merged the former Geological Institute, the former Mineralogical-Petrological Institute and the former Institute for Paleontology since 2007. It is divided into the departments of geochemistry / petrology , geology , palaeontology and geophysics and, more recently, since the merger with the Meteorological Institute, also meteorology . In addition, the Mineralogical Museum of the University of Bonn and the paleontological Goldfuß Museum are integrated.

Medical school

Anatomy lecture hall building

The medical faculty focuses on the areas of “neurosciences”, “genetic foundations and genetic epidemiology of human diseases”, “hepato-gastroenterology”, “diseases of the cardiovascular system” and “immunology and infectious diseases”. The DFG Cluster of Excellence "ImmunoSensation: The Immune System as a Sensory Organ", approved in 2012, is largely located at the Medical Faculty. In the area of ​​health care there is a cooperation with the University Hospital Bonn . The majority of the buildings are on the Venusberg, but individual institutes are also in the city center. The preclinical institutes are concentrated around the anatomical institute on Nussallee in the Poppelsdorf district. 2,699 students study at the faculty.

Philosophical Faculty

The court garden in front of the electoral palace

The Philosophical Faculty comprises the institutes for "English, American and Celtic Studies", "History", "German Studies, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies", "Classical and Romance Philology", "Communication Studies", "Oriental and Asian Studies", "Philosophy" , “ Political Science and Sociology ”, “Psychology”, “Archeology and Cultural Anthropology” and the “Art History Institute”. On May 4th, 1860, a chair for art history was established at the university. This was the first German-speaking chair for art history. Anton Springer was the first to hold a chair and was appointed for Middle and Modern Art History. Today's Department of Art History at the Institute of Art History and Archeology emerged from this Art History Institute.

With over 8,753 students, it is the university's largest faculty. From the winter semester 2009/2010, the philosophical faculties of the University of Bonn and the University of Cologne will work together. In selected courses, it is possible for students to attend events both in Bonn and in Cologne. In February 2009 the "International Center for Philosophy North Rhine-Westphalia" was founded on an initiative by Wolfram Hogrebe . Since 2011, the Thomas Kling Poetics Lecturer has been awarded in cooperation with the Kunststiftung NRW . For the 200th university anniversary in 2018, 110 Bonn professors, mainly from the Philosophical Faculty, presented the Bonn Encyclopedia of Globality , edited by the political scientists Ludger Kühnhardt and Tilman Mayer.

The following interdisciplinary centers have also been set up:

  • Center for Aging Cultures (ZAK)
  • Center for Historical Foundations of the Present (ZHGG)
  • Center for the Classical Tradition (CCT)
  • Bonn Medieval Center (BMZ)
  • Center for Cultural Studies (ZfKW)
  • Bonn Asia Center (BAZ)
  • Center for Global Studies (CGS)

Faculty of Law and Political Science

Juridicum - facade with mosaic by Victor Vasarely , October 2005

The Faculty of Law and Political Science, housed in the main building until the Second World War and then temporarily at various locations, received its newly built Juridicum in 1967 , a building on Adenauerallee opposite the Beethoven Gymnasium near the university library . The faculty currently has around 5,000 students and consists of the law and economics departments .

The law faculty currently comprises sixteen institutes for teaching. The Center for European Business Law has existed since 1989 with an affiliated DFG graduate college on the subject of “Legal Issues in the European Financial Area” and a European Documentation Center. In addition, the Department of Political Science also includes the Institute for Water and Waste Management Law. This is a research institute whose task it is to scientifically deal with the main questions of water law and to work out practical solutions.

The Department of Economics comprises three institutes for academic teaching as well as the research facilities "Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE)", DFG graduate college on "Quantitative Economics" and the laboratory for experimental economic research or the Reinhard Selten Institute. For the academic year 2017, the Faculty of Business and Economics took first place in the Shanghai ranking in Germany and 29th worldwide. For the academic years 2018 and 2019, it again took first place in Germany and third place in continental Europe. Renowned and well-known members of the department are Isabel Schnabel , the Leibniz Prize winner Armin Falk , Moritz Schularick , Martin Hellwig and the Nobel Prize winner Reinhard Selten . With the Institute for the Future of Work (IZA) and the Institute on Behavior and Inequality (briq), two research institutions are also connected to the department. There is also a cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley . In 2018 the department won the Cluster of Excellence "ECONtribute: Markets and & Public Policy" of the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments for the Reinhard Selten Institute.

Research and teaching facilities directly subordinate to the Senate

The Arithmeum is a museum in the Institute for Discrete Mathematics

Interdisciplinary projects

External affiliations

Other facilities

Main building of the university and state library
Academic Art Museum

Several museums in Bonn are connected to the university . The Academic Art Museum at the Hofgarten, whose collection of antiques goes back to 1820, has the greatest tradition . The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig is one of the most renowned zoological museums in Germany. The Arithmeum has an extensive collection of historical calculating machines. The Egyptian Museum is located in the Koblenz Gate of the Electoral Palace . There is also the Mineralogical Museum , the Goldfuß Museum for paleontology, the Horst-Stoeckel-Museum for the history of anesthesia and the BASA-Museum (Bonn America Collection) of ancient American studies . The University Museum Bonn was added in the summer of 2013.

University sports

The University of Bonn has one of the largest university sports facilities in North Rhine-Westphalia, with around 200 sports facilities, 38 sports facilities throughout the city and two of its own sports facilities on the Venusberg and on Römerstrasse in the Castell district of Bonn . In Hall 5 , the university also operates its own fitness studio with equipment and course rooms for all strength and endurance sports .

Rowing enjoys supraregional importance within Bonn university sports . In their own boathouse on the banks of the Rhine, between the two Bonn districts of Beuel and Limperich , Bonn rowers have access to a diverse and modern fleet of training and racing boats . The rowing team at the University of Bonn is one of the most traditional in the German Rowing Association and takes part in regattas all over Germany, sometimes in mixed teams of four or eight . The highlight is the annual participation in the German university championships, where the rowers from Bonn have repeatedly qualified for the respective finals in recent years.


The large number of well-known scientists who taught at the University of Bonn include Nobel Prize winners Philipp Lenard (physics, 1905), Otto Wallach (chemistry, 1910), Wolfgang Paul (physics, 1989), Reinhard Selten (economics, 1994) and Harald zur Hausen (Physiology or Medicine, 2008). Other outstanding scholars were Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander (astronomy), Ernst Moritz Arndt (history), Karl Barth (Protestant theology), Felix Hausdorff (mathematics), Heinrich Hertz (physics), Friedrich Hirzebruch (mathematics), Alfred Kantorowicz (dentistry) , Joseph Ratzinger (Catholic theology) and Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz (chemistry).

For other well-known scholars and students as well as honorary doctors see the list of well-known personalities of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn .


  • Festschrift for the 200th anniversary of the. University of Bonn. The history of the University of Bonn since 1818 in 4 volumes. V&R Unipress, Bonn University Press, Bonn 2018, ISBN 978-3-8471-0889-4 .
    • Volume 1: Dominik Geppert (Ed.): Prussia's Rhine University 1818–1918.
    • Volume 2: Dominik Geppert (ed.): Research and teaching in West Germany 1918–2018.
    • Volume 3: Thomas Becker and Philip Rosin (eds.): The book sciences.
    • Volume 4: Thomas Becker and Philip Rosin (eds.): The life sciences.
  • Thomas Becker: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. Views - Insights - Retrospectives (= The series of campus images. ). Sutton Verlag, Erfurt 2004, ISBN 3-89702-741-0 .
  • Thomas Becker (Ed.): Bonna Perl on the green Rhine. Study in Bonn from 1818 to the present day (= Bonn writings on the history of universities and science. Volume 5). V&R unipress, Bonn University Press, Göttingen 2013, ISBN 978-3-8471-0131-4 .
  • Friedrich von Bezold : History of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität from its foundation to the year 1870. A. Marcus & E. Webers Verlag, Bonn 1920, urn : nbn: de: hbz: 5: 1-10727 .
  • Thaddäus Anton Dereser : Development and inauguration history of the Electoral Cologne University in Bonn under the glorious government of Maximilian Franz, by God's grace Archbishop of Cologne, the HR Empire through Italy's Arch Chancellor and Elector ... in 1786, November 20th and the following days. Abshoven, Bonn approx. 1786, ( digitized version )
  • Ralf Forsbach : The Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn in the “Third Reich”. Munich 2006. ISBN 978-3-486-57989-5 .
  • Manfred Groten , Andreas Rutz (Hrsg.): Rheinische Landesgeschichte at the University of Bonn. Traditions - Developments - Perspectives. Göttingen 2007.
  • Hans-Paul Höpfner: The University of Bonn in the Third Reich. Academic biographies under National Socialist rule (= Academia Bonnensia. Volume 12). Bonn 1999.
  • Dietrich Höroldt : City and University. Review on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the University of Bonn (= Publications of the Bonn City Archives. Volume 6). Bonn 1969.
  • Paul Egon Hübinger : Thomas Mann, the University of Bonn and contemporary history. Three chapters of the German past from the life of the poet 1905–1995, Munich / Vienna 1974.
  • Gerhard Kirchlinne: The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Bonn. History and stories from two centuries. Self-published, Bonn 2017, ISBN 978-3-00-057968-4 .
  • Josef Niesen : Bonn Personal Lexicon. 3rd, improved and enlarged edition. Bouvier, Bonn 2011, ISBN 978-3-416-03352-7 (with a large number of professors' biographies).
  • Karl Theodor Schäfer : Constitutional history of the University of Bonn 1818 to 1960. H. Bouvier u. co./Ludwig Röhrscheid, Bonn 1968.
  • Matthias Schmoeckel (Ed.): The lawyers of the University of Bonn in the “Third Reich” (= legal historical writings. Volume 18). Cologne et al. 2004.
  • Rector and Senate of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (Hrsg.): The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität. Your rectors and famous professors. (= Karl F. Chudoba (Hrsg.): War lectures of the… University of Bonn . Volume II). Bonn University Printing Works, Bonn 1943.
  • Heinz Schott (Hrsg.): Medicine, Romanticism and Nature Research. Bonn in the mirror of the 19th century. On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the University of Bonn (= Studium Universale. Volume 18). Bonn 1993.
  • Herbert Kremer, Hubertus Büchs: History of the clinic and polyclinic for mouth, tooth and jaw diseases of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Bonn. Bonn 1969, pp. 49-99.

Web links

Commons : Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. a b c d e f g h Uni Bonn: [1]
  3. General-Anzeiger: Uni Bonn: Record for third-party funding
  4. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 6, 2019 .
  6. Numbers and facts - University of Bonn. Retrieved June 21, 2019 .
  7. ^ Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Top 500 World Universities . 2019. Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved on August 17, 2019.
  8. a b "We are a University of Excellence" - University of Bonn. Retrieved July 22, 2019 .
  9. ^ Karl Theodor Schäfer: Constitutional history of the University of Bonn 1818 to 1960. H. Bouvier u. co./Ludwig Röhrscheid, Bonn 1968, p. 100 and p. 423.
  10. a b 150 years of art history in Bonn , University of Bonn, accessed on November 30, 2010.
  11. ^ Biography of Louis Pasteur on the website of the Académie française .
  12. Ralf Forsbach: The Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn in the "Third Reich". Oldenbourg Verlag: 2006, p. 63.
  13. Michael Grüttner , Sven Kinas: The expulsion of scientists from German universities from 1933 to 1945 . In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte . 55 (2007), pp. 140, 160 ff ( PDF ).
  14. ^ University history. Retrieved January 21, 2018 .
  15. ^ University of Bonn: Dealing with the past
  16. Thomas Mann is deprived of his honorary doctorate ( memento from October 15, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), Bayerischer Rundfunk.
  17. a b Welcome to the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn ,, accessed on May 9, 2012.
  18. ^ The new beginning of the University of Bonn after 1945. Retrieved on November 22, 2015 .
  19. ,, accessed on September 29, 2015.
  20. Bonn Center for Teacher Education (BZL)
  21. Poppelsdorf campus goes into operation in two steps. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, August 8, 2017, accessed on July 2, 2020 .
  22. ( Memento from August 4, 2012 in the web archive )
  23. BMBF - Results of the Excellence Initiative 2006 ( Memento from October 26, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  24. BMBF - Results of the Excellence Initiative 2007 ( Memento from March 22, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  25. ^ Result of the meeting of the approval committee on June 15, 2012 ( memento of September 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ),, accessed on June 15, 2012.
  26. Press ( Memento of March 14, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  27. General Anzeiger of September 29, 2009 ( Memento of May 6, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  28. University of Bonn: Fire protection: University is clearing the 3rd floor of the main building on January 2, 2019. Online at: , [as of February 13, 2019].
  29. ^ University of Bonn: Refurbishment of the main university building. Online at: , [as of February 13, 2019].
  30. ^ University of Bonn: Blocking of the attic of the main university building. Online at: , [as of February 13, 2019].
  31. ^ Basic regulations of the university , Uni Bonn.
  32. Numbers data facts , University of Bonn, accessed on December 17, 2012.
  33. Archived copy ( Memento from November 10, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  34. ^ Theodor Brinkmann Graduate School , Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn.
  35. ^ Thomas P. Becker: History of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität . (On-line)
  36. ^ Department of Computer Science. Institute - about us. In: Retrieved September 18, 2019 .
  37. Homepage ( Memento from February 18, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  38. ^ Institute for Computer Science ( Memento from March 17, 2012 in the Internet Archive ),, accessed on May 10, 2012.
  39. Attractive learning environment: IT moves into a new building in Poppelsdorf - University of Bonn. Retrieved September 17, 2019 .
  40. Section Physics-Astronomy: Institutes Accessed July 30, 2015.
  41. ^ Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics: Mission.Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  42. ^ Biology in Bonn. (PDF, 2.16 MB), October 14, 2010, accessed on July 14, 2019 .
  43. Home page of the Steinmann Institute's website , accessed on January 14, 2019
  44. ^ Institutes of the Philosophical Faculty. Retrieved May 15, 2015 .
  45. Cologne and Bonn offer joint study modules , General-Anzeiger.
  46. Kunststiftung NRW sets up Thomas Kling poetics lectureship at the University of Bonn. Kunststiftung NRW, accessed on April 4, 2015 .
  47. Ludger Kühnhardt, Tilman Mayer (ed.): Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität . Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2017, ISBN 978-3-658-13818-9 (1627 pages, [accessed on March 25, 2017]).
  48. Shanghai Ranking 2017 [2]
  49. Shanghai Ranking 2018 [3]
  51. ^ Hall of Fame ESL Teams , EUDC Council.
  52. ^ Website of the BASA Museum

Coordinates: 50 ° 44 ′ 2 ″  N , 7 ° 6 ′ 8 ″  E