University of Augsburg

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University of Augsburg
motto Scientia et conscientia
founding 1970
Sponsorship state
place augsburg
state Bavaria
country Germany
President Sabine Doering-Manteuffel
Students 18,925 (as of: summer semester 2019)
Employee 3,987 (as of June 17, 2019)
including professors 230 (as of June 17, 2019)
Networks DFH

The University of Augsburg , founded in 1970, comprises eight faculties and its campus is located in the Augsburg university district in the south of the city.


Origins and predecessor institutions

One of the historical roots of this university lies in Dillingen an der Donau . There was at least after the introduction of the Reformation in Augsburg of the first half of the 16th century the seat of government Bishopric of Augsburg , ie the secular dominion of the Augsburg prince bishops been laid. As early as the second half of the 15th century, the bishops had evaded the increasing claim to power of the aspiring Augsburg merchants and patricians in the tranquil small town on the Danube. When the Augsburg Bishop Cardinal Otto Truchsess von Waldburg established a university in Dillingen in 1551 in order to be able to attract well-trained clerics to the fight against the Reformation, especially for his diocese , this was basically the Augsburg University, which was only established because of the special historical circumstances was not located in the old episcopal city itself, but in the royal seat about 50 km away.

In the course of secularization , Dillinger University was closed in 1803. It was replaced in 1804 by a lyceum with academic rank, which in 1923, like all other Bavarian lyceums, was renamed the "Philosophical-Theological College". In April 1971, the Philosophical-Theological University of Dillingen was finally dissolved, like the Philosophical University near St. Stephan, in favor of the newly established Catholic-Theological Department at the young University of Augsburg.

Augsburg University of Education

Another forerunner institution is the Royal School Teachers' Seminar , which was also founded in Dillingen in 1824 and relocated to Lauingen in 1841 ( teacher training institute since 1903 ), which was responsible for training all male elementary school teachers in the Bavarian Swabia region. In 1956 the institution was relocated from Lauingen to Augsburg as the "Institute for Teacher Education".

There, since 1958, the " Pädagogische Hochschule Augsburg " (next to Munich-Pasing and Regensburg ) existed as an independent branch of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich for the training of (Catholic) primary school teachers . The campus was on Schillstrasse in Augsburg- Lechhausen . In 1972 the PH was incorporated as an educational science department at the University of Augsburg.


Rectors or Presidents
1970-1973 Louis Perridon
1973-1979 Franz Knöpfle
1979-1983 Karl Meessen
1983-1991 Josef Becker
1991-1999 Reinhard Blum
1999-2010 Wilfried Bottke
2010-2011 Alois Loidl
since 2011 Sabine Doering-Manteuffel

As early as 1948/49 there seemed to be a chance of founding a university in Augsburg for a short time, when some former professors from the German Karl Ferdinand University in Prague, who had ended up in Bavaria after the end of the war, asked for the continuation or re-establishment of the Prague University in Augsburg advertise. The “Augsburger Hochschulwochen” in the summer of 1949 were both the climax and the end of these efforts.

Subsequently, the Augsburg university plans concentrated on the establishment of a medical academy, which the Bavarian state parliament finally decided in 1962. However, this decision was never implemented, and instead a second medical faculty was established in Munich .

As a kind of compensation and with a view to the upcoming state elections, the Bavarian Minister of Education, Ludwig Huber, instead favored the establishment of an economic and social science university in Augsburg. This plan was supported and promoted by the Swabian University Board of Trustees, consisting of Augsburg and Swabian dignitaries , which has existed since 1969 as the Society of Friends of the University of Augsburg . The basis of these plans was the concept for a modern business school of international format, which the economist and later founding president of the University of Augsburg, Louis Perridon , developed in the mid-1960s and submitted to the Bavarian Ministry of Culture. Among other things, Perridon advocated holding lessons in small groups and consistently integrating economics and social sciences into research and teaching.

The reorientation of Bavarian university policy in the late 1960s, which had set itself the goal of regionalizing the higher education system in order to enable equal educational opportunities for the residents of all administrative districts, also favored the plan to re-establish it, since Augsburg is a suitable location for the Bavarian administrative district -Swabia offered.

There was also the need to overcrowded Faculty of Law at the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University relieve; In addition, the view was expressed that the then current concepts for a reformed legal training would be particularly easy to implement at a newly founded university. Fundamental considerations of decentralizing teacher training, especially for grammar schools and secondary schools, and at the same time integrating the existing teacher training colleges into the Bavarian universities, also benefited the Augsburg project. The initiating effect also came from general discussions about a university reform, which arose in the course of dealing with the ideas of the student protest movement of the late 1960s.

The founding project was ultimately also supported by the efforts of the Augsburg Bishop Josef Stimpfle to continue the training of young clergy within the Augsburg diocese as part of an integration of the existing Philosophical-Theological University in Dillingen, which did not have the right to award doctorates and habilitation to enable and at the same time to upgrade academically.

The appointment of Louis Perridon as the founding commissioner of the planned university in May 1969 was followed by a legislative resolution of the Bavarian State Parliament on December 18, 1969 on the establishment of the University of Augsburg with initially two departments (economics and social sciences as well as law), which became effective on January 1, 1970 in Strength kicked. On October 16, 1970, the university was opened by the Bavarian State Minister for Education and Culture, Ludwig Huber. In the autumn of 1970, teaching and research began at the University of Augsburg in the economic and social science department.

Expansion to a full university

Lecture in the Jura building

In April 1971 the new Catholic Theological Department started operations; in October 1971 the Faculty of Law was added. In August 1972 the educational science faculty was founded, and in October 1972 three philosophical faculties were set up, the number of which, however, was soon reduced to two. In 1977 the educational science department was dissolved; Its previous chairs and specialist representatives were divided between the now so-called Philosophical Faculties I (today: Philosophical - Social Science Faculty) and II (today: Philological - Historical Faculty) as well as the Catholic Theological Faculty.

In October 1981 the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was added, initially only with the subject of mathematics, since 1989 with the subject of physics . Since 2003 there has been a separate faculty for applied computer science , after an interdisciplinary institute for interdisciplinary computer science had existed since 1997. One expansion that was repeatedly discussed was the establishment of a medical faculty, which was initially rejected, especially with regard to the two universities in nearby Munich (a new medical faculty was then founded on December 1, 2016).

Since the mid-1980s, a number of further, cross-faculty institutes have been founded, including for Canada and Latin American Studies (1985/86), for European Cultural History (1990) and for Materials and Environmental Research (2000). The youngest cross-faculty institution is the Research and Cooperation Center Russia , Central , Eastern and Southeastern Europe ("ForumOst") established in April 2005 .

Construction of the new campus

Aerial view of the Augsburg campus
Rectorate building of the University of Augsburg

Since teaching at the university was supposed to start just a few months after it was founded, suitable properties had to be selected, rented or purchased and converted for the purposes of the university within a very short time. These temporary arrangements were mainly in the industrial area between Memminger Strasse and Eichleitnerstrasse (formerly Hessingstrasse) in Augsburg's Antonsviertel . The Catholic Theological Department initially used the premises in the Heilig Kreuz monastery in the city center and in the motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy in the Göggingen district .

A location on the site of the airfield of the former Messerschmitt factory in the south of Augsburg was already selected as part of the considerations for housing the originally planned university of economics and social sciences , on which the plans for the construction of the new buildings for the university are then based based. Following a recommendation from the Structural Advisory Board of the University of Augsburg, the foundation stone for the new buildings was laid on the future campus on October 23, 1974. The first construction phase for the two philosophical faculties as well as the catholic-theological faculty could be occupied on October 27, 1977.

Contrary to the original plans, the relocation of the faculties and facilities, which were still in makeshift arrangements, to the campus took many years for cost reasons. In 1983 the new cafeteria in the south of the university campus went into operation, in 1984 the new rectorate building was moved, and in 1985 the new building of the central library opened. Since the winter semester of 1993, the university has also had a sports center with a number of sports fields and running tracks.

In 1995 the new faculty buildings of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences were inaugurated on campus. In 1996 the first physics institute building was opened; In 1998 a second one with lecture halls and the physics library was added. On July 22, 1999, the Faculty of Law, which had only been temporarily housed since its foundation in 1971, was able to move into its new building on campus. Guest apartments have been available directly on campus since 2004.

On May 29, 2006 the groundbreaking ceremony for the new computer science faculty building took place. In the winter semester 2009/2010, the previously scattered computer science chairs moved into the completed building. The move of the music and art education from the rooms in the Schillstraße (former college of education) in the northeast of the city took place in 2011.

The campus is known for its green area with two large ponds and for its spaciousness, which results from the scattering of the individual buildings on the site. Art on campus describes five tours with contemporary works of art. By a stop of tram line 3 of Stadtwerke Augsburg on campus is directly the downtown can be reached within 15 minutes.

Protests and Occupation 2009

On November 17th, as part of the “ National Education Strike 2009 ” day of action, lecture hall 1 at the University of Augsburg was occupied by over 500 students to draw attention to the grievances in many courses and in the entire German education system.

The students stayed there until December 22nd, organized plenums, panel discussions, theater, concerts, showed films and made their demands to the university management and the Bavarian state. The protesters released the lecture hall shortly before Christmas, when the university presidium promised to address the alleged deficiencies, provided that it was at the university's discretion.

On February 11, 2010, a panel discussion with the Chancellor of the University of Augsburg escalated to such an extent that the students then decided to occupy lecture hall 1 again. The next morning the students occupied the Senate Chamber for a few hours in order to stand up for their demands. After a conversation with the then Vice-President Alois Loidl , who then presented a schedule for the planned changes, the protesters left the room.


Today, more than 20,000 students study at the eight faculties of the University of Augsburg and the affiliated institutes , who are taught and supervised by over 200 professors and teachers. In recent years the university has received several awards, especially for the law and economics faculties as well as the bachelor's and master's degree in "Media and Communication".

On October 1, 2011 Sabine Doering-Manteuffel took over the office of President after being elected as the first woman to head a Bavarian university on June 8, 2011. On May 27, 2015, the University Council confirmed her in office for a further four years by a large majority and was re-elected on May 29, 2019 for a third term until September 30, 2023.


The University of Augsburg consists of a total of eight faculties (called "departments" until 1977), including the new medical faculty:

The chairs for art education , music education and musicology have also been largely located on the campus in a new building since 2012. Only parts of it are still in the former college of education in the Lechhausen district .

Cross-faculty institutes

Art on campus

Most of the cross-faculty institutes of the University of Augsburg are located on the campus in the university quarter , only the Institute for Interdisciplinary Computer Science and the Institute for European Cultural History can be found in the building of the Old University in the Antonsviertel (Eichleitnerstrasse).

  • User center for materials and environmental research (since October 2000)
  • Research and Cooperation Center Russia , Central , Eastern and Southeastern Europe ("ForumOst", since April 2005)
  • Institute for European Cultural History (since October 1990)
  • Institute for Interdisciplinary Computer Science (since April 1997)
  • Institute for Canada Studies (since December 1985)
  • Institute for Materials Resource Management
  • Institute for Philosophy
  • Institute for Spain , Portugal and Latin America Studies (since January 1986)
  • Interdisciplinary initiative experiential education
  • Jakob Fugger Center - Research College for Transnational Studies (JFZ) (since 2012)
  • Environmental Science Center
  • Center for Teacher Training and Interdisciplinary Educational Research (ZLbiB) (since 2014), formerly Central Institute for Didactic Research and Teaching (since April 1999)
  • Center for Further Education and Knowledge Transfer (ZWW) (since 1974)
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research (ZIG) (since 2014)


The university cooperates with the following independent institutes and research facilities, among others:

Elite courses

Graduation ceremony for elite students from the University of Augsburg

Degree programs as part of the Bavarian Elite Network :

  • Advanced Materials Science (expiring)
  • Finance and Information Management (expiring)
  • Ethics of text cultures
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Historical art and image discourses
  • Software engineering
  • TopMath

As part of the EU network of excellence:

  • Functionalized Advanced Materials and Engineering

International cooperation

International students

The city's first university partnership came about in 1978 on the initiative of the ancient historian Gunther Gottlieb with the University of Osijek . Today the University of Augsburg has five partnerships and 56 collaborations with universities from a total of 28 countries. The five partner universities are:

CroatiaCroatia Josip Juraj Strossmayer University Osijek (Croatia), since 1978
United StatesUnited States University of Pittsburgh (USA), since 1980
RomaniaRomania Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iași (Romania), since 1992
RussiaRussia State University of the Humanities of the Far East in Khabarovsk (Russia), since 1998
South AfricaSouth Africa University of Johannesburg (South Africa), since 2008

In cooperation with other universities in Europe and the USA, the previously unknown material lithium borosilicide , also known as tum , was developed in 2013 under the leadership of the Technical University of Munich .

University library

The university library is also located on the university campus and consists of the central library and the sub-libraries for the social, human and natural sciences. The library has existed since the university was founded in 1969 and was initially located in the Fronhof . In 1970 the library was given new premises on the site of the old university on Memminger Strasse and was equipped with extensive book holdings from the Regensburg University Library . At the end of the 1970s, the new university campus in the south of Augsburg was inaugurated, along with the new university library. Over the years, the premises and the book inventory have been expanded continuously.

Special activities of the university

University awards

Every two years the university awards the Augsburg University Prize for Reconciliation and International Understanding to people who have made special contributions to the reconciliation of peoples, ethnic groups and religious communities through their life's work. So far, Carla Del Ponte , a Swiss lawyer and ambassador, and Richard Holbrooke , a US diplomat, have received awards.

Every two to three years, the Augsburg University Prize for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies is also awarded for outstanding achievements in research on Spanish or Portuguese-speaking countries or in imparting knowledge about this region. So far, journalist Walter Haubrich , economic geographer Gerd Kohlhepp and political scientist Dieter Nohlen have received this award .

Education through responsibility

The "Education through Responsibility" project, which has existed since February 2011, brings students and non-profit institutions together for practical projects. During the implementation, the students are supported on the one hand by lecturers from the University of Augsburg and on the other hand by mentors from business. The project was selected for funding in a competition organized by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and Stiftung Mercator .

Channel C - the campus radio

Kanal C is the university radio , which sees itself as an independent education and training program and is supported as a non-commercial broadcasting station by the registered association “Kanal C - Student Education Radio Augsburg”. In a three-hour program, students report once a week on university-related topics from Augsburg.

presstige - The Augsburg university magazine

Presstige is the online university magazine of the University of Augsburg. Founded press term in 2005 and was at times the largest university magazine Bavaria. Initially located at the Catholic University Community of Augsburg, the newspaper is now associated with the Institute for Media and Educational Technology. Presstige appears exclusively online (as of September 2020) and can be accessed free of charge. The editorial team is made up of students from various student bodies and is also aimed at members of other universities in Augsburg. New articles usually appear in a four-day cycle. The spectrum of topics ranges from event tips and entertainment formats to local politics and poetry.

eMAG - English language magazine of the language center

eMAG is the English-language magazine of the Language Center of the University of Augsburg. As part of the accompanying course, students from different disciplines can gain experience in journalistic work areas here in English. The magazine is published as a non-commercial publication and appears as a print edition twice a year at the end of each semester.

Focus on Campus TV

Blickpunkt Campus TV is the student television of the University of Augsburg and produces a 30-minute program once per semester. This is non-commercial and shows various topics related to life and events at the university. As a student, you have the opportunity to acquire basic skills in the field of video production.

Children's University

Since 2005 there has been a “ Children's University ” at the university . Only children are allowed to attend these lectures. Scientific topics are presented here in a child-friendly manner. Two lectures are held in the winter semester and three in the summer semester. In addition to professors from the University of Augsburg, prominent personalities from business and politics will give lectures at the Children's University.

Research center for eSports law

Germany's first research institution for eSports law was founded at the university in January 2019.

Augsburg Innovation Park

The Augsburg Innovation Park , also known as the Innovation Park / Science Park in the early years , is a project of the City of Augsburg and the Free State of Bavaria, through which companies and research institutions from the fields of fiber composites, resource-efficient technologies, mechatronics, IT and the environment are to be located in Augsburg. As part of this project, a campus that is at least twice as large is to be created and, above all, commercial enterprises are to be more closely linked with the University of Augsburg. The groundbreaking for the 60 million euro building of research facilities of the Fraunhofer Society and the German Aerospace Center DLR took place in the south of the campus in October 2009. According to the President Alois Loidl of the University of Augsburg, the interaction between the Innovation Park and the University of Augsburg should be given: The institute directors of Fraunhofer and DLR should teach as professors at the university. The first step he saw was the entry into the new Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. This offer starts in the winter semester 2011/12. The Institute for Materials Resource Management (MRM), newly established at the university, is to be included later.

During the 2011 university elections, for the first time, several university groups spoke out against arms research on campus and in favor of including a civil clause in the university's statutes, as 61 other universities in Germany have already done. In December 2015, the request was made by student representatives to the university management, but they rejected a voluntary commitment to purely peaceful and civil research.


The Campus Cat is the university's unofficial mascot and is very popular with students. The tabby cat is regularly on the campus and in 2012 even got his own Facebook page and his own Instagram account. Since then, Campus Cat has also been reported nationally in the media.

University of Augsburg


See also


  • Werner Lengger, Stefan Paulus, Wolfgang EJ Weber (ed.): Place of knowledge. The University of Augsburg 1970–2010: Traditions, Developments, Perspectives. Schnell and Steiner, Regensburg 2010, ISBN 978-3-7954-2229-5 .
  • Werner Lengger: A Brief History of the University of Augsburg , University of Augsburg 2004 ( full text online PDF, free of charge, 13 pages, 94.8 KB - accessed on September 17, 2016).

Web links

Commons : University of Augsburg  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. a b c d University of Augsburg: [1] - Retrieved on April 13, 2020.
  3. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 7, 2019 .
  4. Cf. Ingo Schröder: Philosophisch-theologische Hochschulen , in: Historisches Lexikon Bayerns (accessed on February 4, 2009) ; also: History of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Augsburg on the faculty's website (accessed on February 4, 2009) .
  5. Cf. on this and the following: History and development of the University of Augsburg on the website of the University of Augsburg (accessed on February 4, 2009) ; more detailed Werner Lengger: A little history of the University of Augsburg , Augsburg 2002, here p. 2f. ( online as a PDF file ( Memento from September 11, 2014 in the Internet Archive )) (accessed on February 4, 2009) .
  6. ^ Cf. Louis Perridon: The WISO Faculty: Dreams and Reality , in: University of Augsburg 1970-1980. For the tenth anniversary of the University of Augsburg, ed. from the University of Augsburg, Augsburg 1980, pp. 175-180.
  7. See the address of the President of the University of Augsburg, Josef Becker , on the 20th anniversary of the university, printed in: Yearbook of the University of Augsburg 1990, Augsburg 1991, pp. 21-25.
  8. See data table on the history of the University of Augsburg on the website of the University of Augsburg (accessed on February 4, 2009) .
  9. Cf. Augsburger Hörsaal firmly in student hands article in the Augsburger Allgemeine from November 17, 2009 (accessed on February 21, 2011) .
  10. Cf. Dominik Mai: Augsburg students vacate occupied lecture hall Article in the Augsburger Allgemeine from December 22, 2009 (accessed on October 6, 2015)
  11. ^ Augsburger Allgemeine: Students fill the university rectorate . In: Augsburger Allgemeine . ( [accessed on April 29, 2018]).
  12. ^ Third term of office for President Doering-Manteuffel. Retrieved June 5, 2019 .
  13. ^ Eva Richter Kuhlmann: New Faculty. In: Deutsches Ärzteblatt. Volume 116, Issue 51–52, December 22, 2019, p. B 1961.
  14. ^ Eva Richter-Kuhlmann: A medical faculty is being created Deutsches Ärzteblatt 2018, Volume 115, Issue 18 of May 4, 2018, Pages A860-A864
  15. Dagmar Nedbal: Climate Change and Health. In: Bayerisches Ärzteblatt. Volume 75, No. 1–2, January – February 2020, p. 16 f.
  16. Press release "Promising material for lithium-ion batteries" ,, accessed on June 7, 2013.
  17. Information Service Science: Dr. Georg Haindl initiates an “Augsburg University Prize for Reconciliation and International Understanding” - accessed on February 23, 2011.
  18. ^ University of Augsburg: Augsburg University Prize for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies ( Memento from July 25, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) - Retrieved on July 8, 2011.
  19. "Education through Responsibility"
  20. More than research and teaching! Universities in Society ( Memento from November 2, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  21. Channel C: Imprint
  22. ↑ Presstige website. In: presses. presstige, accessed on September 9, 2020 .
  23. press. Retrieved September 9, 2020 .
  24. eMAG
  25. ^ Foundation of the research center for eSports law. January 29, 2019, accessed December 2, 2019 .
  26. cf. A3 special edition - location economic area Augsburg 02/10 (PDF; 4.7 MB)
  27. Augsburger Allgemeine from April 4, 2011: Step by step towards the big goal
  28. ^ Augsburger Allgemeine from April 26, 2011: New management training center? University of Augsburg wants to train young engineers
  29. ^ Forum Solidaric and Peaceful Augsburg: University elections at the University of Augsburg - civil clause against arms research required (PDF; 314 kB)
  30. Arms research remains allowed: Civil clause rejected Stadtzeitung of December 17, 2015
  31. Prof. Dr. Miau from Augsburg In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , December 5, 2012, accessed on March 24, 2017.

Coordinates: 48 ° 20 ′ 2 ″  N , 10 ° 53 ′ 54 ″  E