University of Konstanz

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University of Konstanz
founding 1966
place Constancy
state Baden-Württemberg
country Germany
Rector Kerstin Krieglstein
Students 11,268 WS 2018/19
Employee 1,882 (December 1, 2019)
including professors 209
Annual budget 197.21 million euros (2019, incl. 73.99 million euros third-party funding)
Networks DFH , EUA , IBH , YERUN

The University of Konstanz was founded in 1966 as a reform university . In the Excellence Initiative and the subsequent Excellence Strategy , it was successful in all three funding lines in 2007, 2012 and 2019, making it one of the eleven so-called Universities of Excellence in Germany. In the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) it reached 175th place in 2016, in the Shanghai ranking it is always in the range 301–400. In the global THE ranking The 100 under 50 , which only takes into account universities that were founded after 1965, Konstanz took 7th place in 2016, making it the best German university.



Laying of the foundation stone on June 21, 1966
Glass roof over the foyer by Otto Piene (1970)
University courtyard
The old university library (before its core renovation, which lasted from 2010 to 2017)
The renovated university library 2017: Entrance area to the information center
University from Meersburg's point of view

A university existed in Konstanz for a short time as early as the 17th and 18th centuries. The offshoot of the Freiburg University was housed in the Lanzenhof (today justice administration at the Untere Laube) and was operated in the years 1686–1698 and 1713–1715.

In 1966 the educational institution was founded as a reform university. Until the opening of the campus on Gießberg in 1972, it was housed in several buildings in the city center. The university's emblem was created in 1980 by Otl Aicher , one of the most famous graphic designers of the 20th century.

The establishment of institutes was dispensed with, instead of which there were direct (smaller than otherwise tailored) departments and specialist groups that were supposed to develop teaching from research . In order to be able to better overcome the subject boundaries, the concept of the campus university was adopted from the Anglo-Saxon area , and administrative and service facilities such as the cafeteria and library were centralized. The reform projects included the relocation of larger parts of the teaching from lectures to seminars or exercise groups and, as a result, the concept of the course-related examinations.


In the 1970s and 1980s, the one-stage legal training was carried out as a model test, in which the practical phase and the studies were closely interlinked. In the beginning there was also the basic social sciences course, in which administrative scientists , economists and lawyers were trained together.

After many of these projects came to an end, the university “reinvented” itself on the basis of proposals by the Mittelstraß Commission: Since 1999, the university has been divided into three sections , in which the 13 departments are encouraged to work together more closely. The previous faculties and specialist groups were dissolved in favor of the faculties, and the tasks of the faculties within the meaning of the State University Act are now carried out by the three sections. The consistent centralization of the service facilities was retained. In particular, the 24/7 library, where all books are freely accessible, is a well-known feature of the university.

University of Excellence

The university's future concept, entitled “Constance Model - towards a culture of creativity”, was adopted on October 19, 2007 as part of the Excellence Initiative. In addition, four special research areas are currently in operation, and the “Center for Young Scientists” (ZWN) aroused nationwide interest, whereupon the university was dubbed by the media as “Mini-Harvard on Lake Constance”.

The ZWN was set up on February 14, 2001 by resolution of the Senate of the University of Konstanz in order to enable a high degree of support and flexibility in research for young scientists. As part of the Excellence Initiative, the ZWN was successfully transferred to today's Zukunftskolleg in 2007 , which was also able to assert itself in the second round of the Excellence Initiative in 2012. In the same year, the Zukunftskolleg obtained co-financing of the EU program Marie Curie COFUND in the amount of 6.24 million euros. The “Zukunftskolleg Incoming Fellowship Program” (ZIF-Marie-Curie-Programm) thus created was able to expand the existing Fellowship program of the Zukunftskolleg with a further international component.

In the DFG Funding Atlas 2018, the University of Konstanz was once again able to confirm the top position it had achieved in the 2015 funding atlas in the acquisition of DFG third-party funding. In the per capita perspective of DFG approvals based on the entire academic staff (including professors), the University of Konstanz ranks first nationwide. In terms of professors alone, the University of Konstanz came second nationwide. This underlines the “outstanding ranking” of the University of Konstanz and emphasizes the excellent performance of the Konstanz scientists. The funding atlas at the University of Konstanz states a particularly high funding ratio per capita in the areas of life sciences (again 1st place) and humanities and social sciences (1st place).

On June 15, 2012 it was announced that Konstanz had also been successful in the second phase of the Excellence Initiative and was able to defend its status as a research-intensive University of Excellence. The University of Konstanz has on both rounds of the professors program successfully involved in each funding phase two professors were financed from the program.

Since 2012, the library, computer center and administration have been bundled in a joint organizational unit called “Service Network Communication - Information - Media (KIM)” to improve services.

In February 2018, the University of Konstanz submitted three full proposals for clusters of excellence to the DFG in the excellence strategy of the federal and state governments. The funding decision for the Cluster of Excellence funding line was announced on September 27, 2018. Two of the three cluster initiatives submitted are funded: The “Center for the Advanced Study of Collective Behavior” and “The Political Dimension of Inequality: Perceptions, Participation and Policies”. Since two clusters of excellence are a prerequisite for further participation in the “Universities of Excellence” funding line, the University of Konstanz submitted a full application as a University of Excellence in December 2018. This application was accepted on July 19, 2019, which means that the university will receive funding for another seven years.



University of Konstanz campus
Aerial view with a view of the island of Mainau

The university complex covers an area of ​​90,000 square meters on the Konstanzer Gießberg, in the middle of the Mainauwald in the Egg district and 200 meters west of the old village of Egg on the other side of Mainaustrasse. The university campus is connected to the village by two pedestrian / cyclist bridges. Like the village, the university's sports grounds are located on the side of the road facing the lake, northwest of Egg. The botanical garden , which is open on weekdays, is located northwest of the university's north car park . Until the incorporation of the then independent town Allmannsdorf in the city of Konstanz on 1 January 1915, the entire campus to the former village belonged.


The university building was designed as a tailor-made space for research, teaching and social interaction, which sets itself apart from historical university buildings. Instead of a system of individual buildings, the architect Horst Linde planned a highly condensed complex, the individual building parts of which were intertwined. The idea was to adapt the building to the geographical hillside location, similar to a mountain village. According to the planner Wilhelm von Wolff, people “should be able to wander through the university like in an old town, there should be squares and alleys for informal get-togethers, perhaps mysterious things here and there to arouse expectations.” A requirement was therefore that the radius of the university area should not exceed 500 to 700 m in order to keep the distances to the central agora short. Construction began in 1970 and completion lasted until 1983. Since then, the university has built several extensions, but these are based on the original plans. Since 2012, essential parts of the university's building have been listed as a historical monument .

architectural art

As part of Kunst am Bau , the following works are available on the site: Otto Pienes , a glass roof consisting of 227 colored pyramids in the main entrance area (1972), Friedrich Gräsel , tubular sculptures in Hockgrabental (1969–1974), Georg Karl Pfahler , Torplastiken (1984 ), Gottfried Bechtold , Spulenplastik (1972) or Stephan Balkenhol's wooden head sculptures (1993).


Sections and departments

The establishment of faculties was deliberately avoided in favor of a stronger interdisciplinary orientation. The 13 faculties of the university are therefore divided into three sections:

Mathematical and natural science section

Humanities section

Politics - Law - Economy Section

Central facilities

The university maintains several central facilities:

  • The Communication, Information, Media Center (KIM) is the university's central service provider for IT and library services. The KIM was created in 2014 from the merger of library, computer center and administrative IT and offers services for teaching, research and studies from a single source.
    • The library of the University of Konstanz is the central facility for the supply of literature and information to the university. It offers approximately two million freely accessible, systematically organized printed media and 1,600 workplaces on an area of ​​approximately 25,000 square meters in the center of the university. Between 2011 and 2017, the library was extensively renovated, conceptually redesigned and adapted to current requirements as part of a pollution control. The library services are responsible for the provision of printed and electronic media and advise on all related issues. Over 400 million digital and printed media are accessible via the KonSearch literature search engine.
    • All the services required for the operation and further development of a university are provided in the IT services. Central services such as the mail system, the e-learning platform, campus management, IT security and central storage services are provided for scientists and students.
  • The International Office is responsible for international relations with other universities . It is also the point of contact for visiting students and advises students who want to go abroad.
  • The Career Service is an institution of the university that was founded as a joint initiative of the university with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Hochrhein-Bodensee and the Konstanz-Ravensburg employment agency. It supports students in starting their careers and helps employers to find new employees.
  • The Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI) bundles all activities for foreign language training.
  • The Student Service Center (SSZ) has been providing the various contact points for students who primarily implement bureaucratic processes (matriculation, fees, certificates) in a bundled manner since 2010.
  • The central committees of the university are important. A specialty of Konstanz is above all the Committee for Research Questions (AFF); This committee, to which each section sends four representatives (three professors and one research assistant), enables the university to compete for research funding: every member of the university with a doctorate can apply to the AFF for material and personnel funding for a period of up to two years. Normally, this is intended to provide start-up funding for third-party research projects; During the Excellence Initiative, the AFF is also responsible for distributing a considerable part of the additional funds.

The BAFöG consulting and other social services, as well as the food supply (Mensa) and the provision and maintenance of student housing space (homes) takes the responsible for University of Konstanz nationwide Student Welfare Service.

Collaborative Research Centers

  • Anisotropic Particles as Building Blocks: Tailoring Shape, Interactions and Structures (SFB 1214)
  • Chemical and Biological Principles of Cellular Proteostasis (SFB 969)
  • Controlled Nanosystems: Interaction and Interfacing to the Macroscale (SFB 767)
  • Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing (SFB-TRR 161)

Research groups

  • The Dynamics of Risk - Perception and Behavior in the Context of Mental and Physical Health (Risk Dynamics - FOR 2374)
  • New Insights into the Bcl-2 family interactions - from biophysics to function (FOR 2036)
  • Nonlinear response to probe vitrification (FOR 1394)
  • Media participation. Participation between entitlement and utilization (FOR 2252)
  • PsychoEconomics (FOR 1882)
  • Questions at the interfaces (FOR 2111)
  • What happened if? (FOR 1614)

Institutions and projects within the framework of the Excellence Initiative

  • Cluster of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Integration" (until 2019)
  • Graduate School of Chemical Biology
  • Graduate School of Decision Sciences
  • Future concept "Constance model - for a culture of creativity"
  • Zukunftskolleg

Cluster of Excellence as part of the Excellence Strategy

  • Center for the Advanced Study of Collective Behavior
  • The political dimension of inequality


Course offer

The largest admission-restricted degree programs in terms of number of places per year include the law degree (352) and the bachelor’s degree programs in economics (353), political and administrative science ( 189), biological sciences (172), psychology (112) and sociology (102).

The old master's and diploma courses have been converted to the new two-tier study structure .


  • Biological Sciences
  • British and American Studies (BAST)
  • chemistry
  • German literature
  • French studies
  • Gender studies
  • history
  • Computer science
  • Italian studies
  • Cultural studies of antiquity
  • Life science
  • Literature-Art-Media
  • mathematics
  • Mathematical Finance / Mathematical Finance
  • Molecular Materials Science
  • philosophy
  • physics
  • Politics and Public Administration
  • psychology
  • Slavic Studies (Literary Studies)
  • sociology
  • Spanish studies
  • Sports science
  • Linguistics
  • statistics
  • Economics / Economics


  • General Linguistics
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Biological Sciences
  • British and American Studies
  • chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • German literature
  • Economics
  • European Master in Government
  • German Linguistics (German and Germanic Linguistics)
  • history
  • Computer science
  • International Studies in Sports Science
  • Cultural foundations of Europe
  • Cultural studies of antiquity
  • Life science
  • Literature-Art-Media
  • mathematics
  • Mathematical finance economics
  • Molecular Materials Science
  • Eastern European Studies
  • philosophy
  • physics
  • Physics (Master of Education)
  • Political Economy
  • Politics and Public Administration (
    1. Comparative Politics and Policy Analysis
    2. Management and Public Administration
    3. International Relations and European Integration
    4. International Administration and Conflict Management
  • psychology
  • Jurisprudence
  • Romance literatures
  • Romance Languages ​​and Linguistics
  • Slavic Studies (Literary Studies)
  • Slavic Languages ​​and Linguistics
  • Social and Economic Data Analysis
  • sociology
  • Speech and Language Processing
  • Sports science
  • Business education

Teacher training at high school

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • Computer science
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • Political science
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • history
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Philosophy / ethics
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Sports

State examination in law

  • Jurisprudence

Regional and international cooperation

Regional cooperation

The two-day decision training BEST (for BE job and ST udienorientation) was designed by experts from the university in cooperation with experienced advisors from schools, universities and employment agencies . The University of Konstanz was also involved in the development of an orientation test for the state's universities.

There is a cooperation with the second division handball team HSG Konstanz to promote top-class sport, under which exclusive scholarships are awarded to young, motivated talents.

International cooperation

The university maintains a dense network of partnerships with regional, national and international partner institutions from science, business, politics and the public. At the regional level, there is close cooperation with the Canton of Thurgau . The Thurgau University of Education (PHTG) u. a. joint courses offered. Other German-Swiss cooperations are the Biotechnology Institute Thurgau (BITg) and the Thurgau Economic Institute (TWI). The University of Konstanz is connected to 30 universities in the border triangle via the International Lake Constance University . At the international level, the University of Konstanz is currently cooperating with around 220 partner universities as part of the Erasmus program . In addition, the University of Konstanz maintains connections to around 100 strategically important and selected international institutions.

The University's International Office implements and promotes internationality in all areas of the university in research, teaching, studies and administration. It enables and supports a wide variety of international activities: from short stays for guest lecturers and doctoral students to summer schools , international workshops and start-up funding for new collaborations. Many tasks are to be understood as cross-sectional tasks and are designed together with other organizational units of the university.

Therefore, the International Office is not only the first point of contact for international and Konstanz students, but also for the departments of the University of Konstanz and with the University's Welcome Center for international guest researchers at all career levels (doctoral students, post-docs and professors).

Konstanz Science Forum

The University of Konstanz has had the Science Forum since 2006, which is planned as the “University of Konstanz platform for knowledge transfer and science communication ”. The forum is intended to serve as an interface to “business, politics and society” and deal with topics related to research and universities in conferences. The founding members of the forum were Gerhart von Graevenitz as rector of the university, Renate Köcher from the Institute for Demoscopy Allensbach, the biologist and science manager Hubert Markl , the philosopher Jürgen Mittelstrass from Constance and the economist Horst Siebert . Since 2008 the forum has published a series of books to document its conferences, for example on the subject of creativity, the “Project Europe”, networks and clusters and most recently (2013) on “Power and Science”, which were published by the University Press in Konstanz.

Student body

In 2012, the law on the reintroduction of a constituted student body came into force, as it had last been almost 40 years before. The enrolled students thus form the status group of the students and a legal sub-body of the university. The rectorate exercises the legal , but not the technical supervision and participates in the drafting of the statutes (§ 65b ABs. 6 LHG).

By law, the student body is a member of the Baden-Württemberg State Student Council (Section 65a, Paragraph 8 LHG). In addition, with the resolution of the StuPa and approval of the LEO in January 2014, she succeeded the previous u-AStA in the fzs .


In accordance with Section 65, Paragraph 2 of the State University Act (LHG), the student body manages its own affairs within the framework of the statutory provisions. Irrespective of the responsibility of the university and the student union, it has the following tasks:

  • the perception of university political, technical and interdisciplinary as well as social, economic and cultural issues of the students,
  • Participation in the tasks of the universities according to §§ 2 to 7 (in particular: maintenance and development of the sciences and the arts through research, teaching, study and further education in a free, democratic and social constitutional state; social promotion of students; promotion of the scientific and artistic young talent, as well as international, especially European cooperation)
  • promoting political education and the civic sense of responsibility among students,
  • the promotion of equality and the reduction of disadvantages within the student body,
  • promoting the sporting activities of students,
  • maintaining supraregional and international student relations.

The student body currently offers free legal advice, a bicycle workshop and a student café. A student beer garden on the campus as well as a bicycle rental are operated by an independent (sponsoring) association. In the absence of previous agreements, according to the LHG, traditional tasks that are carried out by the student body representatives in other federal states have remained with the Seezeit student union, in particular the semester ticket and BAFöG advice.


The student body is organized and structured in its basic features based on the provisions of the LHG in accordance with Art. 3 § 1 of the Composed Student Union Act, which was adopted in a strike ballot. Further statutes regulate the details of finances, elections and student councils, etc.

The student body is divided into a central level (the student body as such) and currently 16 study departments (SFS), each of which includes all students of a department or closely related courses and which take on the tasks of the student body on this decantral level on their own responsibility. Since the LHG binds the term “ Fachschaft” to the faculties or sections (Section 65a Paragraph 4 LHG), this form of subdivision was chosen with a different name in order to meet the special needs of the comparatively small university. In the absence of a corresponding institution at university level, the student teachers are assigned to the study departments of their main subjects. Your special interests are represented in a teaching staff working group and a separate section at the AStA .


According to the statutes, the student body has the following bodies at a central level, through which it acts within the framework of the LHG:

  • an executive , consisting of:
    • two chairmen as legal representatives within the meaning of the LHG, one of whom is elected by one of the parliamentary chambers
    • the financial officer elected by StuPa and confirmed by the FSK
    • the General Student Committee (AStA) as the executive collective of the speakers and the two chairmen
    • the coordination committee, which prepares and coordinates plenary meetings and strike votes
    • a budget committee, which supports the finance officer in drafting and implementing the budget
    • an electoral commission, which is responsible for elections and ballots in procedural questions
  • a bicammaralist legislature consisting of:
    • the student parliament (StuPa) , which is made up of 23 student representatives through university-wide (list) election and is responsible for the political work of the student body and elects the speakers, and
    • the student councils conference (FSK) , which is composed of one representative from each student council and is responsible in particular for questions relating to teaching.
    • Fundamental matters, such as the resolution of statutes or the budget, are dealt with and resolved by a joint meeting of both chambers (called LEO for "legislative body" within the meaning of § 65a para. 3 LHG), with both chambers having the same number of seats and the few seats of the FSK can be supplemented with additional seats for the largest student councils compared to the StuPa. The LEO has final decision-making powers in all student body matters and can override decisions of all other bodies with a special quorum.
  • In addition, the general assembly (VV) and the ballot allow direct democratic participation of the students. The budget and contribution regulations are excluded.
  • In the judiciary area, there is an arbitration commission as a dispute resolution and statute interpretation body in disputes over competence between bodies or complaints of individual students about the activities of the student body. Legal supervisory complaints to the rector as well as the administrative legal process are unaffected.

At the decentralized level there are currently 16 student councils, which are justified by the provisions of the organizational statutes and a student council framework. The bodies of the student councils are:

  • the student council meeting as a decision-making plenary meeting of the students of a student council,
  • A study department election committee each, which elects the persons to be elected according to the statutes (department spokesman, FSK representative, if necessary 2nd LEO representative, finance officer, their deputy) and are themselves elected for the university elections by the students of their study department
  • the day-to-day business can be transferred to a collective (usually student representatives) through the rules of procedure of the student council; the responsibilities of the finance officer and the student council representative as authorized signatory representatives of the student council remain unaffected

With the conclusion of the first constituent meetings of all organs in July 2013, the student body was legally constituted as a corporation.

Relationship to university self-administration

The student representatives in the university self-administration (senate, committees, section and faculty councils, appointment committees, examination boards) are independent of the student body as such and are elected or appointed through separate procedures in accordance with the university's constitution. Personal union is not excluded. The student senators in particular are also regularly elected members of the StuPa. The organs of the student body have the right to information and to ask questions to all organs of the university. As a rule, the student council meetings make the nominations for the elections of the student representatives in the faculty and section councils. Other committee representatives (appointment committees, student union, committees) are appointed in practice on the proposal of the responsible organs of the student body by the bodies responsible according to the constitution of the university. Statutes are published in the university's official notices and thus come into force.


According to the LHG, the student body has its own financial autonomy, whereby it is subject to the supervision of the State Audit Office and a special examination procedure. It has its own budget, which is decided by budget statutes for a year and is part of the university's budget. In order to secure a solid financial basis for the fulfillment of orders placed by LHG tasks that student body rises by all students a contribution in a reasonable amount due is decided by the LEO contribution rules from the current ten euros. This applies for the first time from the winter semester 2014/15. Expense reimbursements are granted occasionally, as far as this is legally permitted. According to the state budget regulations that also apply to the student body, the principle of a single fund applies , i.e. H. Financial dispositions may only be made by the cash desk (financial officer) and not by any other department.

Special projects

Culture ticket

The cultural department in the AStA has created a so-called culture ticket with the cultural institutions of the city of Konstanz, in particular the city theater and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie . This enables students to gain free or reduced admission to some of the city's cultural institutions for a solidarity fee to be paid once per semester.

Campus Festival

Since 2015, the student body has been organizing the campus festival in the university forest with the local student company nachtschwaermer-kn . It is aimed primarily at local students, but is also open to all other interested parties.


The Eurokonstantia is a two-day international sports tournament held by the Konstanz University Sports Center on the university’s sports grounds. It has existed since 2006 and usually takes place in June.

Student university groups and associations

Independent of the corporate structures of the student body, there are a large number of student initiatives and associations that pursue the most diverse interests and goals and thus contribute to the cultural, political and social diversity at the university. Based on a guideline of the rector, the university offers the opportunity to honor this commitment and to officially enter the groups as university groups in a university group register via the AStA and thus to recognize them as part of the university. The legal form is irrelevant, there are unlawful associations, registered associations, societies under civil law. There is the possibility of a university group conference as a general assembly of the recognized university groups in order to find common interests vis-à-vis the university and the organs of the student body.

The political university groups occupy a special position, which usually reflect the political parties, even if they are sometimes independent of them. The political university groups currently occupy all seats in the StuPa, even if, according to the statutes, election lists that are independent of the university group could also run.

The following university groups are currently active at the university:

Political college groups

These groups are each represented with at least one seat in the 23-person 6th StuPa:

The following political university groups are also active at the university:

  • Alternative college group
  • Hayek Club Constance
  • Marxist student Konstanz

As such, the political parties are faced with some hurdles with regard to their activities at the university, so that they mainly work through the (privileged) university groups.

Social, international and human rights-oriented groups

Until 2011 there was also a local group of AIESEC at the university.

Religious groups

Student associations

Most of the Konstanz student associations came into being before the university was founded, when the HTWG Konstanz was the only one . In this respect, the connection life at the university is comparatively low. Only two connections were established at the University of Konstanz:

Cultural groups

  • AIGUK (Astronomical Interest Group University of Konstanz)
  • Anime Club at the University of Konstanz (ANI Konstanz)
  • Article 5 (student university newspaper)
  • Debating Club Constance
  • University group for fine arts
  • Impro-Theater Konstanz (IMPROV)
  • KuBiC - culture and education on campus
  • KUK (Culture University of Konstanz)
  • Lumière. The campus cinema (student cinema)
  • Uniradio Knatterton
  • Wind Symphonica - University Symphony Orchestra Konstanz



Honorary citizen of the University of Konstanz

Honorary Senators of the University of Konstanz

The award of an "Honorary Senator of the University of Konstanz" is the highest honor bestowed by the university. So far has been honorary senators:

  • Herbert Beeck, former business graduate and chairman of the board of LSB (Badische Landessparkasse), founded the foundation “Environment and Housing at the University of Konstanz” in 1985. It promotes research in the field of environmental protection and the dependence on living and the environment.
  • Dietrich H. Boesken (* 1927), German industrial manager, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hochrhein-Bodensee and Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Industry and Trade Conference
  • Kurt HJ Büttner, CEO of Byk Gulden Lomberg Konstanz (Altana Pharma, since 2007: Nycomed)
  • Franz Josef Dazert (* 1925), honorary chairman of the supervisory board of Salamander AG, co-founder of the "support group for cooperation between the universities of Konstanz and Tel Aviv"
  • Theopont Diez (1908–1993), politician, "friend of the University of Konstanz"
  • Horst Eickmeyer , Lord Mayor of Constance from 1980 to 1996
  • Joachim Fürst zu Fürstenberg (1923–2002), entrepreneur
  • Hans-Werner Hector is a mathematician, entrepreneur and co-founder of the software company SAP AG. Together with his wife Josephine he set up the Hector Foundation I. The Hector Foundation II supports social institutions, the promotion of gifted people and institutions at outstanding universities.
  • Otto PW Hüni (1915–1986), entrepreneur, initiator of Messe Friedrichshafen (IBO)
  • Dieter Jahn (chemist) headed the Global Competence Center “Science Relations and Innovation Management” of the BASF Group from 2000 to 2012. The chemist, who studied and did his doctorate at the University of Stuttgart, works on numerous committees, juries and initiative groups. Among other things, he was President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker , is a member of the Investor Advisory Board of the High-Tech-Gründerfonds, the Senate Commission of the Helmholtz Association and the Chemistry Advisory Board of the University of Cambridge.
  • From 1985, with a short interruption (1988–1991) until his retirement in 2013, Heribert Knorr was responsible for the state's universities as ministerial director in the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.
  • Wilhelm Krull is Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation. In addition to his professional activity in science policy and research funding, he also performs other functions in national and international bodies, including the OECD and the EU. From February 10, 2005 to February 28, 2009, Dr. Krull assumed the position of chairman of the university council.
  • Karl Lion, son of Kurt Lion, for promoting student exchanges with Tel Aviv University
  • Kurt Lion (1925–2004), entrepreneur and patron, co-founder of the "Support Group for Cooperation between the Universities of Konstanz and Tel Aviv"
  • Robert Maus (* 1933), former district administrator of the district of Constance and member of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg
  • Dagmar Schmieder is the managing director of the Schmieder Clinics and chairwoman of the non-profit foundation Schmieder for science and research. It supports research, especially young academics, in cooperation with the University of Konstanz.
  • Nikolaus Schweickart (* 1943), former chairman of the board at Altana AG, chairman of the board of the Herbert Quandt Foundation
  • Franz Steinkühler (* 1937), former chairman of IG Metall
  • Manfred Ulmer (†), entrepreneur; "Science and Society Foundation at the University of Konstanz"
  • Brigitte Weyl (* 1926), doctor, journalist, publisher ("Südkurier")
  • Johannes Weyl (1904–1989), publisher ( Südkurier )


Honorary doctorates from the University of Konstanz

Well-known alumni

University professors are listed in the University Teacher (University of Konstanz) category .


Prizes and awards given by the University of Konstanz

  • DAAD award
  • Kurt Lion Medal
  • Sponsorship award from the Science and Society Foundation at the University of Konstanz
  • LBS environmental award
  • University of Konstanz teaching award from students (LUKS)
  • Nano Prize of the Universitätsgesellschaft Konstanz e. V.
  • Promotion Prize of the Universitätsgesellschaft Konstanz e. V.
  • Tina Ulmer Teaching Prize from the Science and Society Foundation
  • Prize of the University Council in the categories "Research and Teaching" and "Further Development of the University"
  • Medal of Merit from the University of Konstanz
  • VEUK Prize for outstanding foreign students, sponsored by the Alumni Association of the University of Konstanz e. V. (VEUK)

University Society of Konstanz

The University of Konstanz is supported by the Universitätsgesellschaft Konstanz e. V., which had been active since February 1, 1965, before the university was founded. The founder of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the University of Konstanz (originally operating until 1996) was Hans Constantin Paulssen. Presidents were Hans Constantin Paulssen (1965–1974), Theopont Diez (1974–1986), Brigitte Weyl (1986–1996), Dietrich H. Boesken (1996–2004), Gerd Springe (2004–2010), Stefan Keh (2010– 2015); since 2015 it has been Count Björn Bernadotte .


  • Ralf Dahrendorf : Founding ideas and development successes of the university, on the 40th anniversary of the University of Konstanz. ISBN 978-3-87940-808-5 .
  • Wilhelm von Wolff: The unknown total. On the building history of the University of Konstanz , in: Writings of the Association for the History of Lake Constance and its Surroundings , 128th year 2010, pp. 181–212 ( digitized version )
  • Moritz Mälzer: In Search of the New University - The Formation of the »Reform Universities« Konstanz and Bielefeld in the 1960s . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-525-36852-7 .
  • Von Marlin, C./Schmedding, A .: Built Reform: Architecture and Art in the Building of the University of Konstanz . Ed .: University of Konstanz. With contributions by Gottfried Bechtold, Ulrich Rüdiger and Thomas Steier. Photographs by Inka Reiter. 280 pages, approx. 200 color illustrations. ISBN 978-3-7774-2492-7 .

See also

Web links

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

Individual evidence

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