University of Paderborn

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University of Paderborn
motto The University of the Information Society
founding 1972
Sponsorship State of North Rhine-Westphalia (state)
place Paderborn
state North Rhine-Westphalia
country Germany
President Birgitt Riegraf
Students 20,344 (2019)
Employee 2,443 (2019)
including professors 254 (2019)
Annual budget € 212.7 million (2019, according to the business plan including third-party funding)
Networks DFH , MGU
University of Paderborn

The University of Paderborn in Paderborn , Germany , is a university founded in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1972 .


The University of Paderborn is a campus university with over 20,000 students (as of winter semester 2018/2019) and is one of the medium-sized universities in Germany. The University of Paderborn has 254 professorships , 1,270 scientific employees and 747 non-scientific employees (including trainees). It offers around 70 courses.

In the year it was founded, 2,500 students studied at the university. This number has risen to around 20,344 to date, with the number increasing by around 2,000 students from 15,228, especially in the 2011/12 winter semester. There were around 3,400 first-year students in the double Abitur class in the winter semester 2013/14, which is an increase of around three percent compared to the previous year.

The research focus is on the one hand in the areas of computer science, economics, technology and mathematics and on the other hand in the humanities and social sciences (here especially in English studies, history, cultural heritage, musicology and German studies).

Particularly important is the subject of computer science, which in the 2006 CHE / Die Zeit university ranking was among the top group of four faculties in Germany. According to the CHE rankings in 2005 and 2014, business informatics at the University of Paderborn is also among the foremost group. In the same ranking from 2005, the subject of English studies is also in first place. In the funding ranking of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2006, the university also achieved a top position in the field of electrical engineering, computer science and systems engineering. The University of Paderborn was able to plan with 44.3 million euros in third-party research funding in 2016. Because of the great demand for study places, since the winter semester 2006/2007 at the University of Paderborn 43 courses have been assigned a numerus clausus (NC), which in some cases led to very stricter admission criteria in individual subjects.


The University of Paderborn, which was re-established on August 1, 1972 as a comprehensive university, which in addition to the university comprised several technical college departments, became an exclusive university in 2002.

A Carolingian cathedral school can be identified as early as the 8th century . In 1614 Dietrich IV von Fürstenberg founded a university in Paderborn, the oldest in Westphalia. Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld , who became famous for his work against the persecution of witches with his Cautio criminalis, taught here for a few years . The university continues to exist today in the form of the theological faculty .

The establishment in 1972 as a comprehensive university was a merger of the Pedagogical University of Westphalia-Lippe (PH) and above all the University of Applied Sciences Southeast Westphalia , in which the state engineering schools Paderborn, Höxter, Meschede and Soest as well as the higher business school Paderborn and the Soester engineering school for agriculture. It came about on the initiative of the councilwoman Ellen Rost, the PH institute director Helmar Gunter Frank and the Paderborn computer pioneer Heinz Nixdorf . Nixdorf helped the university to establish an international research focus in computer science.

In 1790 the normal school in Paderborn was founded for teacher training. In December 1946, the Pedagogical Academy for Teacher Training was established in Paderborn , which was converted into a pedagogical college in 1962. In 1965 this became one of the five departments of the Pedagogical University of Westphalia-Lippe .

The engineering school for construction in Höxter dates back to the building trade school established in Höxter in 1864. It was the first of its kind in Prussia. In 1963 the Paderborn Engineering School was prepared with the subjects of mechanical engineering and process and electrical engineering. The same subjects were offered by the engineering school in Soest, which was founded in 1964 with a branch in Meschede. In 1968 the location in Meschede became an independent engineering school for mechanical engineering.

The connection between Heinz Nixdorf and the University of Paderborn, which had existed from the beginning, found expression in 1987 when the Heinz Nixdorf Institute was founded . This interdisciplinary research institute is one of the university's central research facilities. With the domain, the university has had one of the first 6 registered DE domains since March 1988.

The university has produced several winners of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation and recipients of ERC grants from the European Research Council . The proof of the Catalan conjecture , presented by the Romanian mathematician Preda Mihăilescu at the University of Paderborn in April 2002 , which goes back to the Belgian mathematician Eugène Charles Catalan (1814-1894), caused a worldwide sensation . The latter formulated the assumption in 1844 that only the two powers and differ by the value 1.

The coordination office (including a research professorship) for the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the university is of international importance .

In October 2004 the university received the negative Big Brother Award in the "Regional" category for its camera surveillance in lecture halls and computer pools.

On April 25, 2007, the university was the first university in North Rhine-Westphalia to elect a university council in accordance with the Higher Education Freedom Act. This currently consists of Dagmar Simon (Managing Director of EVACONSULT), Jürgen Brautmeier (Vice President of the East Belgium Media Council, Honorary Professor of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf ), Rita Burrichter (University of Paderborn), Vera Denzer (University of Paderborn), Ralf Göttel (BENTELER International AG ), Hans-Gerhard Husong (former State Secretary for Science and Research, Senate Department for Education, Science and Research, Berlin), Bettina Schiller (University of Paderborn), Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide (University of Paderborn) and Martina Schraudner ( Technical University of Berlin ) .

The innovation prize of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia was awarded in 2008 in the innovation category to the two Paderborn professors Reinhold Noé and Ulrich Rückert on the basis of their research on optical communications technology.

On October 29, 2009, the university leadership led to massive student protests because of the non-transparent information policy. They first achieved the public and relocated a conference intended only for the press, which then took place in the Audimax in the evening for over 1,000 students and teachers. The statements were followed by discussions between those responsible and students.

Since November 2009 the Paderborn campus radio L'UniCo has been broadcasting in the Paderborn city ​​area on the VHF frequency 89.4 MHz.

On December 19, 2016, the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn awarded Frank-Walter Steinmeier an honorary doctorate. With the honorary doctorate, the faculty and university honor Steinmeier's services in promoting German institutes abroad and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as his persistent commitment to intercultural understanding. In 2017, Christiane Floyd received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Paderborn, because during her time she always campaigned for the promotion of young computer scientists and also tried to support rural areas in developing countries.

Every 3 years the University of Paderborn awards the Margarete Schrader Prize for Literature. The university operates the Sino-German Technical Faculty together with the Qingdao University for Science and Technology .


Art silo
Building Q houses the Faculty of Economics.



The university has set up interdisciplinary research institutions, central operating units, special research areas, graduate colleges and research groups of the German Research Foundation (DFG), a Fraunhofer Institute, joint ventures, collaborations with other universities, interdisciplinary forums and other institutions in various organizational forms.

Interdisciplinary research institutions

Collaborative Research Centers of the DFG

The following special research areas of the German Research Foundation have been set up at the University of Paderborn:

  • SFB / TRR 142 - Tailored Nonlinear Photonics: From Basic Concepts to Functional Structures
  • SFB 901 - On The Fly Computing
  • TRR 285 - Method development for mechanical joinability in versatile process chains
  • TRR 266 - Accounting for Transparency: Accounting, Taxes and Corporate Transparency

Former Collaborative Research Centers:

  • SFB / TR TRR 30 - Process-integrated production of functionally graded structures based on thermo-mechanically coupled phenomena
  • SFB 614 - Self-Optimizing Systems in Mechanical Engineering
  • SFB 376 - Massive Parallelism - Algorithms, Design Methods, Applications

Fraunhofer facilities

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft supports at the University of Paderborn, the Fraunhofer Institute Mechatronic Systems Design (IEM) and the Paderborn Department Advanced System Engineering (ASE) , which is part of the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS) is.

Graduate colleges and schools

  • Automatisms - cultural techniques to reduce complexity (funding until 2017)
  • Design of flexible working environments - people-centered use of cyber-physical systems in Industry 4.0
  • Individual support: competence development and diagnostics in vocational training
  • Intelligent systems in automation technology; Intelligent Systems in Automation Technology (ISA), together with the Institute for Industrial Information Technology of the TH OWL in Lemgo
  • Being a church in times of change
  • "Light - Efficient - Mobile" - Energy and cost-efficient extremely lightweight construction with hybrid materials
  • Islamic theology (funding until 2017)
  • Micro- and nanostructures in optoelectronics and photonics (funding until 2017)
  • Research focus on the digital future (funding from 2017 to 2020)

Technology and knowledge transfer

With cooperation partners u. a. The following projects were launched from industry:

Research Groups (DFG)

  • Acoustic sensor networks
  • Dynamics of electron transfer processes at transition metal centers in biological and bioinorganic systems (funding until 2017)

Cooperations with universities and institutions

The university cooperates with the following universities and institutions:

Affiliated institute, other institutions and interdisciplinary forums

At other facilities of the university there are:

  • doIT - training for beginners
  • Insight! - Peer mentoring for female graduates
  • Family-friendly university
  • Women shape the information society
  • University choir unison
  • University didactics
  • University orchestra
  • Institute for Talent Research in Music (IBFM)
  • Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Middle Ages and its aftermath (IEMAN)
  • Jean-Monnet Chair
  • Jenny Aloni Archive
  • Competence Center for University Didactics in Mathematics
  • Competence center writing
  • Mentoring for female doctoral candidates
  • RailCab - New Railway Technology Paderborn (NBP) (until 2016)
  • Room of silence
  • Studio stage of the University of Paderborn
  • Cultural studies tutor program
  • UNESCO competence center
  • University Archives
  • History Association at the University of Paderborn
  • Center for Language Teaching (ZfS)

Central operating units

The university's central operating units are the university library, the Center for Information and Media Technologies (IMT) and the central student advisory service.

University library

University library building

The Paderborn University Library achieved good places in the national library ranking library index for academic libraries (BIX-WB). It occupies one of the top places of all university libraries in Germany in terms of its electronic media inventory. It is also known for its long opening and loan times.

Center for information and media technologies

The Center for Information and Media Technologies (IMT) has the task of technically and organisationally enabling and supervising the use of media and media systems, including the central communication and data processing infrastructure, in research, teaching, studies, academic training and administration at the university. The IMT covers the areas of information technology, media technology, training (doIT) and notebook café (NBC).

The notebook café offers students support with PCs and notebooks. The doIT team organizes training and a. Internet security and software.

The media technology department supports u. a. the media technology equipment of lecture halls and seminar rooms. In addition, students have the opportunity to make films, edit them and set them to music. IMT-Medien provides cameras and editing stations. Radio broadcasts can also be made. So u. a. supports the student campus radio L'UniCo and the Radical Audio Pool.

Access with advanced technical college entrance qualification

According to § 49, paragraph 10 of the Higher Education Freedom Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, North Rhine-Westphalian universities are free to waive certain requirements for enrollment in their examination regulations, such as the general higher education entrance qualification. At the University of Paderborn it is possible to study with a technical college entrance qualification in certain, primarily scientific-technical and at the same time admission-free courses. This requires at least an average technical college entrance qualification and passing an aptitude test, which is intended to determine a general education at university level. In the aptitude test, knowledge of German, English and mathematics is tested in writing and professional aptitude is determined.

For the 2013/14 winter semester, admission to the following courses was possible:

  • Chemistry (Bachelor)
  • Computer Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Electrical engineering (Bachelor)
  • Computer Science (Bachelor)
  • Mathematics and Technomathematics (Bachelor)
  • Physics (Bachelor)
  • Industrial engineering, electrical engineering (Bachelor)

Student study

Unique in Germany, the University of Chemistry offers the best 45 students a free, intensive summer course lasting several weeks to acquire chemical knowledge in experiments and lectures. If you study chemistry at the University of Paderborn later, a corresponding certificate will be recognized as the first semester, so that you can study chemistry in Paderborn immediately from the second semester. From the first day of summer school to the end of the second semester, the dropout rate is over 50%. This is mainly due to the fact that events in a higher semester are brought forward in order to close a gap in the curriculum created by the summer school. Thus z. B. in the second semester after summer school (winter semester) physical chemistry 3 and 4 are taught, which appear regularly in the fifth semester in the course of studies.


The learning and library center (building I).

Warburger Strasse

The main part is in Paderborn between Warburger Strasse and Pohlweg. The oldest buildings date from the time of the state engineering school and are designated with the letters P (P1-P7).

The university was mainly planned together with other universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, so that a similar architectural style and partly the same building modules can also be found at the universities of Dortmund , Duisburg-Essen , Siegen and Wuppertal . The core of this building is a square, which is labeled A to D clockwise . At the corners close more outward-facing building on, E , H and J . The names of the buildings are derived from their position on imaginary, concentric circles. Building E was added later as a connecting building to Building N (the former FEoLL ).

Building W adjoins the RailCab test site. In January 2006 a new building P8 was completed. Building F (Heinz Nixdorf Institute) is not on campus. In addition, the new lecture hall G with approx. 420 seats was completed for the 2007 winter semester.

There are also various special buildings, such as the library ( BI ), the cafeteria ( ME ) and the AudiMax ( AM ).

The Institute for Lightweight Construction with Hybrid Systems (Building Y).

The K building, completed in 2011, connects to the J building in the northeast and has provided additional laboratory space for chemistry students since the 2010/11 winter semester. The O-building, which was fiscally planned as an extension building, was completed in 2012 near the south ring on the former site of the campus hotel (west of the RailCab site).

As a further special, subject-related building, the west extension of the NW building was completed on December 17, 2009. The 2.8 million euro increase in the NW annex of the Dean's Office for Chemistry will offer space for around 90 students in three seminar rooms from the middle of the 2009/10 winter semester, and 40 offices will be available for researching scientists. The modular design provides the connection of the new hall northwest to the unfinished, easternmost K -building through a passage tunnel through the core area of the building part J before.

With the opening of the lecture hall and seminar building L in April 2012, the university has two lecture halls for a total of 800 students and five seminar rooms. The eight million euro complex is connected to part N of the building by a bridge .

The Sport 2 sports hall was also opened in 2012 . The former hardware store on campus now offers space for a triple sports hall, six seminar rooms and offices. During the refugee crisis in 2015 , SP 2 served as an emergency shelter for refugees for a few months.

Building Q was handed over to the university in October 2013. Since then, the entire Faculty of Economics has been housed there. The official inauguration followed on November 19, 2014.

The Mensa Forum was opened as an extension to the existing Mensa Academica in October 2014. It offers almost 600 seats in a guest room spread over 2 levels and can be reached directly from the old ME cafeteria building .

On October 24, 2016, the foundation stone was laid for the new learning and library center (Building I ). The new building will be connected to the library by a bridge and, in addition to student workplaces, offers space for language laboratories, the international office, the central student advisory service and the university archive. Completion took place in March 2018.

The demolition of the RailCab test site began in autumn 2016 . The new ILH research building "Lightweight construction with hybrid materials" was built here in 2019.


Another location of the university is on Fürstenallee in Paderborn. The Heinz Nixdorf Institute and the C-LAB are located there in the former buildings of the Nixdorf Computer Headquarters . The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum , the largest computer museum in the world, is in the immediate vicinity .

University award winners

Winner of the Gottlieb Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

ERC grant holder

  • 2016: Thomas D. Kühne, Department of Theoretical Chemistry
  • 2016: Christine Silberhorn, Integrated Quantum Optics Department
  • 2016: Thomas Zentgraf, Department of Ultrafast Nanophotonics
  • 2018: Tibor Jager, IT security department

Honorary citizen

People (usually not members of the university) who have a special connection to the university can be honored as honorary citizens. Up to 2015 the following people were made honorary citizens:

  • 1973 - Josef Haupt, formerly head of the state engineering school for mechanical engineering, Paderborn
  • 1975 - René Lehmann, former President of the Université du Maine
  • 1978 - Helmut Bogdahn, formerly head of the state engineering school Höxter
  • 1982 - Martin Stephani, former head of the Detmold University of Music
  • 1989 - Herbert Schwiete , former mayor of Paderborn
  • 1994 - Wilhelm Ferlings, former City Director of the City of Paderborn
  • 1994 - Renate Nixdorf, widow of Heinz Nixdorf
  • 1999 - Wilhelm Lüke , former mayor of Paderborn and MdL a. D.
  • 2000 - Craig Dean Willis, President of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • 2015 - Heinz Paus , former mayor of the city of Paderborn

Student self-administration

The student body as seen in most student bodies to their members advice and services, such as free legal advice from lawyers or counseling on student financial assistance . The student body also operates the AStA copy service, a printing and copying system with 23 devices, mostly self-service, in the cafeteria building and the library. The University's General Student Committee (AStA) annually organizes the AStA Summer Festival , which mostly attracts 14,000 visitors, making it one of the largest university festivals in Germany. In addition to student and regional bands, groups such as Wir sind Helden , Silbermond , Fettes Brot , Gentleman , Culcha Candela and Juli played there .

The local student parliament consists of 29 seats and is elected annually on a personalized list. Voters vote for one person on a list; the distribution of seats in parliament is calculated from the ratio of votes for the lists, the order of the candidates in the individual lists according to their number of votes. The student body's business is managed by the AStA in its departments (including for the areas of university policy, political education and public relations).


The Paderborn Student Union has four dormitories that are located in the immediate vicinity of the university campus. The four dormitories are located on Vogeliusweg, Mersinweg, Peter-Hille-Weg and Alois-Fuchs-Weg. They comprise a total of 1322 places. Two new dormitories for a total of 194 students were built by a private investor on Pohlweg in 2010 and 2012 in the immediate vicinity of the campus. In 2018, another dormitory was built on Warburger Strasse.


In surveys and rankings in the field of computer science , as well as in English (teaching qualification), the university achieved several good to very good places. In the CHE - University Ranking of 2006, which in TIME has appeared -Studienführer which areas computer science and English (teaching) achieved top positions.

The CHE Ranking 2014 places the business administration faculty as well as the business informatics department in the top group of rated universities in all aspects assessed by students. The master’s courses of the Faculty of Business and Economics are characterized by a wide range of options and a research focus.

The business informatics division was able to achieve the top group for the third time in a row, in all categories. In 2008, the bachelor's and master's degree courses in business informatics again achieved good results in the CHE ranking. The Handelsblatt conducted a study in the field of business administration and ranked some professors from the University of Paderborn among the top 100 or 200 of the business economists in Germany. The University of Paderborn achieved good places in these areas in the Spiegel and Stern rankings . In the funding ranking of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2006, the university also achieved a top position in the field of electrical engineering, computer science and systems engineering. This also applies to the number of DFG grants per scientist in engineering.

In the CHE - University Ranking of 2014/15, the University achieved top places in the courses Economics and business computer science. Both in North Rhine-Westphalia and nationwide, the University of Paderborn joins the list of top universities in these areas.

In the Shanghai Ranking 2019, the University of Paderborn is one of the top 100 universities in mathematics.

See also


  • Elisabeth Fisch, Hartmut Vollmer (Ed.): Insights - Outlooks. 25 years at the University of Paderborn . Paderborn 1998.
  • Paderborn University Magazine (PUZ). News and reports from the University of Paderborn . Edited by the rector of the University of Paderborn. Paderborn, Volume 1 (1987) ff.

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Brief portrait of the university, August 2019 , accessed on August 13, 2019 (PDF; 4.1 MB)
  2. a b Brief portrait of the university, August 2019 , accessed on August 13, 2019 (PDF; 4 MB)
  3. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 7, 2019 .
  4. ^ CHE ranking 2006: Top position for Paderborn computer science. Retrieved April 25, 2014 .
  5. Overview of the history of the University of Paderborn ( Memento from October 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  6. DENIC eG press release of April 14, 2008 ( Memento of February 7, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  7. Big Brother Awards 2004, Category Regional: Laudation
  8. Senate of the University of Paderborn elected on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, University Council. Press release of the University of Paderborn, April 25, 2007.
  9. On-site report from ( Memento from July 10, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Award of an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn to Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Retrieved April 26, 2017 .
  11. MIN Dean's Office: Prof. em. Dr. Christiane Floyd receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Paderborn, October 30, 2017
  12. CDTF ( Memento of April 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  13. Library index BIX 2008: Results of the Paderborn University Library ( Memento from September 22, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  14. ^ Page of the Central Student Advisory Service with information on the range of courses
  15. cf. Site plan of the University of Paderborn , accessed on June 29, 2011
  16. University of Paderborn: Groundbreaking ceremony for new building "K" - construction measures cost a total of 21 million euros
  17. University of Paderborn: Extension and construction of a building for the chemistry of the University of Paderborn completed in record time of four months - plan fulfilled: “Christmas present” for the university
  18. University of Paderborn: Lecture hall and seminar building "L" inaugurated - contemporary rooms for study and teaching , accessed on October 31, 2016
  19. University of Paderborn: Former hardware store converted into the university building "Sport 2" - New seminar rooms and modern triple sports hall of the University of Paderborn officially inaugurated on October 19, 2012 , accessed on October 31, 2016
  20. University of Paderborn: Provision of a sports hall at the University of Paderborn for the emergency accommodation of refugees , accessed on October 31, 2016
  21. University of Paderborn: Reopening of the Mensa Forum , accessed on October 31, 2016
  22. "A building that is there for the students in a special way": The new learning and library center of the University of Paderborn opened. Retrieved August 12, 2019 .
  23. University of Paderborn: University of Paderborn erects new research building "Lightweight construction with hybrid materials" , accessed on October 31, 2016
  24. ^ University of Paderborn: honorary citizen of the University of Paderborn. December 16, 2010, archived from the original on April 5, 2013 ; Retrieved November 17, 2016 .
  25. University of Paderborn: Press release on the AStA Summer Festival 2008 , March 4, 2016.
  26. Election regulations of the student body of the University of Paderborn from April 30, 2020 .
  27. ^ The presentations of the AStA. AStA Paderborn, accessed on June 8, 2020 .
  28. See University of Paderborn , accessed in April 2009
  33. University of Paderborn / Business Informatics , accessed in April 2009
  34. Handelsblatt ranking: University business administration professors score points in the Handelsblatt business administration ranking, press release from the University of Paderborn , accessed on March 4, 2016
  35. German Research Foundation (DFG) presents fourth funding ranking for German universities: "... Paderborn is one of the greats in the field of electrical engineering, computer science and system technology ..." .
  36. ( Memento from July 27, 2014 in the Internet Archive )

Coordinates: 51 ° 42 ′ 29 ″  N , 8 ° 46 ′ 20 ″  E