University of Passau

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University of Passau
founding 1st January 1973
place Coat of arms Passau.svg Passau
state BavariaBavaria Bavaria
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Ulrich Bartosch
Students 12,323 (as of December 1, 2019)
Employee 1,159 (as of July 1, 2019)
Networks DFH

The University of Passau ( UP ) is the only university in the administrative region of Lower Bavaria based in Passau . According to the international Times Higher Education Ranking 2017, the university ranks between 200 and 250 in the list of the world's best universities. In the THE Young University Ranking 2019, the University of Passau achieved 16th place worldwide.


Nicholas Monastery

The university opened on October 9, 1978. Its prehistory can be traced back to 1622, when a college for the training of secular and religious clergy was attached to the grammar school founded by Prince Leopold V in 1612 . 1833 was a state lyceum established that in a 1923 philosophical-theological college was converted. With effect from August 1, 1978, the law to incorporate the philosophical-theological college in Passau as the Catholic-theological faculty in the University of Passau came into force. University operations began in the 1978/79 winter semester. 152 years after the University of Landshut was relocated to Munich, there was again a university in Lower Bavaria.

Structure of the university

The Empress Elisabeth Railway Bridge between the Philosophicum and the Faculty of Economics


The university is divided into four faculties :

Central facilities

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  • Graduate Center
  • sport Center
  • language Center
  • Transfer center
  • University library
  • Center for Information Technology and Media Management (ZIM)
  • Center for Teacher Education and Subject Didactics (ZLF)
  • Center for Careers and Skills (ZKK)

Research institutions

  • Center for European Law (CEP)
  • Computer Science Research Campus
  • Research center for IT law and network policy
  • Research Center for Legal Issues in University and Administrative Modernization (ReH..Mo)
  • Graduate Center
  • Institute for Applied Ethics in Business, Education and Training (ethik WAW)
  • Institute for Information Systems and Software Technology (IFIS)
  • Institute for Intercultural Communication at the University of Passau
  • Institute for International and Foreign Law
  • Institute for IT Security and Security Law (ISL)
  • Institute for Cultural Research in Eastern Bavaria and the Neighboring Regions (IKON)
  • Institute for Market and Economic Research, with the departments:
    • Center for Market Research
    • CenTouris, center for market-oriented tourism research
  • Institute for Private Financial Planning (IFP)
  • Institute for Legal Didactics
  • Institute for Software Systems in Technical Applications in Computer Science (FORWISS Passau)
  • sport Center
  • Center for training and subject didactics

Extended university management 2020

  • Student representation ( AStA / spokesperson council and student parliament):
    • Sophia Rockenmaier (Student Senator)
    • Sebastian Merkel (student representative JURF)
    • Julia Bruis (Department spokeswoman WWF)
    • Adriano Tornincasa (Student Representative PHILF)
    • Laura Heislmeier (FIM department spokeswoman)



Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics

The university in Passau is one of the smaller German universities; on March 28, 2018, 12,117 students were enrolled.

In the 2018 summer semester, the students and professorships were divided as follows:

Faculty Number of
Number of
Law Faculty 2,189 22nd
Faculty of Business and Economics 1,718 22nd
Philosophical Faculty 6,772 57
Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics 1,175 23
Total* 12,117 124
  • including 263 enrolled doctoral students

Course offer


Profile elements of the University of Passau are internationality, interdisciplinarity and practical orientation. This is shown above all by the international focus in many courses of study, the subject-specific foreign language training in law and economics, the cultural studies focus as well as the major fields of study at the intersection of computer science, economics and law (Internet Computing), from which the Institute for IT Security and Security Law emerges originated.

At the law faculty, the study of law can be studied for state examination. The university's own repertoire enjoys a very good reputation. For foreign lawyers, there is the Master's in German Law for Foreign Students ( LL.M. ). In addition, a master’s degree in European law (LL.M.) can be completed.

The Faculty of Business and Economics offers two bachelor's degree programs leading to a B.Sc. offered, Business Administration and Economics (BWL / VWL) and Information Systems (Business Computing) . Since 2008, it has been possible to complete the master’s courses in Business Administration ( M.Sc. ) and International Economics and Business ( MA ). In the winter of 2012, the postgraduate degrees were expanded to include the master's degree in business informatics (M.Sc.).

Nicholas Monastery courtyard

The Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics offers the degree courses Computer Science , Internet Computing , Mathematics and Mobile and Embedded Systems (MES) as Bachelor of Science . There is also the master’s degree in computer science, which leads to the academic degree Master of Science . The faculty regularly achieved outstanding results in university rankings - most recently in the 2009 CHE ranking.

The Philosophical Faculty offers teaching positions at primary, secondary and secondary schools as well as grammar schools and several Bachelor of Arts courses. The International Cultural and Business Studies and European Studies courses are mainly oriented towards a specific cultural area with social sciences and economics in various forms. Since the summer semester 2010, the University of Passau has been offering an eight-semester Bachelor's degree in European Studies Major, which includes a one-year study abroad. This course is funded by the DAAD as part of the Bachelor Plus program. Furthermore, can the media and communication studies , language and text sciences, political science and historical cultural sciences are studied. The University of Passau is a member of the MedienCampus Bayern , the umbrella organization for media education and training in Bavaria. The Philosophical Faculty also offers the model course for acquiring educational requirements for teaching at secondary schools, which concludes with a Bachelor of Education . Several Master of Arts courses can be completed: European Studies, International Cultural and Business Studies (various double degrees possible), History , Governance and Public Policy, Media and Communication, Geography : Culture , Environment and Tourism , North and Latin American Studies (MANoLAS), Text and Cultural Semiotics, Caritas Science and Russian and East Central European Studies . The master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies is offered entirely in English. The model course of studies in school education and upbringing processes concludes with the academic degree Master of Education .

In the course of the reconstruction of the Bavarian university landscape, this university has also been rededicated. In addition, the Free State of Bavaria and the Vatican have agreed to declare the Catholic Theological Faculty to be "dormant" for 15 years. The religious teacher training should, however, continue to be carried out at the current level. Several chairs, especially in the Faculty of Philosophy, are to serve a different subject in the future, including the Chair of Archeology in the Roman Provinces and the Chair of Philosophy. As a replacement for the latter, the chair for philosophy will be transferred from the Catholic Theological Faculty to the Philosophical Faculty. A professorship for secondary school pedagogy and didactics , which is unique in Germany , has already been filled. There was also a chair for communication science, two junior professorships (European politics and English studies ) and a chair for intercultural communication.

Campus and student life

IT center / International House

The university is located in the form of a closed campus on the Inn , with several other buildings (e.g. that of the former theological faculty) in the city center. In 2009 the Passau campus received the award “Germany's most beautiful campus” from UNICUM magazine. At the beginning, the university was only located in the south and west wings of the former Augustinian canons of St. Nikola . The monastery was built in 1070 under Bishop Altmann von Passau and also houses the mother house of the Teutonic Sisters and a kindergarten .

The campus buildings were built gradually after the university was founded. On April 6, 2006, the IT Center and International House was opened, which was financed with funds from the high-tech offensive of the Free State of Bavaria. a. houses the computer science research campus. It houses the university institutes IFIS (Institute for Information Systems and Software Technology), FORWISS (Institute for Software Systems in Technical Applications in Computer Science) and ISL (Institute for IT Security and Security Law). The most recent opening of the new center for media and communication took place on May 14, 2014, which, among other things, accommodates the state-of-the-art communication technology for studying communication sciences.


The Studentenwerk Niederbayern / Oberpfalz operates four dormitories outside the campus (Bräugasse, Donau-Schwaben-Straße, Leonhard-Paminger-Straße and Maierhofstraße) as well as a canteen and four cafeterias on campus.

The university library with its branch libraries of the legal, economic, philosophical and theological faculties as well as the faculties of computer science and mathematics has a stock of approx. 2 million volumes. In addition, the university has a sports center, u. a. with a 400 m plastic running track, a beach volleyball court, a golf practice area, a climbing rock, a cardio and fitness studio as well as a rowing and canoeing facility.

On November 17, 2009, as part of the nationwide student protests, as in other cities, the Audimax was occupied by students.

After a vote among all students in July 2012, a semester ticket was introduced in Passau for the 2013 summer semester . This includes all city ​​bus routes in Passau and costs 20 euros per semester. For the 2020 summer semester, the amount will increase to € 22.50.

Student groups

According to the university, there are around 70 student groups, some of which are financially supported by the university.

  • AEGEE Passau
  • Academic Chamber Orchestra (AKO) Passau
  • Amnesty International - University Group Passau
  • Literature Forum Working Group (ALF)
  • ArtUP e. V.
  • B! Hanseatia in Passau
  • Blank, campus magazine
  • bdvb (Federal Association of German Economists and Business Economists) HG Passau
  • Stock Exchange Forum Passau e. V.
  • Campus Crew - Uniradio
  • Cater - Campus Newspaper
  • Shaping opportunities - Changes Passau e. V.
  • Chinese Student Union (Passau)
  • Corps Budissa in the KSCV
  • Cusanuswerk - group of scholars
  • German-French Cultural Workshop (DFKW)
  • Discussions for a New Hispanic America (DHA)
  • Alumni association of the University of Passau
  • English Drama Group
  • European Law Students' Association (ELSA)
  • Evangelical student community
  • Friedrich Ebert Foundation - group of scholars
  • Global Marshall Plan University Group
  • GoverNET - Political Science Passau e. V.
  • Green university group
  • Group of independent students from all faculties (GuStaF)
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation - group of scholars
  • University group of the German-Israeli Society
  • IEEE Student Branch Passau
  • Impromenaden improvisational theater
  • INSTEAD e. V. (student management consultancy)
  • Young European Federalists Passau
  • Juso University Group
  • KDSt.V. Oeno-Danubia in the CV
  • K.St.V. Boiotro in KV
  • Catholic student community
  • kuwi network international e. V.
  • life-Unitiative Passau (love is for everyone - bischwuhettransexuelle Gruppe)
  • Leo Club Dreiflüssestadt Passau
  • LHG - Liberal University Group
  • Local committee Passau of the international student organization AIESEC
  • Magnifying glass e. V.
  • Model United Nations Society (MUN Society)
  • muestra university group (film festival)
  • onde - German-Italian student initiative
  • Passau Debating Union (Debating Club)
  • Passau Panthers - University group for gaming and e-sports
  • Passau Latin American Talks (PLA)
  • Passau Teacher Training Network (PalehrerNet)
  • Passau network of geography students
  • Passau student choir - choir of the KSG and ESG student communities
  • Passau Student Orchestra (PSO)
  • Pirate University Group
  • Pro.Fil project film practice
  • Project Southeast Asia (PSOA)
  • Regiothek
  • Ring of Christian Democratic Students (RCDS)
  • ROCK YOUR LIFE! Passau e. V. (RYL)
  • Rotaract Club Passau
  • Russia Research Group (RRG)
  • Security policy working group
  • sneep (student network for business and business ethics)
  • Socialist-Democratic Student Association (SDS Die Linke Passau)
  • Student legal advice from the University of Passau e. V.
  • Symposium Passau e. V.
  • Copywriters
  • Uni Big Band Passau
  • UNICEF university group
  • UP campus magazine
  • Turning point

Every summer semester , the students elect their student representatives , which consist of two senators, a student parliament and the student council representatives . These represent the position of the students in the university committees and organize various events.

Foreign relations

The university currently maintains exchange relationships with around 170 foreign universities. These include: Autonomous University of Barcelona , Texas A&M University , Universidad de Chile , Universidad del Salvador , Universiteit Leiden , University of Vienna , Catholic University of Portugal , Corvinus University of Budapest , University of Stockholm , University of Lund , Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble , Université Laval , Indian Institute of Technology Madras and The State University of management Moscow .

37% of the students (as of October 15, 2008) went to a partner university for at least one semester; thus the university took first place in Germany. In the years that followed, this number continued to rise as international relations expanded. Many international students also come to Passau. In October 2015, 985 students had a foreign passport.

Professors and graduates

Professors (selection)

Well-known emeriti

Graduates (selection)

A list of well-known graduates with their own Wikipedia entry can be found in the category: Graduate of the University of Passau .

See also

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. a b Patricia Mindl: Numbers - Data - Facts. University of Passau, December 1, 2019, accessed on February 11, 2020 .
  2. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 7, 2019 .
  3. The World University Rankings: Best universities in Germany 2019
  4. Passauer Neue Presse: New university ranking: Uni Passau in second place in Germany. Retrieved January 14, 2020 .
  5. ^ Dean's office - University of Passau. In: Retrieved April 12, 2020 .
  6. ^ Faculty Board - University of Passau. In: Retrieved April 12, 2020 .
  7. ^ Faculty Board - University of Passau. Retrieved April 12, 2020 .
  9. accessed on April 11, 2014.
  10. ^ University management - University of Passau. In: Retrieved April 12, 2020 .
  11. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bartosch is the new President of the University of Passau - University of Passau. Retrieved April 12, 2020 .
  12. Extended University Management - University of Passau. Retrieved April 12, 2020 .
  13. Ulrich Bartosch becomes the new President of the University of Passau - University of Passau. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  14. Figures - data - facts - University of Passau. Retrieved August 24, 2018 .
  15. Bachelor's degree in mathematics
  16. ^ Zeit CHE Ranking 2009
  17. Bachelor's degree in European Studies at the University of Passau
  18. Bachelor's degree in European Studies Major at the University of Passau
  19. Model course Bachelor of Education
  20. Master European Studies
  21. MANoLAS
  22. ^ Text and cultural semiotics
  23. Master Russian and East Central European Studies .
  24. Model Master of Education course ( Memento from December 12, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  25. The ZMK. October 8, 2019, accessed January 14, 2020 .
  26. University library
  27. “Voting results on the semester ticket , July 16, 2012, accessed on April 6, 2013.
  28. Student groups at the University of Passau
  29. Electoral Office - University of Passau. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  30. Archived copy ( Memento of February 8, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  31. 17. Social survey by the German Student Union
  32. New record PNP, from September 30, 2015

Coordinates: 48 ° 34 ′ 6 ″  N , 13 ° 27 ′ 12 ″  E