Ulm University

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Ulm University
motto Sciendo - Docendo - Curando
founding 1967
Sponsorship state
place Coat of arms of Ulm, svg Ulm
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Michael Weber
Students 10,284 WS 2019/20
Employee 3,540
including professors 227
Annual budget € 357.9 million (2018)
Third-party funding: € 105.4 million
Website www.uni-ulm.de

The University of Ulm was founded in 1967 as the "Medical and Natural Science University Ulm" and is the youngest university in Baden-Württemberg. The university has around 10,000 students for the 2019/20 winter semester. In the course of its internationality, it offers all its students language training ( UNIcert ) with various languages ​​and subject areas. The university is known for its close cooperation with companies that are based around the university in a science city .


Ulm University: Niki de Saint Phalle "The poet and his muse" (1978)

After the Science Council had called for new universities to be founded in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1959, the “Ulm University Working Group” was founded on June 8, 1960. After the Ministry of Culture planned a Medical Academy for Ulm in 1962 , the working group tried to expand it to become a medical and natural science university . The founding committee for the university, chaired by Ludwig Heilmeyer , was set up on March 21, 1964. On February 25, 1967, the official founding ceremony of the Medical and Natural Sciences University of Ulm took place. In December 1967, the university was named University of Ulm (Medical and Natural Science University) by the state government of Baden-Württemberg: It received the name and rank of a university .

Ulm University, main building from the south

On July 14, 1969, the foundation stone for the new buildings on the Obere Eselsberg was laid. Teaching was gradually started: in the winter semester 1969/70 in the subjects preclinical medicine and physics , in the winter semester 1970/71 mathematics , in the winter semester 1971/72 chemistry , in the summer semester 1972 clinical medicine, in the winter semester 1973/74 biology , in the winter semester 1977 / 78 Business Mathematics , in the winter semester 1982/83 dentistry , in the winter semester 1998/99 economic physics, in the winter semester 1999/2000 economics and in the winter semester 2000/2001 business chemistry . Following the approval of the state government's expansion plans by the Science Council, teaching in the subjects of electrical engineering and computer science began in the 1989/90 winter semester . In 1990 construction began on new buildings for engineering, the so-called University West. The architecture was developed by Otto Steidle , the landscape architecture comes from Latz + Partner.

In 2014 and 2015, Ulm University received the title of best young university in Germany in the THE 100 Under 50 ranking of the British magazine Times Higher Education . It ranks 15th worldwide among 100 universities founded less than 50 years ago. In the World University Ranking , which was published in 2016 under the auspices of the University of Oxford , the University of Ulm reached 135th place worldwide, and 13th among the 108 German universities.

Research priorities

The main research areas are:

  • Trauma research: understanding, treating and avoiding physical and psychological trauma, the field of work is divided into medical trauma research and psychotraumatology
  • Aging research and age-related diseases: Research into the molecular mechanisms of degenerative aging processes and the development of "age-related" diseases
  • Quantum Science and Technology: Investigation of quantum physical phenomena in theory and experiment
  • Energy storage and conversion: Development of new and environmentally friendly batteries and fuel cells
  • Human-machine interaction : Development of intelligent, user-friendly technical systems, so-called companions , by an interdisciplinary research group made up of engineers, computer scientists and psychologists
  • Financial services and their mathematical methodology: Investigation and development of complex methods and tools for the control and management of financial markets and financial institutions according to basic market principles

As part of the excellence strategy of the federal government and the states ( excellence initiative ), the International Graduate School for Molecular Medicine Ulm (IGradU) was funded in 2007 in the funding line "Graduate Schools". In 2018, the joint research project “Energy storage beyond lithium - new storage concepts for a sustainable future” of the University of Ulm and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) from 2019 to 2025 was selected for funding in the “Cluster of Excellence” funding line.

List of DFG- funded Collaborative Research Centers (SFB) with participation from Ulm University
No. Surname Beginning The End
SFB 87 biosynthesis 1971 1985
SFB 112 Cell system physiology 1973 1985
SFB 129 Psychotherapeutic processes 1980 ?
SFB 239 Molecular and Colloidal Organization of Oligomers and Polymers 1988 1998
SFB 322 Lymphohemopoiesis 1986 1997
SFB 451 Lesion and repair on the cardiovascular system 1999 2008
SFB 497 Signals and signal processing in cellular differentiation 2000 2011
SFB 518 Inflammation, regeneration and transformation in the pancreas 1998 2010
SFB 569 Hierarchical structure formation and function of organic-inorganic nanosystems 2001 2012
SFB / Transregio 21 CO.CO.MAT - Controlled Interaction in Tailored Quantum Matter since 2005
SFB / Transregio 62 A companion technology for cognitive technical systems 2009 2016
SFB 1074 Experimental models and clinical translation in leukemia since 2012
SFB 1149 Danger response, disruptive factors and regenerative potential after acute trauma since 2014
SFB 1279 Exploiting the human peptidome for the development of new antimicrobial and anti-cancer therapeutics since 2017
SFB / Transregio 234 Light-Driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials: Synthesis and Mechanistic Studies since 2018


International Office

The university maintains numerous relationships and exchange programs with partner universities in and outside of Europe. The International Office advises and supports foreign students and is the contact point for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Fulbright Commission and the British Council . The other tasks of the International Office include:

  • advising German students, graduates and doctoral candidates on all issues relating to the organization of studying abroad
  • information on scholarship opportunities for studying abroad and corresponding exchange programs
  • the promotion of the establishment of subject-related university cooperation programs of the European Union (Lifelong Learning Program / ERASMUS and TEMPUS)
  • Supervising international university partnerships and exchange programs at Ulm University
  • Advice on studying for refugees

German University in Cairo

Together with the University of Stuttgart , the university is the sponsoring school of the German University in Cairo . At this private university, courses based on the German model began in October 2003. In the project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service , the Federal Ministry of Education and Research , the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft , the curricula were developed at the German partner universities and adapted to the conditions in Egypt . Likewise, the link between teaching and research typical of the German university is established, which is also promoted by the equal representation of lecturers from Germany and Egypt. The University of Ulm coordinates here, among other things. a. the application process.

International English-language master's programs

The university offers twelve English-language Master’s degree programs aimed at German and international students: Advanced Materials, Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Engineering, Communications Technology, Cognitive Systems, Energy Science and Technology, Finance, Master Online Advanced Oncology, Molecular Medicine, Molecular and Translational Neuroscience and Physics. These courses, which are mostly attended by international students, contribute significantly to the internationality of the university, but are also a major challenge in the area of ​​integrating international students.

President of the University


Central scientific institutions

Department of Humanities

Since Ulm University does not have a humanities faculty, research and teaching in the field of philosophy , languages, philology , interdisciplinary key qualifications , cultural studies and general academic further education are combined in a cross-faculty department for humanities. The department includes the following facilities at Ulm University:

Other facilities

  • Central facility electron microscopy
  • Institute for Molecular Medicine
  • International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm
  • School of Advanced Professional Studies

Central operating facilities

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of Ulm University was founded in 1981 and is one of the largest botanical gardens in Germany with an area of ​​around 28 hectares. It borders the campus to the south-east and extends over parts of the Eselsberg and the Lehrer valley. The botanical garden includes several greenhouses (mountain and lowland rainforest), the new apothecary garden , the green classroom and, since the summer of 2013, a beer garden at the Botanicum . Admission for students is free.

Communication and information center

The communication and information center (kiz) is the university's central service provider for library, IT and media services at Ulm University. In 2002, the kiz emerged from the previously independent central facilities library, computer center, headquarters for photo, graphics and reproduction, voice communication and media technology.

Other facilities

  • Animal Research Center
  • Scientific workshop electronics
  • Scientific workshop precision engineering
Ulm University Hospital, Center for Surgery

University Hospital

The Ulm University Hospital provides direct and indirect health care as well as - in close cooperation with the Medical Faculty - the training of students in human medicine, dentistry and molecular medicine. The clinic comprises 29 clinics with around 1,100 beds and 13 institutes and employs around 6,000 people. Around 43,000 patients are treated annually. A main focus of the Ulm University Hospital is the treatment and research of tumor diseases. The Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm (CCCU ) set up for this purpose has a far supra-regional catchment area.

Conference and meeting places

Science Center Schloss Reisensburg

Villa Eberhardt on the Safranberg in Ulm

The Science Center Schloss Reisensburg is a meeting and conference center of the University of Ulm near Günzburg . The management is subordinate to the former Medical Director of the Clinic for Internal Medicine II at the Ulm University Hospital, Prof. Dr. Vincent Hombach. The building can also be used for external events and companies. The castle has belonged to the university since 1997.

Reisensburg Castle is secluded on an idyllic hill near Günzburg. As a dependent foundation in the corporate assets of Ulm University, it promotes scientific cooperation at regional, national and international level, cooperation between university and non-university institutions, knowledge transfer in education, further training and further education, the dialogue between science, business, politics and administration .

Villa Eberhardt

The Villa Eberhardt, the former residence of the Ulm industrialists family Eberhardt on the Safranberg, was given to the University by the city of Ulm on its 20th anniversary in 1987 and serves as a scientific meeting place and guest house of the University of Ulm. A large knight's hall is located on the ground floor and can be booked for events and conferences; Offices and seminar rooms are located on the first floor and several guest rooms on the second floor.

Study and teaching


The largest admission-restricted courses in terms of number of places per year include the course medicine (325), the bachelor’s courses in economics (200) and psychology (150), and the master’s courses in economics (125) and psychology (102).

Degree programs at Ulm University
Engineering, information and psychology Mathematics and Economics medicine Natural sciences
Information system technology (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Economics (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / teaching degree) Human medicine (state examination) Biology (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / teaching degree)
Electrical engineering (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Business Mathematics (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Dentistry (state examination) Biochemistry (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / teaching degree)
Computer science (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / teaching degree) Mathematics (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / teaching degree) Molecular Medicine (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / PhD) Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc.)
Media Informatics (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Mathematical Biometry (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Molecular and Translational Neuroscience (M.Sc., English speaking) Industrial Biotechnology (M.Sc.)
Software Engineering (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Computational Science and Engineering (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Advanced Oncology (M.Sc., English speaking, part-time) Chemistry (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / teaching degree)
Psychology (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) Finance (M.Sc., English speaking) Business Chemistry (B.Sc. / M.Sc.)
Cognitive Systems (M.Sc., English speaking) Sustainable Management (M.Sc.) Chemical engineering (B.Sc. / M.Sc.)
Communications Technology (M.Sc., English speaking) Innovation and Science Management (M.Sc., part-time) Energy Science and Technology (M.Sc., English speaking)
Sensor system technology (MSc, part-time) Actuarial Sciences (M.Sc., part-time) Physics (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / teaching degree)
Business Physics (B.Sc. / M.Sc.)
Biophysics (M.Sc., English speaking)
Advanced Materials (M.Sc., English speaking)

Student self-administration

Student parliament

With the reintroduction of the constituted student body in Baden-Württemberg in 2012, a new student parliament (StuPa) was established at Ulm University . Together with the student executive, the student council and the student councils, the StuPa forms the student representative body (StuVe). The student parliament takes important decisions for the student body and determines the guidelines for representing their interests vis-à-vis the university.

The StuPa is made up of ten members elected by the student body, the two student members of the Senate and six representatives of the student council.

Student council and student councils

The student council consists of a total of 24 elected student members, six representatives per faculty. The task is to coordinate the work of the student councils and to represent their interests in the student parliament. To this end, the FSR sends six representatives to the StuPa.

The student councils represent the students at the level of the degree programs. Among other things, they carry out the introductory semester courses (ESE) at the beginning of a new semester. There are currently twelve student councils at Ulm University:

College groups

The university groups (HSG) participate in the representation of interests and the formation of opinions of the students as well as in the organization of everyday student life , without being officially part of the student body .


The campus is located on the 620 m high Upper Eselsberg. This makes Ulm University the highest university in Germany. In the middle of the campus, the Swabian Albverein , in cooperation with the German St. Jakobus Society , led and marked the Franconian-Swabian Way of St. James , which ultimately leads as a pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

See also

Web links

Commons : Ulm University  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. New President for Ulm University Professor Michael Weber elected in the first ballot
  2. a b Statistics 1: Overall statistics (head statistics) (accessed on May 25, 2020)
  3. Annual report of the University of Ulm 2018. (PDF) Retrieved on July 29, 2020 .
  4. Seal of approval confirmed - Ulm University remains the best young university in Germany. In: www.uni-ulm.de. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016 ; accessed on May 1, 2016 .
  5. Augsburger Allgemeine: Uni Ulm in 135th place worldwide. Retrieved September 24, 2016 .
  6. ↑ Main research areas. In: www.uni-ulm.de. Retrieved August 17, 2016 .
  7. a b University of Ulm: Leader in trauma research. In: www.uni-ulm.de. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016 ; accessed on August 17, 2016 .
  8. Understand, treat and help avoid psychological traumas. In: www.uni-ulm.de. September 29, 2015, archived from the original on August 18, 2016 ; accessed on August 17, 2016 .
  9. Molecular Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Associated Diseases. In: www.uni-ulm.de. February 22, 2016, archived from the original on August 17, 2016 ; accessed on August 17, 2016 .
  10. Quantum Science and Technology. In: www.uni-ulm.de. February 10, 2016, archived from the original on August 17, 2016 ; accessed on August 17, 2016 .
  11. Electrochemistry with tradition and future - Ulm's contribution to the energy transition and electromobility. In: www.uni-ulm.de. October 1, 2015, archived from the original on August 17, 2016 ; accessed on August 17, 2016 .
  12. a b Cognitive systems and human-machine interaction. In: www.uni-ulm.de. October 13, 2015, archived from the original on August 17, 2016 ; accessed on August 17, 2016 .
  13. Financial services and their mathematical methodology. In: www.uni-ulm.de. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016 ; accessed on August 17, 2016 .
  14. International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm (IGradU)
  15. ^ DFG list of funded graduate schools
  16. Success in the Excellence Strategy. Ulm University receives cluster in the field of battery research
  17. DFG list of the EXC
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  19. Made-to-measure microstructure - further funding for the Collaborative Research Center 239 . In: Peter Pietschmann (Ed.): Uni Ulm intern . tape 26 , no. 203 , February 1996, p. 44 , doi : 10.18725 / OPARU-232 .
  20. List of ongoing collaborative research centers. German Research Foundation, accessed on September 13, 2016 .
  21. List of ongoing collaborative research centers. German Research Foundation, accessed on October 15, 2018 .
  22. DFG funds 14 new special research areas. German Research Foundation, May 18, 2018, accessed on May 18, 2018 . New SFB: Great success for Ulm and Jena - sustainable energy converters based on nature's example. Ulm University, May 18, 2018, accessed on May 18, 2018 . Using light to produce high-energy chemicals. University of Jena, May 18, 2018, accessed on May 18, 2018 .
  23. Ulm University courses
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  27. ZZVO Universities 2019/20. landesrecht-bw.de, November 2019, accessed on November 10, 2019 .
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  30. The Schwaben Radio Spatzenspiel. Ulm: Which university is the highest in Germany? SWR4 Baden-Württemberg, January 20, 2011, accessed on January 11, 2016 .
  31. ^ Franconian St. Jakobus Society Würzburg eV - Würzburg to Ulm (Franconian-Swabian Way of St. James). Retrieved July 3, 2018 .

Coordinates: 48 ° 25 ′ 19.5 ″  N , 9 ° 57 ′ 13.6 ″  E