University of Lübeck

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University of Lübeck
motto In focus life
founding 1964
Sponsorship Foundation under public law
place Lübeck
state Schleswig-Holstein
country Germany
President Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach
Students 4945 (WS 2018/19)
Employee 763 (university) + 1,742 (clinic) (2018, without student assistants)
including professors 150 (2018)
Annual budget € 80.8 million (2018)
Networks Association of North German Universities

The University of Lübeck is a German university in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck , which was established in 1964 as the second medical faculty of the University of Kiel . The university campus is located south of the city in the St. Jürgen district . Some institutes are located off campus in Lübeck's old town .

The Lübeck Medical Academy was founded in 1964 . In 1973, this independent scientific university, initially under the name of Lübeck Medical University , since 1985 as Lübeck Medical University . The university was given its current name in 2002.

The university has been organized as a foundation university since 2015 .

Over 5,000 students are enrolled at the university. There are 150 professors and 100 private lecturers. The University Hospital Luebeck was with the University Hospital in 2003 Kiel to University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein and the second largest university hospital in Germany together. With over 5,300 employees, the university and the clinic are among the largest employers in the Lübeck region .

Sections and courses

The university is divided into the sections medicine, computer science / technology and natural sciences and offers the following courses:

  • Biophysics (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Entrepreneurship in Digital Technologies (M.Sc.)
  • Occupational Therapy / Speech Therapy (B.Sc.)
  • Health and Supply Sciences (M.Sc.)
  • Midwifery Science (B.Sc.)
  • Hearing Acoustics and Audiological Technology (M.Sc., in cooperation with the TH-Lübeck)
  • Human medicine (state examination)
  • Infection Biology (M.Sc.)
  • Computer Science (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • IT security (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Mathematics in Medicine and Life Sciences (B.Sc. and M.Sc., formerly Computational Life Science)
  • Media Informatics (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Medical Nutritional Science (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Medical Informatics (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Medical engineering (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Molecular Life Science (B.Sc. and M.Sc., formerly Molecular Biotechnology)
  • Nursing (B.Sc.)
  • Physiotherapy (B.Sc.)
  • Psychology (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)

Further courses are:

  • The Graduate School for Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering (M.Sc., in cooperation with the TH-Lübeck)
  • Distance learning "Historic City"

There are currently 16 institutes in the IT / Technology section; 11 further institutes in the natural sciences section, including the humanities institute for the history of medicine and science research. The medicine section includes 45 institutes / clinics.

At the university there is a center for distance learning and further education in cooperation with the Hagen Distance Learning University . The Studium Generale and the Sunday lectures are also aimed at non-students. The Lübeck Literary Colloquium , founded at the suggestion of Günter Grass and with his support, offers regular poetry readings and seminars on literature.

Scientific focus

The university with the Lübeck University Hospital is the main initiator and scientific project partner in the Center of Excellence in Medical Technology (CEMET) Schleswig-Holstein and the center for research into the genetic causes of cardiovascular diseases within the framework of the National Genome Research Network. The nationally and internationally recognized research focuses of the university include in particular the special research areas 367 (Molecular Mechanisms of Inflammatory and Degenerative Processes) and 470 (Glycostructures in Biosystems - Representation and Effect), as well as clinical research groups on neuroendocrinology and intersexuality, supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) .

As part of the excellence initiative , the university was recognized with the Graduate School for Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences in 2007 and has since received sustained funding. This Graduate School Lübeck trains doctoral students in the field of computer science in medicine and in the life sciences.

The University of Lübeck has been part of the Inflammation Research Excellence Cluster since 2007 together with the Borstel Research Center , the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel , the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Bad Bramstedt Rheumatism Clinic involved. In the “Inflammation Research Excellence Cluster”, special centers for inflammation medicine were founded in Lübeck and Kiel.

In addition, the university works closely with the Institute for Cancer Epidemiology and is involved in the Association of North German Universities to improve teaching and research.

Research projects in the humanities at the university are bundled in a separate profile area “Cultural Studies and Knowledge Cultures”. The Center for Cultural Studies Research Lübeck (ZKFL), which emerged from this context, has been promoting cultural studies research and exhibition projects since 2010 in a partnership between university institutes and municipal institutions.

The Institute for Medical History and Science Research has the prestigious library of the Medical Association of Lübeck on permanent loan .


Tower building of the University of Lübeck

The Strecknitz sanatorium was opened in 1912, the foundation stone was laid in 1909. During the Nazi era, 605 psychiatric patients were deported from the sanatorium to Eichberg in Hesse as part of the “Fire Action” . In 1983 a memorial stone was erected on the clinic premises. After 1945 the facility was the City Hospital East .

On November 3, 1964, the Lübeck Medical Academy (MAL, also the 2nd Medical Faculty of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel) emerged from the campus , at which 14 students began their studies in the clinical section of the human medicine course in the first year. In 1965, the city of Lübeck awarded the academy the Lübsche city seal from 1226. It is still the seal of the university in a modified form. During this time, teaching was still divided between the East and South Hospital.

From 1964, Johannes Eichler (1920–1998), who received the first chair for anesthesiology in Schleswig-Holstein in Lübeck (at the location of Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel ) , set up the central anesthesia department of the Medical Academy. Since some chairs were vacant, students had to go to Kiel for some exams. In 1973 the academy was promoted to the Medical University of Lübeck (MHL) and thus independent of the University of Kiel.

Poster from the AStA of the University of Lübeck

In 1985 the name was changed to Medical University of Lübeck (MUL) and in 2002 to University of Lübeck .

After plans by the state government in autumn 2005 to merge the universities of Kiel and Lübeck to form the State University of Schleswig-Holstein, protests with over 4,000 demonstrators broke out in Lübeck. This enabled the plans to be averted.

One of the moves of the Star March on July 1, 2010
Protest banners at the Holsten Gate

In May 2010, the Kiel state government planned to close the medical faculty for cost reasons. The plans were to expire the courses from the 2011/2012 winter semester and relocate to Kiel University . The result was an exodus of professors, especially from research. The closure of the medical course met with fierce criticism from the public, science, politics and even within the CDU .

The protest action Lübeck fights, largely organized by the AStA of the university, took place . In June 2010, 14,000 people demonstrated in Kiel against the closure of the faculty, it was the largest demonstration in Kiel in the history of Schleswig-Holstein. In July 2010, the continuation of medical training in Lübeck could be ensured by the fact that the federal government promised financial contributions as part of a change of sponsor of the Kiel Institute for Marine Research in the amount of the savings to be expected when the Lübeck medical faculty was closed, on condition that the medical ones are retained Faculty Lübeck.

Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Research, Königstrasse 42
Until 2012: Aninstitut International School of New Media in the Media Docks

In 2010, Aktion Lübeck fights was awarded the “Politics Award” in the category “Campaigns by public institutions”, which has been awarded by the magazine “ Politik & Kommunikation” since 2003.

The University of Lübeck has been a foundation university since 2015 .

Rectors or Presidents

  • 1973–1975: Friedhelm Oberheuser (1928–2014)
  • 1975–1987: Erhard D. Klinke
  • 1987–1989: Peter C. Scriba (* 1935)
  • 1990–1996: Wolfgang Henkel (1931–2014)
  • 1996–1999: Wolfgang Kühnel (1934–2015)
  • 1999–2002: Hans Arnold (* 1938)
  • 2002–2005: Alfred Trautwein (1940–2019)
  • 2005–2014: Peter Dominiak (* 1947)
  • 2014–2017: Hendrik Lehnert (* 1954)
  • since 2018: Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach (* 1953)


The university maintains university partnerships with:

Further partnerships with European universities are also maintained through the Erasmus program .

The managing director of the LADR laboratory network Dr. Kramer & Kollegen holds an adjunct professorship for internal medicine .

See also


  • Meinolfus Strätling, A. Schneeweiß, Peter Schmucker: Medical University of Lübeck: Clinic for anesthesiology. In: Jürgen Schüttler (Ed.): 50 Years of the German Society for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine: Tradition and Innovation. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 2003, ISBN 3-540-00057-7 , pp. 479-486.

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. University of Lübeck → University → Academic Structure → Presidium → President. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  2. Annual balance sheet 2018 of the University of Lübeck from January 31, 2019 (PDF)
  3. a b c University key figures
  4. Studies: University of Lübeck - Studying with perspective
  5. ^ University of Lübeck: Institutes and clinics of the university. Retrieved September 4, 2019 .
  6. Center of Excellence in Medical Technology (CEMET)
  7. SFB 367 - "Molecular Mechanisms of Inflammatory and Degenerative Processes" ( Memento from August 3, 2004 in the Internet Archive )
  8. SFB 470 "Glycostructures in Biosystems - Representation and Effect"
  9. ^ Graduate School Lübeck
  10. Cluster of Excellence Inflammation Research
  11. ^ Institute for Cancer Epidemiology eV at the University of Lübeck. Retrieved August 12, 2019 .
  12. Website of the profile area "Cultural Studies and Knowledge Cultures"
  13. website ZKFL
  14. ^ M. Strätling, A. Schneeweiß, Peter Schmucker: Medical University of Lübeck: Clinic for Anesthesiology. 2003, pp. 479-481.
  15. 100 years of campus history: About life at the University of Lübeck. Part 2: From academy to college to university. In: StudentenPACK. Edition: April 2009, p. 12ff. (on-line)
  16. University of Lübeck: Excellent, but not affordable. In: The time. No. 23 (2010).
  17. ^ Christoph Titz: Saving education - University of Lübeck before the end. On: Spiegel online. May 28, 2010.
  19. Frank Pergande: The fear of losing an industry of the future In: FAZ.Net from June 24, 2010
  20. Quirin Schiermeier: German states wield the ax. In: Nature. 465, 996 (2010). (on-line)
  21. Wolfram Hammer: "Lübeck has no lobby in Kiel!" ( Memento from May 31, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) On: May 28, 2010.
  22. ^ University of Lübeck: Schavan wants to save the medical course. On: June 16, 2010.
  23. site
  24. University of Lübeck: A city sees yellow. In: The time. No. 29 (2010). (on-line)
  25. The yellow power from Lübeck. ( Memento from July 22, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) On: June 17, 2010.
  26. Rescued medical training at Lübeck University. ( Memento from September 20, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) On: July 8, 2010.
  27. Michael Hollinde: Lübeck University is happy about the award from Berlin . In: Lübecker Nachrichten of November 26, 2010, p. 18
  29. ^ APL professorships: University of Lübeck

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