University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
motto Learning and Labor
founding 1867
Sponsorship state
place Urbana and Champaign , United States
Chancellor Phillis Wise
Students 41,495
Employee 8,085
including professors 2,971
Foundation assets US $ 2.197 billion (2008)
University sports Big Ten Conference
Networks Association of American Universities
UIUC, Main Quad, and Illinois Union campuses
Alma Mater statue of the UIUC

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (also called UIUC or U of I ) is a state university located in Urbana and Champaign in the US state of Illinois . The campus is located on the border between the two cities. Founded in 1867 , over 40,000 students are currently enrolled. The college is the most important location of the University of Illinois and is one of the best state colleges in the USA , a so-called Public Ivy . She is also a member of the Association of American Universities, an association of leading American research universities. The university has its own airport, Willard Airport .


The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has the largest public university library in the United States with over 13 million books . The library owns 22 million individual items, and the online catalog has more than a million hits worldwide every day. An extension to the library was placed underground; According to a modern legend (“urban legend”) this was done so that the oldest experimental field in agricultural research, Morrow Field, where the current experiment has lasted for over a hundred years, would not be overshadowed.


The university is home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, NCSA , among others . For example, the Mosaic browser, which laid the foundations for today's browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, the Apache HTTP server and the NCSA Telnet were created. In cooperation with IBM and the National Science Foundation , work was carried out to build what was then the fastest supercomputer in the world. This is called "Blue Waters" and is able to perform one quadrillion calculations per second.

Two new research and teaching facilities have recently opened on campus: the Siebel Center for Computer Science (2004) and the Institute for Genomic Biology (2006).

As part of his "Five Campus Tour" ( Harvard University , MIT , Cornell University , Carnegie-Mellon University, and University of Illinois) entitled "Software Breakthroughs: Solving the Toughest Problems in Computer Science," Bill Gates stated on February 24, 2004, Microsoft recruits more University of Illinois graduates than any other higher education institution in the world.

Alumnus William M. Holt, a senior vice president of Intel , also stated in his speech "R&D to Deliver Practical Results: Extending Moore's Law" to undergraduate students on September 27, 2007 that Intel is hiring more PhD students at the University of Illinois than from any other US university.

The electrical engineering faculty also enjoys a worldwide reputation as the birthplace of the first light-emitting diode ( LED ). The semiconductor technology has been researched intensively here in the 1950s and 1960s, and were several Nobel laureates and are active in teaching and research at UIUC.

In 2007, the university-run Institute for Condensed Matter Theory (ICMT) opened, headed by Paul Goldbart as director and Anthony Leggett as lead researcher . The ICMT is currently located in the Engineering Science Building on campus.


The sports teams of the UIUC are the Fighting Umgebung . The university is a member of the Big 10 Conference .


According to the international ranking of the “Institute of Higher Education” of Shanghai Jiao Tong University , the University of Illinois ranks 25th in the list of the best universities in the world. According to the “Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields”, which was also carried out by the Institute of Higher Education in 2008, Illinois is the third best university in the world in the fields of engineering / technology and computer sciences, after MIT and Stanford University .


University of Illinois alumni have founded numerous internationally renowned companies such as Netscape Communications , AMD , PayPal , Oracle Corporation , Siebel Systems , Lotus Software , YouTube and designed buildings such as the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center .



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Literature, art, culture and media


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Web links

Commons : University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign  - Collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ University of Illinois Foundation - Financials - Endowment Market Value Details ( Memento June 22, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ The Nation's Largest Libraries , on the American Library Association website (December 2006) (accessed March 17)
  3. "National Science Board Approves Funds for Petascale Computing Systems" . Retrieved August 24, 2007.
  4. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign February 24, 2004 ( Memento of May 11, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Bill Gates Speaks to UI Students ( Memento of October 16, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  6. R&D to Deliver Practical Results: Extending Moore's Law ( Memento of October 16, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  7. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2007 . Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. July 31, 2007. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2007.
  8. ^ Academic Rankings of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields - 2007 . Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. January 31, 2007. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2007.
  9. Prominent Alumni ( Memento from December 11, 2008 in the Internet Archive )

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