University of Kansas

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The University of Kansas (also called KU or Kansas ) is a state university in Lawrence in the east of the US state of Kansas . With 28,447 students enrolled in 2017, it is the largest college in Kansas. In addition to the main campus in Lawrence, there is a university hospital in Kansas City, Kansas , a branch in Overland Park (near Kansas City ), research institutes in Parsons and Topeka, and a branch of the medical school in Wichita . The university includes the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art . The university is a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900.

KU runs a very successful international student exchange program and was awarded the Paul Simon Award for Internationalization in 2005. 20 percent of the students who acquire an advanced degree at KU also studied abroad during their time at KU. More than 1,600 international students from 110 countries study, teach or research at KU. 28 languages ​​are taught. KU is ranked 23rd out of more than 200 major colleges and universities for the number of students who are members of the Peace Corps .

The campanile on the University of Kansas campus, which serves as a memorial to those who fell in World War II


The Lawrence campus in 1908

The university was founded in 1865 and was the first university in the United States to introduce sociology in 1890 . The KU chemistry professors Hamilton Cady and David McFarland were the first to demonstrate in 1905 that large amounts of helium existed on earth (helium was previously considered to be rare or nonexistent). One of the best-known professors of German origin at KU was the painter Albert Bloch , who had been a member of the German painter group Blauer Reiter for many years in Germany (1908–1921) . From 1923 to 1947 he was Dean ( Department Chair ) of the Institute for Painting and Drawing. The campus radio KJHK has been operated by students since 1952. The current chancellor of the university has been Bernadette Gray-Little since 2009.

On her world tour in 1927, described in the work All Around. Adventure of a world tour , Klaus Mann and his sister Erika visited the University of Kansas, where they gave some lectures.

The university's mascot is the Jayhawk , a non-real bird that is a mixture of two birds of prey, namely a hawk or hawk (English "hawk") and the jay (English "jay"). The mascot refers to the Jayhawkers , militias and guerrilla fighters, or sometimes simply gangs of robbers, who raided Kansas and neighboring states during the Territorial Era (" Bleeding Kansas ") and the war of civil secession and fought against advocates of slavery and supporters of the Confederation .

Course offer

University of Kansas main building ( Strong Hall ) with Jayhawk statue

The range of courses includes:

  • Architecture and urban design
  • Teacher Training for English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Humanities
  • Health sciences
  • Engineering
  • Journalism and mass communication
  • art
  • medicine
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • pedagogy
  • pharmacy
  • Physics and astronomy
  • Care (nursing)
  • law Sciences
  • Social affairs
  • Economics
  • Social sciences

There is a partnership with Kanagawa University in Yokohama and Hiratsuka (Kanagawa), Japan.

German-American Studies

At the University of Kansas since 1968, a Center for German-American Studies ( Max Kade Center for German American Studies ) at home, from the Max Kade funded Foundation and the Institute for German Studies ( Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures ) care becomes. The institute is home to a library for exile studies and the following projects:


The University of Kansas basketball arena, Allen Field House , named after legendary coach Phog Allen

The traditional strength of the KU is basketball , which was introduced here by its founder James Naismith at the end of the 19th century . The sports teams of the KU are the Kansas Jayhawks . The university is a member of the Big 12 Conference , a league of 12 universities in the central United States. In 2008, the Kansas Jayhawks were national champions in college basketball for the fifth time (1952 and 1988 in the NCAA college league , before that in 1922 and 1923 in the Helms National Championship ). The football team had the most victories in university history in 2008, winning the Orange Bowl .

Well-known professors

Well-known graduates

Individual evidence

  1. About KU • The University of Kansas ( English ). Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  2. Jayhawk • Traditions • About KU • The University of Kansas ( English ). Retrieved January 4, 2018.

Web links

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Coordinates: 38 ° 57 ′ 13 ″  N , 95 ° 15 ′ 36 ″  W.