Heidelberg University

Coordinates: 49°24′37″N 8°42′23″E / 49.41028°N 8.70639°E / 49.41028; 8.70639
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Heidelberg University
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Seal of the Ruperto Carola Heidelbergensis
MottoSemper apertus (Latin)[1]
Motto in English
Always open
Established18 October 1386; 637 years ago (18 October 1386)
Budget€764.9 million (2018)[2]
ChancellorHolger Schroeter
PresidentBernhard Eitel
Administrative staff
Students28,653 (WS2019/20)[4]
Location, ,
49°24′37″N 8°42′23″E / 49.41028°N 8.70639°E / 49.41028; 8.70639
CampusUrban/University town and Suburban
ColorsSandstone red and gold
Data as of 2013

Heidelberg University is a public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

It was founded in 1386 on the instructions of Pope Urban VI.[6] Heidelberg is Germany's oldest university, and is one of the world's oldest surviving universities. It was the third university established in the Holy Roman Empire. Prague (1348) and Vienna (1365) were at that time also German-speaking universities. The University of Vienna still is. Irrespective of the shared language of instruction, Heidelberg is the oldest university in modern Germany.

At the beginning, there were only the four traditional faculties. In 1890, the natural science got their own faculty.[6] Later after a re-organisation, the university has 12 faculties.

The University of Heidelberg is also known as Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, after the German prince Rupert I.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mission Statement". uni-heidelberg.de. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. "Daten und Fakten – Finanzen". Universität Heidelberg. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  3. "Daten und Fakten - Personal". Universität Heidelberg. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  4. "Kennzahlen Studium – Studierende und Wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs". Universität Heidelberg. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Studierendenstatistik WS 2012/2013" (PDF). www.uni-heidelberg.de (in German).
  6. 6.0 6.1 "History of the Heidelberg University" (in German). University of Heidelberg. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  7. German: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Latin: Universitas Ruperto Carola Heidelbergensis