Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
University description (as per official university website)
Study, Research, Live - Best of all with us
The hallmark of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen- Nuremberg is its presence in all fields of knowledge and science. The University has succeeded in establishing cutting-edge specialisations in research and teaching with an international reputation by creating a close-knit network of interdisciplinary collaboration. By cooperating intensively with non-university research centres and industry, this university in the heart of Central Franconia has come to play a leading role in the development of future technologies and concepts.
The close links between teaching and research at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg mean the students receive a high level of academic training in a state-of-the-art research environment. Our graduates can look forward to optimal professional and career prospects.
The University is international in design and concept but is firmly rooted in the Nuremberg metropolitan region.
26 Interdisciplinary Centres
6 Collaborative Research Centres
1 Transregional Project
7 DFG Research Units
6 DFG Research Training Groups
1 Excellence Initiative Graduate School
1 Excellence Initiative Research Cluster
The Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) was founded on November 4th, 1743. While retaining a strong sense of tradition, the university has developed into a leading institution offering one of the broadest spectrums of courses available at any German university. Our goals at the FAU are to specialize in areas of research that will shape the future and to create a network of interdisciplinary cooperation between technical, scientific and traditional subjects.
The FAU is one of the leading research-focused universities in Germany. We work actively to build on this position and strive to guarantee freedom in research as a prerequisite for scientific advancement. The FAU is committed to the unity of research and education. The research we undertake is oriented towards both theory and its practical applications. At the FAU we are constantly developing new areas of expertise of particular significance for the future of science and society. Established scientific and ethical standards guide our research: Methods are transparent and newly gained knowledge is discussed and debated in open exchanges with the academic community and the wider public.
The FAU recognizes its social responsibility and continually strives to optimize teaching and learning at the University. A key focus is placed on providing our students with an education based on knowledge and the methods required to apply this knowledge. We educate our students to be critical, independent individuals able to apply the FAU advocates the principle of lifelong learning. Our goal is to enable people to update, enrich and extend their knowledge at any stage in life through a structured and expanding range of professional development courses.
One aim of particular importance to us at the FAU is to provide researchers in the early stages of their academic careers with the highest level of support and skills. This means, above all, giving young researchers the opportunity to take on responsibility and to conduct research independently. Professors at the FAU serve as sources of support and role models in setting standards.
Scientific progress and interdisciplinary research are rooted in subjectspecific expertise of the highest quality. The FAU specifically promotes exchange between the disciplines, thus maximizing the potential for innovative scientific progress and the creation of new study constellations.
The FAU has an outward-looking, international perspective and is committed to promoting mutual understanding between nationalities and cultures. We support knowledge transfer and mobility, as well as personal exchange in research and teaching. Students, teachers and researchers from across the globe have the opportunity to contribute to and be an active part of university life.
The strength of the local connections established by the FAU can be seen in the diverse range of cooperations with businesses and research institutes, as well as with educational and cultural institutions throughout the region. The FAU constitutes a seedbed for successful business start-ups and enriches cultural diversity.
The achievement of equal opportunities for all employees, male and female, is of the utmost importance to us at the FAU. Nobody is discriminated against or disadvantaged on the basis of gender, nationality, religious beliefs, social background or disability. The FAU strives to offer a balance between study, work and family.
The FAU maintains a thriving alumni network of former students and professors, as well as friends and supporters: International, intergenerational and interdisciplinary.
The FAU benefits from a modern university management structure. Organizational, management and decision-making structures and processes in research, teaching and administration are constantly adapted to meet the demands of modern and successful knowledge management: Management in the service of science.
The historic cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg are located at the very heart of Europe. Germany 's capital city, Berlin, lies just 450 km to the north of the region, and Munich and Frankfurt are both approximately 200 km away, due south and due west respectively. In just a few hours you can be in the Alps, which reach from southern Germany down into Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Not least important, the Nuremberg-Erlangen region is a gateway to Eastern Europe with Prague, Nuremberg's traditional trading partner since the Middle Ages, a mere 250 km away.
The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, the second largest university in Bavaria, exerts on the region an influence which extends well beyond its geographical boundaries. Erlangen University Hospital is essential to the provision of region-wide medical care. The culture and economy of the region profit greatly from the university, which, in its turn, welcomes the stimulation and challenges offered by its partners in local business, politics and culture.
The range of subjects on offer at the university is one of the most comprehensive in Germany. Interdisciplinary networking, combined with intensive and flexible co-operation between the departments enhances the spectrum of opportunity for study which is all but unique in its breadth. The range on offer is influenced ever more greatly by the demand for courses taught in English.
Currently 26 000 students have chosen to study at the twin-site University of Erlangen and Nuremberg. The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg has a research-intensive focus. This focus promotes the continuous development of new professional profiles, degree programmes and areas of expertise which, in turn, lead to innovative working practices.
Over 550 professors and around 1 700 teaching staff work in the 268 chairs or in the centres for research and expertise at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Academic staff are dedicated to innovative research, to the dissemination of newly-acquired knowledge, and to teaching the art of academic enquiry. The latest subjects of academic interest provide the focus of study for eight Collaborative Research Centres, three Research Units, and eight Research Training Groups, all funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation).
Theoretical and practical research complement and enhance each other perfectly. In this partnership the research institutions of the university work in co-operation with industry, for example, on establishing a 'Medical Valley' in the Central-Franconia area, and on developing new materials, mechatronics, and communication and information technologies. The knowledge and technology transfer group facilitates co-operation between university and industry.
As the second largest employer in Erlangen, the university has almost 12 000 employees in the fields of research and teaching, administration and the provision of medical care. By far the largest employee group, numbering over 5 300 in total, is constituted by the staff of the 21 clinics of the Erlangen University Hospital. A combination of expertise, team spirit and commitment keeps the highly complex workings of the university running smoothly.
Several of the faculties at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg have their own alumni associations. These associations ensure continuing close contact between the university and former students, and facilitate networking and the sharing of experience across different graduation year groups. The university Alumni Network also actively encourages and organises contact with graduates of other departments.