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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany


University description (as per official university website)


PUBLICA COMMODA IN - FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL it says on the foundation medal of Georgia Augusta. Founded in the Age of Enlightenment (1737), and undertakes its critical spirit, she was one of the first universities in Europe to abandon the supremacy of theology and achieve equality for all faculties. Emphasis on basic research, its orientation to the source criticism and experimentation proved to be crucial for the development of modern arts and sciences, which is of the Georgia Augusta strongly influenced.

Scientific realism and pragmatism, as well as keen awareness of the social responsibility of science, the history of the Georg-August-University of shape to the present. In this tradition, to which the "Göttingen Seven" (1837 helped), as well as Max Born, Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, the Göttinger Declaration initiated by them for the abandonment of nuclear weapons of any kind (1957), defines the Georgia Augusta today itself and its mission. In memory of the darkest chapter in its history during the Nazi period, she feels obliged to deploy their forces in shaping a humane and tolerant and peaceful world.


The Georg-August-University knows that in the community of sciences related to the major international research universities. It is used in research and teaching, study and further the objectives,
to preserve traditional perceptions critical to make usable and, through excellent teaching, to the next generations;
to gain new knowledge in all disciplines, and across the conventional boundaries;
to enable students to act responsibly in the sciences, as in all areas of cultural, political and economic life.

In its tradition as a leading University of the Enlightenment, the Georg-August-University stands by its commitment to
Research and teaching to their mutual stimulation to keep in close contact;
the political, social and economic interests of time to consider in critical reflection;
while preserving their freedom of research and the independence of scientific teaching and defend.

The Georg-August-University sees itself as a source of innovation to all areas of life. Regarding it as their task to
cooperate with other academic institutions in research and teaching;
their research to publish and promote their use;
responsibility to help shape its regional environment.

The Georg-August-University will contribute to the achievement of equality and to end all gender, ethnic, cultural, social and religious discrimination;
is committed to ensuring strict compliance with the ethical principles of good scientific practice;
inform the public about their work and strives for open debate on the outcomes of their work.

Objectives and means

The Georg-August-University seeks with its achievements in research and teaching, its international reputation by focusing on its special strengths:
International - to increase its ability to attract foreign scientists and students, the expansion of international networks and partnerships for the promotion of research and young scientists;
Research-based teaching and learning - development of research programs of study and vocational education and training courses, graduate schools, and junior independent research for young scientists;
Interdisciplinarity and diversity - strengthen cooperation between the humanities, social sciences, natural and life sciences, and preservation of the diversity of disciplines in order to shape the future of problem-solving
Autonomy - ensuring local ownership of the Foundation University, its boards, departments and institutions;
Cooperation with external institutions - expansion and institutionalization of cooperation with the appropriate research in science, economy and society.

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen - the excellence required

The University of Göttingen, founded in 1737, sees itself as an internationally significant research university with an emphasis on research-based teaching. It is characterized by the diversity of disciplines, especially in the humanities, its excellent facilities in the sciences and the outstanding quality of its priority research areas. In 2007, the Georg-August-University was successful with its vision "of Göttingen. Tradition - Innovation prevail - autonomy "in the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments. Thus it is one of the nine universities in Germany, where the potential for international visibility and a rank is certified by top universities.

University with a tradition

Was named the University by its founder, George II, King of Great Britain and Elector Georg August of Hanover. affinity with the spirit of the Enlightenment, Göttingen abandoned the primacy of theology, and introduced the equality of the faculties. Lange was the Georgia Augusta as a mathematical center of the world - a position they lost in 1933, when 50 were under Nazi rule on teachers and professors left the university. Among them, several of the 44 Nobel Prize winners, whose names were associated with Göttingen. After the Second World War, the Georgia Augusta was the first German university in 1945 the teaching again and became one of the great universities of Germany.

Foundation University on the road to excellence

Internationalization, promoting excellence in teaching and research, the conversion to Bachelor and Master degrees, the expansion of autonomy and personal responsibility at all levels of the university and an optimization of resource management are reform measures that characterize the university in recent times. As the first comprehensive university in Germany, Georg-August was the beginning of the year 2003 in which a Foundation transferred public law. There are currently four measures in the context of the institutional strategy will be implemented: Brain Gain as an innovative approach to attract outstanding young scientists to Göttingen and to open a secure career path, and Brain Sustain, an approach to binding established the best researchers. As a third measure, the Lichtenberg College will pay for the humanities and social science research, while Göttingen International supports the recruitment of excellent students and young scientists from abroad.

The University relies on the integrated Research Campus
The University of Göttingen looks particularly strong in its great tradition of research and in the diversity of its subjects: almost all scientific disciplines, including medicine - with the exception of Engineering - are represented at the 13 faculties. At the same time, the Georgia Augusta points from its close ties with a prominent non-university research environment. This included in particular, the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, the German Primate Center, the German Center for Aerospace and five Max-Planck-Institute. These local partners are one in this breadth and depth in the Federal Republic of well-off operation network of successful research and teaching activities. Proven elements of cooperation are jointly operated collaborative research, postgraduate training and infrastructure, inter-institutional appeals. More recently, these collaborations are research centers of excellence with the support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and emerged from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. As part of the Excellence Initiative will be the cluster of excellence microscopy in the nanometer range, the extended DFG Research Center Molecular Physiology of the Brain (CMPB), and the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) encouraged. The developed together with the non-university research partners in the neurosciences and biological sciences to determine with its broadcast in teaching and academic career the profile of the university. Research excellence at international level is also displayed in chemistry, solid state and materials physics, biodiversity and ecology, Geobiology and pure mathematics, in the Germanic, the Oriental and Classical Studies and Theology. Through the convergence to a common location for science arise specific Göttingen opportunities, excellent researchers from home and abroad to attract and maintain and strengthen the international competitive excellence on and off. At the same time sets the Georg-August-University of deliberately fostering of young scientists with outstanding potential.

Excellent study

With the development of innovative programs, the consistent introduction of Bachelor's and Master's degrees, a systematic internationalization of study as well as specific measures to strengthen the quality Georg-August-Universität Göttingen place to study. This study is currently around 24,000 young people. A share of about twelve percent of foreign students reflects the international appeal of having the traditional university. The Study is famous for outstanding study conditions in the natural and life sciences as well as a present in Germany, only a few universities diversity of subjects in the humanities and social sciences. The range of subjects already allowed in the interdisciplinary study of comprehensive treatment issues. Thus allow 80 courses of study around 1,000 possible combinations in the bachelor's degree. Excellence and research near the university offers in its various Master's and PhD programs - an offer that is being expanded continuously. Degrees, bi-national accounts and foreign shares allow a mandatory qualification for the international job market. The international orientation of Georgia Augusta is strengthened by the development of partnerships. In addition to a possible close links with European universities under the Erasmus program, a number of collaborations at university, faculty and institutional level in part stipendiengestützte stays around the world. With the University of California, across the curriculum is the renowned Education Abroad Program (EAP).

Encourage young scientists

The doctoral studies in Göttingen is summarized in three graduate schools in structured programs. The aim of the Graduate Schools is to optimize the research and learning conditions for students and to promote intensive supervision and seminar offers the development of excellent scholars. In the Excellence Initiative of 2007, the concept of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences was successful, working under the umbrella of the Georg August University School of Science (GAUSS). GAUSS also belongs to the state of Lower Saxony Göttingen Graduate School for subsidized terrestrial ecosystems (GGTE). - Georg August University School of Science (GAUSS) - Goettingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG) - Graduate School of Humanities Göttingen (GSGG) The three graduate schools are the organizational umbrella for graduate school, doctoral programs and International Max-Planck Research Schools. Research Training Groups (RTG) are of the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded temporary facilities for the promotion of young scientists and preparing for a doctorate. In addition to the DFG, the Volkswagen Foundation funded a new direction in Graduate School Göttingen. The Max Planck Society promotes in International Max Planck Research Schools, together with university partners, the young scientists and provides exceptionally talented German and foreign students the opportunity to present an excellent promotion.

University library of international standing
The Gottingen University Library, founded in 1734, was first realized in the library history, the concept of a modern research library - the first academic library of European stature. Today the State and University Library (SUB) has a leading position: For the fifth consecutive year in 2008 she won the nationwide library BIX ranking in the category of "two-tier university libraries," the first place. In 2002, it was the German Library Association (DBV) and the ZEIT Foundation awarded the "Library of the Year." The holdings include over four million volumes, 1.5 million microforms, 304,000 maps and plans, 14,000 print journals, 13,300 manuscripts, 3,100 incunabula, 375 scientists discounts as well as extensive digital media. In addition, 143 independent sub-libraries are at institutes and seminars. As a globally recognized center of excellence for the digital library is the SUB involved in a variety of current research and development projects or take over management functions here.

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