University of Marburg

University of Marburg
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Latin: Schola Marpvrgensis
Type Public university
Established July 1, 1527
President Katharina Krause
Administrative staff
c.7,500 (incl. hospital staff, 2005)
Students c.25,000
Location Marburg, Germany
Affiliations Compostela Group of Universities

The Philipp University of Marburg (German: Philipps-Universität Marburg), was founded in 1527 by Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse (usually called the Magnanimous, although the updated meaning "haughty" is sometimes given) as one of Germany's oldest universities, dating back to a Protestant foundation. As a state university it no longer has any religious affiliation.

It was the main university of the principality of Hesse and remains a public university of that state. It now has about 25,000 students and 7,500 employees, making Marburg, a town of 72,000 inhabitants, the proverbial "university town" (Universitätsstadt). Though most subjects are grouped, the University of Marburg is not a campus university in the broader sense. About 12% of the students are international, the highest percentage in Hesse.[1] It offers an International summer university programme every summer and has an awarded ERASMUS programme.

Marburg is home to one of Germany's most traditional medical faculties. The German physicians' union is called Marburger Bund.

The administrative headquarters of the university
The Central Lecture Hall Building, which has been built to cater for the increased number of students
University of Marburg - Department of Social Sciences and University library
One of the two large university cafeterias and canteens is located on the bank of the Lahn river
The Old University, housing the university church, the department for religious studies and a representative lecture hall.
Department for Economical Studies
Department of Psychology


In 1609, the University of Marburg established the world's first professorship in chemistry. In 2012 it opened the first German participative chemistry museum, called Chemicum. Its experimental course programme is aimed at encouraging young people to pursue careers in science.[2]

Nazi period

20 professors were expelled in 1933, among them Wilhelm Röpke who emigrated and Hermann Jacobsohn who committed suicide.


Ranking Rank
ARWU National 22-27
ARWU World 301-400[3]
QS National 37
QS World 551-600 [4]

The university is most famous for its life sciences research, but is also home to one of the few centers that conduct research on the middle east, the CNMS (center for near and middle eastern studies). The departments of psychology and geography enjoy an outstanding reputation and reached Excellence Group status in the Europe-wide CHE Excellence Ranking 2009.

According to the 2012 QS Ranking, the university ranked among the top 30 German universities. The ARWU ranking which is more focused on research, ranks the university around 200,[3] with its life sciences and social sciences department in the 151-200 range worldwide.

The strong research is also illustrated by its participation in several SFBs (Sonderforschungsbereiche). These collaborative research centres are financed by the German Science Foundation DFG. They encourage researchers to cross the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties within the participating university. The current SFB at Philipps-University Marburg are:[5]

Famous alumni and professors

The Lahnberge Campus is dedicated to the natural sciences. The image shows the Multiple Purpose Building, home of the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as laboratories for research into material sciences and physical chemistry.
The building of the nearby Biology Department is of the same architectural style.
The University Hospital along with the Department for Medical Studies is also located at the Lahnberge Campus.

Famous natural scientists who studied or taught at the University of Marburg:

Marburg was always known as a humanities-focused university. It retained that strength, especially in Philosophy and Theology for a long time after World War II. Theologians include:

Famous philosophers include:

Other famous students:

List of subjects

The University of Marburg offers a broad spectrum of subjects with research highlights in nano sciences, material sciences, near eastern studies, and medicine.

Collections of the university

See also


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