Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg was founded in 1993 and is one of Germany’s newest universities. It was formed by a merger of the existing Technical University, the Teacher Training College and the Medical School.
The University now comprises 9 faculties and almost 13,800 students and is becoming increasingly important as a centre for education and research. It plays an important role in the regional capital of Magdeburg, which is developing into a centre for business, scholarship and culture.
The University is a member of many organisations and committees.
The University is named after Otto von Guericke (1602-1686), Magdeburg's famous son, whose pioneering research into the vacuum brought him renown well beyond Germany’s borders. The University aspires to teach and research in the tradition of this great scientist, philosopher and engineer and to continue with his humanist work.
At the University of Magdeburg students can choose from 79 degree courses in various areas of study and specialisation. Added to these is a range post-graduate courses. There are also many possibilities to combine different subjects across the faculties. The conditions for students are ideal, with modern laboratories, experimental workshops and clinics equipped with high-performance computers and an excellent staff-student ratio. The offer of a sound, thorough education combining a high level of theoretical expertise with practical experience makes Magdeburg an attractive choice. Magdeburg also attracts students because it can offer single and twin-bedded accommodation in its halls of residence.
In recent years research at the University has gone through a decisive change from applied to innovative fundamental research. Among the many areas represented, the neurosciences, immunology, non-linear systems, new materials, processes and products, computational visualistics, social transformation and communication and culture deserve a special mention. The University hopes to make a significant contribution to economic and social development in Magdeburg and the surrounding area through its research. Equally, more recently established disciplines such as the humanities, economics and management have already made their mark on our research profile.
Affiliated institutes and the University's Technology Transfer Centre act as links between academia and industry. They facilitate businesses' access to the University's research resources while simultaneously promoting innovation.
The University's Medical School, which is located in the south of Magdeburg, is the second of the University's sites. It provides a base for 1,300 trainee medics as well as health care for the citizens of Saxony-Anhalt. As a full-service hospital, the University Clinic Magdeburg can provide treatment for a broad range of serious and complex complaints. It has 1,100 beds and is the largest hospital in the Magdeburg area. It handles as many as 45,000 in-patients annually as well as countless out-patients. In recent years the Medical School’s various clinics and centres have focussed increasingly on specialised patient care.
Special emphasis is placed on close cooperation between teaching staff and students.