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About the University of Bonn


The University of Bonn at a Glance

Boasting 200 years of history, over 38,000 students and an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad, the University of Bonn is one of Germany's leading universities. Our University is situated in a wonderful and international city that has a great deal of cultural as well as outdoor recreation opportunities. 

The direction of the University of Bonn is determined by all those who make up the institution - those who teach, study and research here. Everyone benefits from our carefully developed institutional profile:

  • Bonn is a research university that operates on an international level and in doing so, we continually maintain our long-standing traditions. 
  • We cooperate with a number of different universities and research establishments across the globe. 
  • We have developed unique teaching and research methods that have received worldwide recognition and acclaim. 

Facts and Figures

The following facts and figures illustrate the size of the University of Bonn:

541 professors
4,300 academic staff (including University Hospital)
1,700 non-academic staff

35,000 students (including doctoral candidates) 
5,000 international students
6,400 doctoral candidates
4,500 graduates per year

Study programs
220 different subjects and degree programs offered

Total expenditure: approx. €672 million euros
Third-parties funds: €167 million euros

Excellence Strategy
6 Clusters of Excellence 
University of Excellence (since 2019)

Collaborative research
12 Collaborative Research Centers
 8 Research Units
 6 Research Training Groups
16 BMBF Collaborative Research Projects
39 ERC Grants (including completed projects)
21 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (including alumni and emeritus)

Partnerships and exchange programs
The University of Bonn proudly maintains worldwide partnerships with 80 universities.

University premises
349 buildings spread throughout the city
58 libraries with around 5 million books and volumes
2 castles 

Nobel Prize Winners from the University of Bonn
Wolfgang Paul (1913 - 1993), Nobel Prize for Physics, 1989
Reinhard Selten (*1930), Nobel Prize for Economics, 1994

Fields Medal
Gerd Faltings, Fields Medal winner in 1986
Peter Scholze, Fields Medal winner in 2018

University of Bonn libraries
5,000,000 media in approximately 58 libraries

As of: October 2020

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