Insights into Philipps-Universität
Philipps-Universität, which is almost 500 years old, is the oldest and most traditional university in the state of Hessen and considers itself to be a classical university offering a full range of courses with a modern approach. Its broad range of arts and humanities, and its experimentally challenging scientific work, constitute an ideal platform for interdisciplinary cooperation. The university relies on innovative teaching methods (with short course durations) and networked research, and offers students from all over the world a broad range of courses.
While students at Marburg University experience first rate research and teaching, they also enjoy a peaceful environment. Anonymity and overcrowded lecture halls are uncommon at Philipps-Universität. Lecturers and students cherish Marburg mainly because of its attractive historic town center, its delightful landscape and its wide range of cultural activities. In the city of Marburg, which is located on the banks of the Lahn river and has a population of almost 80,000 inhabitants, practically everything revolves around the university with its almost 18,500 students and 7,500 employees. Those studying at Marburg can complete their studies in many subjects much quicker (saving up to two and a half terms) than is possible at other German universities. This was recently confirmed by the latest survey of the German Science Council.
The city in the country offers students good working conditions. The university buildings are located at two different sites. While the humanities and arts are concentrated in the town center, most of the science departments and the Department of Mathematics are located in the Lahn Hills, six kilometers from the city center. This is also where the university hospital and the new building of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology as well as the biomedical research centre have been based for the last two decades.
Short course durations, outstanding research, qualified training for the next generation and intensive international networking – these highlights distinguish Philipps-Universität, which was founded by Landgrave Philipp in 1527, and is the oldest Protestant university still in existence. But Philipps-Universität offers much more than that: companies support our researchers in the domain of knowledge and technology transfer. And studying at Marburg is particularly easy for disabled people, especially for the visually impaired, due to a number of special aids. As a result, Marburg University has by far the greatest number of blind students. Recently, Philipps-Universität has also been concentrating on measures that provide an even more family-friendly work environment. These self-imposed commitments have been awarded the Family-Friendly University seal, which is very rare in Germany. And last but not least, Philipps-Universität also offers a wide range of leisure activities in the areas of sports, music and culture.