Goethe University Frankfurt is a research-intensive university in the European financial metropolis, Frankfurt.
Lively, urban and worldly, it enjoys a high level of autonomy as a privately funded university. Founded in 1914 by the citizens of Frankfurt as Germany's first privately funded university, it is also Germany's third largest university, with over 47,000 students (Winter Semester 2015/2016). Since the turn of the millennium, Goethe University has been going through an unusually dynamic transformation. Indications of change include the re-conversion to being a privately funded university in 2008, quality campaigns in research and teaching, strengthened cooperation with external partners and a nearly complete renovation of its physical infrastructure. In this regard, the reconstruction of Westend Campus for humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies around the historical ensemble developed by the architect Hans Poelzig is largely progressive. The “Science City Riedberg” unites the natural science faculties with two closely neighbouring Max Planck Institutes. The Medical Campus Niederrad with the university clinic has been completely modernised as well. The state of Hessen currently funds the biggest university renovation project in Germany with well over 1 billion euros.
As a “Workshop of the Modern Age,” Goethe University has set standards within the social and natural sciences. The achievements of the “Frankfurter School” are internationally renowned. In the natural sciences, Goethe University brings together research at the global level, including the laying of crucial foundations for chemotherapy development made by Paul Ehrlich and the Stern-Gerlach Experiment, which changed quantum physics. These and other scientists at the Goethe University have been distinguished with a Nobel Prize for their accomplishments. Such significant lines of tradition are being continued within three Excellence Clusters, that have been able to raise funding through the federal government's Excellence Initiative in the natural and life sciences, and in the humanities. In the Hessian LOEWE Campaign, an excellence initiative within the state of Hessen, Goethe University and its partners were able to convince investors with four centres and seven research foci. Furthermore, the university has a large number of privately funded permanent and visiting professorships. Currently, 181.2 million euros constitute about 50% from third party funding at Goethe University, measured according to the basic budget of 370.6 million euros. The total budget is about 602.6 million euros. As the first German university run according to civic tradition, Goethe University offers a large range of platforms that strengthen the dialogue with citizens outside of the university setting, thereby bringing science directly into society.
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