Heidelberg University

Established in 1386, Heidelberg University – also known as Ruperto Carola – is Germany’s oldest university and one of Europe’s most research-intensive institutions.


Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Bildquelle: Atelier Altenkirch Karlsruhe

Its successes in the Excellence Initiative and its internationally recognised rankings substantiate the leading role and excellent reputation of Heidelberg University in the academic, scientific and research landscape. In educating students and advancing outstanding young researchers, Ruperto Carola emphasises research-based teaching and structured doctoral training programmes in its graduate schools.

Heidelberg University sees itself as a research university, and its broad subject spectrum includes the humanities, the social sciences, law, the natural and life sciences, and medicine. The four interdisciplinary Fields of Focus form the core of Heidelberg’s research strategy: the molecular and cellular basis of life, structure and pattern formation in the material world, cultural dynamics in globalised worlds, and self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations.

Over 30,000 students are enrolled in the twelve faculties of Ruperto Carola. With more than 160 degree programmes, Heidelberg offers a preeminent array of subject combinations. The university actively participates in a worldwide network of teaching and research collaborations. International graduate academies, 19 institutional partnerships at the overall university level, and exchange arrangements with over 400 universities throughout the world underscore the strength of Ruperto Carola’s international ties. One in five research associates comes from outside Germany, and the percentage of international fellows in the graduate academies often exceeds 50 percent.

The university is especially committed to advancing exceptional individual disciplines, promoting dialogue beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and turning research findings to good use for society and the economy. In this endeavour it relies on strong partners outside the university. Examples include the alliances in the life sciences with the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg or the HEiKA alliance with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology with its strong focus on the natural and engineering sciences. Pursuant to the Industry-on-Campus (IoC) concept, Ruperto Carola enters into longer-term cooperative partnerships with industry in strategically oriented basic research in order to improve knowledge transfer into application-oriented research. One such IoC organisation that enjoys international visibility is the Catalysis Research Laboratory, or CaRLa, in which university post-docs work together with BASF.

In its efforts to combine European university values such as autonomy, freedom of research and teaching, non-discriminatory access and meritocratic advancement structures with forward-looking academic concepts in research and teaching, Heidelberg University is architecting a bridge to the future – The Future. Since 1386.

Further information can be found on: www.uni-heidelberg.de