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University of Munster


Founded in 1780, the WWU Münster is a university with tradition. 250 courses of study, 37 000 students, a staff of 5 000 including 565 professors - as well as 400 partnership agreements with universities and other academic institutions all over the world. The University was twice awarded the German Foreign Office Prize for excellent support of international students (1999 and 2007).

The university has its roots in the Jesuiten-Kolleg Münster, founded in 1588. But the modern University of Münster was founded in 1780 with four faculties: Law, Health Science (Medicine),Philosophy and Theology. The ceremony of constitution was performed by Franz Freiherr von Fürstenberg. Its current name was established by Emperor Wilhelm II in 1907.

Some of the notable alumni include:

  • Wolfgang Clement, Politician
  • Johannes Georg Bednorz, Nobel Prize winner (1987)
  • August Hanning, President of the Bundesnachrichtendienst
  • Gustav Heinemann, Politician, former President of Germany
  • Friedrich Hirzebruch, Mathematician
  • Thomas Middelhoff, Board of Directors Bertelsmann
  • Georg Milbradt, Minister-President of Saxony
  • Walter Momper, Politician
  • Hans-Werner Sinn, economist, President of the leading Institution for Economic Research (Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung, IFO).
  • Karl Stein, Mathematician
  • Ludger Stühlmeyer, Director of Music ACV
  • Klaus Töpfer, UNO-Commissar
  • Ernst Tugendhat, Philosopher
  • Arthur Wieferich, Mathematician
  • Klaus Zumwinkel, former Board of Directors Deutsche Post World Net
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Academic specialism


  • Protestant Theology
  • Roman Catholic Theology
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Medicine
  • Education and Social Studies
  • Psychology and Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • History/Philosophy
  • Philologies
  • Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Biology
  • Geosciences
  • Music Department

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University of Munster
Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster, Germany
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