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Universität Duisburg Essen

The Gerhard Mercator University

Few people know that Duisburg, situated at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Ruhr, is one of the oldest university towns in Germany. Duisburg’s first university was officially opened in 1655 with the traditional four faculties of Theology, Philosophy, Jurisprudence and Medicine. It was dissolved in 1818 in favour of the newly founded university in Bonn.

In 1972, Duisburg became a university town again. The new university is named after the great geographer and universal scholar Gerhard Mercator, who lived and worked in Duisburg from 1552 to 1594 and is considered to be the most significant cartographer of the early modern age.

Today, there are about 15,000 students enrolled in five faculties. 210 professors and 650 other full-time academic staff are engaged in teaching and research. The Mercator University provides all the advantages of a relatively small university with many opportunities for close contact between students and teaching staff.

The university’s location adjacent to a wooded area of the town, together with its striking architecture, make it one of the most attractive modern universities in Germany. Students from 110 different countries are enrolled at the university, which guarantees a lively international student community. The international orientation of the university gives Duisburg a very distinctive atmosphere and character.

Despite the relatively small size of the university, a wide range of courses are available in fields as various as the social sciences, economics and languages, as well as the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Alongside these traditional course programmes, the Gerhard Mercator University offers a variety of unique degree courses and interdisciplinary courses of study aimed at international students. These course are designed as Bachelor or Master degree programmes.

In keeping with the indivisibility of teaching and research, there is a close interrelation between the subjects taught and research activities at Duisburg University, leading to a broad portfolio of research projects across all faculties. Whether in the arts or sciences, in pure, applied or experimental fields, the whole range of disciplines taught is reflected in research. To meet the demands of current developments, Duisburg University puts special emphasis on its interdisciplinary research activities in the fields of:

  • nanoparticle structures, materials and microelectronics
  • microsystem, medical and biotechnologies
  • mechatronics
  • information, communication and media technology
  • working and learning in the modern information society
  • sustainable development and resource-saving technologies
  • traffic and logistics
  • structural change in East Asia
  • the Enlightenment, rationality and intercultural communication
  • global, regional and modern governance
  • European integration


Universität Duisburg Essen
Lotharstraße 65
47048 Duisburg
Tel: +49 (0)203 379 0
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-24 28

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