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Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Liebig University in Giessen combines up-to-date research and teaching with the tradition of a university which is now almost 400 years old. In 1607 Ludwig V of Hesse-Darmstadt founded the „Ludoviciana" as a Hessian-Lutheran regional university. Today it bears the name of its most renowned scientist, Justus Liebig, who, on the recommendation of Alexander von Humboldt, was appointed professor at Giessen in 1824 at the age of 21. He taught and conducted research at the university for 28 years and is regarded as the founder of modern agricultural chemistry.

With more than 21,000 students, Liebig University is a mid-sized German university. The courses of study offered at the university are comprehensive and multi-faceted. For example, courses in human and veterinary medicine, the agricultural sciences, nutrition and home economics are offered at Giessen – a constellation unique in Germany. A whole spectrum of disciplines, from the classical sciences, law and economics, through the social and educational sciences to linguistic and cultural studies, allows for a diversity of research and a particularly wide range of teaching.

The School of Medicine occupies almost an entire city district by itself. Built in the second half of the nineteenth century, it has been progressively expanded and is now an extremely modern institution of paramount importance for the medical care of those living in the region. The clinical complex is both a centre of teaching and research and a university hospital offering a full range of medical services.

The Department of Veterinary Medicine with its institutes and clinics has been of comparable importance for the region. Veterinary training was introduced at the university in 1777. In 1832 the "Ludoviciana", as it was then called, acquired the right to confer doctoral degrees in this field. The veterinary clinics and institutes are not only devoted to teaching and research, but also form a centre for the treatment of animals from Hesse and the surrounding states (Länder).

Liebig University, which employs some 8,500 people, is the largest employer in central Hesse and an important economic factor for the region as a whole. A great number of jobs in and around Giessen are directly or indirectly dependent on the needs and requirements of the university. The university’s pool of scientific know-how is made available to trade and industry, local communities and other institutions. To facilitate access to this pool of research and knowledge, Liebig University, together with Philipps University in Marburg and the Fachhochschule Giessen-Friedberg, has established the Transfer Centre for Central Hesse.

The Botanical Garden is like a small paradise in the centre of the city. It was laid out in 1609 as a medicinal herb garden. Apart from its scientific uses, Giessen’s citizens now enjoy it as a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of urban life. It is the oldest university botanical garden in Germany still on its original site.


Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Ludwigstr. 23
35390 Gießen
Tel: +49 (0)641 / 99 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)641 / 99 - 12259

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