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Universität Osnabrück

University of Osnabrück

The University of Osnabrück was founded in 1973 and began operations during the summer semester of1974, with about 2, 700 students. Today, there are approximately 12,000 students registered. In the 25 years since its opening, the University of Osnabrück has acquired a recognized placed in the German academic landscape. This can be especially credited to the University’s successful interdisciplinary research work.


In 1998, the Special Research Project "Membrane-Bound Transport Processes in Cells" (founded 1984 under the auspices of the Biology Dept.) successfully completed its work. Since the beginning of 1999, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has funded a follow-up project, the new Biology-SFB 431, which is working on the topic "Membrane Proteins: Functional Dynamics and Coupling in Chain Reactions." The Physics and Chemistry-SFB "Oxidic Crystals for Electro- and Magneto-Optical Usage" - also funded for the maximum allowable time - will be continued with the DFG-funded Transfer Area 13 "Optical Usage for Oxidic Crystals." The four interdisciplinary Institutes dealing with central academic questions in the areas of migration research, computer language and artificial intelligence, environmental research and the Early Modern Era, as well as various economic and law-related projects, are substantial additions to the research profile of the University. A series of high honors received by Osnabrück academics also prove the success of the research work being done at the University of Osnabrück.

Study Programs and Support for Students

The study programs at the University of Osnabrück take into account the students’ requests for multidisciplinary programs. In the past several years, the programs have been enriched with important, innovative ideas - above all, through the introduction of interdisciplinary majors. The new Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Cognitive Science - which not only combine various disciplines from the Humanities and Natural Sciences, but are also especially attractive to international students due to their bilingual focus - are simply two of the offerings that open up new career perspectives for graduates. In addition, the winter semester of1999/2000 introduces the new Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biology of Organisms, Biology of Cells, and Social Sciences. And the interdisciplinary European Studies program will also initiate these internationally recognized degrees, starting with the current winter semester.

The number of graduate colleges shows that the University of Osnabrück places special emphasis on supporting young academics. Five colleges alone - among them a European graduate college - are funded through the German Research Foundation. A sixth college is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation. A team of young PhD candidates from all over Europe are working in the field of law at the Institute for International Private and Comparative Law.

Future Perspectives

The assurance of quality and a well-honed profile were the top priorities when the University of Osnabrück decided in 1996 to examine its research and teaching methods and programs. In a model project, with the participation of experts outside the University, the University carried out an evaluation of all academics areas. The results have been integrated into a concept for the University that will incorporate further internal and interdisciplinary teaching and research possibilities into the classical disciplines. For taking these steps, and for other reforms, the University was recognized by the Stiferverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft as a "reform university" in 1997.


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