University of Cologne

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and oldest universities in Germany. True to its motto ‘good ideas since 1388’, the University continues to successfully combine novelty with tradition in its research and teaching and has produced a number of famous academics over the decades including Kurt Alder (chemist) and Konrad Adenauer (former German chancellor).

The University of Cologne is located in the Rhineland – a mega-urban region in the heart of Europe. This region has excellent working and living conditions and is one of Europe’s most developed research and economic areas, making it highly attractive for students and researchers alike.

As a comprehensive university, the University of Cologne covers a broad spectrum of disciplines and has developed internationally outstanding research profile areas on this basis. Its structure encompasses six faculties of management, economics and social sciences, law, medicine, arts and humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, and human sciences. Currently, 35,000 students are studying at the University of Cologne taking advantage of the large variety of courses including double-degree programmes with renowned partner universities, e.g. in law with the Sorbonne (Paris) as well as of numerous possibilities of course combinations. The University of Cologne is also offering substantial support to young researchers maintaining several graduate schools and fostering research focus areas including research into aging at the Cologne Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD).

The international network of the University of Cologne is wide-reaching and well-established, and comprises 20 university-level and about 300 faculty-level partnerships, each based on cooperation agreements.

Academic excellence, internationality, a strong focus on research and a wide range of courses generate an energetic and inspiring environment and make the University of Cologne one of the most well-known and appealing modern universities.

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