Universität Hamburg

Universität Hamburg, set to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, is the largest and most diverse research institution in northern Germany. It offers a broad range of subjects with a multitude of interdisciplinary research areas. It also boasts an extensive network of top cooperation partners on regional, national, and international levels. “Innovating and cooperating for a sustainable future” is our University’s guiding principle for research, teaching, and organization.

Universität Hamburg combines a comprehensive range of courses and excellent research. It is also committed to sustainable science and scholarship. With more than 170 degree programs, Universität Hamburg offers all the disciplines associated with a comprehensive university across its eight faculties: Law; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Business Administration; Medicine; Education; Psychology and Human Movement Science; Humanities; Mathematics, Informatics and the Natural Sciences.

Four clusters of excellence have received funding within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments: CUI (The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging): Advanced Imaging of Matter (photon and nanosciences); Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CliCCS) (climate research); Understanding Written Artefacts (manuscript cultures); and Quantum Universe (mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology). Another important core research area is Infection Research, in which researchers study the structure, dynamics, and mechanisms of infection processes.

Facts and figures

Web https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en.html
Year Established 1919
Total Number of Staff 11809
Number of Academic Staff 4503
Number of Students 42106
Focus Areas

Climate, earth, and environment: The fundamental processes and characteristics of the earth system, particularly in climate, marine, and biodiversity research form the basis of this key research area. Its findings contribute to our understanding of the causes and course of climate change and to our ability to maintain the basis of our existence.

Matter and the universe: This key research area incorporates the phenomena of light-matter interactions in photon and biostructural research, astrophysics and particle physics, and the interdisciplinary nanosciences (e.g., nanomagnetism and medical nanosciences).

Neurosciences: Neuroscientists in medicine, psychology and informatics work on a broad range of projects addressing questions relating to the basic science of and therapeutic measures for the brain. This key research area focuses on neuroplasticity, pain, decision and learning processes, the causes of stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Multilingualism: This key research area investigates migration-induced multilingualism in modern urban centers, exploring both the risks it poses and the opportunities it provides. It aims to develop conceptual frameworks that transform multilingualism produced by global migration into an individual and societal resource.

Governance: Law, economics and the social sciences combine here to investigate regulatory structures in nation states, markets and corporations using an interdisciplinary approach. Informal processes dependent upon a network-like organization increasingly play a role in regulation on par with, supplementary to or instead of formal institutions.

Heterogeneity and education: In light of contemporary debates and the current changes taking place in education, this key research area explores new challenges and opportunities that various types of heterogeneity—both linguistic and academic performance-oriented—pose for learning and teaching both within and outside of educational institutions.

Infection research and structural biology: Infectious diseases are the greatest threat to human health worldwide and their economic impact is not to be underestimated. Universität Hamburg is in the process of establishing an interdisciplinary key research area in global and emerging infections. Research investigates various aspects of structural biology, bioimaging, drug development, and host-pathogen interactions. The two structural cornerstones of this key research area are the new Center for Structural and Systems Biology (CSSB), coordinated by Universität Hamburg, and the German Center for Infectious Diseases (DZIF), in which the University participates.