University of Münster
|University of Münster|
|Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster|
The Schloss: administrative centre and the symbol of the university.
|Established||April 16, 1780|
|Chancellor||Dr. Stefan Schwartze|
|Rector||Prof. Dr. Ursula Nelles|
|Admin. staff||6,500 (As of 2012[update]), including 551 professors|
|Students||39,000 (As of 2012[update])|
|Campus||Urban, 285 buildings (2003), yearly expenses ~ 559 million Euro|
|Colors||Light Green & Light Blue|
The University of Münster (German: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, WWU) is a public university located in the city of Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The WWU is part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany's leading research universities. The WWU has also been successful in the German government's Excellence Initiative.
With almost 40,000 students and over 130 fields of study in 15 departments, it is Germany's third largest university and one of the foremost centers of German intellectual life. The university offers a wide range of subjects across the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Several courses are also taught in English, including PhD programmes as well as postgraduate courses in geoinformatics, geospational technologies or information systems).
The University has its roots in the Jesuiten-Kolleg Münster, founded in 1588. But the modern University of Münster was founded in 1780 with four faculties: Law, Health Science (Medicine), Philosophy and Theology. The ceremony of constitution was performed by Franz Freiherr von Fürstenberg. Its current name was established by Emperor Wilhelm II in 1907.
European Degrees 
1999 saw the beginning of the Bologna Process, which aimed to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher education qualifications. The Münster School of Business Administration and Economics was the first one to establish Bachelor and Master degrees.
In the winter semester 2006/2007 nearly all studies have been changed according to Bachelor/Master system. Exceptions are made in studies leading to the Staatsexamen in medicine,dentistry, pharmacy and law.
- Faculty of Economics (Muenster School of Business Administration and Economics)
- Faculty of Health Science (Medicine and Dental Medicine)
- Faculty of Philosophy
- Faculty of Educational and Social Science
- Institute of Communication Science (IfK) (PR, Journalism, Media Science)
- Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science
- Faculty of History/Philosophy
- Faculty of Philology
- Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics
- Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Faculty of Physics
- Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
- Faculty of Biology
- Faculty of Earth Science
- Faculty of Music (Musikhochschule Münster)
The central library of the university is the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster (ULB), which is also the regional library of Westphalia. As of 2011, the library owns more than 6,2 million volumes of which 2,68 volumes are held in the ULB, while 3,53 million volumes are held by the 146 faculty and department libraries. From those, 47.350 are electronical articles and newspapers.
Points of interest 
Student life 
The university offers a very active student life. The university's sports club ("Hochschulsport") offers more than 100 sport courses, sport tours, further education and international tournaments. The university's IT organization ("Zentrum für Informationsverarbeitung" (ZIV)) provides central services for information processing and communication technology. It offers IT facilities for the students with standard and special software. Foreign languages can be learned at the university's language center ("Sprachenzentrum"). It offers traditional language courses, tandem courses (two persons with different native languages meet in order to learn from each other) and language certificates (for example UNIcert). The cultural programme also includes various museums, music (choirs, ensembles, orchestra), theatres and cinemas.  Student organisations such as AIESEC, AEGEE, MOVE, MTP and many more are well represented with high membership. The city of Münster itself has a very active night life with more than 1.000 bars and clubs. As the city of the Peace of Westphalia, Münster also has a very rich cultural life.
Notable alumni 
- Wolfgang Clement, Politician
- Johannes Georg Bednorz, Nobel Prize winner (1987)
- Dr. Andreas Raymond Dombret, Münster School of Business Administration and Economics, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank
- Prof. Dr. Gerd Faltings, Mathematician, Fields Medal
- Prof. Dr. Dieter Fenske, Chemist
- Birgit Fischer, Athlete
- Kai Diekmann, Chief Editor of "Bild", Europe's largest newspaper (3.5 million copies)
- Dr. August Hanning, President of the Bundesnachrichtendienst
- Dr. Dr. Gustav Heinemann, Politician, former President of Germany
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Friedrich Hirzebruch, Mathematician
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren, intellectual property judge and lawyer
- Jens Lehmann, footballer (goal keeper) of the German Football Team
- Ursula von der Leyen, Doctor, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, MP in the Deutscher Bundestag
- Niklas Luhmann, Sociologist
- Ulrike Marie Meinhof, member of the Red Army Faction
- Gilmar Mendes President of Brazilian Supreme Federal Court
- Frank Mattern, Münster School of Business Administration and Economics, Director Germany McKinsey
- Dr. Thomas Middelhoff, Board of Directors Bertelsmann
- Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt, Minister-President of Saxony
- Walter Momper, Politician
- Ruprecht Polenz, Politician
- Dr. Kurt Schumacher, Politician
- Dr. h.c. Rudolf Seiters, Politician
- Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn, economist, President of the leading Institution for Economic Research (Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung, IFO).
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karl Stein, Mathematician
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Hans Tietmeyer, Economist
- Klaus Töpfer, UNO-Commissar
- Ernst Tugendhat, Philosopher
- Prof. Dr. Karl Weierstrass, Mathematician
- Harald Weinrich, Classical Scholar
- Arthur Wieferich, Mathematician
- Heinrich August Winkler, Historian
- Dr. Klaus Zumwinkel, former Board of Directors Deutsche Post World Net
University lecturers 
- Pope Benedict XVI
- Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Ackermann, Mathematician
- Prof. Dr. Kurt Aland, Theologian
- Prof. Dr. Karl Barth, Theologian
- Prof. Dr. Hans Blumenberg, (1920–1996) Philosopher
- Prof. Dr. Max Dehn, (1878–1952) Mathematician
- Prof. Dr. Gerhard Domagk, Nobel Prize in Medicine (1939)
- Prof. Dr. Heinz Gollwitzer, (1917–1999) Historian
- Prof. Dr. Bernhard Großfeld, International Business Law
- Prof. Dr. Klaus Hildebrand, Historian
- Prof. Dr. Paul Kevenhörster, Political scientist
- Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Killing, (1847–1923) Mathematician
- Prof. Dr. Paul Kirchhof, Jurist
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Johann Baptist Metz, Theologian
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Metzger, Psychologist
- Prof. Dr. Alfred Müller-Armack (1901–1978), Economist, Inventor of the Social Market Economy
- Prof. Dr. Friedrich Münzer, Classical Scholar
- Prof. Dr. Frank Natterer, Mathematician
- Prof. Dr. Josef Pieper (1904–1997), Philosopher
- Prof. Dr. Karl Rahner (1904–1984), Theologian
- Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rensch (1900–1990), Biologist
- Prof. Dr. Helmut Schelsky (1912–1984), Sociologist
- Prof. Dr. Song Du-yul, Philosopher, former prisoner under South Korea's National Security Act
- Prof. Dr. Hans Wehr (1909–1981), Islam Scientist and Author of the leading Arabian-English dictionary (also used for Wikipedia guidelines).
Honorary Doctors 
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jan Assmann (D. theol. h.c. Faculty of Protestant Theology (1998))
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Arnold L. Demain, Biotechnology (2003 Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics)
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Judge, Bundesverfassungsgericht (2001 Faculty of Law)
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. David A. O. Edward, Judge (2001 Faculty of Law)
- Prof. Dr. h.c. Gilberto Freyre Ph. D.
- Dr. h.c. Mikhail Gorbachev
- Dr. h.c. Manfred Gotthardt (2003 Faculty of Health Science (Medicine))
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Tomas Hammar, Political Scientist (2002 Faculty of Philosophy)
- Dr. h.c. Wim Kok, Prime Minister (Netherlands) (2003 Faculty of Philosophy)
- Dr. h.c. Hanna-Renate Laurien, Theologian (1996 Faculty of Catholic Theology)
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Robert Leicht, Reporter (2003 Faculty of Protestant Theology)
- Dr. h.c. Reinhard Mohn, Director Bertelsmann (2001 Faculty of Economics (Münster School of Business Administration and Economics))
- Dr. h.c. Rupert Neudeck
- Dr. h.c. Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister (Luxembourg)
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hubert Schmidbaur, Chemist (2005 Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics)
- Dr. h.c. Erich Schumann, Jurist (2002 Faculty of Law)
- Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Thierse, Politician
- Dr. h.c. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (2007 Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy)
- Dr. h.c. Klaus von Bismarck, (D. theol. h.c. Faculty of Protestant Theology)
See also 
- Education in Germany
- List of early modern universities in Europe
- Muenster School of Business Administration and Economics
- Musikhochschule Münster
- CeNTech - Center for Nanotechnology
- European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS)
- Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine
-  Study guide - range of courses and corresponding degrees. Retrieved 25. September 2012.
-  ULB inventory. Retrieved 25. September 2012.
-  Homepage of the university's sports organization (in German).
-  Homepage of the university's IT organization (Zentrum für Informationsverarbeitung" (ZIV)).
-  Homepage of the university's language center.
-  Homepage of the university's cultural programme
- "Dr Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank". Deutsche Bundesbank. Retrieved 4 August 2010.