University of Paderborn

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University of Paderborn
Universität Paderborn
University of Paderborn Logo.jpg
Motto Die Universität der Informationsgesellschaft
Motto in English
The University of the Information Society
Established 1614 to 1819 and Re-founded 1972
Type Public
Endowment 157.3 million (annually)
Rector Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Nikolaus Risch
Administrative staff
Students 18,500
Location Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Campus urban
Colours Blue and White         
  • EUA (European University Association)
  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)
  • ASIIN (Akkreditierungsagentur für Studiengänge der Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Informatik, der Naturwissenschaften und der Mathematik e.V.)
University of Paderborn

The University of Paderborn (German: Universität Paderborn) in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was founded in 1972. 17,421 students were enrolled at the university as of December 2011.[1] It offers students 105 different degree programmes. The University of Paderborn ranks high in the areas of Computer Science, Business Management and English. The university’s library also has an excellent reputation. Because of its large selection of electronic media, and its long opening hours and lending periods, it is said to be one of the best university libraries in Germany. The number of students enrolled at the university has steadily increased in recent years, and as a result, the university has begun expanding the main building. Although the campus is not centrally located, you can reach the university within minutes using public transportation.

Particularly notable is the newly established Master of Arts program in Comparative Literature in the faculty of Cultural Studies.

In 2006 the computer science program has been ranked among the top 3 programs in the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) and the German weekly news magazine "Die Zeit". Also in 2006 the university has been ranked among the leading institutions for gaining research funding in the areas of electrical engineering, computer science and systems engineering by the German Research Council (DFG).

RailCab is a research project by the University of Paderborn. Its purpose is the examination of the use of linear engines for the propulsion of autonomous, rail mounted vehicles.


Paderborn was once the oldest academic site in Westphalia. In 1614, the University of Paderborn was founded by the Jesuits but was closed in 1819. It was re-founded in 1972 as Universität-Gesamthochschule and transformed into a university in its own right in 2002. Today, it is attended by about 18,000 students.


The University of Paderborn has two campuses:

  • The main campus and
  • The campus in Fuerstenallee

Main campus[edit]

The main campus is located at the Warburger Straße in Paderborn. Most lectures take place here. The residence halls are located at the campus or nearby.

International Office[edit]

The international office of the University of Paderborn is interconnected with over 140 partner universities worldwide and offers a large variety of exchange programs. The international office works closely with the student organization Eurobiz e.V. which looks after incoming exchange students and introduces them to Germany and the German culture.

International Office at University of Paderborn


The Fürstenallee campus is connected to the main campus via the 'uni' bus. Mainly computing institutes can be found at the Fürstenallee. Next to the Fürstenallee building is the world's biggest computer museum, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum.


The University of Paderborn consists of five faculties:

I Faculty of Arts and Humanities[edit]

Department of English and American Studies; Department of Educational Sciences; Department of Protestant Theology; Department of German Studies and Comparative Literary Studies, History Department; Department of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Catholic Theology, Department of Art, Music, Textiles; Department of Media Studies; Department of Romanic Languages

II Faculty of Business Administration and Economics[edit]

Department of Management; Department of Taxation, Accounting and Finance; Department of Business Information Systems; Department of Economics, Department of Business and Human Resource Education; Department of Law

III Faculty of Science[edit]

Department of Physics; Department of Chemistry; Department of Sports and Health

IV Faculty of Mechanical Engineering[edit]

Sixteen professorships; four interdisciplinary research centers

V Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics[edit]

Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology; Department of Computer Science; Department of Mathematics

Computer Science Department[edit]

The Computer Science department of the University of Paderborn has a strong international research reputation. A ranking recently published by the Association for Computing Machinery placed the department's Software Engineering the 16th best in the world, and top in Germany. The most recent German CHE ranking placed Paderborn's CS department among the top four CS departments in Germany. The Department's partnerships with locally and globally operating IT companies such as Siemens, Wincor Nixdorf, and SD&M as well as with the strong regional mechanical engineering industry in embedded systems, gives the students the unique opportunity of getting to know prospective employers even before they graduate.

Electrical Engineering Department[edit]

Typical fields of activities for graduated electrical engineers are leading and executive positions in electrical and electronic industry, computer industry, communication techniques, automation engineering, energy supply industry, automotive and aerospace industry and also in scientific.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Student Statistics (German; retrieved 2012-07-09)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°42′29″N 8°46′20″E / 51.70806°N 8.77222°E / 51.70806; 8.77222