Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

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Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg
Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg logo.svg
MottoRethinking the world together[1]
Budget€156.6 mil.[2]
ChancellorJörg Wadzack
RectorJens Strackeljan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
Coordinates: 52°08′24″N 11°38′35″E / 52.140°N 11.643°E / 52.140; 11.643
Colours  Purple
AffiliationsGlobal U8 (GU8)
Aerial view of the university's main campus

The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (German pronunciation: [ˈɔtoː fɔn ˈɡeːʁɪkə]) (OvGU) was founded in 1993 and is one of the youngest universities in Germany. The university in Magdeburg has about 13.000 students in nine faculties. According to the Scopus database there are around 32.900 papers published in international journals from this institute.[3]

It is named after the physicist and mayor of Magdeburg Otto von Guericke, famous for his experiments with the Magdeburg hemispheres.

The University had three forerunner institutions. These were the Technical University, the School of Education and the Medical Academy, the first of which was established around 1953. They were amalgamated to the Otto-von-Guericke University in 1993.


Magdeburg is the capital of the state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. It is a moderately-sized city located halfway between Hannover and Berlin. The city is crossed by the river Elbe on the banks of which the OVG university has its main structures. One advantage of staying and studying in Magdeburg is the simple and favourable living costs. Public transportation in Magdeburg is very advanced and free for the students of the university. A popular bar location for students is the Hasselbachplatz.


  • Faculty of Computer Science (FIN)
  • Faculty of Economics and Management (FWW)
  • Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (FHW)
  • Faculty of Mathematics (FMA)
  • Faculty of Medicine (FME)
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNW)
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FMB)
  • Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering (FVST)
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT)


IKUS[4] is an inter-cultural association for international students. It contributes to cultural synergies between the countries. Students actively participate in and celebrate cultural festivals frequently. A large number of foreign students organize the days for each country.


MIPS[5] (= Magdeburg International PhD Students) is the network for international PhD students at OvGU. This association helps to create and enhance the contact between international PhD students in order to promote the social and academic integration of young scientists. MIPS offers support and advice in various areas, e.g. to learn about Magdeburg and the German language, to give information about scholarships and job opportunities.

Studentenwerk Magdeburg[edit]

Studentenwerk Magdeburg[6] is a student organization which provides a mensa (canteen) and dormitories for students. There are more than 10 dormitories near or on the university's campus.

Notable people[edit]

A sample of alumni and lecturers of the university includes:

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ " - Rethinking the world together".
  2. ^ a b c d "Facts & Figures" (in German). Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  3. ^ "Scopus Database as of June 2022".
  4. ^ "Inter-cultural association for international students".
  5. ^ "Magdeburg International PhD Students".
  6. ^ "Organization for student affairs".
  7. ^ "Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics".
  8. ^ "Technische Mechanik".

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