Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Coordinates: 52°08′24″N 11°38′35″E / 52.140°N 11.643°E / 52.140; 11.643
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Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
MottoRethinking the world together[1]
Budget€156.6 mil.[2]
ChancellorJörg Wadzack
RectorJens Strackeljan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
52°08′24″N 11°38′35″E / 52.140°N 11.643°E / 52.140; 11.643
Colours  Purple
AffiliationsGU8,[3] EUA,[4] GRF,[5] DFN,[6] GRC[7]
Aerial view of the university's main campus

The Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (German pronunciation) (Short: OVGU) is a public research university founded in 1993 and is located in Magdeburg, the Capital city of Saxony-Anhalt. The university has about 13,000 students in nine faculties.

The university is named after the physicist and former mayor of Magdeburg Otto von Guericke. The main research areas of the university are in the neurosciences, biosystems technology, disease prevention, automotive research, digital engineering and renewable energies.[8]

One of the best-known alumni and professors is the Leibniz Prize winner Axel Ockenfels.


The university was founded in 1993 and is therefore one of the youngest universities in Germany. The roots of the university lie in the three higher education institutions that previously existed in the city of Magdeburg: Technical University, University of Education and Medical Academy. Due to the three predecessor institutions, there are still three campuses today: "Universitätsplatz", "Universitätsklinikum" and "Zschokkestrasse". Since 2022, Otto von Guericke University has been part of the European university network "EU Green" along with eight other universities. This is intended to promote international cooperation in order to adequately meet future social challenges.[9]



  • 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)


University rankings
Overall – Global & National
QS World[citation needed]
THE World 2024[10] 601-800 46-48
ARWU World[citation needed]
QS Europe[citation needed]
QS Employability[citation needed]
THE Employability[citation needed]

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2024, the university is placed at 601-800 globally and 46-48 within the country.[10]


IKUS[11] 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[12] (= 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[13] 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 11 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Membership - Global U8 Consortium".
  4. ^ "Member directory - EUA".
  5. ^ "DFG Member Organisations".
  6. ^ "Mitgliederliste - DFN". (in German).
  7. ^ "Universities - German Rectors' Conference".
  8. ^ "About the European Universities initiative".
  9. ^ "Key Research Priorities".
  10. ^ a b "World University Rankings 2024". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 27 September 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  11. ^ "IKUS – IKUS".
  12. ^ "MIPS – Magdeburg International PhD Students (MIPS)".
  13. ^ "Studentenwerk".
  14. ^ "Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics".
  15. ^ "Technische Mechanik – European Journal of Engineering Mechanics".

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