University of Bamberg

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of Bamberg
Latin: Universitas Bambergensis
Motto in English
Regionally rooted – academically distinguished – internationally connected
Type Public
Established 1647 (initial)
1972 (re-founded)
President Godehard Ruppert[de]
Provost Dagmar Steuer-Flieser
Academic staff
627 (31.12.2012)
Students 13,470 (31.12.2013)
Location Bamberg, Germany

The University of Bamberg (German: Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg) in Bamberg, Germany, is simultaneously one of the oldest and one of the newest universities in Bavaria. It specializes in the Humanities, Cultural Studies, Social Sciences, Economics and Applied Computer Science. It is one of the leading institutions for business studies and social sciences in Bavaria.[1]


former slaughter house, now: university building

The university today has four departments:

as well as an Institute of Catholic Theology. In light of the most recent agreements between the Free State of Bavaria and the Vatican, the faculty of Catholic Theology was to cease existence as a faculty and was instead restructured as an institute which will place a greater emphasis on teacher training. In accordance with a decision made by a Bavarian parliamentary committee on June 2, 2005, the course Social Work has been transferred to the University of Applied Sciences in Coburg.

Bamberg's Faculty of Business and Economics[edit]

The Faculty of Business and Economics is widely recognised as a leading research and teaching faculty in Germany. It is ranked under the 20th best faculties for Business, and placed 11 for Economics.[2]


The main areas of curricular focus, to which multiple subjects ranging across faculties contribute, are located in four topic areas:

  • Education & Life Planning
  • The Individual & Society
  • Languages & Cultures
  • Business & Markets

Partner Universities[edit]

The University of Bamberg offers several exchange and research programmes to international Universities. The European network includes among others the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The University holds further partnerships in Australia with the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, as well as in Asia with the Xi'an Jiaotong University, the Korea University, and Sophia University.[3]


The university buildings are mainly historical buildings which have been transformed for the university and which are located in the heart of Bamberg’s Old Town district. These buildings include the former Jesuit college (Theology), the former Hochzeitshaus (History), the old slaughterhouse (Earth Science), the former Bauhof (Communication Studies), and the former fire station (Oriental Studies). The departments of Languages and Literature are partly housed in buildings which once belonged to the Kaiser-Heinrich High School. The Social Sciences and Economics department and the Business Information Technology and Applied Computer Science department, which accommodate a large proportion of the students, are to be found in the Feldkirchenstrasse buildings, which are not in the city center. By the winter term of 2008/09, the University of Bamberg will be able to boast a third location. The site of the former ERBA cotton mill, which is situated on an island in the Regnitz, has already been acquired and plans are underway to create 300 student apartments in the existing red-brick building, while an adjoining new 14,000m2 building will cater to the needs of the streams of students who are expected in the future.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Webseite der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ Retrieved 2012-07-31.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Retrieved 2015-03-30.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Coordinates: 49°53′38″N 10°53′12″E / 49.89389°N 10.88667°E / 49.89389; 10.88667