University of Bayreuth

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University of Bayreuth
Universität Bayreuth
Universität Bayreuth.svg
MottoOrdo et Claritas
(Order and brightness)
Budget€ 150 million[1]
ChancellorDr. Nicole Kaiser[2]
PresidentProf. Dr. Stefan Leible[3]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
Coordinates: 49°55′44″N 11°35′09″E / 49.92889°N 11.58583°E / 49.92889; 11.58583
ColoursGreen and white
AffiliationsSantander Network

The University of Bayreuth (originally called in German Universität Bayreuth) is a public research university founded in 1975 as a campus university situated in Bayreuth, Germany. It is broadly organized into seven undergraduate and graduate faculties, with each faculty defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy.

The university offers several interdisciplinary courses such as Global Change Ecology, Theatre and Media Studies, and Health Economics. In 2020 the university was ranked 51 in the Times Higher Education world university ranking for universities founded less than 50 years ago.[6] It is a member of the Elite Network of Bavaria (Elitenetzwerk Bayern), an educational policy concept of Bavaria for the promotion of gifted pupils and students in the higher education sector.[7][8]


The campus of the University of Bayreuth


The University of Bayreuth is divided into seven faculties:[9]

University Administration Executive Board[edit]

President from to
Klaus Dieter Wolff 1973 1991
Helmut Buettner 1991 1997
Helmut Ruppert 1997 2009
Rüdiger Bormann 2009 2013
Stefan Leible 2013[10] current

The first chancellor was Wolf-Peter Hentschel from 1973 to Oktober 1999, who was already head of the executive office since 1 January 1972. From November 1999 to 2010 Ekkehard Beck served as chancellor, and from 2011 to 2020 Markus Zanner; his successor is Nicole Kaiser.



The University library is divided into the following locations:[11]

  1. Central Library with integrated Departmental Library of the Social Sciences (GW)
  2. Departmental Library of Law and Economics (RW)
  3. Departmental Library of Biology/Chemistry (NW I)
  4. Departmental Library of Mathematics/Physics/Informatics/Engineering Sciences (NW II)
  5. Departmental Library of Earth Science (GEO)
  6. Departmental Library of Research Institute of Music Theatre, Castle of Thurnau (FIMT)
  7. Additional stack rooms at Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (GSP)

Study programmes[edit]

The university has a capacity of approximately 10,000 students; in winter term 2011/12 the number of enrolled peaked at approximately 11,400 students due to the dual Abitur cohorts.[12] Many study programmes use quasi-interdisciplinary approaches, i.e. "Philosophy & Economics", “History & Economics”, "International Economy and Development", "Health Economics", "Sports Economics", "Polymer- and Colloidal Chemistry", "Geoecology", "Global Change Ecology" or "Applied Informatics".[13][14]


  • Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies – BIGSAS[15]
  • Bayreuth Institute for American Studies – BIFAS[16]
  • Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and GeophysicsBGI
  • Bayreuth Institute of Macromolecular Research – BIMF
  • Bayreuth Centre for Colloids and Interfaces – BZKG
  • Research Center for Bio-Macromolecules – bio-mac
  • Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research – BayCEER
  • Bayreuth Centre for Materials Science and Engineering – BayMAT
  • Bayreuth Centre for Molecular Biosciences – BZMB
  • Institute of Music Theatre Research – FIMT
  • Bayreuth Institute for European Law and Legal Culture
  • Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German Federal Minister of Defence, was awarded a summa cum laude doctorate by the Faculty of Law, Business Administration and Economics in 2007. After extensive plagiarism in zu Guttenberg's dissertation was revealed in February 2011, German media also criticised the University of Bayreuth.[18] A university spokesman denied allegations of bribery and political corruption.[19] The university cancelled the doctorate and Guttenberg was forced to resign.

Notable faculty[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Drittmitteleinnahmen". University of Bayreuth (in German). Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  2. ^ "Dr. Nicole Kaiser, WiSo-Alumna und jüngste Unikanzlerin Deutschlands, im FAZ-Interview › Fachbereich Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften".
  3. ^ "Vom Studenten zum Präsidenten der Universität Bayreuth" (PDF). University of Bayreuth. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Personalstatistik". University of Bayreuth (in German). Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  5. ^ "Entwicklung der Studierendenzahlen". University of Bayreuth (in German). Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  6. ^ "University of Bayreuth". Times Higher Education (THE). November 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "Förderung drei neuer Kollegs". Elitenetzwerk (in German). Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Electronic excitations". Elitenetzwerk (in German). 6 February 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  9. ^ Bayreuth, Universität. "Our faculties. Fertile ground for research and teaching".
  10. ^ "" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 21, 2013.
  11. ^ "Universitätsbibliothek Bayreuth About Us". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Login. CEUS-HB". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Study programme finder". Universität Bayreuth. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Online courses for students". Universität Bayreuth. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Bifas". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  18. ^ Torsten Krauel (20 February 2011). "Plagiatsvorwurf : Doktor nur im Geiste, vorerst – Nachrichten – DIE WELT". Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  19. ^ Manuel Bewarder und Marc Neller (19 February 2011). "Plagiatsvorwurf: So prüft die Uni Bayreuth Guttenbergs Dissertation – DIE WELT". DIE WELT. Retrieved 21 June 2015.

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