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University of Kassel

Coordinates: 51°19′22″N 9°30′27″E / 51.322774°N 9.507562°E / 51.322774; 9.507562
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University of Kassel
Universität Kassel
Budget€ 333.43(2021) million[1]
ChancellorOliver Fromm[2]
PresidentUte Clement[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,

51°19′22″N 9°30′27″E / 51.322774°N 9.507562°E / 51.322774; 9.507562
Colours  Ruby
The university's entrance at its main campus Hollandischer Platz
The university's entrance at its main campus Hollandischer Platz
University of Kassel, Building of the Department of English Literature.
University of Kassel, Building of the Department of English Literature.

The University of Kassel (German: Universität Kassel) is a university founded in 1971 located in Kassel, Hessen, in central Germany.[3] As of February 2022 it had about 25,000 students and about 3300 staff, including more than 300 professors.[4]

A special unit (Studienkolleg) prepares international students for their period of study (language and academic skills). International students come from over 115 countries.

Each academic year, more than 100 visiting scholars pursue research projects in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Kassel, making a valuable contribution to the academic and cultural life. The newly established International House is located on the campus. It offers hostels for international guests and is available for meetings, conferences, and cultural events.


In addition to the central campus Holländischer Platz, the University of Kassel has the other campuses Heinrich-Plett-Straße, Menzelstraße, Wilhelmshöher Allee and Damaschkestraße in Kassel as well as two campuses in the town of Witzenhausen (about 40 kilometres east).


The central campus

A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes is offered in the following fields of study. All study programmes are open to German and international students alike. A range of degrees can be obtained, including bachelor's and master's degrees, the Artistic Examination, or a Doctorate:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Planning
  • International Agriculture and Environmental Protection
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Fine Arts

Two Academy Awards (or Oscar) in the area of animation films, plus three nominations, have so far been won by graduates from the Kassel School of Arts, which is part of the university.


Interdisciplinary research is a priority for the University of Kassel. This includes research cooperation and dialogue with international research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer Society. High-profile research includes new materials as well as sustainability. In order to strengthen the latter by adding new chairs, in 2021 the Kassel Institute of Sustainability was founded.[5]

Research fields and cooperation projects also include the Brothers Grimm who spent their most productive years in Kassel and who wrote their famous fairy tales there, and the documenta, the world's most important exhibition of modern art, taking place in Kassel every five years.

Scientists at the Centre for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Kassel have been investigating how Germany can power itself entirely by renewable energy.[6]


The University of Kassel has repeatedly been awarded for its teaching.[7]

Influence on regional economy[edit]

The region's economic revival of the last two decades has been widely attributed to the university and its encouragement of entrepreneurship. Germany's leading weekly paper Die Zeit called it a role model for universities nationwide.[8]


Central Library of Kassel University

The library of the University of Kassel serves as a Library of the State of Hessen (an important function in the German system of libraries). It was formed by merging the Landesbibliothek (founded 1580 be Landgraf Wilhelm IV of Hessen) and the Murhardsche Bibliothek (founded 1845 by the testament of scholar Friedrich Wilhelm August Murhard and his brother Friedrich Wilhelm August Murhard and opened 1905 as a city library).

A special focus of the library is the collection of early medieval manuscripts (over 10,000 in the collection) and early prints (mainly from the personal library of the Landgrafen, who devoted themselves to natural history, natural philosophy, astronomy, astrology, and alchemy). A few of the most important items have been digitized.[9]

The two most impressive items of the collection are the Hildebrandslied (from c. 830) and the proof copy of the Children's and Household Tales, the famous fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm (the Kinder – und Hausmärchen der Gebrüder Grimm) (1812/1815), an annotated copy that was chosen as part of the UNESCO Memory of the World in 2005.[10]

The library holds an early medieval text preserved in a manuscript from c. 810 known as the Kassel conversations (in German: Kasseler Gespräche).

Notable people[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Zahlen und Fakten" (in German). Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b "executive committee". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Universität Kassel: Über uns". Uni-kassel.de. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Universität Kassel: Zahlen und Fakten". Uni-kassel.de. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Das neue Kind der Uni hat jetzt einen Namen".
  6. ^ "Germany Going 100% Renewable (Or Yet Another Reason Why America Is Falling Behind)". The Sietch Blog. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Preisträgerinnen & Preisträger".
  8. ^ "ZEIT ONLINE | Lesen Sie zeit.de mit Werbung oder im PUR-Abo. Sie haben die Wahl".
  9. ^ "Digitalisate". Universitätsbibliothek Kassel.
  10. ^ "The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Accepted into UNESCO's Memory of the World Registry". Marvels & Tales. 19 (2): 350–354. 2005. doi:10.1353/mat.2005.0038.

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