University of Wuppertal

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University of Wuppertal
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
BUW siegel-schwarz.png
Seal of the University of Wuppertal
Type Public
Established 1972
Budget € 105 million (2013)[1]
Principal Lambert T. Koch
Academic staff
935 (2013) [2]
Administrative staff
~ 3.200 (2015) [3]
Students 21.052(WS 2015/16)[4]
Undergraduates 13,402
Postgraduates 5,502
Location Wuppertal , Germany
Campus Urban
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Campus Grifflenberg, University of Wuppertal

The University of Wuppertal (Universität Wuppertal) is a German scientific institution, located in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia.

The university, the full German name of which is Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW), was formed in 1972 and is located in the city of Wuppertal, within the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. In 2014/15 it had almost 20,000 students in a wide range of subjects with many interdisciplinary linkages in 7 faculties:

  • Division A: Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Division B: Schumpeter School of Business and Economics
  • Division C: Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Division D: Architecture, Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering, Safety
  • Division E: Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Media Technology
  • Division F: Design and Art
  • Division G: Education and Social Sciences

The main building of the BU Wuppertal is located in the suburb of Elberfeld on Grifflenberg and is a massive, cut honeycomb concrete purpose. The university now has 3 campuses:

  • Campus Grifflenberg (main campus) in Elberfeld, Wuppertal
  • Campus Freudenberg in Elberfeld, Wuppertal
  • Campus Haspel in Unterbarmen, Wuppertal

All three campuses hold specific parts of the University Library of Wuppertal, the main library at Campus Grifflenberg holds five specific libraries.

From 2004 until 2010, the University of Wuppertal had the second supercomputer at a German university. ALiCEnext, the supercomputer, is designed as a cluster and consists of 512 so-called Blades. ALiCEnext used in the field of elementary particle physics, applied computer science, astro-particle physics and experimental high energy physics.

Notable professors[edit]

The university employs more than 250 professors (as of 2014). Notable people who have taught in Wuppertal are:

Notable alumni[edit]

Awards and rankings[edit]

International Rankings[edit]

The University of Wuppertal has received consistently low rankings in global surveys.[5][6] For example, the online academic review site Shanghai Ranking placed the University between 404th and 502nd overall as compared to other international collegiate programs.[7] However, the Physics program in particular is ranked somewhat higher, being placed between the 101st and 150th places in 2013 and between 151st and 200th in 2014.

In the CHE Excellence Ranking the University was placed in a pan-European group of about 100 colleges, which have strong research departments with an international orientation for PhD and Master's students in the fields of economics, psychology, and political science.[citation needed]

National Rankings[edit]

In the journal German Economic Review's initial assessment, research activities in 2008 received a B in productivity.[citation needed]

In the national founding ranking, it was named best original site in Germany three times.[citation needed]

Because of efforts to innovative in the field of graphics cards, the University was named a "CUDA Research Center" by Nvidia.[citation needed]

At the end of 2014, the University was awarded the Wuppertal business award in the category of "City Marketing Award" for their national importance in research and teaching.[citation needed]


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Coordinates: 51°14′43″N 7°08′58″E / 51.24528°N 7.14944°E / 51.24528; 7.14944