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 € 189.4 million[1]
Rector Lambert T. Koch
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 20,957[3]
Undergraduates 15,072[3]
Postgraduates 4,703[3]
Location Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Campus Urban
BUW logo
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]

Shanghai Ranking placed the University of Wuppertal between 404th and 502nd overall as compared to other international collegiate programs.[4] 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.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings does not place Wuppertal within its list of top German or International universities.[5]

In 2016, CWUR ranked University of Wuppertal as the 909th best university overall within its list of top 1000 international universities.[6] In 2017 its place raised to 844th in the same list.[7]

National Rankings[edit]

At the CHE ranking , which evaluated more than 300 universities in the German-speaking world on the basis of the judgments of more than 250,000 students, University of Wuppertal was awarded three times. In 2011 the university reached the top group in eleven of the 13 categories. With a total score of 1.9, the Faculty of Economics was above the nationwide average of 2.6. [8]


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