The Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University, Ruperto Carola) is a public research university located in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Founded in 1386, it is the oldest university in contemporary Germany and 5th oldest in Central Europe. Today the university consists of twelve faculties and offers degree programmes at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels in some 100 disciplines. It is a German Excellence University, as well as a founding member of the League of European Research Universities and the Coimbra Group. The language of instruction is usually German.
After a 2003 structural reformation, the university consists of 12 faculties, which in turn comprise several disciplines, departments, and institutes. As a consequence of the Bologna process, most faculties now offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees to comply with the new European degree standard. Notable exceptions are the undergraduate programs in law, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, from which students still graduate with the State Examination, a central examination at Master’s level held by the State of Baden-Württemberg.
• The Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and Empirical Cultural Sciences
• The Faculty of Biosciences
• The Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
• The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
• The Faculty of Law
• The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
• The Faculty of Medicine
• The Faculty of Medicine in Mannheim
• The Faculty of Modern Languages
• The Faculty of Philosophy and History
• The Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
• The Faculty of Theology
• Network for Research on Ageing
• Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim
• Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research,
• Heidelberg State Observatory,
• University Hospital Heidelberg,
• University Hospital Mannheim.
The university has numerous partnerships nationally and internationally. In particular, it maintains longstanding collaborations in research and education with the following independent research institutes located in and around Heidelberg:
• College of Jewish Studies (Central Consistory of the Jews in Germany),
• European Molecular Biology Laboratory
• German Cancer Research Center (Helmholtz Association)
• Heavy Ion Research Center Darmstadt (Helmholtz Association),
• Heidelberg University of Education
• Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
• Karlsruhe Research Center (Helmholtz Association)
• Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Max Planck Society)
• Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Max Planck Society)
• Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (Max Planck Society)
• Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (Max Planck Society)
Heidelberg is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities, the Coimbra Group, and the European University Association. The university forms part of the German-Japanese University Consortium HeKKSaGOn, and it participates in 7 European exchange schemes for researchers and students, such as ERASMUS. Furthermore it is actively involved in the development of the German-speaking Andrássy University of Budapest, and co-runs the school of German law at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków. Beyond Europe, the university and its faculties maintain specific agreements with 58 partner universities in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Russian Federation. In total, the Higher Education Compass of the German Rector’s Conference lists staff and student exchange agreements as well as research cooperations with 236 universities worldwide.
• Ranked by the number of Nobel Laureates affiliated with the university at the time of Nobel Prize announcement, Heidelberg is placed 1st in Germany, 4th in Europe and 13th in the world by 2013.
• In October 2012, The New York Times ranked Heidelberg University 12th worldwide in terms of employability. The ranking was based on a survey among recruiters and managers of leading international companies from twenty countries.
• In 2013, U.S. News / QS World University Rankings ranked Heidelberg 50th overall in the world, 1st in Germany and 14th in Europe. In the rankings of broad subject areas, Heidelberg ranks globally 29th in life sciences and medicine, 36th in arts & humanities, 39th in natural sciences, 144th in social sciences and management, and 214th in engineering & technology.
• The Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Heidelberg 1st nationally, 12th in Europe, and 49th in the world as of 2014.
• The Times Higher Education Ranking 2013 ranks Heidelberg 2nd in Germany, 17th in Europe and 68th in the world.
• According to the Third European Report on Science & Technology Indicators compiled by the European Commission, Heidelberg ranks 4th nationally and 9th in Europe.
• The German Center for Higher Education Development Excellence Ranking, which measures academic performance of European graduate programs in biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, physics, political sciences, and psychology, placed Heidelberg in the European excellence group for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and psychology.
• The Times (London) referred to Heidelberg University as “the oldest and most eminent in the country of Luther and Einstein” and as “the jewel of German learning”