The Humboldt University of Berlin

The Humboldt University of Berlin

The Humboldt University of Berlin (German: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is one of Berlin’s oldest universities, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. From 1828 it was known as the Frederick William University (Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität), and later (unofficially) also as the Universität unter den Linden after its location. In 1949, it changed its name to Humboldt-Universität in honour of both its founder Wilhelm and his brother, geographer Alexander von Humboldt. In 2012, the Humboldt University of Berlin was one of eleven German universities to win in the German Universities Excellence Initiative, a national competition for universities organized by the German Federal Government. The university has educated 29 nobel prizes winners and is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Europe overall as well as one of the most prestigious universities worldwide for arts and humanities

These are the 11 faculties into which the university is divided:
• Faculty of Law
• Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture
• Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
• Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences II (Geography, Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology)
• Charité – Berlin University Medicine
• Faculty of Philosophy I(Philosophy, History, European Ethnology, Department of Library and
• Information Science)
• Faculty of Philosophy II (Literature, Linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, Romance literatures, English and American Studies, Slavic Studies, Classical Philology)
• Faculty of Philosophy III (Social Sciences, Cultural Studies/Arts, Asian/African Studies (includes Archeology), Gender Studies)
• Faculty of Philosophy IV (Sport science, Rehabilitation Studies, Education, Quality Management in Education)
• Faculty of Theology
• Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Furthermore, there are two independent institutes (Zentralinstitute) that are part of the university:
• Centre for British Studies (in German: Großbritannienzentrum)
• Humboldt-Innovation (research transfer and spin-off service)
• Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History)

In 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked Humboldt University 126th overall in the world, and 7th in Germany. Its subject rankings were: 22nd in Arts & Humanities, 184th in Engineering & IT, 123rd in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 87th in Natural Sciences, and 90th in Social Sciences.
The Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2014–15 listed Humboldt-University as the 80th best university in the world and 4th best in Germany.

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