University of Marburg

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University of Marburg
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Uni Marburg Siegel.svg
Latin: Schola Marpurgensis
Type Public
Established1 July 1527;495 years ago (1527-07-01)
Budget€335.6 million [1]
Chancellor vacant
President Thomas Nauss  [ de ]
Academic staff
2,657 [2]
Administrative staff
1,794 [2]
Students22,380 [3]
Location, ,
Coordinates: 50°48′39″N8°46′25″E / 50.81083°N 8.77361°E / 50.81083; 8.77361
Campus University town
Affiliations Compostela Group of Universities
Uni Marburg Logo.svg

The Philipps University of Marburg (German : Philipps-Universität Marburg) was founded in 1527 by Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse, which makes it one of Germany's oldest universities and the oldest still operating Protestant university in the world. It is now a public university of the state of Hesse, without religious affiliation. The University of Marburg has about 23,500 students and 7,500 employees and is located in Marburg, a town of 76,000 inhabitants, with university buildings dotted in or around the town centre. About 14% of the students are international, the highest percentage in Hesse. [4] It offers an International summer university programme and offers student exchanges through the Erasmus programme.



In 1609, the University of Marburg established the world's first professorship in chemistry. In 2012 it opened the first German interactive chemistry museum, called Chemicum. Its experimental course programme is aimed at encouraging young people to pursue careers in science. [5] The university was among the first in Germany to offer courses in gender studies.

Nazi period

20 professors were expelled in 1933, among them economist Wilhelm Röpke who emigrated and linguist Hermann Jacobsohn who committed suicide.

After 1945

Since the 1970s especially the Department of Social Sciences is regarded as a leftist stronghold, with Wolfgang Abendroth being a major influence within the field of political science in post-war Germany.



The university is significant for its life sciences research, but is also home to one of the few centers that conduct research on the middle east, the CNMS (center for near and middle eastern studies). The departments of psychology and geography reached Excellence Group status in the Europe-wide CHE Excellence Ranking 2009.

Its research is illustrated by its participation in several SFBs (Sonderforschungsbereiche). These collaborative research centres are financed by the German Science Foundation DFG . They encourage researchers to cross the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties within the participating university. The current SFB at Philipps-University Marburg are: [6]

Collections of the university


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World [7] 401–500 (2021)
QS World [8] 751–800 (2023)
THE World [9] 401–500 (2022)

For 2020–21 the university was ranked as 28th nationally and 369th worldwide. [10]

Notable alumni and faculty

Natural scientists


Marburg was always known as a humanities-focused university. It retained that strength, especially in Philosophy and Theology for a long time after World War II.



See also


  1. "Aktuelle Zahlen auf einen Blick". University of Marburg (in German). Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Employees" . Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. (PDF){{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Uni International – Philipps-Universität Marburg" . Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ""Chemikum Marburg" hat ein dauerhaftes Domizil". Informationsdienst Wissenschaft e.V. online. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  6. "Sonderforschungsbereiche – Philipps-Universität Marburg" . Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  7. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017" . Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  8. "QS World University Rankings Results". Quacquarelli Symonds.
  9. "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 18 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  10. "World University Rankings 2020–21", Center for World University Rankings. Retrieved 13 January 2021
  11. "Hessische Biografie : Erweiterte Suche : LAGIS Hessen". (in German). Retrieved 29 November 2018.

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