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University of Cologne

Profile of the University of Cologne

Based on academic tradition and open to new developments the University of Cologne attracts scientists and students from all over the world. With more than 42.000 students it is one of the largest universities in Germany.
Its six faculties (Management, Economics and Social Sciences; Law; Medicine; Arts and Humanities; Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Human Sciences) offer students a great variety both in choice and combination of subjects.

Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences & Faculty of Law

Both enjoy an excellent reputation in application-oriented research and are regarded as top German institutions in their fields. These two Faculties have strong links to around 30 affiliated institutes including public-private partnerships, e.g. the Institute for Energy Economics and the Center for Financial Research Cologne. Recently, fundamental research has been strengthened in the key areas of quantitative and experimental economic research and international law.

Faculty of Medicine & Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The life and natural sciences are represented by the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences comprising biology, chemistry, geography, geosciences, mathematics and physics. These two Faculties have greatly benefited from long-standing excellent collaborations. Cutting-edge, internationally competitive research is currently being performed in many fields including research on aging-associated diseases, molecular evolutionary biology and plant sciences, quaternary research, and statistical physics. In addition, three interdisciplinary centres, the Center of Molecular Medicine Cologne, the Cologne Center for Genomics and the Center for Integrated Oncology directly link basic with translational research.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities builds on a comprehensive and broad range of disciplines and has developed successful research foci in many areas, e.g. pre-modern cultures, medieval studies, literary studies and non-European cultures and languages in general and Africa research and cross-linguistic research in particular. In addition, a number of the Faculty’s research institutions are internationally recognized for their high levels of academic achievement, e.g. the Thomas Institute, the Husserl Archive, and the Cologne Digital Archaeology Laboratory.

Faculty of Human Sciences

The Faculty of Human Sciences was founded in 2007 and has already established successful research foci in, e.g., intercultural education and social psychology. In addition, its department of special education and rehabilitation is one of the largest centres in Europe. The Faculty aims to further develop educational research as one of its key research foci.

Advanced Quality Management System for Teaching

In 2007, an advanced quality management system for teaching was implemented. It has brought about remarkable improvements in the quality of teaching and training, study programmes, and student services. These efforts were complemented by