Humboldt University of Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Seal of the Universitas Humboldtiana Berolinensis (Latin)
Motto Universitas litterarum (Latin)
Motto in English
The Entity of Sciences
Type Public
Established 1810; 208 years ago (1810)
Budget € 397.8 million[1]
President Sabine Kunst
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 32,553[1]
Undergraduates 18,712[2]
Postgraduates 10,881[2]
Location Berlin, Germany
Campus Urban and Suburban
Nobel Laureates 40[3]
Colors Blue and white
Affiliations German Universities Excellence Initiative
Atomium Culture
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The Humboldt University of Berlin (German: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, abbreviated HU Berlin), established in 1810,[4] is a university in the central borough of Mitte in Berlin, Germany. It was established by Frederick William III on the initiative of Wilhelm von Humboldt as the University of Berlin, making it the oldest of Berlin's four universities.[n 1]

The university is divided into nine faculties, including its medical school shared with the Free University of Berlin, has a student enrollment of around 32,000 students, and offers degree programmes in some 189 disciplines from undergraduate to postdoctorate level.[5] Its main campus is located on the Unter den Linden boulevard in central Berlin. The university is known worldwide for pioneering the Humboldtian model of higher education, which has strongly influenced other European and Western universities, and the university has been widely called "the mother of all modern universities."[6]

The Humboldt University of Berlin has been associated with 41 Nobel Prize winners and is considered one of the best universities in Europe as well as one of the most prestigious universities in the world for arts and humanities.[7][8] It was widely regarded as the world's preeminent university for the natural sciences during the 19th and early 20th century, and is linked to major breakthroughs in physics and other sciences by its professors such as Albert Einstein.[9] Former faculty and notable alumni include eminent philosophers, artists, lawyers, politicians, mathematicians, scientists, and Heads of State.

  1. ^ a b c d "Facts and Figures". Humboldt University of Berlin. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Nobelpreisträger — Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin". (in German). Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Das moderne Original der Reformuniversität" (in German). Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  5. ^ hu_adm. "Daten und Zahlen zur Humboldt-Universität — Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin". (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  6. ^ Connell Helen, University Research Management Meeting the Institutional Challenge: Meeting the Institutional Challenge, p. 137, OECD, 2005, ISBN 9789264017450
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2014 - Arts and Humanities". Top Universities. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Subject Ranking 2014-15: Arts & Humanities". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  9. ^ Hans C. Ohanian, Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius, p. 156, W. W. Norton & Company, 2009, ISBN 9780393070422

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