With a 500-year plus history, LMU Munich is among the world’s oldest universities. Continually high achieving, it is regarded as one of the finest in its native Germany and global higher education.
The university can trace its roots to the 15th century, and has had many locations before moving to its current site in Munich in 1826.
LMU Munich is a leading research institution but also maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, and has a vast student body of over 50,000 - representing more than 130 countries - making it one of the largest universities in Germany. Its 18 faculties cater for nearly 200 courses.
Its famed research has resulted in numerous academic accolades, with connections to 26 Nobel laureates, and over 20 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes – Germany’s highest academic honour. Of that number, 17 have received their Leibniz Prize while working at LMU. It has also won more highly endowed European Research Council grants than any other German university. Besides its impressive faculty, the university has a wide range of notable alumni including Pope Benedict XVI, who wrote both his doctoral dissertation and his post-doctoral Habilitation thesis at LMU, poet Bertolt Brecht, and physicist Max Planck.
Perhaps its strongest legacy is its dedication to academic freedom, which was seen during the White Rose rebellion – a group of LMU students and staff who actively resisted Nazi ideology during the Second World War. A ceramic inlay monument to those from the group who were affiliated to LMU – Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst and Professor Kurt Huber – can be found outside the university’s entrance.
A White Rose Memorial Lecture is delivered annually by an invited speaker at a commemorative ceremony, while a permanent exhibition tells the story of the courage and sacrifice of the group’s members.