More about Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg

Set up in 1993, the University of Magdeburg (OVGU) was founded in 1993 in Germany, and is focused on engineering, natural sciences and medicine. It also offers degrees in economics, management, social sciences and humanities.

 It is located in Magdeburg, the capital city of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Its research centres on neuroscience, much of which is carried out at the Science Campus Centre for Behavioural Brain Sciences. In terms of engineering research, the university focuses on roof structures and dynamic systems at its Centre for Dynamic Systems. The medical faculty specialises in immunology and the molecular medicine of inflammation. 

Located on the Elbe River, Magdeburg is a scenic medieval city of under 250,000 inhabitants. Its gardens and parks make it one of Germany’s greenest urban areas. The city also hosts high standard professional sport events. The SC Magdeburg is a renown handball team and FC Magdeburg is a well respected football team in Germany. As a student, you can also get discounted tickets to see these teams’ performances. 

Its distinguished alumni include Rumiana Jeleva, former minister of foreign affairs of Bulgaria; the former Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga; Nguyen Thien Nhan, Vietnam’s deputy prime minister and minister of education and training.

The campus is compact, yet it offers opportunities to get involved in the university’s orchestra, choir and radio. 

Key statistics

  • 14,104
    Number of Students
  • 11.7
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 13%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 42 : 58
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016

Subjects offered at Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg

Where we are


Universitätsplatz 2
D39106 Magdeburg