University of Münster

=195 th
World University Rankings 2021
Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Munster, Germany

About University of Münster

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, also known as the University of Münster, is a public research university and one of the largest in Germany with more then 45,000 students. It is often considered to be among some of the best universities in the country.

Due to lack of funds, university’s establishment dates back to 1780, almost a century after Pope Urban VII and Emperor Ferdinand II granted their permission for its foundation. The institution was built with money accumulated from the dissolution of its predecessor Münster's Jesuit College. Since 1907, the institute bears the name of the last German emperor Frederick William Victor Albert of Prussia.

Located in the most densely populated administrative region in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, the University of Münster has developed an reputation for excellence in cross-disciplinary research in medicine, business studies, mathematics and chemistry. Organised in 15 departments, the institute awards degrees on all levels ranging from protestant theology, PR and journalism to psychology and sports science.

The German Research Foundation and the funding programme excellence strategy of the Federal Government and the 16 administrative regions of Germany actively support the institution with funds aimed at big-scale research projects conducted in partnerships with German and international universities.

Student life in Münster, often ranked as being among the most live-able towns worldwide, offers choices of cultural events for every taste spanning from music festivals, theatre performances and historical exhibitions.

The symbol of the university is the famous Schloss, a building that resembles a mansion house, similar to the one in which the university’s administrative centre resides.

Some famous alumni of the university include the footballer Jens Lehman, and Nobel Laureate Georg Bednorz. 

The institution follows the motto: "living knowledge".

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Key statistics

  • 42.9
    No. of students per staff
    (1)
  • 8%
    Percentage of International Students
    (1)
  • 44,580
    Number of FTE Students
    (1)
  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (2)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings and (2) 2019 World University Rankings

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