The University of Paderborn is an institution based in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and has a focus on the study of cultural studies and sciences. The original institution existed between 1614 and 1819, and Paderborn’s modern incarnation was opened in 1972.
There are five faculties and 67 degree programmes at Paderborn. With over 7,500 students the Faculty of Cultural Sciences is the largest, and also incorporates crossover teaching in Gender Studies, Comparative Theology and Linguistics.
The evocatively named Department of Romance offers teacher training courses as well as Bachelors and Masters degrees in literature and language studies. The department currently has international partnerships with universities in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Chile, Colombia and Tunisia.
On the scientific side of the university is the Heinz Nixdorf Institute, which is not only a research centre but also one of the largest computer museums in the world. It is named after the German computing pioneer who was born in Paderborn.
The university teaches six Masters programmes in English; Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Systems, American Studies, International Economics and Management, and Physics. For classes taught in English or French a proof of language skills is required. Registered asylum seekers are also welcome to further their studies at Paderborn.
As part of the 79th Paderborn Companies Forum participants were given a guided tour of the universities Direct Manufacturing Research Centre, in which the team of Dr. Guido Adam presented the potential for 3-D printing in product development.
Esperanto linguists Alicja Sakaguchi and Claus Killing-Günkel, computer scientist Meinolf Sellmann and Polish senator Jarosław Lasecki are all alumni of Paderborn.
The University of Alcalá (UAH) is a public university located in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, a Unesco world heritage site and one of the longest standing European universities, dating back to 1293.