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University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
English Name: University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Region: Western Europe
Country/Region: Germany
Found Year: 1743
Address: Schlossplatz 4

Founded in 1743, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is today one of the largest research universities in Germany with around 40,000 students who work closely with an internationally recognized faculty and research staff. The university offers classes and research possibilities in a wide range of subjects organized in five faculties: i) Humanities and Theology, ii) Business, Economics, and Law, iii) Medicine, iv) Sciences, and v) Engineering. At the Master’s level in particular, many subjects are taught entirely in English.


The cutting-edge research that takes place at the FAU has helped place it among the top ten universities in the latest ranking conducted by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Furthermore, according to their international bibliometric ranking systems, the Leiden (CWTS) and the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) have ranked the FAU 6th and 8th among German universities, respectively.


The FAU is a leading research institution in a number of interdisciplinary projects that bring together researchers from various faculties. Internationally recognized projects include work in: i) new materials and processes, ii) optics and optical technologies, iii) molecular life sciences and medicine, iv) health technology, v) electronics, information and communication, vi) energy, environment and climate, vii) language – culture – region, and viii) cohesion – transformation – innovation in law and economics. In recognition of its outstanding achievements, the FAU receives special federal funding for the following high profile research initiatives: the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’, the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies, the ‘Medical Valley’ Leading Edge Cluster in Health Technology and the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities ‘Fate, Freedom and Prognostication’.


The FAU offers globally competitive research conditions for graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers. It provides a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure as well as intensive research mentoring and support. FAU students receive world-class training in an inspiring environment with access to exciting international exchanges and career prospects. The global vision of the university is exemplified by the recently established FAU Busan Campus in South Korea.


The FAU also benefits from collaborations with other excellent research institutions in Erlangen and Nürnberg including the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology. The FAU drives the development of innovative technologies across the entire ‘European Metropolitan Region of Nürnberg’, a highly productive and economically thriving area in Germany, with 3.5 million inhabitants generating more than 4% of the GDP. The city of Erlangen has the highest number of patents relative to inhabitants according to the Eurostat statistics of the European Union. One prominent example is the development of the MP3 standard. The region is proud of its superb education system and offers excellent prospects for future employment and academic research.

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