University of Duisburg-Essen Information
Universität Duisburg-Essen, or the University of Duisburg-Essen, is a newly-founded public university in Essen and Duisburg in Germany. It was established on the first of January 2003 through the merger of the University of Essen and the Gerhard Mercator University of Duisburg, which were both founded in 1972. The University of Duisburg-Essen ranking is joint 24th best university in Germany, and 432nd to 507th in the world. Similarly rated German colleges include TU Darmstadt, University of Halle-Wittenberg, University of Jena, and Universität Bielefeld.
Although the University was only recently founded, the origins can be traced back to 1555, when Duke Wilhelm V von Jülich-Kleve-Berg decided to establish a university which would serve the unified duchies of the Lower Rhine. For a university to be established, it should first be approved by both the emperor and the pope. Even though the pope and the emperor gave their permissions, in 1564 and 1566, respectively, the university was founded only in 1654. It opened on 14 October 1655.
The University, however, suffered a quick decline after its establishment because of competition from better equipped Dutch universities. It was officially dissolved on 18 October 1818, coinciding with the foundation of the University of Bonn. Large portions of the Duisburg University Library were transferred to Bonn, forming much of the newly-created Bonn Library. The Rheinisch-Westfälische Hüttenschule was also transferred from Bochum to Duisburg and was later developed into the Königlich-Preußischen Maschinenbau- und Hüttenschule in 1891. In 1936, it was renamed to the Public School of Engineering. In 1960, the tacher-training college in Kettwig transferred to Duisburg and was called the Pedagogical University Ruhr. It merged with the Public School of Engineering in 1972. The resulting institution was named the Comprehensive University of Duisburg, which in 1994 was renamed to the Gerhard-Mercator-University.
This University merged with the University of Essen in 2003 to form the University of Duisburg-Essen.
There are 11 faculties at the University of Duisburg-Essen today: Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Mercator School of Management, Faculty of Mathematics, Faculty of Physics, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Biology and Geography, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medicine.
University of Duisburg-Essen Address
Campus Duisburg: Forsthausweg 2, 47057 Duisburg. Germany
Tel.: + 49 203 379 – 0
Campus Essen: Universitätsstraße 2, 45141 Essen, Germany
Tel.: + 49 201 183 – 1
University Duisburg Essen Rankings and Quick Facts
Motto: Motto: Art and Science on the Rhine and the Ruhr
Known in German as Universität Duisburg-Essen.
|University world Ranking – Jiaotong 500 (China)||
305 to 402
|European Rank (Jiaotong)||
124 to 172
University Duisburg Essen Facts
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2003; can trace its roots back as far as 1654.
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