University of Düsseldorf Information
The Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, or simply the University of Düsseldorf, is a German university located in Düsseldorf; North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital city. The University of Düsseldorf ranking is the joint 15th best university in Germany, and 365th to 390th in the world. Similarly rated German colleges include RWTH Aachen University, Technische Universität Berlin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and University of Leipzig.
The university is named after a native of the city, Heinrich Heine, a political thinker and one of the most important German romantic poets.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother-in-law, Joachim Morat, who was then the Duchy of Berg’s officer-in-charge, wanted to establish a university in Düsseldorf. Only a few higher-education institutions had existed at the time; those that existed developed between the sixteenth and the eighteenth university. Napoleon, on 12 December 1811, issued a decree which called for the establishment of a university consisting of five faculties in the duchy. It was however impeded by the French invasion of Russia the following year.
Almost a century later, in 1907, the city saw its first college-like institution: a medical academy. The academy started to train students in 1923. In 1962, control of the academy was taken from the city of Düsseldorf by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Three years later, it was transformed by the state government from a medical academy into a full-pledged university.
A combined faculty of philosophy and natural sciences and a faculty of medicine was set-up in the university. The opening ceremony was held on 14 February of the same year. The central campus buildings were erected in the 1970s. They adapted the then prevailing architectural style in the campus. At the time, the university was not yet named after Heine because of some pragmatic and later political issues. It was only given its present name on 20 December 1988.
Courses offered at Düsseldorf are greatly diversified. They range from literature and language to the natural and applied sciences. The University of Dusseldorf also has a lot of partner universities from all over the world. Some of its partner universities include the University of Nantes in France, the Peking University in China, Interdisciplinary Centre of Herzliah in Israel, the University of California, Davis, and University of Alicante in Spain, among others.
The university has some famous honorary graduates including the Federal Republic of Germany’s former president, Johannes Rau. Others given honorary degrees were literary critic Marcel Reicgh-Rancke and former Central Council of Jews in Germany president Paul Spiegel.
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University of Düsseldorf Rankings and Quick Facts
Full name: Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf; Heinrich-Heine-Universität.
|University world Ranking – Times 200 (UK)||
|University world Ranking – Jiaotong 500 (China)||
305 to 402
|University world Ranking – Newsweek 100 (USA)||
|European Rank (Jiaotong)||
124 to 172
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University of Duesseldorf; Photograph by Dittmeyer.