Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU)

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    Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is one of the younger higher education institutions in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia - founded in 1965. Since 1988 our university has carried the name of one of the city's finest sons. Today around 20,000 students study at a modern campus under conditions ideally suited to academic life.

    As a campus university where everything is close together, all buildings including the University Hospital and the specialised libraries are easily reachable. Our university departments enjoy an excellent reputation due to an exceptionally high number of collaborative research centres. Moreover, the state capital Düsseldorf provides an attractive environment with a high quality of life.

    Facts and Figures

    Our young university already has a long tradition: It has grown out of the Medical Academy founded in 1907. In 1965 the university was created by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It started with three faculties: the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

    In 1988 it was renamed Heinrich Heine University and experienced a period of dynamic growth. In the 1990s two new faculties were added: the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Law. Today, around 20,000 students, more than 1,700 lecturers and 900 further employees study, teach, and work on our campus. At the beginning of the winter semester 2011/12 we were able to welcome about 6,000 new students.


    The open structure of our university creates an excellent basis for knowledge transfer and cluster development: several Leibniz prize winners bear testament to this. Life sciences incorporating the interdisciplinary interaction of medicine and natural sciences are a core research area. There are six Collaborative Research Centres for outstanding achievement in biology, medicine and physics as well as many co-operations on a national (Forschungszentrum Jülich) and international level. Five Research Training Groups provide excellent training for young scientists and scholars. Moreover, the university has strong ties to the regional economy.

    Key research areas

    Research, teaching and further education are mutually dependent. As the youngest and to date smallest university to be established in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Heinrich Heine University has been keen to forge links with Düsseldorf, a growth region of the future, and is committed to key fields of activity which are sustained by internal and external cooperative efforts. Internal competition drives existing innovative potential towards new key specialist areas of expertise.

    The four key fields of research currently are:

    • Life sciences: Medicine (molecular and clinical hepatology, cardiovascular research, environmental medicine/gerontology, molecular and clinical neurosciences, infectiology), biotechnology, structural biology, cell biology, psychology
    • Natural sciences: plasma physics, soft matter, chemistry
    • Humanities, cultural studies and social sciences: Practical philosophy, linguistics, media science and social sciences
    • Law and economics with links to Düsseldorf


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