Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

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  • With more than 36,000 stu­dents from about 130 nations, Johannes Guten­berg Uni­ver­sity Mainz (JGU) is one of the ten largest uni­ver­si­ties in Ger­many. As a com­pre­hen­sive uni­ver­sity, JGU com­bines almost all aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines under one roof, includ­ing the Mainz Uni­ver­sity Med­ical Cen­ter, the School of Music, and the Mainz Acad­emy of Arts. This is a unique fea­ture in the Ger­man aca­d­e­mic land­scape. Some 2,900 aca­d­e­mics, includ­ing 480 pro­fes­sors, teach and con­duct research at JGU’s more than 150 depart­ments, insti­tutes, and clinics.

    Johannes Guten­berg Uni­ver­sity Mainz is proud to be a research insti­tu­tion of national and inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion, par­tic­u­larly strong in the field of mate­ri­als sci­ence, earth sys­tem sci­ence, nuclear and par­ti­cle physics, trans­la­tional med­i­cine, and media and cul­tural stud­ies. In Sep­tem­ber 2011, JGU sub­mit­ted its def­i­nite pro­pos­als for one grad­u­ate school, three clus­ters of excel­lence, and its insti­tu­tional strat­egy THE GUTEN­BERG SPIRIT: MOV­ING MINDS – CROSS­ING BOUND­ARIES to the Excel­lence Ini­tia­tive by the Ger­man Fed­eral and State Governments.

    Mainz Uni­ver­sity is also char­ac­ter­ized by its sophis­ti­cated large-​scale equip­ment such as the TRIGA light water research reac­tor of its Insti­tute of Nuclear Chem­istry or the key-​down elec­tron accel­er­a­tor MAMI (Mainz Micro­tron) of the Insti­tute of Nuclear Physics. These facil­i­ties attract researchers from all over the world to come to JGU for research.

    Mainz Uni­ver­sity cur­rently counts 145 sub­jects on offer, orga­nized in 119 Bachelor’s and 96 Master’s pro­grams of courses. With these, the Uni­ver­sity cov­ers all aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines of a com­pre­hen­sive uni­ver­sity. JGU empha­sizes the value of research-​oriented teach­ing, i.e. the com­bi­na­tion of excel­lent research and teach­ing, and it is known for the incor­po­ra­tion of research con­tent into stu­dent cur­ric­ula so as to intro­duce its stu­dents to research top­ics and strate­gies very early on to enable them to develop research habits themselves.

    Almost all JGU fac­ul­ties, depart­ments, insti­tutes, and other insti­tu­tions are located on a sin­gle cam­pus in close vicin­ity to Mainz city cen­ter, which is unique among Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties of com­pa­ra­ble size. The JGU cam­pus also houses four part­ner research insti­tu­tions con­duct­ing cutting-​edge research, stu­dent hous­ing, and a num­ber of child-​care facil­i­ties. The Mainz Uni­ver­sity Med­ical Cen­ter is con­cen­trated on its own cam­pus in short dis­tance to the JGU campus.

    Being the only com­pre­hen­sive uni­ver­sity in the fed­eral state of Rhineland-​Palatinate, Johannes Guten­berg Uni­ver­sity Mainz lives the notion of the civic uni­ver­sity closely col­lab­o­rat­ing with the com­mu­nity it is part of. This com­prises in par­tic­u­lar the areas of life-​long learn­ing, knowl­edge exchange and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, and the inter­face between uni­ver­sity and school.


    JGU was founded in 1477, just a few years after the death of its name­sake – Johannes Guten­berg, the famous inven­tor of mov­able type print­ing. It was closed under Napoleon around 1800 and reopened in 1946 by the French forces based in Ger­many after World War II. The Uni­ver­sity remains true to the exam­ple of Johannes Guten­berg: fur­ther­ing and imple­ment­ing inno­v­a­tive ideas, using knowl­edge to improve the liv­ing con­di­tions of peo­ple and their access to edu­ca­tion and sci­ence, and encour­ag­ing peo­ple to over­come antic­i­pated as well as actual bound­aries wher­ever possible.


    Phone +49.6131.39-0
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    Address Saarstrasse 21

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