University of Bamberg

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The University of Bamberg (German: Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg) in Bamberg, Germany, specializes in the humanities, cultural studies, social sciences, economics, and applied computer science.

University of Bamberg
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
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Latin: Universitas Bambergensis
Established1647; 375 years ago (1647) (initial)
1972 (re-founded)
Budget€ 87.1 million[1]
ChancellorDagmar Steuer-Flieser
PresidentKai Fischbach [de]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,

49°53′38″N 10°53′12″E / 49.89389°N 10.88667°E / 49.89389; 10.88667Coordinates: 49°53′38″N 10°53′12″E / 49.89389°N 10.88667°E / 49.89389; 10.88667


The university is mainly housed in historical buildings in Bamberg's Old Town. These include the former Jesuit college (Theology), the former Hochzeitshaus (History), the old slaughterhouse (Earth Science), the former Bauhof (Communication Studies), and the former fire station (Oriental Studies). The departments of Languages and Literature are partly housed in buildings which once belonged to the Kaiser-Heinrich High School. The Social Sciences and Economics department and the Business Information Technology and Applied Computer Science department, which accommodate a large proportion of the students, are in Feldkirchenstrasse. The former ERBA cotton mill, on an island in the Regnitz, has been acquired to create student apartments in the red-brick building, as well as in an adjoining new 14,000m2 building.


A former slaughter house which accommodates the Institute of Geography today

The university today has four faculties:

An agreement between Bavaria and the Vatican saw the faculty of Catholic Theology restructured as an institute which places a greater emphasis on teacher training. In 2005, the Social Work course transferred to Coburg University of Applied Sciences.



The main areas of curricular focus, to which subjects across faculties contribute, are:

  • Education and Life Planning
  • The Individual and Society
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Business and Markets

Rankings and reputationEdit

In the 2012 Wirtschaftswoche ranking, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration is ranked 20th in business administration (Betriebswirtschaftslehre) and 11th in economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre).[2]

Partner universitiesEdit

The University of Bamberg currently has cooperation agreements with approximately 300 academic institutions in more than 60 countries (March 2018).

The European network includes the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The University holds partnerships in Australia with the University of Sydney, in the US with Harvard University, as well as in Asia with the Chinese Xi'an Jiaotong University, the Korea University, and the Japanese Sophia University.[3]

Johann Baptist von Spix International ProfessorshipEdit

The University of Bamberg created the Johann Baptist von Spix professorship in 2015. The professorship is named for an alumnus of the university and eminent biologist and ethnographer. The professorship was created in an effort to increase the institution's international scholarly collaboration.[4] Recipients of the professorship teach a class, conduct research, provide professional development opportunities to graduate students, and offer public presentations.

Notable facultyEdit

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Die Universität Bamberg in Zahlen". University of Bamberg (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Die Auf- und Absteiger unter Deutschlands Unis". Wirtschaftswoche (in German). 10 April 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Partner Universities".
  4. ^ Verena Sinn, "Johann Baptist von Spix: Ein Bamberger Alumnus, der die Internationalität liebte." University of Bamberg

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