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Regarding the current events in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University

An as yet unknown perpetrator has injured several people with a firearm in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University on the Im Neuenheimer Feld campus. According to police, the suspected perpetrator is dead. The police assume that he acted alone. In the estimation of the police, there is no longer a dangerous situation on campus. In spite of all the consternation and concern for the students and staff who had to witness this act, the university leadership is currently doing everything in its power to support the police authorities in solving the crime. The Rector of Heidelberg University will comment on the matter at a police press conference this evening. According to the current state of affairs, no foreign students are affected by what happened. The university leadership is making all preparations for prompt psychological support for those affected.

On-site investigations are in taking place in earnest. A citizens’ hotline, telephone 0621/174-5055, has been set up for relatives.

Continuously updated information is available on the website of the Mannheim police headquarters.

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Alarm Level II: Latest Coronavirus Ordinance on Degree-Related Activities

The 2021/2022 winter semester continues generally with on-campus classes. However, there is a new Coronavirus Ordinance on Degree-Related Activities, and the State of Baden-Württemberg has now announced Alarm Level II. Consequently, as of Monday 29 November 2021, new rules will apply for all on-campus lectures/classes and examinations. Please take advantage of one of the vaccination opportunities.

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Founded in 1386, Ruperto Carola is the oldest university in today's Germany and one of Europe’s leading research institutions. Its success across all funding rounds of the Excellence Competition and international rankings underscore its leadership role and excellent reputation in the academic, scientific and research landscape.



Heidelberg University defines itself as an internationally networked research university dedicated to research-oriented teaching. It believes it has a duty to help address the issues facing humanity by crossing the divide between disciplines.

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Courses of study at Heidelberg University are informed by its strong research focus and are designed to accustom students to independent research practices early on. With over 160 fields of study, it offers the broad spectrum of subjects representative of a comprehensive university as well as abundant opportunities to acquire a singular and internationally competitive qualification profile.

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The exchange between basic research and technological innovation as well as the targeted transfer of knowledge and insights into society are the focus of the transfer activities.

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Heidelberg Discourse about University Research in Digital Formats

It is fundamental to the nature of academic inquiry to seek answers to the great questions of humanity and to engage in ongoing discussion with political and societal stakeholders about university research and its findings. During the coronavirus pandemic, too, Heidelberg University wishes to uphold this important discourse with the public at large. It has therefore created heiONLINE, Heidelberg University’s central portal, where lectures, discussion panels and podcasts are available for download in digital formats. They also include the “Ruperto Carola Lecture Series” which, in keeping with the theme “In Focus: Friend and Foe”, explores the question “Quo vadis USA?”.