About the University
Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is Germany’s oldest university and one of the strongest research universities in all of Europe. The successes in both rounds of the Excellence Initiative and in internationally recognised rankings prove that Heidelberg’s excellent reputation and leading role in the scientific community are well deserved. In terms of educating students and promoting promising early-career academics, Heidelberg relies on research-based teaching and an outstanding, well-structured training for doctoral candidates.
Heidelberg University is a comprehensive university, offering the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law and the social sciences alongside the natural and life sciences, including medicine. As a comprehensive university, Heidelberg aims to continue to strengthen the individual disciplines and to further interdisciplinary cooperation, as well as to carry research results over into society and industry.
With its aspiration of connecting traditional academic values with future-oriented scientific concepts in research and teaching, the university is building bridges to the future – Zukunft. Seit 1386.
Safeguarding of good academic practice
To preserve and promote an atmosphere of openness, creativity and achievement and as a precaution against academic misconduct, a series of mission statements, guidelines and principles have been developed at Heidelberg University. Among other things, these include a Research Data Policy, an Intellectual Property Policy and an Open Access Policy.
The Rector heads the Rectorate, represents the University of Heidelberg externally and coordinates the cooperation of its members internally. In addition to the rector, the rectorate consists of a full-time chancellor and four part-time prorectors.
The Senate plays an essential role in the strategic orientation of the university in research, courses of study and teaching. It has to approve the structure and development plans and decide on study programmes, subject groups, joint institutions, and commissions. Additionally, the Senate is responsible for approving the appointment suggestions of the Appointment Commission.
The University Council is responsible for the strategic development of the University and recommends measures to raise its profile and increase its performance and competitiveness.