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.
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.
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 “Studium Generale”, the weekly series of public lectures that, in the summer semester, address the work and historical influence of sociologist Max Weber (1864–1920).