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Paderborn University
Universität Paderborn
University of Paderborn Logo.jpg
Motto Die Universität der Informationsgesellschaft
Motto in English
The University for the Information Society
Type Public
Established 1972
Budget € 204 million[1]
President Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wilhelm Schäfer
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 20,308[1]
Location Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Campus Urban
Colours Dark blue and light grey

Paderborn University (German: Universität Paderborn) is one of the fourteen universities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. It was founded in 1972 and 20,308 students were enrolled at the university in the wintersemester 2016/2017.[1] It offers 62 different degree programmes.

The university has several winners of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and ERC grant recipients of the European Research Council. Furthermore, in 2002, the Romanian mathematician Preda Mihăilescu proved the Catalan conjecture, a number-theoretical conjecture, formulated by the French and Belgian mathematician Eugène Charles Catalan, which had stood unresolved for 158 years.


The Theological Faculty, which was founded in 1614 by Dietrich von Fürstenberg, is the oldest university in North Rhine Westphalia. A regionally significant collection of paintings, kept in the rooms of the Faculty, recalls the period of promoterism and of the Archdiocese Paderborn.


Paderborn University has two campuses:

  • The main campus and
  • The campus in Fuerstenallee
Paderborn University

Main campus

The main campus is located at the Warburger Street in Paderborn. Most lectures take place here. Paderborn University owns two student halls of residence, both of which are just off the main campus.They consists of several buildings separated by yards, providing the enough space to barbecue and play soccer during the summer. The main campus also houses the library. The university’s library also has an excellent reputation. Because of its large selection of electronic media, and its long opening hours and lending periods, it is considered to be one of the best university libraries in the state.

Uni-Line bus
Coffee cup from Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing

International Office[edit]

The international office of Paderborn University is interconnected with over 140 partner universities worldwide and offers a large variety of exchange programs. The international office works closely with the student organization Eurobiz e.V. which looks after incoming exchange students and introduces them to Germany and the German culture.

Library at the University


The Fürstenallee campus is located 5 km from the main campus and is connected to the main campus via the 'uni-line' bus. Some academic activities of the computer science and Systems engineering departments are held at the Fürstenallee campus. Next to the Fürstenallee building is the world's biggest computer museum, the Heinz Nixdorf Museum Forum. The museum exhibits historic computing technologies used during different eras of human civilization starting from 3000 BC to world war. The Fürstenallee campus houses the research centers such as Heinz Nixdorf Institute, Cooperative Computing and Communication Laboratory (C-Lab) and Software quality lab (S-lab).


In 2006, the computer science program was ranked among the top 3 programs in the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE)[2] and the German weekly news magazine "Die Zeit". In the same year, the university was ranked among the leading institutions in terms of gaining research funds in the areas of electrical engineering, computer science and systems engineering by the German Research Foundation.

The interdisciplinary research centers at the university include Heinz Nixdorf Institute,[3] Paderborn center for Parallel Computing,[4] Paderborn Institute for Scientific Computation,[5] Cooperative Computing and Communication Laboratory (C-Lab)[6] and Software quality lab (S-lab).[7] RailCab is a research project by Paderborn University. Its purpose is the examination of the use of linear engines for the propulsion of autonomous, rail mounted vehicles.

Research and Scientific Centers of the University[1][edit]

Key Research Areas[edit]

  • Digital Humanities
  • Intelligent Technical Systems
  • Lightweight Design with Hybrid Systems
  • Optoelectronics and Photonics

DFG Collaborative Research Centres[edit]

The following Collaborative Research Centers of the German Research Foundation (DFG) are established at Paderborn University:

  • On-The-Fly Computing (SFB 901)
  • Tailored Nonlinear Photonics: From Fundamental Concepts to Functional Structures (SFB/TRR 142)

Graduate Schools[edit]

  • Energy- and Cost-Efficient Extreme Lightweight Design with Hybrid Materials
  • Design of Flexible Work Environments – Human-Centred Use of Cyber-Physical Systems in Industry 4.0
  • Individual Support: Competence Development in Vocational Education
  • International Graduate School of Intelligent Systems in Automation Technology (ISA)
  • Islamic Theology

Interdisciplinary Research Institutes[edit]

  • Centre of Excellence “Music – Edition – Media”, Paderborn University, University of Music Detmold and Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences
  • Centre for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies (ZeKK)
  • Centre for Gender Studies (ZG)
  • Centre for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn (CeOPP)
  • Competence Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology (KET)
  • Heinz Nixdorf Institute (HNI)
  • Institute for Lightweight Design with Hybrid Systems (ILH)
  • Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn
  • Paderborn Centre for Educational Research and Teacher Training (PLAZ)
  • Paderborn Centre for Parallel Computing (PC²)
  • Paderborn Centre for Advanced Studies (PACE)
  • Paderborn Institute for Scientific Computation (PaSCo)
  • Software Innovation Lab (SI-Lab)

Fraunhofer Institutions[edit]

  • Fraunhofer Research Institute for Design of Mechatronic Systems (IEM)
  • Fraunhofer ENAS, Department of Advanced Systems Engineering

Joint Ventures[edit]

  • C-LAB – Cooperative Computing & Communication Laboratory – Joint research and development laboratory operated by Atos and Paderborn University
  • DMRC – Direct Manufacturing Research Centre – A consortium of industrial partners and Paderborn University
  • it´s OWL – BMBF-Leading-Edge Cluster ”Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe“
  • L-LAB – Research Centre for Lighting Engineering and Mechatronics. Public Private Partnership between Hella KG Hueck & Co, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences and Paderborn University
  • SICP – Software Innovation Campus Paderborn – A Cooperation of Paderborn University with the Fraunhofer IPT Group Design for Mechatronic Systems, andcompanies of the region

DFG Research Units[edit]

  • Acoustic sensor networks
  • Dynamics of Electron Transfer Processes at Transition Metal Centres in Biological and Bioinorganic Systems
Winner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of Paderborn University
Year Award winners Chair
1992 Burkhard Monien and Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide
Theoretical computer science
2002 Frank Vollertsen Forming and cutting production engineering
2011 Christine Silberhorn Quantum Optics
Recipients of ERC grants of Paderborn University
Year Laureate Chair
2016 Thomas D. Kühne Theoretical Chemistry
2016 Christine Silberhorn Integrated Quantum Optics
2016 Thomas Zentgraf Ultrafast Nanophotonics


Paderborn University consists of five faculties:[1]

I Faculty of Arts and Humanities[edit]

Department of English and American Studies; Department of Educational Sciences; Department of Protestant Theology; Department of German Studies and Comparative Literary Studies, History Department; Department of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Catholic Theology, Department of Art, Music, Textiles; Department of Media Studies; Department of Romanic Languages; Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn

II Faculty of Business Administration and Economics[edit]

Department of Management; Department of Taxation, Accounting and Finance; Department of Business Information Systems; Department of Economics, Department of Business and Human Resource Education; Department of Law..They offer range of programs for International students in a convenient way.

III Faculty of Science[edit]

The faculty of Science has three departments: Department of Physics; Department of Chemistry; Department of Sports and Health. The department of Physics offers Master of Science and Doctoral degree programs in English and is fully accredited by ASIIN. The research topic specializes in fabrication, characterization, spectroscopy, and applications of semiconductor nanostructures, optical communication, quantum computing and the theoretical understanding and modeling of the underlying physical phenomena.

IV Faculty of Mechanical Engineering[edit]

Since the founding of Paderborn University in 1972, the university's mechanical engineering program has been continually evolving as a center for educating a new generation of high-performing engineers, as well as a hub of top-notch research; half a million Euro per professor per year in research allocations and leading participation in two collaborative research centers are just two of the most visible signs of our involvement. In addition, a variety of multifaced cooperations between Mechanical Engineering departments and local companies help to promote long-term innovation in the proud tradition of German industry.

The current research topics within the College of Mechanical Engineering are:

  • Mechatronics
  • New Rail Technology Paderborn (NBP) l RailCab
  • Collaborative Research Group (Sonderforschungsbereich – SFB) 614 “Self-Optimizing Systems in Mechanical Engineering“
  • Collaborative Research Group (SFB) Transregio 30 “Creation of Graded Structures on the Basis of Thermo-Mechanically Coupled Phenomena”
  • Lightweight Construction Using High-Strength Materials
  • New Joining Technologies
  • ViProSim: Center of Competence for Virtual Prototyping and Simulation
  • Strategic Planning and Innovation Management
  • Development and Modeling of Production Processes
  • Electromechanical Drivetrain Systems
  • Direct Manufacturing Research Center – DMRC
  • Institute for Lightweight Design with Hybrid Systems (ILH)
  • Public Safety & Security Processes and Systems
  • Process Engineering Paderborn

V Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics[edit]

Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology; Department of Computer Science; Department of Mathematics

Computer Science Department[edit]

The Computer Science department of Paderborn University has a strong international research reputation. A ranking recently published by the Association for Computing Machinery placed the department's Software Engineering the 16th best in the world, and top in Germany. The most recent German CHE ranking placed Paderborn's CS department among the top four CS departments in Germany. The Department's partnerships with locally and globally operating IT companies such as Siemens, Wincor Nixdorf, and SD&M as well as with the strong regional mechanical engineering industry in embedded systems, gives the students the unique opportunity of getting to know prospective employers even before they graduate.

Electrical Engineering Department[edit]

Typical fields of activities for graduated electrical engineers are leading and executive positions in electrical and electronic industry, computer industry, communication techniques, automation engineering, energy supply industry, automotive and aerospace industry and also in scientific.

Student life[edit]

At Paderborn University, a number of Student Groups exist and meet regularly. AStA (Allgemeiner Studierenden Ausschuss) is the board of Student Representatives, who, through their engagement, have an influence on university politics and organisation and run certain campus facilities such as the photocopiers. Student Faculty Committees (Fachschaften) protect the interests of other students in that department. The “Fachschaft” remains in constant contact with professors and other lecturers and passes on important information to students. It offers help with timetable planning and is thus an important contact for all academic matters. Eurobiz is a voluntary student group that helps international students to find their way around. They organize weekend trips and farewell parties, university parties and several other (spontaneous) events during the semester.

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Coordinates: 51°42′29″N 8°46′20″E / 51.70806°N 8.77222°E / 51.70806; 8.77222