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One of the University of Cologne’s greatest strengths is its extensive pool of outstanding young scientific talents. At the same time, the University of Cologne is one of the oldest universities in Europe. With six faculties, 102 subjects, ten interdisciplinary research and teaching centres, close cooperation with the University Hospital Cologne and the renowned Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association research facilities, the University of Cologne enjoys an outstanding international and national reputation. It’s commitment to knowledge ...

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One of the University of Cologne’s greatest strengths is its extensive pool of outstanding young scientific talents. At the same time, the University of Cologne is one of the oldest universities in Europe. With six faculties, 102 subjects, ten interdisciplinary research and teaching centres, close cooperation with the University Hospital Cologne and the renowned Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association research facilities, the University of Cologne enjoys an outstanding international and national reputation. It’s commitment to knowledge transfer and business start-ups also contributes to this. The Center for Organic Electronics (COPT), for instance, acts as a bridge between cutting edge university research and business, while the Gateway start-up service helps students and graduates realise their own business ideas – something that is also facilitated by the high number of companies in the region. Science graduates are well looked after, with 45 graduate schools and colleges providing them with further options.

“The University brings Cologne to life. Despite an ageing population in Germany, Cologne is one of the few German cities that’s getting younger. More than half the students that graduate here, stay here, start their own business, find a job in the Cathedral City and contribute to Cologne’s future.” Patrick Honecker, Director of Communications and Marketing

Research specialisations at a glance:

  • Ageing and demographic change
  • Social and economic behaviour
  • Quantitative modelling of complex systems
  • Cultural and societal change
  • Social inequalities and intercultural education

Power of research. Some choices…
Together more than 400 scientists from the University of Cologne, the University Hospital of Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolic Research and the Biology of Ageing and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) comprise an extremely dynamic research network known as the CECAD (Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases) Cluster of Excellence. Their mission is to decipher the molecular mechanisms of ageing and indentify new therapeutic approaches to the diseases of ageing.

The CEPLAS, Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences, with its research centres in Jülich, Dusseldorf and Cologne, benefits agriculture by examining how plants adapt to environmental conditions.

Funded by the Excellence Cluster, the Global South Studies Center Cologne (GSSC) researches social, economic, political and cultural changes in the countries south of the equator with the aim of making thesedevelopments more visible and promoting new options for current and future global challenges.  

CERES, the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health is concerned with cooperation between the five disciplines of philosophy, law, economics, social sciences and medicine. CERES is a centre for interdisciplinary research, education and training as well as consulting on societal relevant issues in healthcare and science networks at home and abroad.

More information about the University of Cologne can be found here.

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