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Ernst Moritz Arndt University
of Greifswald
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Seal of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald

Established 1456
Latin Alma Mater Gryphiswaldensis
German Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität
Location Greifswald, MV, Germany
Enrolment circa 10,000
Campus buildings dispersed
small town atmosphere
Type state university
Rector Prof. Dr. Rainer Westermann
Address Am Schießwall 4a
17487 Greifswald
Phone +49-3834-860
Member of EUA
Greifswald in Germany

Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald is located in Greifswald, Germany, between the Islands Rügen and Usedom, and is the second oldest university in Northern Europe. For a time, it was also the oldest institution of higher education in Sweden and, later, Prussia.

There are currently about 10,000 students studying at the faculties of science and math, medicine, theology, and philosophy/philology. Due to the size of the town of Greifswald, it is rather a university with a town than a town with a university. Before the Second World War, it was among the wealthiest universities in Germany, owning lots of arable land. The university today owns several prestigious art objects, including one of four original 36 lines Gutenberg Bibles from the 15th century and a tapestry from 1554/1556.



Like most continental European universities, the E.M.A.U. Greifswald is organised in faculties (German: Fakultät), and among these further divided into Departments (German: Institut). The following faculties exist:


The University of Greifswald was founded in 1456, due to the great commitment of the mayor (and first rector) of Greifswald, Heinrich Rubenow, in cooperation with Duke Wartislaw IX and Bishop Henning Iven at St. Nikolai Cathedral. Originally, the university consisted of the four traditional divisions: Theology, Philosophy, Medicine, and Law.

In 1604, the university introduced the first centralised university library of Germany. It signed a contract with a book printer from Wittenberg for the amount of 2,000 Gulden, which was extended for another decade for another 2000 Gulden. Due to the disruption caused by the Thirty Years' War, this extension lasted until the end of the 17th century.

In Germany, there are six older universities: Heidelberg (1386), Cologne (1388), Erfurt (1392/1994), Würzburg (1402/1582), Leipzig (1409) and Rostock (1419).

It was named for Ernst Moritz Arndt in 1933.


Notable Professors and Lecturers

Nobel laureates

Johannes Stark (1874 - 1957) received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1919 (see Nobel Prize Website ( "for his discovery of the Doppler effect in canal rays and the splitting of spectral lines in electric fields" during his time at the University of Greifswald.

In 1939, Gerhard Domagk (1895 - 1964) received the Nobel Prize in Medicine (see Nobel Prize Website ( "for the discovery of the antibacterial effects of prontosil".


Notable Students

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Croy tapestry (1554/1556) owned by EMAU Greifswald

Institutes, Cooperations

  • Alfred Krupp Science College (Alfred-Krupp-Wissenschaftskolleg)
  • Max Planck Institute of Plasmaphysics
  • Institute of Low Temperature and Plasma Physics
  • Nuclear Fusion Study Reactor Wendelstein 7X
  • German Federal Institute of Animal Virus Deseases, Riems Island
  • Siemens AG, Public Networks
  • Technology Centre Vorpommern
  • Biotechnikum Greifswald
  • Technologiepark (under construction)
  • Research Institute of Diabetes, Karlsburg (near Greifswald)

Bachelor Degrees

The EMAU has introduced many B.A. programmes, primarily at the faculty of philosophy. These will finally replace the traditional German "Magister". With the rapid introduction, the cooperation with two other universities, and a special curriculum Greifswald has become a leading university in introducing and implementing the new Bachelor/Master system as proposed by the Bologna declaration.

Partner Universities

European Union:


Also, there are numerous cooperations on the departments' (Institut) level.

External links

See also:

eo:Universitato Ernst Moritz ARNDT


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