Paderborn University

Paderborn University is one of the mid-sized universities in Germany with a strong focus on research and transfer. Our five faculties - Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics - offer 70 study programmes. In addition, there are about 166 subject combinations in the field of teacher training.

Within our key research areas, Paderborn University has made a name for itself with internationally recognised excellence in research. While always keeping society's needs in mind, scientists at Paderborn University are working on the technologies of the future. Research at Paderborn University is characterised by the development of sustainable solutions for the pressing challenges of our time. Cooperations with other universities, companies, and research associations - nationally and internationally - contribute to our University's excellent networks and infrastructure.

?Paderborn University is young and dynamic. Numerous excellent research projects, outstanding degree programmes and proven transfer structures set us apart. The university is ideally located in an economically strong region and offers young people opportunities that are rarely found anywhere else.”

Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf
Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf,
President of Paderborn University

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17159
students
Date November 23
65.5 MM
in third-party funding
Date December 23
300 +
spin-offs from our university
Date June 23

News

18.06.2024

Rally on the Middle East con­flict

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17.06.2024

"An Aca­dem­ic Ca­reer is Chal­len­ging but In­cred­ibly Ful­filling"

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17.06.2024

Mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture: New vehicle con­cepts and swarm in­tel­li­gence for the trans­port and en­ergy trans­ition

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17.06.2024

In the chem­istry lab of the fu­ture

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17.06.2024

"Hy­dro­gen will go its own way"

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14.06.2024

Cit­izen sci­ence in the hy­dro­gen bus: ex­per­i­ments on Pader­born's town hall square

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11.06.2024

"My Con­sti­tu­tion" – Pu­pils from OWL Win School Com­pet­i­tion Or­gan­ised by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Justice

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10.06.2024

On­line elec­tions for stu­dents at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity from 10 to 17 June

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07.06.2024

Im­pres­sions of the AStA Sum­mer Fest­iv­al 2024

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07.06.2024

"Jour­ney in­to the (sports) world of the deaf": Ref­er­ee Ri­cardo Sch­euer­er as a guest at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity

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04.06.2024

Stu­dents dom­in­ate mara­thon in Salzkot­ten, East West­phalia

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03.06.2024

Eye-catch­er no. 51: Drag queen Yon­cé Banks, Licht­blick art­house cinema, forest bathing, in­ter­view with in­die band Kitsches

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Events

24.06.2024 - 25.06.2024

Pader­born Chil­dren's Lit­er­at­ure Days with au­thor Stefanie H?fler

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24.06.2024 - 24.06.2024

Lec­ture series "Con­struc­tions of anti-Semit­ism in fic­tion­al and fac­tu­al (con)texts"

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25.06.2024

Teach­ing Day 2024: "Break­ing down bar­ri­ers, en­abling ac­cess"

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25.06.2024

"In­ter­na­tion­al Tues­days": Meet & Greet with Dr Katja Si­mons

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25.06.2024 - 25.06.2024

Lec­ture on the top­ic "Uni­ver­sity struc­tures and cri­ti­cism of ra­cism"

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25.06.2024 - 25.06.2024

Lec­ture series "His­tory Post­co­lo­ni­al"

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Study pro­grammes, Teach­ing and PAUL

The range of courses offered at Paderborn University is very diverse. With study programmes that are, to date, unique in Germany, we provide offers that are just as exceptional as our students. Many study programmes also have international profiles – which means that our graduates make a good impression all over the world.

Teaching at Paderborn University is defined by quality – as well as by the dedication and motivation of our academics.

Our campus management system PAUL guides you through your studies and teaching.

Find a suit­able de­gree pro­gramme

We offer numerous Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes with various subject combinations. Discover our attractive range of degree programmes and find the right option for your future. Curious?

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Re­search

Fundamental, application-oriented, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented: research at Paderborn University is a team effort dedicated to the great questions of the future. We are building sustainable values and innovations, making them accessible to society, business, and industry.

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Trans­fer

At Paderborn University, researchers and students work together in numerous collaborations with partners in business, society, politics, and culture. We create space for open discourse and pave the way for innovative ideas. Our University has one of the highest spin-off rates in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

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In­ter­na­tion­al

A strong network around the globe: we want to tackle societal challenges in cooperation with international partners. In order to advance our internationalisation, we at Paderborn University make an effort to focus on global orientation and create a campus that provides space for intercultural encounters.

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Key top­ics in re­search

Quantum Research

Quantum Re­search

For many years, the study of the smallest particles of light has been one of the key research areas of Paderborn University. Recognized experts conduct excellent fundamental research in order to shape the future through concrete applications. Thus, they are decisively advancing quantum research in Germany and beyond.

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Artificial Intelligence

Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence

Artificial intelligence has long been a part of our lives. At Paderborn University, academics from various disciplines are researching the fundamentals and effects of AI in order to make human-machine interaction both useful and transparent for society.

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High Per­form­ance Com­put­ing

The "Noctua 2" supercomputer is the heart of Paderborn University's high-performance computing centre. Our scientists use high-performance computing to set international standards in computer systems research. Researchers throughout Germany benefit from the computing capacities to conduct science at the highest level.

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Work­ing at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity

Paderborn University employs around 2,600 people from over 20 different nationalities in a lively working environment. We offer exciting employment opportunities, support for your personal development, and an inclusive working culture. Become part of a dynamic, international team!

 

Cer­ti­fic­ates

Audit Family-Friendly University

On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University underwent the audit family-friendly university and was awarded a certificate as the first university in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Audit Diversity-Friendly University

On 15 March 2023, berufundfamilie’s board of trustees awarded Paderborn University with the audit certificate.

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TOTAL E-QUALITY

Paderborn University received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for its equal opportunities-oriented personnel policy for the first time in 2009.

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Diversity Charter & Association

In October 2011, Paderborn University signed the Diversity Charter.

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Charter for the Reconciliation of Career and Care

In April 2023, Paderborn University signed the Charter for reconciliation of career and care.

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HRK-Audit Internationalisation of Universities

Paderborn University has successfully completed the HRK-Audit Internationalisation of Universities on 27 November 2023.

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[Translate to English:] Logo Zertifikat ?audit familiengerechte hochschule“
Logo "audit vielfaltgerechte hochschule" certificate
Logo of the "TOTAL E-QUALITY" initiative
Logo of the "Charter of Diversity" voluntary commitment
Charter on Reconciliation of Work and Care
HRK-Audit