Heidelberg is one of the largest biomedical research hubs in Europe and home of famous and renowned research institutes

The Campus of the University of Heidelberg

We are located at the outstanding campus environment of the University of Heidelberg, one of the largest biomedical research hubs in Europe. Heidelberg is home of renowned research institutes such as the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

A strong collaboration between science and business

The Heidelberg Technology Park on the campus of the University of Heidelberg is home to around 100 small and medium-sized biotech companies. Being on campus offers the BioMed X research teams access to state-of-the-art academic research infrastructure. More than 20 other local institutes focused on biomedical research with over 15,000 jobs and 16,000 students in life sciences and medicine are located at the campus.

As locations for research, Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region are characterized by a tradition of close collaboration between science and business. This is evident in the large number of interdisciplinary research centers in the region, for example Heidelberg Technology Park and the SkyLabs in the city’s new Bahnstadt district.

A long history of research and education

Heidelberg University – also known as Ruperto Carola – was established in 1386 and is Germany’s oldest university. It is also one of the strongest research universities in all of Europe.

During the 19th century, Heidelberg was celebrated not only for its high level of research but also for its liberality, commitment to democratic ideals, and openness to new ideas. The impeccable reputation of the university attracted many foreign students. This heyday was marked by extraordinary research successes across all faculties and was significantly influenced by researchers such as Robert Bunsen, Hermann Helmholtz, Gustav Kirchhoff and Max Weber.

In the 1960s the university started building a new campus near the city district Neuenheim in Heidelberg, called the Neuenheimer Feld. Today the Neuenheimer Feld is the largest part of the university, and the largest campus for natural sciences and life science in Germany. Nearly all science faculties and institutes, the medical school, University Hospital Heidelberg, and the science branch of the University Library are situated on this campus.

30.000 students from all over the world – 57 Nobel Prize winners

Approximately 1.000 doctorates are completed every year, with more than one third of the doctoral students coming from abroad. International students from around 130 countries account for more than 20 percent of the total student body.

Since 1901, 57 personalities whose curricula vitae are affiliated with the university or the city of Heidelberg have received the Nobel Prize.

Heidelberg is a German Excellence University. After being awarded in 2007 and 2012 the University was also successful in the fourth round of Germany’s Excellence Strategy in 2019. This initiative conducted by the German government aims to promote and support cutting-edge scientific research in Germany.

Heidelberg – A special Quality of Life

Heidelberg is a city with approximately 160,000 inhabitants. It is situated in the Rhine Neckar Triangle, an European metropolitan area with approximately 2.4 million people living there, comprising the neighboring cities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen.

Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque ensemble of the castle, the Old Town, and the river Neckar surrounded by hills attract millions of visitors from all over the world.
Heidelberg’s population is international: An estimated 51,000 of Heidelberg’s inhabitants have an immigrant background – many of them are scientists and students.

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