The University of Tübingen was founded in 1477 by Count Eberhard V (Eberhard im Bart, 1445–1496), later the first Duke of Württemberg, a civic and ecclesiastic reformer who established the school after becoming absorbed in the Renaissance revival of learning during his travels to Italy.
The University of Tübingen, officially the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen is a German public research university located in the city of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg. It is one of Germany’s most famous and oldest universities, noted in medicine, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Being a German Excellence University, Tübingen is regularly ranked as one of the best universities in Germany and is especially known as a centre for the study of medicine, law, and theology and religion. The university’s noted alumni include numerous presidents, ministers, EU Commissioners and judges of the Federal Constitutional Court.The university is associated with eleven Nobel laureates, especially in the fields of medicine and chemistry.
Approximately 1559 beds, including our day clinic facilities, are available in our 17 Hospitals.
Specialist outpatient clinics and surgeries, policlinics, interdisciplinary centres and institutes for health-care support comprehensive and interdepartmental diagnosis, therapy and follow-up treatment. Almost 71 500 patients come to us annually for in-patient treatment. Approximately a further 344 000 patients are treated in the outpatient clinics, specialist surgeries and policlinics.
The University of Tübingen undertakes a broad range of research projects in various fields. Among the more prominent ones in the natural sciences are the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, which focuses on general, cognitive and cellular neurology as well as neurodegeneration, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Clinical Research, which deals primarily with cell biology in diagnostics and therapy of organ system diseases. In the liberal arts, the University of Tübingen is noteworthy for having the only faculty of rhetoric in Germany – the department was founded by Walter Jens, an important intellectual and literary critic. The university also boasts continued pre-eminence in its centuries-old traditions of research in the fields of philosophy, theology and philology.
The University Library of Tübingen is not just available to those affiliated with the university, but also to the general public. The library provides more than three million individual volumes and more than 7,600 journals. Apart from the main library, more than 80 departmental libraries containing an additional three million volumes are also associated with the university.The main lending library is located on Wilhelmstraße and consists of several different parts which are connected through corridors and walkways.
Around 30 Studentenverbindungen, the German type of fraternities, are associated with the university. The university also offers gym and sports classes called Hochschulsport.Since Tübingen has a department of sports science with a broad range of facilities, students of other subjects have the possibility to participate in various kinds of sports courses in teams or as individuals.