Goethe University Frankfurt a university located in Frankfurt, Germany. It was founded in 1914 as a citizens’ university, which means it was founded and funded by the wealthy and active liberal citizenry of Frankfurt. The original name was Universität Frankfurt am Main. In 1932, the university’s name was extended in honour of one of the most famous locals of Frankfurt, the poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The university currently has around 46,000 students, distributed across four major campuses within the city.
The university celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. The first female president of the university, Birgitta Wolff, was sworn into office in 2015.18 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the university, including Max von Laue and Max Born.The university is also affiliated with 11 winners of the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize.
Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.
Today, Goethe University is one of the only universities in Germany that enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment.
Goethe University is home to a thriving community of some 45,000 students, including around 7,053 international students from some 130 different countries.
Goethe University has campuses in Bockenheim, Westend, Riedberg, and Niederrad. The new Westend Campus with its park-like ambiance and beautiful travertine-faced buildings is one of Germany’s most attractive. In addition to state-of-the-art lecture rooms, the campus has a beer garden, and several light-filled restaurants and cafes.The former main campus in Bockenheim is scheduled to be closed within a couple years.
RiedbergCampus is a home for the natural sciences at Goethe University—geo-sciences/geography, physics, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, and biology. Modern buildings offer state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. The new Otto Stern Center forms the heart and center of the campus, providing not only a library and lecture hall center, but a place for students and faculty to gather.Set directly on banks of the River Main, Niederrad Campus is the seat of the Medical Faculty and the University Hospital.
The university library system consists of the Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library as the central library, specialised libraries, as well as additional departmental libraries.The specialised libraries of the university are the Law and Economics Library, the Humanities and Education Library, the Library Centre for the Humanities, the Art Library, the Library Centre for the Natural Sciences, and the Medical Library.
All Goethe University students, faculty, and staff have access to numerous sports facilities and classes through the Zentrum für Hochschulsport (ZfH; Center for University Sports). More than 40 sports are on offer, including badminton, basketball, fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, riding, rowing, skiing, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. There is also a large fitness center with state-of-the-art facilities, and organized excursions and courses in hiking, climbing, sailing, skiing and many other sports throughout the semester.
Seventeen dorms offer more than 1,850 rooms for students at Goethe University and two other universities in Frankfurt.