Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich Medical Faculty, Germany

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (also referred to as LMU or the University of Munich, is a public research university located in Munich, Germany.

The University of Munich is Germany’s sixth-oldest university in continuous operation.Originally established in Ingolstadt in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX of Bavaria-Landshut, the university was moved in 1800 to Landshut by King Maximilian I of Bavaria when Ingolstadt was threatened by the French, before being relocated to its present-day location in Munich in 1826 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. In 1802, the university was officially named Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität by King Maximilian I of Bavaria in his as well as the university’s original founder’s honour.

The University of Munich has, particularly since the 19th century, been considered as one of Germany’s as well as one of Europe’s most prestigious universities; with 35 Nobel laureates associated with the university, it ranks 17th worldwide by number of Nobel laureates. Among these were Wilhelm Röntgen, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn and Thomas Mann. Pope Benedict XVIwas also a student and professor at the university. The LMU has recently been conferred the title of “elite university” under the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

LMU Munich attracts a great number of international students every year – 15 percent of its 50,000 students come from countries other than Germany.

The Faculty of Medicine consists of the University of Munich Hospital, located in both Großhadern and downtown Munich, the preclinical and academic facilities, and the clinical-theoretical facilities. It is the largest medical training institution in southern Germany.

With the Medical Curriculum Munich (MeCuM-LMU) the medical faculty has established new forms of teaching and learning for the study of medicine. The faculty has also achieved an international reputation and standard in both academic and clinical work, as illustrated by the amount of outside funding it has attracted for Collaborative Research Centers, postgraduate Research Training Groups, research units, and national and international joint projects.

The university’s library system consists of the Main University Library and more than 130 decentralized libraries hosted by the individual faculties. Its total stock amounts to about 6.5 million volumes. The vast majority of the library system’s holdings are listed in the online catalog accessible on the Internet. Whereas the holdings of the decentralized libraries are generally not available for lending, the Main Library houses lending stocks totaling 2.4 million volumes. These include the valuable old inventory of over 3,000 manuscripts and approximately 400,000 old prints up to the publication year 1900, the second largest in the Free State of Bavaria.

In addition to its 18 faculties, the University of Munich also maintains numerous research centres involved in numerous cross-faculty and transdisciplinary projects to complement its various academic programmes.

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