University of Tübingen

public research university located in the city of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen (German: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) is a public university in the city of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

University of Tübingen
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Uni Tübingen Neue Aula Sommer.jpg
The Main Building (Neue Aula)
Latin: Universitas Eberhardina Carolina
Motto in English
I dare!
Established1477 (1477)
Budget€ 532.6 million[1]
RectorBernd Engler
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students28,515 (WS2016/17)[3]
Undergraduatesc. 21,800 (WS2016/17)[3]
Postgraduatesc. 4,600 (WS2016/17)[3]
c. 2,000 (WS2016/17)[3]
Location, ,
CampusUrban (University town)
AffiliationsGerman Universities Excellence Initiative, Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, MNU


The University of Tübingen was founded in 1477.[4] In Germany, Tübingen became known as one of the "five classical university towns".[5]

In 2010, Tübingen joined the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) together with Dartmouth College (USA), Durham University (UK), Queen’s University (Canada), University of Otago (New Zealand), University of Western Australia (Australia) and Uppsala University (Sweden).[6]

In 2012, the university established the Tübingen Center for Korean Studies at Korea University (TUCKU). This is Tübingen’s third branch in Asia after the Center for Japanese Language in Kyôto and the European Center for Chinese Studies (ECCS) at Peking University.[7]

Notable alumniEdit

Alumni include former German President Horst Köhler and Nobel laureates Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Hartmut Michel and Günter Blobel.[8]

In the late 16th century, Johannes Kepler studied at Tübingen.[9]

In the 18th century, Friedrich Hölderlin, Friedrich Schelling and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel shared student rooms.[10]


Notable professors include Joseph Ratzinger and Hans Kung.[11]


  1. "Zahlen und Fakten zur Universität Tübingen". University of Tübingen (in German). Archived from the original on 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Jahresbericht 2016" (PDF) (in German). University of Tübingen. p. 58. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 [1] Archived 2017-02-15 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
  4. Tübingen website, History of the University; retrieved 2011-10-20.
  5., "Tübingen - Discover the charming Historical Town on the River Neckar,"; retrieved 2012-5-23.
  6. Matariki Network; retrieved 2012-5-23.
  7. Universität Tübingen, "University of Tübingen Opens New Branch in Seoul"; retrieved 2012-5-23.
  8. Tübingen website, Facts and Figures; retrieved 2011-10-20.
  9. Tübingen website, Brochure (PDF 9 of 34); retrieved 2011-10-20.
  10. Woodward, Kenneth L. "Hegel's Feisty Tubingen," New York Times. January 5, 1986; Sammons, Jeffrey, "Tubingen," January 26, 1986; retrieved 2011-10-26.
  11. Bernstein, Richard et al. "Turbulence on Campus in 60's Hardened Views of Future Pope," New York Times. April 24, 2005; retrieved 2011-10-26.

Other websitesEdit

Coordinates: 48°31′30″N 9°03′18″E / 48.525°N 9.055°E / 48.525; 9.055