Founded in 1743, FAU has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with almost 40,000 students, 244 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including over 661 professors), 171 million euros (2013) third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application.

FAU’s outstanding research and teaching is reflected in top positions in both national and international rankings, as well as the high amount of DFG funding which its researchers are able to secure. For example, FAU is ranked tenth in the DFG’s current research ranking, was judged the seventh best university in Germany in the most recent University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), and is among the top ten percent in the world in nine subjects according to the QS World University Rankings 2014. The CHE University Ranking, which considers a wide range of factors related to teaching and learning, also rated FAU among the top universities in many subjects, including mechanical engineering, chemistry and physics.

Major Research Areas

FAU is a leading university in many research fields at both a national and international level. The FAU Key Research Priorities are based on these research fields and play a key role in shaping the University’s research profile. The FAU Key Research Priorities – which involve at least 25 professors from two or more departments – have excellent academic achievements, a high level of third-party funding and are recognised internationally. Each of the eight FAU Key Research Priorities is based on the contributions of outstanding FAU researchers who have been instrumental in the dynamic development of their respective research fields.

FAU Key Research Priorities

  • Cultural Values, Religion and Human Rights
  • Electronics, Analytics and Digital Transformation
  • Future Energy Systems
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medicine, Life Sciences and Health
  • New Material and Processes
  • Optics and Optical Technology
  • The World of Work