University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth is a public research university situated in Bayreuth, Germany. It was founded in 1975 as a campus university focusing on international collaboration and interdisciplinarity. It is broadly organized into six undergraduate and graduate faculties, with each faculty defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy.

University of Bayreuth
Universität Bayreuth
Budget€ 150 million[1]
ChancellorDr. Markus Zanner
PresidentProf. Dr. Stefan Leible[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
ColoursGreen and white
AffiliationsSantander Network

The university offers several interdisciplinary courses such as Philosophy & Economics, Global Change Ecology, Theatre and Media studies, and Health Economics. In 2017 the university was ranked 29 in the Times Higher Education world university ranking for universities founded less than 50 years ago.[5] It is a member of the Elite Network of Bavaria (Elitenetzwerk Bayern), an educational policy concept of Bavaria for the promotion of gifted pupils and students in the higher education sector. [6]


University Administration Executive Board

President from to
Klaus Dieter Wolff 1973 1991
Helmut Buettner 1991 1997
Helmut Ruppert 1997 2009
Rüdiger Bormann 2009 2013
Stefan Leible 2013[7] current

The first chancellor was Wolf-Peter Hentschel from 1973 to Oktober 1999, who was already head of the executive office since 1 January 1972. From November 1999 to 2010 Ekkehard Beck was and since 2011 Markus Zanner is chancellor of the University of Bayreuth.


The University of Bayreuth is divided into seven faculties:[8]



The University library is divided into the following locations:[9]

  1. Central Library with integrated Departmental Library of the Social Sciences (GW)
  2. Departmental Library of Law and Economics (RW)
  3. Departmental Library of Biology/Chemistry (NW I)
  4. Departmental Library of Mathematics/Physics/Informatics/Engineering Sciences (NW II)
  5. Departmental Library of Earth Science (GEO)
  6. Departmental Library of Research Institute of Music Theatre, Castle of Thurnau (FIMT)
  7. Additional stack rooms at Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (GSP)

Study Programmes

The University has a capacity for approximately 10000 students, in winter term 2011/12 the number of enrolled peaked to approximately 11400 students due to the dual Abitur cohorts.[10] Many study programmes use interdisciplinary approaches, i.e. "Philosophy & Economics", "International Economy and Development", "Health Economics", "Sports Economics", "Polymer- and Colloidal Chemistry", "Geoecology", "Global Change Ecology" or "Applied Informatics".[11]


  • Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies - BIGSAS[12]
  • Bayreuth Institute for American Studies - BIFAS[13]
  • Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics - BGI
  • Bayreuth Institute of Macromolecular Research - BIMF
  • Bayreuth Centre for Colloids and Interfaces - BZKG
  • Research Center for Bio-Macromolecules - bio-mac
  • Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research - BayCEER
  • Bayreuth Centre for Materials Science and Engineering - BayMAT
  • Bayreuth Centre for Molecular Biosciences - BZMB
  • Institute of Music Theatre Research - FIMT
  • Bayreuth Institute for European Law and Legal Culture
  • Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation[14]

Notable alumni

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German Federal Minister of Defence, was awarded a summa cum laude doctorate by the Faculty of Law, Business Administration and Economics in 2007. After extensive plagiarism in zu Guttenberg's dissertation was revealed in February 2011, German media also criticised the University of Bayreuth.[15] A University spokesman has denied allegations of bribery and political corruption.[16] The University cancelled the doctorate and Guttenberg was forced to resign.

Notable faculty


See also


  1. "Drittmitteleinnahmen". University of Bayreuth (in German). Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  2. "Vom Studenten zum Präsidenten der Universität Bayreuth" (PDF). University of Bayreuth. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  3. "Personalstatistik". University of Bayreuth (in German). Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  4. "Entwicklung der Studierendenzahlen". University of Bayreuth (in German). Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  5. "100 Under 50 Rankings 2017"". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  6. "404 - Elite Netzwerk Bayern". Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  7. Archived 2013-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
  9. "Universitätsbibliothek Bayreuth About Us". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  10. "Login. CEUS-HB". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  12. "Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  13. "Bifas". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  14. "Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  15. Torsten Krauel (20 February 2011). "Plagiatsvorwurf : Doktor nur im Geiste, vorerst - Nachrichten - DIE WELT". Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  16. Manuel Bewarder und Marc Neller (19 February 2011). "Plagiatsvorwurf: So prüft die Uni Bayreuth Guttenbergs Dissertation - DIE WELT". DIE WELT. Retrieved 21 June 2015.

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