The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university with a long tradition. Founded in the Age of Enlightenment in 1737, it is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. As a full university with 13 faculties, it covers a differentiated spectrum of subjects in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences as well as medicine. With around 30,000 students spread across 198 degree programmes, it is one of the largest universities in Germany.
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Anneliese Maier Research Award 2018 to Professor Wang Hui
On 12 September, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presented an Anneliese Maier Research Award to Professor Wang Hui, one of China’s most influential intellectuals. At the University of Göttingen, the historian and literary scholar collaborates with Professor Dominic Sachsenmaier to research the global and historical interconnectedness of modern Chinese history.
Many facets of biodiversity reduce variability of grassland biomass production
A new study shows that, in addition to species richness, plant evolutionary history plays a critical role in regulating year-to-year variation of biomass production in grasslands. In the face of climate change, understanding the causes of variability in key ecosystem services such as biomass production is essential.
Göttingen University takes fourth place across Germany for outstanding research
The University of Göttingen has succeeded in retaining its dominance in the Shanghai Ranking. In the current Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018 (also known as the Shanghai Ranking), Göttingen is placed fourth nationwide, ranking 34th in Europe and 99th worldwide.
Foods of the future
A steadily growing world population brings with it an increasing demand for protein-rich food. Since meat production cannot be increased indefinitely, scientists have been seeking to establish alternative protein sources. Researchers at the University of Göttingen are currently investigating the suitability of the protein-rich microalga spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) for the production of food.
Growing a dinosaur's dinner
Researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Goettingen have studied the nutrition of plant-eating dinosaurs by cultivating plants under atmospheric conditions similar to those of about 150 million years ago. The previous assumption that plants growing in an atmosphere with a high carbon dioxide content must be poorer in nutrients was not confirmed by the study.
Top Ratings for Teaching and Learning
In the first Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking focused on teaching and learning, the University of Göttingen took second place across Germany. It reached 38th place out of 242 universities in Europe.