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The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university. Founded in 1737 in the Age of Enlightenment, the University is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. It offers a comprehensive range of subjects across 13 faculties: in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and medicine. With over 30,000 students and offering up to 212 degree programmes, the University is one of the largest in Germany.

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Land reform in Colombia following 2016 Peace Accord

Colombian legal scientist Dr Natalia Ruíz Morato has started her research as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Agricultural Law at the University of Göttingen. Her current research focuses on aspects of rural reform in Colombia following the 2016 Peace Accord.

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Mystery about cause of genetic disease in horses

Warmblood fragile foal syndrome is a severe, usually fatal, genetic disease that manifests itself after birth in affected horses. Due to the defect, the connective tissue is unstable. A research team from the Universities of Göttingen and Halle has now been able to prove that the disease did not stem from the English thoroughbred stallion Dark Ronald XX, which had been the assumption until now.

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Website on the coronavirus for students

The University of Göttingen has started teaching and examination activities in the summer semester, initially mainly in digital form – i.e. without attendance. Here you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions for students, which we are regularly updating. You can also reach us via our social media channels.

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University Network ENLIGHT to become “European University”

The university network ENLIGHT is to become a European University. The EU will fund the network of nine research-intensive universities, among them the University of Göttingen, with five million euro for a three-year period. In the coming semester, the partners will begin implementing a joint strategy for innovation in research and higher education.

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Rock ‘n’ Control

The goal of “Femtochemistry” is to film and control chemical reactions with short flashes of light. Using consecutive laser pulses, atomic bonds can be excited precisely and broken as desired. So far, this has been demonstrated for selected molecules. Researchers at the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry have now succeeded in transferring this principle to a solid, controlling its crystal structure on the surface.

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Website on the coronavirus for staff

We are currently preparing for a reduced presence in teaching, research and administration. To this end, the University has drawn up a catalogue of measures which corresponds to the current status of protection against CoV-2 infections. The document and FAQ list for employees can be found here.

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