The University of Würzburg was found in 1402 in Germany. It is a member of Coimbra group. Its official name is Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. It was named after the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg, Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn.
Many eminent scholars and scientists, 14 Nobel Laureates among them, have researched and taught in Würzburg. Rudolf Virchow, Carl Siebold, and Franz Brentano are in that number, as well as Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered the X-rays in Würzburg in 1895, or Klaus von Klitzing, discoverer of the Quantum-Hall Effect.
Today, Würzburg's University is counted among the medium-sized institutions of higher education in Germany. It comprises ten faculties with about 400 professors and 28,000 students.
As early as in the 1990s, the University began founding cross-faculty research centres, opening up new research areas and possibilities for innovative degree programmes. These interdisciplinary centres – the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases is one of them – have become an internationally prominent trademark of the University of Würzburg.
The Student Housing Service is responsible for ten dormitories in various locations in Würzburg.
Würzburg University Library offers training courses on information literacy, for example introductory courses to the library and its services, for students, staff and the university-wide community as well as for all library users. The courses take place either in the main library or in the faculties and institutes.
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