The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (German pronunciation: [ˈɔtoː fɔn ˈɡeːʁɪkə]) (OvGU) was founded in 1993 and is one of the youngest universities in Germany. The university in Magdeburg has about 13.000 students in nine faculties. According to the Scopus database there are around 32.900 papers published in international journals from this institute. It is named after the physicist and mayor of Magdeburg Otto von Guericke, famous for his experiments with the Magdeburg hemispheres. The University had three forerunner institutions. These were the Technical University, the School of Education and the Medical Academy, the first of which was established around 1953. They were amalgamated to the Otto-von-Guericke University in 1993.
Magdeburg is the capital of the state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. It is a moderately-sized city located halfway between Hannover and Berlin. The city is crossed by the river Elbe on the banks of which the OVG university has its main structures. One advantage of staying and studying in Magdeburg is the simple and favourable living costs. Public transportation in Magdeburg is very advanced and free for the students of the university. A popular bar location for students is the Hasselbachplatz.
- Faculty of Computer Science (FIN)
- Faculty of Economics and Management (FWW)
- Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (FHW)
- Faculty of Mathematics (FMA)
- Faculty of Medicine (FME)
- Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNW)
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FMB)
- Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering (FVST)
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT)
IKUS is an inter-cultural association for international students. It contributes to cultural synergies between the countries. Students actively participate in and celebrate cultural festivals frequently. A large number of foreign students organize the days for each country.
MIPS (= Magdeburg International PhD Students) is the network for international PhD students at OvGU. This association helps to create and enhance the contact between international PhD students in order to promote the social and academic integration of young scientists. MIPS offers support and advice in various areas, e.g. to learn about Magdeburg and the German language, to give information about scholarships and job opportunities.
Studentenwerk Magdeburg is a student organization which provides a mensa (canteen) and dormitories for students. There are more than 10 dormitories near or on the university’s campus.
A sample of alumni and lecturers of the university includes:
- Antje Buschschulte – swimming world champion and PhD biologist
- Arno Ros – philosopher and former professor of theoretical philosophy at the university
- Axel Ockenfels – professor for economics
- Bernhard Sabel – psychologist who heads the Institute of Medical Psychology
- Birgitta Wolff – economist, politician and former president of the Goethe University of Frankfurt
- Claudia Maria Buch – economist, university teacher and currently Vice President of the Bundesbank
- Dagmar Schipanski – physicist, university teacher and politician
- Henning Scheich – professor for physiology at the medical faculty
- Johannes Mallow – multiple winner of the World Memory Championships.
- Nguyễn Thiện Nhân – Vietnam’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training, who graduated with a doctorate in cybernetics
- Rumiana Jeleva – former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, who earned a PhD in sociology
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