University Of Göttingen, Sachsen, Germany

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2019
#12
#11
#7
#7
2018
#11
#11
#7
#4
2017
#11
#11
#7
#4

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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.

IN PUBLICA COMMODA - FOR THE GOOD OF ALL reads the inscription on the Foundation Medal of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Established in the age of the Enlightenment (1737) and committed to its critical spirit, the "Georgia Augusta" was one of Europe's first universities to abandon the supremacy of theology and achieve equality for all faculties. Emphasis on basic research and orientation towards source criticism and experimentation proved to be decisive preconditions for the development of the modern humanities and natural sciences, a development strongly influenced by the Georgia Augusta.

The history of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen has to this day been characterised by scholarly pragmatism and a sense of reality as well as keen awareness for science's societal responsibility. This tradition embraces the contributions of the "Göttinger Sieben" (1837) and those of Max Born, Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who initiated the "Göttinger Erklärung" (1957) calling for the abandonment of nuclear weapons of every description. It is in this tradition that the Georgia Augusta today defines itself and its mission. Remembering the darkest chapter of its history during the period of National Socialism, the University is committed to utilising its strengths in shaping a humane, tolerant and peaceful world.


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