Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Catholic University Of EichstäTt-Ingolstadt

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The Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is a Roman Catholic university in Eichstätt and Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany.

The Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (CU) is the one and only Roman Catholic university in the German-speaking world. Compared to other German universities (e.g. University of Heidelberg) it is a rather small institution (with 4800 students in summer 2005); nevertheless, it is the largest private university in Germany. The university has one campus in Eichstätt situated in the Altmühltal Nature Park and another campus in Ingolstadt, one of Germany's economically most successful cities.


The university's history dates back to a seminary for priests ("Collegium Willibaldum"), which was founded in 1564 by Bishop Martin von Schaumburg. Today's university came into existence through a fusion of Eichstätt's School of Education and the School of Philosophy and Theology in 1980. A major role in the formation of the university was played by the former archbishop of Munich-Freising, Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI ), who later got an honorary doctorate from the university. Among others receiving honorary doctorates from the university are the philosopher Karl Popper, and the former bishop of Eichstätt Alois Brems.

Today, there is also a Collegium Orientale associated with the university for young theologians and priests from eastern European and Oriental churches who continue their post-graduate studies in...
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