University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

University Of Erlangen-Nuremberg


University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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The Universität Erlangen Nürnberg ( or FAU) is a university in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. It is the second largest state university in Bavaria, having five Schools, 308 chairs, and 12,000 employees. There are 28,735 students enrolled (winter semester 2010/2011) at the university, of which about 2/3 are in Erlangen and 1/3 in Nuremberg. There are about 2,500 foreign students.


The university was founded in 1742 in Bayreuth by Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, and moved to Erlangen in 1743. Christian Frederick Charles Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (one of the two namesakes of the institution) provided significant support to the early university.

From the beginning, the university was a Protestant institution, but it slowly secularized. During the Nazi era, the university was one of the first that had a majority of Nazi supporters in the student council. In 1961 the business college in Nuremberg was merged with the university in Erlangen, which led to the present state of a university divided between two towns. A technical faculty was inaugurated in 1966 and the pedagogical college in Nuremberg became part of the university in 1972.


In February 2007 the senate of the university decided upon a restructuring into five faculties . Since October 2007 the FAU consists of:

  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Theology
  • Law School, School of Business and Economics
  • Medical School
  • School of......
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