Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (also referred to as LMU or the University of Munich; German: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) is a public research university located in Munich, Germany.

University of Munich
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Munich
Latin: Universitas Ludovico-Maximilianea Monacensis
TypePublic
Established1472; 549 years ago (1472) (as University of Ingolstadt until 1802)
Budget€734.9 million (2018, without the university hospital)[1]
RectorBernd Huber
Academic staff
5,565 (December 2018)[1]
Administrative staff
8,208 (December 2018)[1]
Students51,606 (WS 2018/19)[1]
Location, ,
Nobel Laureates43 (October 2020)
ColoursGreen and White
   
AffiliationsGerman Excellence Universities
Europaeum
LERU
Websitewww.lmu.de/en

The University of Munich is Germany's sixth-oldest university in continuous operation.[n 1] Originally established in Ingolstadt in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX of Bavaria-Landshut, the university was moved in 1800 to Landshut by King Maximilian I of Bavaria when Ingolstadt was threatened by the French, before being relocated to its present-day location in Munich in 1826 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. In 1802, the university was officially named Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität by King Maximilian I of Bavaria in his as well as the university's original founder's honour.[2]

The University of Munich is associated with 43 Nobel laureates (as of October 2020). Among these were Wilhelm Röntgen, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn and Thomas Mann. Pope Benedict XVI was also a student and professor at the university. Among its notable alumni, faculty and researchers are inter alia Rudolf Peierls, Josef Mengele, Richard Strauss, Walter Benjamin, Joseph Campbell, Muhammad Iqbal, Marie Stopes, Wolfgang Pauli, Bertolt Brecht, Max Horkheimer, Karl Loewenstein, Carl Schmitt, Gustav Radbruch, Ernst Cassirer, Ernst Bloch, Konrad Adenauer. The LMU has recently been conferred the title of "University of Excellence" under the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

LMU is currently the second-largest university in Germany in terms of student population; in the winter semester of 2018/2019, the university had a total of 51,606 matriculated students. Of these, 9,424 were freshmen while international students totalled 8,875 or approximately 17% of the student population. As for operating budget, the university records in 2018 a total of 734,9 million euros in funding without the university hospital; with the university hospital, the university has a total funding amounting to approximately 1.94 billion euros.[3]


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