University of Rostock

The University of Rostock (German: Universität Rostock) is a public university located in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Founded in 1419,[3][4][5] it is the third-oldest university in Germany. It is the oldest university in continental northern Europe and the Baltic Sea area,[5] and 8th oldest in Central Europe.[6] It was the 5th university established in the Holy Roman Empire.

University of Rostock
Universität Rostock
Seal of the University of Rostock
Latin: Universitas Rostochiensis
Traditio et Innovatio
Motto in English
Tradition and Innovation
EstablishedFebruary 13, 1419; 603 years ago (1419-02-13)
Budget€214.4 million[1]
ChancellorJan Tamm
RectorWolfgang D. Schareck[2] (906th rector)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,

54°4′32″N 12°6′12″E
Nobel Laureates5
ColoursBlue and Black and 
University of Rostock's main building

The university has been associated with five Nobel laureates: Albrecht Kossel, Karl von Frisch, Otto Stern, Pascual Jordan, and Walter H. Schottky. It is a member of the European University Association. According to a ranking published by Times Higher Education in 2018, it is the most beautiful university in Germany and the fourth most beautiful university in all of Europe.[7] The language of instruction is usually German and English for some postgraduate studies.

Detail of the central building depicting the coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Memorial stone to the foundation of Rostock University, quadrangle of Wittenberg University

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