The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Germany and also among the country’s leading research institutions. In 2012, the University was awarded extensive funding within the framework of the Excellence Initiative, a nationwide competition borne by the German federal and state governments to promote top-level research and enhance quality education.
As a multi-faculty institution, the University of Cologne covers a broad spectrum of disciplines and has developed internationally outstanding research profile areas on this basis, especially into:
behavioural economic engineering and social cognition
quantum matter and material, and
socio-economic, cultural and political transformations in the global south
The University of Cologne offers substantial support to young researchers maintaining several graduate schools and facilitates top level research, for instance, at the Cologne Cluster on Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD) and into plant sciences at the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS).
Academic excellence, internationality, a strong focus on research and a wide range of courses generate an energetic and inspiring environment and make the University of Cologne one of the most well-known and appealing modern universities.