University of Bayreuth

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University of Bayreuth
Universität Bayreuth
Established 1975
Type Public University
Endowment €110.8 million[1]
Chancellor Dr. Markus Zanner
President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible [1]
Administrative staff
approx. 1,500 (2013) [1]
Students approx. 11,000 (2013) [1]
Location Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany
Campus urban
Colours green and white
Affiliations Santander Network

The University of Bayreuth is a public research university situated in Bayreuth, Germany. It was founded in 1975 as a campus university focusing on international collaboration and interdisciplinarity. The university has an outstanding reputation in a broad range of disciplines and currently maintains a network of more than 450 international cooperations with research institutes and universities around the world.[2] It is broadly organized into six undergraduate and graduate faculties, with each faculty defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy.

The university is renowned for offering several interdisciplinary courses such as Philosophy & Economics, Global Change Ecology, Theatre and Media studies, and Health Economics. The management, economics and law programs are ranked among the top degrees in Germany.[3] In 2015 the university was ranked on place number 72 in the Times Higher Education world university ranking for universities founded less than 50 years ago.[4] It is a member of the Elite Network of Bavaria (Elitenetzwerk Bayern), a coalition of leading research universities jointly offering graduate programs and international doctorate programs.[5]



The University of Bayreuth is divided into six faculties:



  • Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies - BIGSAS[6]
  • Bayreuth Institute for American Studies - BIFAS[7]
  • Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics - BGI
  • Bayreuth Institute of Macromolecular Research - BIMF
  • Bayreuth Centre for Colloids and Interfaces - BZKG
  • Research Center for Bio-Macromolecules - bio-mac
  • Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research - BayCEER
  • Bayreuth Centre for Materials Science and Engineering - BayMAT
  • Bayreuth Centre for Molecular Biosciences - BZMB
  • Institute of Music Theatre Research - FIMT
  • Bayreuth Institute for European Law and Legal Culture

Notable Alumni

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German Federal Minister of Defence, was awarded a summa cum laude doctorate by the Faculty of Law, Business Administration and Economics in 2007. After extensive plagiarism in zu Guttenberg's dissertation was revealed in February 2011, German media also criticised the University of Bayreuth.[8] A University spokesman has denied allegations of bribery and political corruption.[9] The University cancelled the doctorate and Guttenberg was forced to resign.


See also


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  9. Manuel Bewarder und Marc Neller (19 February 2011). "Plagiatsvorwurf: So prüft die Uni Bayreuth Guttenbergs Dissertation - DIE WELT". DIE WELT. Retrieved 21 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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