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Friedrich Schiller University Jena

At a glance:

  • Founded in 1558, the University of Jena is one of the oldest universities in Germany.
  • Around 18,000 people from over 110 countries study here.
  • Researchers from all ten faculties bundle their top-level research in the profile lines Light, Life and Liberty.
  • With around 8,500 employees, the University of Jena and the University Hospital are the largest employers in the free state of Thuringia.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena is one of the oldest universities in Germany. Founded in 1558, it is now the largest university in Thuringia and shapes Jena’s character as a forward-looking and open-minded city. It attracts students and researchers from all over the world. Tolerant cooperation and the exchange of scientific ideas across (subject) boundaries are firmly anchored in the University’s self-image. The University of Jena works closely with non-university research institutions and research-oriented companies and is an essential economic and innovation factor for the state of Thuringia and beyond.

Under the motto “Light, Life, Liberty – Connecting Visions”, Friedrich Schiller University Jena bundles its top-level research. Its research profile combines excellent basic and applied research and is supported by powerful alliances, such as the Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse”, as well as individual research projects.

In the profile line Light, optics and photonics are world leaders. This profile line also includes material and energy research. The profile line Life bundles excellent areas such as microbiology and biodiversity, ageing and infection research. Jena’s strengths also include the humanities and social sciences. The profile line Liberty encompasses research in areas such as the Enlightenment and idealism, romanticism, contemporary history and social change.


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