Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg


The Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (German: Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, short OvGU) was founded in 1993 and is one of the youngest universities in Germany. The university in Magdeburg has about 14,000 students in nine faculties. There are 11,700 papers published in international journals from this institute.[2]

Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg logo.svg
Budget€ 199.1 million[1]
ChancellorJörg Wadzack
RectorJens Strackeljan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
Coordinates: 52°08′24″N 11°38′35″E / 52.140°N 11.643°E / 52.140; 11.643
Colours  Purple
AffiliationsGlobal U8 (GU8)

It is named after the physicist and mayor of Magdeburg Otto von Guericke, famous for his experiments with the Magdeburg hemispheres.

The former Technical University Magdeburg (Technische Hochschule Magdeburg), a teacher training college and a medical school were absorbed into the university when it was created. The university now composes nine faculties.


Magdeburg is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt state in Germany. It is a moderately sized city located halfway between Hannover and Berlin. The city is crossed by the river Elbe on which bank the OVG university has its main structures. One advantage in staying and studying in Magdeburg is the simple and favourable living cost. Public transportation in Magdeburg is very advanced and free of use for the students of the university. A popular bar mile for the students is the Hasselbachplatz.


University library, Magdeburg.
  • Faculty of Computer Science (FIN)
  • Faculty of Economics and Management (FWW)
  • Faculty of Human Science (FHW)
  • Faculty of Mathematics (FMA)
  • Faculty of Medicine (FME)
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNW)
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FMB)
  • Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering (FVST)
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT)


IKUS[3] is an inter-cultural association for international students. It contributes to the cultural synergy between the countries. Students actively participate in and celebrate cultural festivals frequently. A large number of foreign students organize the day for each country.


MIPS (= Magdeburg International PhD Students) is the network for international PhD students at OvGU. This association helps to create and enhance the contact between international PhD students in order to provide social and academic integration of young scientists. MIPS maintains support and advice in various areas, e.g. to learn about Magdeburg and the German language, to give information about scholarships and job opportunities.

Studentenwerk MagdeburgEdit

Studentenwerk Magdeburg[4] is a student association which provides mensa and dormitories to the students. There are more than 10 dormitories near or on the university's campus.

Notable peopleEdit

Alumni of University of Magdeburg include Raila Odinga, formerly Prime Minister of Kenya, who studied a Diplom degree in manufacturing engineering, Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, Vietnam's former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training, who graduated with a doctorate in cybernetics, and Rumiana Jeleva, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, who earned a doctorate in sociology. Henning Scheich is professor for physiology at the Medical Faculty.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Facts & Figures". University of Magdeburg. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  2. ^ "Scopus Database".
  3. ^ "Inter-cultural association for international students".
  4. ^ "Welcome at Studentenwerk!".

External linksEdit

  • Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (in English)
  • Medical Faculty of the University Magdeburg (in English)