History, Affiliations and Rankings
After the Charles University of Prague (1348), the University of Vienna (1365), and the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, the University of Cologne was founded in 1388 as the Holy Roman Empire's fourth university (1386). On January 6, 1389, the university began classes. The French First Republic, which had conquered Cologne in 1794, abolished the university in 1798. The Prussian government-backed the Cologne City Council's intention to re-establish the university in 1919. The charter of the modern university was signed by Cologne Mayor Konrad Adenauer on May 29, 1919. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA have both certified the University of Cologne Business School. All of the university's other courses have been approved by higher authorities. The Times Higher Education positioned the university at #172nd in the World University Rankings. Cologne is #201+ in the European Teaching Rankings 2018. The University of Cologne secured the ranking of #=311 in the QS World University Rankings.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The university was originally located in Neustadt-Süd, but on November 2, 1934, it moved to its current site in Lindenthal. The Cologne University of Applied Sciences presently occupies the previous premises. The faculty of Business, Economics, Social Sciences, and Medicine make up the university. On-campus or nearby, the university has a gym, cafe, library, restaurant, lodging, and beautiful scenery. The university provides more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Cologne University is one of Germany's largest research universities. Four Clusters of Excellence on Ageing-Associated Diseases, Public Policy and Markets, Plant Sciences and Matter, and Light for Quantum Computing, sponsored by the German Excellence Strategy, are among the university's many internationally renowned research departments. It recently established a program to encourage bright secondary school students to attend and participate in university lectures, with the concept proving so popular that it has been emulated by a number of other institutions. The university’s list of accomplishments is unending. The university has a prestigious network of over 100,000 alumni all across the globe. Jörg Meuthen, Member of the European parliament, Henriette Reker, Mayor of Cologne and Karolos Papoulias, Former President of Greece are among the notable people of the university.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The university has more than 50,000 students enrolled. Over 5.000 international students, including degree-seeking and exchange students, are now enrolled at the University. At the University of Cologne in 2018, 61 per cent of female students and 39 per cent of male students were enrolled. Women completed 50% of doctorates, while women hold 38% of postdoctoral positions (habilitation candidates, directors of junior research groups, and junior professors). The institution provides a variety of services to assist students in their transition to professional life. Counselling, coaching, and application portfolio reviews are examples of these services, which are provided by specific faculties as well as on an interdisciplinary basis. EY, Deloitte, PwC Deutschland, Vodafone, Henkel, Accenture and Deutsche Bank are among the top recruiters of university graduates.