University of Munich

University of Munich

University of Munich. Founded in 1472 by King Ludwig II as the union of different educational centers and schools. It started as a polytechnic school and later got the name of Technical University. It currently has more than 40,000 students and is therefore the second largest university in Germany.


Also known as the Ludwig Maximilian University, whose roots go back to the 15th century, when Ludwig IX, Duke of Bavaria, founded the university in 1472, and the student offer at that time was traditional. Today, there is no career that cannot be studied there.


It is located in Munich and also has campuses in Garching (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering ) and Weihenstephan (Center for Food and Life Sciences). It is one of the most prestigious universities in Germany and was thus included in the annual classification of Shanghai Jiao Tong in 2004, placing it in first place within its country. The areas of knowledge that it promotes are: Natural Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.The academic offer is considerable: 18 faculties with 150 careers that cover a wide spectrum: from Egyptology to Dentistry, from Humanities to Natural Sciences, Economics or Law. With which it is inferred that the LMU is a ‘universitas’ in the most classic sense. For foreign students, it has a series of leisure and counseling programs with tutors who are in charge of guiding students in bureaucratic and university matters and informing them about excursions and events.

The success of the excellence initiative is mainly due to its research projects in the natural sciences, such as, for example, the “Graduate School of Systematic Neurosciences” concept, the interdisciplinary doctoral program that deals with studying how brain; or the “Graduierte Schule”, located in the “Munich Center for Neurosciences – Brain & Mind”, which offers a combination of various methods of Biology, Computational Sciences, Neurophysiology as well as Theory of Sciences and Neurophilosophy. Consequently, spaces are created to formulate new questions, concepts and ways of dealing with innovative topics.

Nano systems, proteins and photons are very relevant scientific fields in the initiative of excellence that takes place in the “Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich” (CIPSM), in the “Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics” and in the ” Nanosystems Initiative Munich”. Students learn at various locations in the region in Munich and near the Bavarian capital. The three main centers are the campus in central Munich, the new campus in Garching and the university complex in Weihenstephan. Almost 20% of the students enrolled are foreigners. For them, the double diploma agreement with more than twenty German and foreign technical universities was devised.

Personalities who studied at the University

This university has several Nobel Prize winners who have studied or researched at the center. Among the most recent, the physicist Gerhard Ertl, who in 2007 won this award for having greatly influenced the development of surface chemistry, or the doctor and physicist Erwin Neher, who studies biophysical and molecular principles, aspects that are highly relevant to understanding better diseases such as Parkinson ‘s and Alzheimer’s. Neher received the Nobel Prize in 1991 for the flow of ions through channels in cell membranes.

Nobel Prize Laureates

  • Adolf von Baeyer, (1909)
  • Hans Beth, (1967)
  • Gerd Binning, (1986)
  • Gunter Blobel, (1999)
  • Konrad Emil Bloch, (1964)
  • Edward Buchner, (1907)
  • Peter Debye, (1936)
  • Ernst Otto Fischer, (1973)
  • Hans Fisher, (1930)
  • Karl von Frisch, (1973)
  • Theodor W. Hansch, (2005)
  • Werner Heisenberg, (1932)
  • Gustav Hertz, (1926)
  • Wolfgang Ketterle, (2001)
  • Hans Adolf Krebs, (1953)
  • Richard Kuhn, (1938)
  • Max von Laue, (1914)
  • Otto Loewi, (1936)
  • Feodor Lynen, (1964)
  • Wolfgang Pauli, (1945)
  • Max Planck, (1918)
  • Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, (1901)
  • Bert Sakman, (1991)
  • Johannes Stark, (1919)
  • Heinrich Wieland, (1927)
  • Wilhelm Wien, (1911)
  • Richard Willstatter, (1915)

Distinguished Characters

  • Valdas Adamkus
  • Konrad Adenauer
  • Faris Al-Sultan
  • Dora Bakoyanis
  • Khaladat Ali Badirkhan
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Karl Carsten
  • Diether Haenicke
  • Gustav Heinmann
  • Roman Herzog
  • Rudolf Hess
  • Theodor Heuss
  • Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • Louis III of Bavaria
  • Joseph Mengele
  • John Piper
  • Antonio Maria Rouco Varela
  • Sophie Scholl
  • hans scholl
  • Manfred Worner


  • The name of the university also comes from Prince-elect Maximilian I of Bavaria.
  • You can study everything from Egyptologyto Dentistry. The spectrum is wide, from Humanities to Cultural Sciences, Economics or Law. Actually, the LMU is a “universitas” in the most classic sense.
  • It is one of the first three universities that were selected within the framework of the “conception of the future” line, an initiative aimed at promoting academic excellence by defining elite Universities.

University of Munich