Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Several locations Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Goethe University Frankfurt, Goethe University was founded in 1914 as a unique “citizens’ university,” financed by wealthy citizens in Frankfurt, Germany. Named in 1932 after one of the city’s most famous natives, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, today the university has over 44,000 students making it the third largest university in Germany. In the 2019 Shanghai academic ranking of world universities, it ranks among the top 100-150, and among the top 5-7 within Germany.

Campus Riedberg is home of the natural sciences at Goethe University — geo-sciences/ geography, physics, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, and biology. Modern buildings offer state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.

While Frankfurt is one of Europe's transportation hubs and economic centers, with just under 700,000 inhabitants, it is often called “the smallest metropolis in the world".  Frankfurt was ranked the "most liveable" city in Germany by the Economist in August 2018, and the 12th most liveable city worldwide.

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  • 43,360 students ( winter semester 2022/23)
  • 582 professors
  • 36 endowed / funded / and endowed visiting professorships
  • Since 1914, 19 Nobel laureates have worked or studied at Goethe University
  • Total Budget in 2022: 764.4 million Euros

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