In the latest university rankings, drawn up by the Centre for Higher Education Development (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung), Business Information Systems Studies and Communication Studies of the University of Münster achieved top marks in all the categories assessed.

Mission Statement Top-level research

WWU Münster has developed a strong research profile in natural sciences, the humanities, medicine, law and business administration. It targets top-level research in high-performance areas for and combines this with promoting first-class young researchers. At the same time, by ensuring that broad research can be carried out it creates a secure basis on which excellence can thrive.

Achieving excellence

For WWU Münster, promoting excellence is a dynamic process which takes up new academic and social challenges to which it responds appropriately.

  • WWUs central tasks include not only achieving outstanding research results, but also promoting new fields of research which take up social and academic challenges and contribute to mastering them.
  • Successful work in many fields of research today requires cooperation in large groups of researchers. WWU aims at a comprehensive use of the potential set out in its profile to start single-discipline and cross-discipline groups of researchers providing the critical mass necessary for excellent research work.
  • WWU promotes broad research on a wide range of subjects as a basis for the continual creation of new focuses of top-level research.

Promoting young researchers

The WWU Münster organises the promotion of outstanding academic junior researchers in graduate schools which provide structured doctoral courses. Moreover the university creates an environment conducive to top-level research carried out by postdocs. It also supports the setting up of groups of young researchers and the creation of junior professorships in order to strengthen the links between postgraduate education and research.

Gender mainstreaming

WWU Münster considers gender equality to be a task of strategic importance. The aim is to make it easier for women to combine an academic career and family interests. It is in combination with the high quality of life offered by the Münster region that the university hopes to reap benefits in recruiting brilliant researchers in the future. WWUs second strategic objective in the field of gender mainstreaming is to apply suitable measures to strengthen womens social qualifications in pursuing academic careers. In order to initiate such measures to reach these goals, WWU subjects its gender mainstreaming policies to an external family-friendly university audit.

Measures currently implemented (selection):

  • Since 2000 the WWU has been running an internal gender equality programme, with an annual budget of 200,000, which supports women in their academic activities.
  • The university runs a training programme which is tailored to support young women researchers with respect to their academic careers.
  • WWU is currently setting up its own facilities where the children of academic staff can be looked after all-day; there is a special focus on children under three. WWU will also be offering a flexible and speedy childcare service, for example in cases of weekend seminars or in emergencies. Last but not least, assistance is being planned for supervising schoolchildren while they do their homework.



Anyone who wants to study or do research in Münster naturally needs suitable accommodation. There are rooms, flats and small apartments to rent all to suit every taste and budget. There are also guest houses for visiting academics.

Culture When the Skulptur.Projekte exhibition is held every ten years in Münster, the citys cultural life becomes the focus of attention worldwide. But even without this there is a wide range of culture on offer, with museums, theatres, cinemas and music. Sports Anyone studying or doing research at Münster University can take advantage of the wide range of courses provided by University Sports, which offers over 100 different types of sports. In addition, Münster has many sports clubs to join. International groups At Münster University there are a lot of university groups that students and staff can get involved in. In addition, there are various religious communities, international students groups and associations. Information for parents Good childcare facilities are a must if you want to be at your job full-time. Münster University not only provides comprehensive information and advice but also offers childcare facilities. Transport

Whether by car, train, plane or bicycle the university town of Münster is very easy to reach.

Student Life

With around 270,000 inhabitants and about 48,000 students, Münster is the largest city in the Münsterland. As an academic and cultural city, Münster offers a wide variety of museums, theatres and events. The city is also well- known as Germanys bicycle capital after all, statistically every inhabitant owns four bicycles. The historic city centre, Lake Aa and the moated castles in the surrounding region have made Münster very popular as a leisure centre.

"Most liveable city in the world"

In 2004 Münster took part in the LivCon Awards and was promptly voted the most liveable city in the world. Points were awarded for environment, scenery, residents appraisal, the historic heritage and sustainability.

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