With approximately 35,000 students from more than 130 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University ranks as one of Germanys largest universities and is the scientific and academic center of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). Some 2,800 scholars and scientists, including 560 professors, teach and conduct research at more than 150 institutes and clinics.
Solid placements in the respective rankings, numerous awards and a large number of projects supported by outside funds (including ten special research areas, eight DFG graduate colleges and six DFG research groups) testify to the outstanding research achievements of the universitys scientists. Examples of the research focus points at Johannes Gutenberg University include materials research, nuclear and particle physics, as well as nuclear chemistry in the natural sciences, immunology and oncology in medicine, in addition to intercultural and media studies in the humanities and social sciences. The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research are also located on the campus, and the university works closely with both institutions. The university is also characterized by the sophisticated, large-scale equipment that is used intensively by international teams of researchers, such as the key-down electron accelerator MAMI (Mainz Microtron) of the Institute for Nuclear Physics or the light water research reactor TRIGA of the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry.
Students have a wide range of options, covering almost the entire spectrum of university specialties. From the study of the law and economics to the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences, from medicine and dentistry to the integration - unique in the German higher education system - of music, the fine arts and sports. The Department of Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies, located in Germersheim, trains translators and interpreters in numerous European and non-European languages.
This multiplicity of fields enables and promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching and – like its namesake Johannes Gutenberg – an innovative interplay of ideas and technologies.