Paderborn University

Paderborn University is one of the mid-sized universities in Germany with a strong focus on research and transfer. Our five faculties - Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics - offer 70 study programmes. In addition, there are about 166 subject combinations in the field of teacher training.

Within our key research areas, Paderborn University has made a name for itself with internationally recognised excellence in research. While always keeping society's needs in mind, scientists at Paderborn University are working on the technologies of the future. Research at Paderborn University is characterised by the development of sustainable solutions for the pressing challenges of our time. Cooperations with other universities, companies, and research associations - nationally and internationally - contribute to our University's excellent networks and infrastructure.

„Paderborn University is young and dynamic. Numerous excellent research projects, outstanding degree programmes and proven transfer structures set us apart. The university is ideally located in an economically strong region and offers young people opportunities that are rarely found anywhere else.”

Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf
Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf,
President of Paderborn University
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Date November 22
64 MM €
in third-party funding
Date December 22
300 +
spin-offs from our university
Date June 23



International Summer School "HoBid" on Higher Education Research united Early Career Researchers from all over the world at Paderborn University

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Paderborn University offers online lectures for study orientation

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New hope in the fight against water shortage: innovative desalination batteries could be the solution

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Award from the Romance Studies Association

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Joint declaration by NRW universities against abuse of power

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"Vision Slam" – Looking for the best idea of Paderborn University!

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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: Award of the CLAAS Sponsorship Prize 2023

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Paderborn scientists secure the future of the Soot framework for programmers with FutureSoot

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Bringing more movement into all-day life - Paderborn University launches cooperation project with four primary schools

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Paderborn Foreign Language Day sets impulses for modern foreign language teaching

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Paderborn University awards business sponsorship prize to over 300 students

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When artificial intelligence enters into dialogue

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ZeKK live - 45 minutes with Prof. Dr. Catherine Cornille

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09.10.2023 - 13.10.2023

MINT taster study in the "Herbst-Uni"

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11.10.2023 - 12.10.2023

Make good use of the autumn holidays: Workshop on study choice orientation for pupils at Paderborn University

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11.10.2023 - 11.10.2023

"Music – Religion – Global": Public lecture series of the Detmold/Paderborn Musicology Seminar

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12.10.2023 - 12.10.2023

Lecture Series: "Conceptions of Europe from an Interdisciplinary Perspective"

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16.10.2023 - 16.10.2023

Interdisciplinary writing group – "KW writes (better) together".

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Study programmes and Teaching

The range of courses offered at Paderborn University is very diverse. With study programmes that are, to date, unique in Germany, we provide offers that are just as exceptional as our students. Many study programmes also have international profiles – which means that our graduates make a good impression all over the world.

Teaching at Paderborn University is defined by quality – as well as by the dedication and motivation of our academics.

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We offer a wide range of degree programmes and subject combinations for bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as in the field of teacher training. Our study program is divided into different fields of study, which you can select and explore interactively in the study program. Do you want to find out more?

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Fundamental, application-oriented, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented: research at Paderborn University is a team effort dedicated to the great questions of the future. We are building sustainable values and innovations, making them accessible to society, business, and industry.

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At Paderborn University, researchers and students work together in numerous collaborations with partners in business, society, politics, and culture. We create space for open discourse and pave the way for innovative ideas. Our University has one of the highest spin-off rates in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

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A strong network around the globe: we want to tackle societal challenges in cooperation with international partners. In order to advance our internationalisation, we at Paderborn University make an effort to focus on global orientation and create a campus that provides space for intercultural encounters.

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Working at Paderborn University

Paderborn University employs around 2,600 people from over 20 different nationalities in a lively working environment. We offer exciting employment opportunities, support for your personal development, and an inclusive working culture. Become part of a dynamic, international team!



Audit Family-Friendly University

On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University underwent the audit family-friendly university and was awarded a certificate as the first university in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Audit Diversity-Friendly University

On 15 March 2023, berufundfamilie’s board of trustees awarded Paderborn University with the audit certificate.

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Paderborn University received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for its equal opportunities-oriented personnel policy for the first time in 2009.

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Diversity Charter & Association

In October 2011, Paderborn University signed the Diversity Charter.

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Charter for the Reconciliation of Career and Care

In April 2023, Paderborn University signed the Charter for reconciliation of career and care.

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[Translate to English:] Logo Zertifikat „audit familiengerechte hochschule“
Logo "audit vielfaltgerechte hochschule" certificate
Logo of the "TOTAL E-QUALITY" initiative
Logo of the "Charter of Diversity" voluntary commitment
Charter on Reconciliation of Work and Care