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



"Sterne erfüllen Wünsche": Paderborn University Society once again supports the Youth Red Cross Christmas campaign

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Avoiding security vulnerabilities in industrial software

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Close to history in Ypres: Paderborn students explore places of remembrance of the First World War

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10 years of diversity in the classroom: Paderborn project celebrates anniversary

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A warm welcome: Paderborn University welcomes 54 new employees

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Paderborn University invests specifically in health promotion

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Executive pay influenced by gender stereotypes

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Runners wanted: Paderborn University takes part in Easter run

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43 pupils aiming high: ceremonial admission to the NRWTalente scholarship programme - OWL region

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Simplified access to the HPC systems of the PC2

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Top ratings for Master's degree programme in Economics at Paderborn University

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Multifaceted programme for prospective students at "Uni Underground"

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01.12.2023 - 02.12.2023

Conference "And what does that have to do with me - Approaches to Islamic Religious Education"

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01.12.2023 - 01.12.2023

Graduation ceremony for Bachelor and Master of Education students

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02.12.2023 - 02.12.2023

Paderborn University wants to get pupils excited about maths

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04.12.2023 - 04.12.2023

"Paderborn Perspectives on Inclusion" series

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05.12.2023 - 05.12.2023

"International Tuesdays": International university rankings and the Paderborn University

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05.12.2023 - 07.12.2023

Experience health digitally

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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