Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster - Official Description
The University of Münster is the third largest in Germany. Currently, about 39,000 students are enrolled and every year about 5,000 are graduating. The university's popularity is no doubt due to the wide range of subjects on offer (over 120), the excellence of the research carried out in many departments, and the high quality of life in the city of Münster. Münster University has an international dimension. More than 3,500 foreign students study here, and we have partnership agreements with over 400 academic institutions all over the world. Together with Enschede (Netherlands) and Osnabrück (Germany), Münster forms a university triangle within the area known as "Euregio". The Westphalian metropolis is sometimes described as a cyclist's paradise. There are a great many cycle lanes, and most students have bicycles. The university's numerous institutes are dotted all over the mediaeval city centre as well as the western districts of Münster. However, although its buildings are all within walking or cycling distance, Münster University is quite different from campus universities in that its activities tend to merge with everyday urban life.
Description of Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster
Founded in 1780, the WWU Münster is a university with tradition. With its wide range of research areas and excellent working conditions, as well as its intensive support for junior academics, WWU Münster has a strong appeal to researchers, academics and cooperation partners. The “Religion and Politics” excellence cluster shows how the interdisciplinary approach to research at WWU works in practice. Over 36,000 students make WWU the sixth-largest university in Germany. The teaching offered by a total of 15 faculties comprises 275 courses of study in 120 subjects covering practically all areas of the humanities, social sciences, medicine and natural sciences. 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. • WWU’s 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. High-quality teaching WWU Münster’s aims in the field of research are closely linked with its own commitment to provide high-quality courses of study covering a wide range of subjects. It has taken a pioneering lead in changing teacher training to the double bachelor degree. The second step – a bottom-up process – will involve the masters courses. The development of programmes for structured doctoral courses represents the third step in the realisation of the objectives set out in the Bologna process. WWU thus provides the best possible teaching on the basis of high-quality broad and 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. WWU’s second strategic objective in the field of gender mainstreaming is to apply suitable measures to strengthen women’s 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
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