Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster)


The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) in Münster is distinguished by outstanding research in many areas. In addition to targeted funding for top-level research (“Strengthening strengths”), one focus is on junior academics. At the same time WWU provides for a wide range of research as the basis for helping further disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration to grow.

Facts & Figures:
• 2 Excellence Clusters: “Religion and Politics“, "Cells in Motion"
• 7 Collaborative Research Centers (CRCs) led by WWU, participation in 3 further CRCs
• 10 Leibniz prizewinners
• 3 DFG (German Research Foundation) research groups, 2 DFG priority programs
• 6 national, 3 international DFG research training groups, 1 international MPI research training group
• 7 junior research groups
• 25 scientific centers, 14 associated institutes
• Cooperation with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine, the Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) and the Center for NanoTechnology (CeNTech)
• Third-party funding received in 2013: € 144 million, Humanities achieved 3rd place in the DFG funding ranking (2012)

Studying and teaching

With around 42,500 students WWU is the fifth-largest university in Germany. The teaching offered by its 15 departments comprises 250 courses in 120 subjects from practically every field of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine and Natural Sciences. The government and the federal states have agreed a pact for further improvements to the quality of teaching and of study conditions. As part of the funding program WWU is to receive an additional € 30 million up to 2016.

Facts & Figures:
• 120 subjects, 250 courses
• 15 departments, 7 faculties
• 42,500 students
• 7,000 graduates per year
• 2nd place nationally in number of degree examinations taken
• Above-average rate of degrees obtained and short length of study
• Top marks in the CHE university rankings

International and interdisciplinary cooperation are, more than ever, a prerequisite for top-level research and innovation. Münster University is well placed in the international academic environment and is constantly extending this position. Internationalization in the sense of increasingly international orientation and global networking is embedded in the University’s overall strategy and is a cross-disciplinary approach affecting all areas of the University – studying, teaching, research, administration and services.

Facts & Figures:
• Over 550 partnership agreements with universities and academic institutes worldwide
• 700 visiting academics
• 3,400 foreign students in Münster
• 1,000 WWU students abroad every year
• Top position in the EU’s ERASMUS mobility program 
• English-language and international courses of study, bi-national double degrees, PhD opportunities with an international orientation
• Individual advice, support and services provided for international guests
• Brazil-Chair supported by CAPES

The city of Münster
The University motto – “knowledge and life” – describes exactly the close interplay between the University and the city of Münster. It underlines the way that the academic world and social life are interlinked, and at the same time it calls upon us to live our knowledge actively. Münster very clearly bears the stamp of WWU – through research and teaching and through its students, its academic and cultural events, its museums and theatres and the range of sporting activities it offers.

Facts & Figures
• 298,500 inhabitants
• City of the Peace of Westphalia signed in 1648
• 19 million visitors per year
• Most liveable city in the world (LivCom Award)
• Most cycle-friendly city in Germany since 2008 (test results published by national cycling club ADFC)
• Leading position in nano- and biotechnology
• 3rd place nationally in development of economic strength between 2006 and 2015
• International location for congresses

The Brazil Center of the WWU
For more than 50 years the University of Münster (WWU) has maintained intensive contacts with researchers and universities in Brazil. Nowadays there are around 40 cooperation activities with more than 20 Brazilian universities and institutions, amongst others in the areas of biology, law, geoinformatics, information systems and pharmacy. Its long-term commitment to cooperation with Brazil led the University of Münster to establish the Brazil Center in 2010. The mission of the Brazil Center is to deepen the bilateral cooperation in the fields of teaching, research and knowledge transfer, as well as to advise and assist involved people and institutes within the University of Münster.

The Brazil Center with its office in São Paulo also provides services for Brazilian universities and students interested in studying and researching in Germany. At the same time, it is committed to presenting a more authentic image of the scientific and economic potentials of Brazil to the members of the WWU as well as the German community in general.

The functions of the Brazil Center comprise:

• Establishment and development of international cooperation
• Initiating and monitoring of research projects
• Identification of research partners in Germany and Brazil
• Screening of funding programs
• Supporting bilateral knowledge transfer
• Exchange of scientists and students
• Coordinating the WWU’s contact office in São Paulo



Anja Grecko Lorenz
Tel. +55 (11) 5189-8316
E-mail: [email protected]