University town and science city
Münster is a city of science and learning. Its eight universities offer a broad range of subjects. The city is home to the University of Münster (WWU), one of Germany's largest universities. The two clusters of excellence "Politics and Religion" and "Cells in Motion" are examples of the outstanding research going on at this university. The University of Applied Sciences in Münster is one of the most dedicated of its kind in terms of research. Münster’s universities and scientific institutions, such as the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Molecular Biomedicine, the battery research centre Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET), two Fraunhofer Institute branches, the Center for NanoTechnology (CeNTec) and the coming Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN), form a scientific network which carries out teaching and research in over 500 fields.
With its over 300,000 strong population including around 58,000 students, Münster boasts one of the highest "student densities" in Germany. The arts and sciences constitute the city's largest employer. Almost every fourth individual living in Münster either studies, teaches, researches or works at or for one of the eight universities.
- Westphalian Wilhelms University – www.uni-muenster.de/en
- Münster University of Applied Sciences– en.fh-muenster.de/index.php
- Catholic University of Applied Sciences North Rhine-Westphalia – www.katho-nrw.de/?L=1
- Philosophical-Theological University of Münster – www.pth-muenster.de
- Academy of Fine Arts Münster - www.kunstakademie-muenster.de
- Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences NRW, Faculty of Finance – www.fhbund.de/EN/00__Home/homepage__node.html?__nnn=true
- Federal University of Applied Public Administrative Sciences – www.fhoev.nrw.de/ms+M52087573ab0.html
- German Police University – www.dhpol.de/en/index.php
The growing significance of science is becoming increasingly evident in the “innovation quarter” in the west of the city. The Science Park with Technologiehof (Technology Centre Münster), CeNTec, MPI, the Nanobioanalytics Center and a series of technology-oriented companies is located in the direct vicinity of the University’s Scientific Centre, the University Clinics and the University of Applied Sciences. The second element of the “innovation quarter” is the Technology Park, which includes companies from the fields of life science and information and communication technology. The “innovation quarter” is rounded off by the Leonardo campus with the college of art and other institutions affiliated to the University of Applied Sciences and the University.
A selection of important research addresses:
- Münster University Clinics – www.ukmuenster.de
- Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine – www.mpi-muenster.mpg.de/2377/en
- Center for Nanotechnology GmbH - www.centech.de
- Nanobioanalytics Center – www.nano-bioanalytik-zentrum.de/index10.htm
Contact partners at the municipal authorities: Dr. Matthias Schmidt and Dr. Ulrike Blanc, Academic Office