Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (also referred to as LMU or the University of Munich, in German: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) is a public research university located in Munich, Germany.

The University of Munich is Germany's sixth-oldest university in continuous operation.[n 1] Originally established in Ingolstadt in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX of Bavaria-Landshut, the university was moved in 1800 to Landshut by King Maximilian I of Bavaria when Ingolstadt was threatened by the French, before being relocated to its present-day location in Munich in 1826 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. In 1802, the university was officially named Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität by King Maximilian I of Bavaria in his as well as the university's original founder's honour.[2]

The University of Munich has, particularly since the 19th century, been considered as one of Germany's as well as one of Europe's most prestigious universities; with 42 Nobel laureates (as of 2017) associated with the university, it ranks 16th worldwide by number of Nobel laureates. Among these were Wilhelm Röntgen, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn and Thomas Mann. Pope Benedict XVI was also a student and professor at the university. The LMU has recently been conferred the title of "elite university" under the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

LMU is currently the second-largest university in Germany in terms of student population; in the winter semester of 2015/2016, the university had a total of 51,025 matriculated students. Of these, 8,671 were freshmen while international students totalled 7,812 or almost 15% of the student population. As for operating budget, the university records in 2015 a total of 660.0 million euros in funding without the university hospital; with the university hospital, the university has a total funding amounting to approximately 1.7 billion euros.[3]

University of Munich
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Sigillum Universitatis Ludovico-Maximilianeae
Latin: Universitas Ludovico-Maximilianea Monacensis
Established1472 (as University of Ingolstadt until 1802)
Budget€1.727 billion[1]
RectorBernd Huber
Academic staff
Administrative staff
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Nobel Laureates42
ColoursGreen and White
AffiliationsGerman Excellence Universities
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Lmu ingolstadt pfruendnerhaus
University buildings in Ingolstadt

The University was founded with papal approval in 1472 as the University of Ingolstadt (foundation right of Louis IX the Rich), with faculties of philosophy, medicine, jurisprudence and theology. Its first rector was Christopher Mendel of Steinfels, who later became bishop of Chiemsee.

In the period of German humanism, the university's academics included names such as Conrad Celtes and Petrus Apianus. The theologian Johann Eck also taught at the university. From 1549 to 1773, the university was influenced by the Jesuits and became one of the centres of the Counter-Reformation. The Jesuit Petrus Canisius served as rector of the university.

At the end of the 18th century, the university was influenced by the Enlightenment, which led to a stronger emphasis on natural science.


Moritz Kellerhoven, König Max I. von Bayern
Portrait of Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, after whom the University of Munich was renamed in 1802
Baeyer-Volhard LMU 1877
Adolf von Baeyer, Emil Fischer, Jacob Volhard and other chemists at LMU in 1877

In 1800, the Prince-Elector Maximilian IV Joseph (the later Maximilian I, King of Bavaria) moved the university to Landshut, due to French aggression that threatened Ingolstadt during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1802, the university was renamed the Ludwig Maximilian University in honour of its two founders, Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria and Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria. The Minister of Education, Maximilian von Montgelas, initiated a number of reforms that sought to modernize the rather conservative and Jesuit-influenced university. In 1826, it was moved to Munich, the capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria. The university was situated in the Old Academy until a new building in the Ludwigstraße was completed. The locals were somewhat critical of the number of Protestant professors Maximilian and later Ludwig I invited to Munich. They were dubbed the "Nordlichter" (Northern lights) and especially physician Johann Nepomuk von Ringseis was quite angry about them.[4]

München Amalienstraße bei Universität
View of the University of Munich from Amalienstrasse around 1900

In the second half of the 19th century, the university rose to great prominence in the European scientific community, attracting many of the world's leading scientists. It was also a period of great expansion. From 1903, women were allowed to study at Bavarian universities, and by 1918, the female proportion of students at LMU had reached 18%. In 1918, Adele Hartmann became the first woman in Germany to earn the Habilitation (higher doctorate), at LMU.

During the Weimar Republic, the university continued to be one of the world's leading universities, with professors such as Wilhelm Röntgen, Wilhelm Wien, Richard Willstätter, Arnold Sommerfeld and Ferdinand Sauerbruch.


During the Third Reich, academic freedom was severely curtailed. In 1943 the White Rose group of anti-Nazi students conducted their campaign of opposition to the National Socialists at this university.


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View of the main building of LMU from Professor-Huber-Platz in 2017
Lmu lichthof treppe
The Lichthof (atrium)
LMU, Gang 1. OG
Colonnade in the first floor

The university has continued to be one of the leading universities of West Germany during the Cold War and in the post-reunification era. In the late 1960s, the university was the scene of protests by radical students.

Today the University of Munich is part of 24 Collaborative Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is host university of 13 of them. It also hosts 12 DFG Research Training Groups and three international doctorate programs as part of the Elite Network of Bavaria. It attracts an additional 120 million euros per year in outside funding and is intensively involved in national and international funding initiatives.

LMU Munich has a wide range of degree programs, with 150 subjects available in numerous combinations. 15% of the 45,000 students who attend the university come from abroad.

In 2005, Germany’s state and federal governments launched the German Universities Excellence Initiative, a contest among its universities. With a total of 1.9 billion euros, 75 percent of which comes from the federal state, its architects aim to strategically promote top-level research and scholarship. The money is given to more than 30 research universities in Germany.

The initiative will fund three project-oriented areas: graduate schools to promote the next generation of scholars, clusters of excellence to promote cutting-edge research and "future concepts" for the project-based expansion of academic excellence at universities as a whole. In order to qualify for this third area, a university had to have at least one internationally recognized academic center of excellence and a new graduate school.

After the first round of selections, LMU Munich was invited to submit applications for all three funding lines: It entered the competition with proposals for two graduate schools and four clusters of excellence.

On Friday 13 October 2006, a blue-ribbon panel announced the results of the Germany-wide Excellence Initiative for promoting top university research and education. The panel, composed of the German Research Foundation and the German Science Council, has decided that LMU Munich will receive funding for all three areas covered by the Initiative: one graduate school, three "excellence clusters" and general funding for the university’s "future concept".

In January 2012, scientists at the Ludwig Maximilian University, published details of the most sensitive listening device known so far. This has led to the college being inducted into the Guinness book of world records.[5]


LMU Muenchen Standortkarte
LMU's institutes and research centers are spread throughout Munich
Entrance to LMU Munich main building
Entrance to LMU's main building
München- U-Bahnhof Universität- auf Bahnsteig zu Gleis 2 1.4.2010
Subway station Universität serves LMU's main campus via lines U3/U6
Klinikum Grosshadern Sued
Klinikum Großhadern, the hospital

LMU's institutes and research centers are spread throughout Munich, with several buildings located in the suburbs of Oberschleissheim and Garching as well as Maisach and Bad Tölz. The university's main buildings are grouped around Geschwister-Scholl-Platz and Professor-Huber-Platz on Ludwigstrasse, extending into side streets such as Akademiestraße, Schellingstraße, and Veterinärstraße. Other large campuses and institutes are located in Großhadern (Klinikum Großhadern), Martinsried (chemistry and biotechnology campus), the Ludwigsvorstadt (Klinikum Innenstadt) and in the Lehel (Institut am Englischen Garten), across from the main buildings, through the Englischer Garten.

The university's main building is situated in Geschwister-Scholl-Platz and the university's main campus is served by the Munich subway's Universität station.


Subjects and fields of study

Despite the Bologna Process which saw the demise of most traditional academic-degree courses such as the Diplom and Magister Artium in favour of the more internationally known Bachelors and Masters system, the University of Munich continues to offer more than 100 areas of study with numerous combinations of majors and minors.[6]

In line with the university's internationalisation as a popular destination for tertiary studies, an increasing number of courses mainly at the graduate and post-graduate levels are also available in English to cater to international students who may have little or no background in the German language.[7] Some notable subject areas which currently offer programmes in English include various fields of psychology, physics as well as business and management.[8]


Edificio principal, Jardín Botánico, Múnich, Alemania 2012-04-21, DD 04
LMU's Institute of Systematic Botany is located at Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg
Chemistry faculty of the LMU 2003
Faculty of chemistry buildings at the Martinsried campus of LMU Munich

The university consists of 18 faculties which oversee various departments and institutes.[9] The official numbering of the faculties and the missing numbers 06 and 14 are the result of breakups and mergers of faculties in the past. The Faculty of Forestry operations with number 06 has been integrated into the Technical University of Munich in 1999 and faculty number 14 has been merged with faculty number 13.[10][11][12]

Research centres

LMU München - Audimax2

In addition to its 18 faculties, the University of Munich also maintains numerous research centres involved in numerous cross-faculty and transdisciplinary projects to complement its various academic programmes.[13] Some of these research centres were a result of cooperation between the university and renowned external partners from academia and industry; the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, for example, was established through a joint initiative between LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum, while the Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking resulted from the collaboration between the Parmenides Foundation and LMU Munich's Human Science Center.[14]

Some of the research centres which have been established include:

Tuition and fees

University rankings
ARWU World[15] 53
THE World[17] 32
USNWR World[18] 46
QS World[16] 62

As of October 2016, universities in Bavaria do not raise a2 a semester and a mandatory off-hours public transportation semester ticket (for the Munich Transport and Tariff Association, MVV) of €65 have to be paid. For €189 additionally, a full network pass is then optionally available. This mixed model (€117 or €306) is the result of several years of negotiations to allow students to get an affordable semester ticket despite the high costs of regular tickets in Munich. The current package was accepted by an overwhelming majority of 86.3% of students across all Munich universities in 2012 and introduced in the 2013 winter term.[19]


University rankings 2018-19 (overall)
U.S. News & World Report

LMU Munich is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities in various international ranking surveys such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education Supplement which ranks over 1000 universities worldwide.

Notable alumni and faculty members

The alumni of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich played a major role in the development of quantum mechanics. Max Planck, the founder of quantum theory and Nobel laureate in Physics in 1918, was an alumnus of the university. Founders of quantum mechanics such as Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, and others were associated with the university. Most recently, to honor the Nobel laureate in Chemistry Gerhard Ertl, who worked as a professor at the University of Munich from 1973 to 1986, the building of the Physical Chemistry was named after him.

Pakistani philosopher and poet Sir Muhammad Iqbal, regarded as the "Poet of the East" and "The Thinker of Pakistan", earned his PhD degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich in 1908. Working under the guidance of Friedrich Hommel, Iqbal published his doctoral thesis in 1908, entitled The Development of Metaphysics in Persia.[25][26][27][28]

The anti-Nazi resistance White Rose was based in this university.[29]

Pope Benedict XVI 2

Pope Benedict XVI was a student and professor at LMU Munich

Thomas Mann in 1926

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann was a student at LMU Munich

Iqbal in 1931

Philosopher, Persian and Urdu poet Sir Muhammad Iqbal studied philosophy at LMU Munich

Hans-Werner Sinn 17Jan2008

Hans-Werner Sinn, professor of economics at LMU Munich

Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F078072-0004, Konrad Adenauer

Konrad Adenauer was Chancellor of Germany from 1949 to 1963

Valdas Adamkus 16072008

Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania 1998–2003 and 2004–2009


Bertolt Brecht, poet, playwright and theatre director

Max Weber 1894

The sociologist Max Weber was a professor at LMU Munich

Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1987-0313-507, Rudolf Hess

Rudolf Hess was the Deputy Führer of National Socialist Germany from 1933 to 1941

University halls

Great Assembly Hall (Große Aula)

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Große Aula

The große Aula is located in the university main building at Ludwigstraße in Munich. The Aula was constructed as part of the main building by Friedrich von Gärtner and completed in 1840. The hall is situated in the first floor and extends to the second floor.

The Aula was not destroyed during World War II and, thus, one of few usable post war venues in Munich. Hence, the Aula was used for the first performances of concerts after the war. Furthermore, it was venue for the constituent assembly of the state of Bavaria, where the current Bavarian constitution was enacted.[30]

Today, the Aula hosts mainly concerts, talks and lectures.

See also


  1. ^ In modern Germany, only Heidelberg University (1386), Leipzig University (1409), the University of Rostock (1419), the University of Greifswald (1456) and the University of Freiburg (1457) are older. Although Cologne, Erfurt and Würzburg were originally founded earlier than the University of Munich, they shut down for longer periods.


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  2. ^ "Landshut (1800 - 1826) - LMU München". Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures - LMU Munich". Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ “Wortgewaltiger Gegner der Nordlichter: Der Mediziner Johann Nepomuk von Ringseis”, in: Ulrike Leutheusser, Heinrich Nöth (Hg.), „Dem Geist alle Tore öffnen". König Maximilian II. von Bayern und die Wissenschaft, München 2009, pp. 142-153; 2. Aufl. München 2011, pp. 142-153.
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  6. ^ "Herzlich willkommen! - LMU München". Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Degree Students - LMU Munich". Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Studienfächer und Studiengänge von A bis Z - LMU München". Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Faculties - LMU Munich". Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Geschichte der forstwissenschaftlichen Ausbildung in Bayern". Technische Universität München. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Fakultäten". Archived from the original on 2 March 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  12. ^ Andreas C. Hofmann: Warum die LMU München (keine) 20 Fakultäten hat. Zur Ausdifferenzierung des Wissens an der Ludovico-Maximilianea im Spiegel der Geschichte ihrer Fakultäten, in: aventinus bavarica Nr. 15 [29. Mai 2010],
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  14. ^ "About us " MCA " EUNICE " Education " Parmenides Foundation". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  15. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018
  16. ^ QS World University Rankings 2019
  17. ^ World University Rankings 2019
  18. ^ U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2019
  19. ^ "Semesterticket München". Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  20. ^ "World University Rankings 2019". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  21. ^ "Best Global Universities Ranking (free)". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  22. ^ "QS World University Ranking". Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  23. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities (free)". Shanghai Jiao Tong University Homepage. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  24. ^ "Expertscape: Pancreatic Neoplasms, November 2018". November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  25. ^ Sharif, Imran (21 April 2011). "Allama Iqbal's 73rd death anniversary observed with reverence". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  26. ^ Lansing, East; H-Bahai, Mi. (2001) [1908]. "The development of metaphysics in persia" (PDF). London Luzac and Company. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  27. ^ Mir, Mustansir (1990). Tulip in the desert: A selection of the poetry of Muhammad Iqbal. c.Hurts and Company, Publishers Ltd. London. p. 2. ISBN 978-967-5-06267-4.
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Fritz Hommel

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Gerhard Ertl

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His work has paved the way for development of cleaner energy sources and will guide the development of fuel cells, said Astrid Graslund, secretary of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry.

He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces. The Nobel academy said Ertl provided a detailed description of how chemical reactions take place on surfaces. His findings applied in both academic studies and industrial development, the academy said. “Surface chemistry can even explain the destruction of the ozone layer, as vital steps in the reaction actually take place on the surfaces of small crystals of ice in the stratosphere,” the award citation reads.

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Hans A. Engelhard

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Born in Munich, Engelhard studied law at the University of Erlangen and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and received his second Staatsexamen in 1963.

Having joined the Free Democratic Party in 1954, Engelhard won a seat in the Bundestag in the German federal election, 1972.

In 1982 he succeeded Jürgen Schmude as Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, and served until 1992.

Hans F. Zacher

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Helmut Panke

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John Rockwell

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Korbinian Brodmann

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List of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich people

This is a list of people associated with Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Germany.

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Michael Phayer

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