University of Paderborn

University of Paderborn

The University of Paderborn is shaped by its mission statement “University of the Information Society”. It not only focuses on the development and exploration of this information society in the natural sciences and technology but also on the fusion of research and teaching. Interdisciplinary research plays a major role here. Research proposals and projects thus emerge beyond the specialist disciplines and combine subjects such as cultural sciences and computer science with engineering sciences. Furthermore, the university focuses on the close connection and early integration to the working world.

Distributed over around 70 courses of study in five faculties (cultural sciences, economics, natural sciences, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics), the university offers its approximately 20,000 students an interdisciplinary education with 260 professors. In addition, the focus is in close cooperation with primarily regional yet globally successful companies in all key areas. For example, the innovation workshop C-Lab – a cooperation between the university and the IT company Atos.

The computer pioneer Heinz Nixdorf with his financial support for applied research in the fields of computer science, engineering and business was decisive for the now successful and interdisciplinary research field at the University of Paderborn. Nowadays, the technology transfer between university and industry is particularly important. This is achieved through joint research projects between university laboratories and companies as well as through commissioned work.

The university is also involved in the growing start-up scene with the Technology Transfer and Business Start-Up Center (TecUP). Here, up-and-coming students and scientists are supported in setting up their own businesses during their studies.

Research profiles

  • Digital humanities
  • Intelligent technical systems
  • Lightweight construction with hybrid systems
  • Optoelectronics and photonics
  • Transformation and education