The University is named after Otto von Guericke (1602-1686), Magdeburg's famous son, whose pioneering research into the vacuum made him well-known beyond Germany. The University comprises 9 faculties and almost 13,800 students and is becoming increasingly important as a centre of education and research.
In the past few years research has changed from applied to basic research. Among the many areas represented the neurosciences, immunology, non-linear systems, new materials, processes and products, computational visualistics, social transformation as well as communication and culture deserve a special mention.
The University hopes to make a significant contribution to economic and social development in Magdeburg and the surrounding area. The recent acquisitions of the arts and social sciences together with economics and management have already made their decisive mark on our research profile.