Founded in 1743, FAU has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with around 39,628 students, 244 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including over 580 professors), 171 million euros (2013) third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application.
FAU’s outstanding research and teaching is reflected in top positions in both national and international rankings, as well as the high amount of DFG funding which its researchers are able to secure. For example, FAU is ranked tenth in the DFG’s current research ranking, was judged the seventh best university in Germany in the most recent University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), and is among the top ten percent in the world in nine subjects according to the QS World University Rankings 2014. The CHE University Ranking which considers a wide range of factors related to teaching and learning also rated FAU among the top universities in many subjects, including mechanical engineering, chemistry and physics.