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Leipzig University: History in the making
Read about the most important historical milestones of one of Europe’s oldest universities, from its foundation in 1409 to the opening in 2017 of the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St Paul.
A ceremony marks the inauguration of Leipzig University’s Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St Paul.
The Neues Augusteum is presented to the public on 2 December.
On 1 March, Professor Beate Schücking becomes the first woman in the history of our university to take up the office of rector.
600 years of Leipzig University: the highlight of the anniversary year is a ceremony on 2 December with an address by then Federal President Horst Köhler.
First cross-faculty alumni meeting at Leipzig University
Announcement of an EU-wide architectural competition for the new and redesigned inner-city university complex on Augustusplatz
Having been renamed “Karl-Marx-Universität” in the GDR, the University drops this new name after German reunification and returns to its traditional faculty and institute structure.
Many members of the University take to the streets of Leipzig to demonstrate for freedom and civil rights. Students set up a democratically legitimate students’ union.
The new skyscraper on Augustusplatz is handed over to the Karl-Marx-Universität on 31 August.
The new main building is handed over to the Karl-Marx-Universität on 3 September.
In the course of the third higher education reform in the GDR, the traditional faculty and institute structures are dissolved and Sektionen are founded.
Demolition of St Paul’s University Church, which remained unscathed in the Second World War, on 30 May following a decision by the Politburo and Leipzig city assembly
The Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) decides to rename the Universität Leipzig “Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig”
Reopening of Leipzig University in the Capitol cinema by the Soviet military administration
National Socialism brings intellectual life in Leipzig to a standstill. Many employees and students are dismissed, imprisoned or killed. Most of the buildings on Augustusplatz are destroyed towards the end of the Second World War.
Werner Heisenberg, head of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Leipzig University, is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Paul Flechsig is awarded the first professorship for brain research in Germany.
For the first time, women are officially admitted to study at Leipzig University.
Inauguration of St Paul’s University Church, redesigned by Arwed Roßbach in the neo-Gothic style
Inauguration of the Augusteum on Augustusplatz, remodelled by Arwed Roßbach in the Renaissance Revival style.
Wilhelm Wundt opens the world’s first institute of experimental psychology at Leipzig University.
Ceremonial inauguration of the neoclassical Augusteum built by Albert Geutebrück on the square in front of the Grimmaisches Tor (from 1839 Augustusplatz).
During the Battle of Leipzig, the University is used as a military hospital.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe studies law at Leipzig University.
Christian Thomasius is the first German university professor to give a lecture in German.
Germany’s first scholarly journal, Acta Eruditorum, is published in Leipzig.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz enrols at Leipzig University.
Duke Maurice of Saxony transfers the former Dominican monastery to the University as the Collegium Paulinum. This along with other material support makes Leipzig one of the wealthiest universities in the Holy Roman Empire.
Founding of Leipzig University Library
The Reformation marks the beginning of a new phase in the history of the University. The work of Rector Caspar Borner and humanist Joachim Camerarius is tantamount to the founding of a new university.
Leipzig Debate: the disputation between theologian Johann Eck and the reformers Martin Luther, Andreas Karlstadt and Philipp Melanchthon marks the nascent break between Rome and the Lutherans.
The Universität Leipzig is founded as part of the monastery (Stift) of St Thomas on 2 December with former masters and scholars from Prague.
The history of Leipzig University continues. Every year Leipzig is marked by important events, honours and awards along with new political and social developments. Here is a selection of the most important milestones from 2023 onwards. The German version of this page is much more detailed.
Biologist Professor Christian Wirth from Leipzig University, spokesperson of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), has been appointed by Federal Minister of Education Bettina Stark-Watzinger to the newly founded “Forum #Zukunftsstrategie”, a panel that will advise the…
From 12 to 16 September, the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), the largest ecological association in the German-speaking world, will take place in the Neues Augusteum at Leipzig University. Under this year’s motto – “The future of biodiversity –…
This Wednesday, 6 September 2023, around 20 representatives of the Leipzig Science Network (LSN) met with the Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, to discuss the Clusters of Excellence proposed by Leipzig University and its scientific partners in the current round of the German federal and state…