University of Rostock Alma Mater Rostochiensis – Traditio et Innovatio

Founded in 1419, the University of Rostock is the oldest in the Baltic Sea Region. True to the motto “Traditio et Innovatio”, the University of Rostock has constantly further developed. The multitude of new buildings represents the university’s modernity.

Foundation faculties are, in addition to the facultas artium (Faculty of Humanities today), the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine. The Theological Faculty completed the classical canon of academic disciplines in the historical studium generale in 1432. At the middle of the 20th century, the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences, of Business and Social Sciences and of Mathematics and Natural Sciences were added as well as, in 1950 - a novelty among the classical German universities - an Engineering Sciences Faculty. Finally, a Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Ship Technology and a Faculty of Informatics and Electrical Engineering were established out of it at the beginning of 2004.

Thus, the university has nine faculties these days, comprising of numerous institutes and clinics. In addition, the Interdisciplinary Faculty as central university institution unites researchers and students from all disciplines. Research focuses which have developed out of the university tradition are merged here. Furthermore, this institution sharpens the profile by joining strengths in an interdisciplinary communication and cooperation.

The University of Rostock is rather an insider tip than a mass university. Those who appreciate a university rich in tradition and the courage for innovation alike are in the right place at the University of Rostock. About 13,700 students study in bachelor and master study courses here, in curricula resulting into the State Examination degree (teaching profession study courses, human medicine and dentistry) and in the magister study course of the Theological Faculty. They can select from an extraordinarily broad range of subjects of 130 study courses in different fields of study. 

Over the last years, the University of Rostock has undergone significant content and organisational changes within the course of a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary profiling for meeting future social challenges in an innovative and competitive way. This includes a bundling of competences and research activities in the interdisciplinary cross-faculty departments of the Interdisciplinary Faculty. The foundation of the Interdisciplinary Faculty is a unique selling point of the University of Rostock. It pools research resources and interests in cross-faculty priority areas towards optimum exploitation of locally available potentials in terms of a focused interlinked diversity. The priorities connected via the Interdisciplinary Faculty departments are:

At the department „Life, Light and Matters“, basic energy, material and life science questions are investigated. Nuclear and molecular processes are investigated here and laser optics are used for medical issues.

The department „Maritime Systems“ investigates the impact of global and regional changes on coastal zones, the use of maritime systems and methods for sustainable development and coastal and sea area management.

The department Ageing of individuals and society" searches for new solutions for enabling an independent and self-determined life in old age, healthy and with full social participation.

The department „Knowledge - Culture - Transformation“ is dedicated to questions on the ratio and development of culture and knowledge, from synchronous and diachronic perspective.

Joint research projects with other universities, in Germany and abroad, enable networking and an expansion of the University of Rostock’s expert and expertise portfolio. Cooperations on supra-regional joint research projects with extra-university research institutions like Max Planck Society, Helmholtz Society, Fraunhofer Society, Leibnitz Community, Federal and Regional Research Institute and economy are agreed upon in contracts. Regionally, future fields of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are in the focus for supporting positive effects on company development and employments in the region.