Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf


Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is one of the younger higher education institutions in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – founded in 1965. Since 1988 our university has carried the name of one of the city’s finest sons. Today around 35,000 students study at a modern campus under conditions ideally suited to academic life.

As a campus university where everything is close together, all buildings including the University Hospital and the specialized libraries are easily reachable. Our university departments enjoy an excellent reputation due to an exceptionally high number of collaborative research centers. Moreover, the state capital Düsseldorf provides an attractive environment with a high quality of life.


HHU has been the university of the Capital of North Rhine-Westphalia since 1965. It regards itself as a "citizens' university" and an interdisciplinary-focussed, networked, and comprehensive university.

Citizens’ University

The Citizens’ University Unit coordinates and organizes all of HHU’s activities revolving around the dialogue between science and society. To this end, it manages funding programs, advises on questions about the scientific dialogue, and organizes events.


Within the framework of the nationwide Excellence Initiative, HHU (in collaboration with the University of Cologne) is also represented with the cluster of excellence for plant sciences CEPLAS.

University of Cologne

The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. Due to its outstanding scientific achievements and the high quality and diversity of its degree programmes, it enjoys an excellent international reputation.

The UoC’s mission is to create, preserve and impart knowledge, to offer its students and early-career academics outstanding academic education, to qualify them for both academic and professional careers, to promote cutting-edge research and to drive innovation while focusing on the constantly changing needs and challenges of today’s society.

University Development Plan

HHU defines mid-term strategies and objectives for its work in its Hochschulentwicklungsplan (university development plan, HEP). Published in December 2017, the UDP 20.21 is currently applicable.


HHU sustainably pursues the proactive interlinking of university and entrepreneurship with initiatives such as the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CEDUS).

Gender Equality, Family and Diversity at HHU

For a future-focused university, gender equality, equal opportunities, family support, and diversity are core fields of action. For this purpose, HHU provides its own facilities and initiatives in each case.

Gender Equality

Equality between women and men and equal opportunities for employees and students with disabilities is one of the core objectives of HHU.


Good compatibility of family, studies, and work is confirmed by an audit at the HHU - the FamilienBeratungsBüro (FBB) is your direct contact.


HHU sees the diversity of its students and employees as an asset and an opportunity - it has set up its own portal site for this purpose.


The Heinrich Heine University (HHU) is divided up into five faculties which are all located on one campus. The oldest one and core of the university is the Faculty of Medicine, followed by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Law were then launched.

One of our foci today, linking all faculties, is the Life Sciences. Cross-departmental, joint study programs (such as Business Chemistry) are one of our major strengths.


University Facts and Figures

Our young university already has a long tradition: It has grown out of the Medical Academy founded in 1907. In 1965 the university was created by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It started with three faculties: the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

In 1988 it was renamed Heinrich Heine University and experienced a period of dynamic growth. In the 1990s two new faculties were added: the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Law. Today, around 35,000 students, more than 2,000 lecturers, and 900 further employees study, teach, and work on our campus. At the beginning of the winter semester 2018/19 we were able to welcome about 4000 new students.

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    • Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Universitätsstr. 1, 40225, Düsseldorf

    • Cologne

    • 2428, Jülich