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University of Kiel
Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Siegel der CAU.svg
Seal of the University of Kiel
Latin: Academia Holsatorum Chiloniensis
Christiana Albertina
MottoPax optima rerum
Motto in English
Peace is the greatest good
BudgetEUR 167.1 million[1]
PresidentLutz Kipp [de]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
ColorsPurple and white

The University of Kiel, officially the Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel, (German: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, abbreviated CAU, known informally as Christiana Albertina) is a university in the city of Kiel, Germany. It was founded in 1665 as the Academia Holsatorum Chiloniensis by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp and has approximately 27,000 students today. Kiel University is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Until 1864/66 it was not only the northernmost university in Germany but at the same time the 2nd largest university of Denmark. Faculty, alumni, and researchers of the Kiel University have won 12 Nobel Prizes. Kiel University has been a member of the German Universities Excellence Initiative since 2006. The Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean, which was established in cooperation with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in 2006, is internationally recognized. The second Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces" deals with chronic inflammatory diseases. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy is also affiliated with Kiel University. The university has a great reputation for its focus on public international law. The oldest public international law institution in Germany and Europe - the Walther Schuecking Institute for International Law - is based in Kiel.[4]


The University of Kiel was founded under the name Christiana Albertina on 5 October 1665 by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. The citizens of the city of Kiel were initially quite sceptical about the upcoming influx of students, thinking that these could be "quite a pest with their gluttony, heavy drinking and their questionable character" (German: mit Fressen, Sauffen und allerley leichtfertigem Wesen sehr ärgerlich seyn). But those in the city who envisioned economic advantages of a university in the city won, and Kiel thus became the northernmost university in the German Holy Roman Empire.

After 1773, when Kiel had come under Danish rule, the university began to thrive, and when Kiel became part of Prussia in the year 1867, the university grew rapidly in size. The university opened one of the first botanical gardens in Germany (now the Alter Botanischer Garten Kiel), and Martin Gropius designed many of the new buildings needed to teach the growing number of students.

The Christiana Albertina was one of the first German universities to obey the Gleichschaltung in 1933 and agreed to remove many professors and students from the school, for instance Ferdinand Tönnies or Felix Jacoby. During World War II, the University of Kiel suffered heavy damage, therefore it was later rebuilt at a different location with only a few of the older buildings housing the medical school.

In 2019, it was announced it has banned full-face coverings in classrooms, citing the need for open communication that includes facial expressions and gestures.[5][6]


Aerial view of the central campus

Notable people


See also Category:University of Kiel alumni


See also Category:University of Kiel faculty

Nobel Prize Winners

The University of Kiel helped develop this radiation detector for a Mars probe.[7]

There are several Nobel Prize Winners affiliated with the University of Kiel, including:

Points of interest


See also


  1. ^ "Die Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Zahlen 2013" (PDF). Universität zu Kiel (in German). p. 19. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "Die Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Zahlen 2013" (PDF). Universität zu Kiel (in German). p. 18. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Startschuss für das Wintersemester". University of Kiel (in German). Retrieved .
  4. ^ Stolleis, Michael (2002). Geschichte des öffentlichen Rechts in Deutschland. Munich: C.H. Beck. p. 394. ISBN 978-3-406-48960-0.
  5. ^ Welle (, Deutsche. "Kiel University bans full-face veil in classrooms - DW - 13.02.2019". DW.COM.
  6. ^ "German university bans burqa, niqab during lectures - IOL News".
  7. ^ "SwRI Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) Homepage". Southwest Research Institute. Retrieved 2011.

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Coordinates: 54°20?20?N 10°07?21?E / 54.33889°N 10.12250°E / 54.33889; 10.12250

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