Founded in November 1948, Saarland University was originally established as a bilingual university that combined French and German educational traditions while offering a unique European perspective.
Informatics, nanotechnology, biosciences and Europe are the key disciplines that are shaping the universitys profile. The outstanding reputation of the Department of Informatics was underscored in the national academic excellence initiative, and the numerous internationally recognized, externally funded research projects across all fields of academic study highlight the quality of the academic work being performed at Saarland University.
The university has developed an outstanding profile in new technologies such as informatics, the biosciences or nanotechnologies a fact that has led to the establishment of numerous spin-off companies now active on and around campus. These developments highlight the universitys role as one of the largest employers in the region and its importance in promoting the transfer of technology and knowledge to the entire Saar-Lor-Lux region.
Saarland University offers a comprehensive support package for students preparing to start their careers or aiming to set up their own businesses. Guided by the Contact Centre for Technology Transfer (KWT), students can develop their business ideas, formally register their business ventures and learn to take their first steps as independent entrepreneurs. The jUNIts training scheme for young entrepreneurs offers students the possibility to work on project assignments on behalf of local and regional companies.
The Central Student Advisory Service (Study Counselling Centre) is the first port of call for all those with questions about their chosen or proposed academic programme, or who need to know more about student financing or who would like to discuss general study-related issues.
Catalogue of the Saarland University and State Library (OPAC) The vast majority of the SULB's holdings are presently listed in the catalogue, icluding all periodicals.The holdings of the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft) are listed in the catalogue.A part of the holdings of the branch libraries is presently listed in the catalogue.
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The university has two campuses. Situated only a few kilometres from the centre of Saarbrücken in a pleasant woodland setting, the main campus is home to most of the university’s faculties and departments. Homburg is about 30 kilometres from the Saarbrücken campus. As one of Germany’s recognized family-friendly higher-education institutions, Saarland University runs two child day-care facilities on campus.
The cafés and lawns situated around the Saarbrücken campus are perfect for meeting up with friends or relaxing between classes. The surrounding woodland and the nearby wildlife park offer plenty of opportunities for a relaxing walk or an after-class run.
Through the ‘Elite Sports Partnership’ initiative, the university also helps young top athletes balance the demands of academic study with the requirements of their intensive training regimens. All students have access to over 60 different types of sport via the University Sports Programme.
Cultural life at Saarland University is varied and vibrant. In addition to the orchestras and choirs in the university’s Collegium Musicum, there are numerous student theatre groups and for movie fans the Students’ Union Executive Committee (AStA) screens a film once a week.