The Paderborn University (German: Universität Paderborn) is one of the fourteen universities of higher learning in North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany.
It was founded in 1972 and over 17,421 students were enrolled at the university as of December 2011. It offers 105 different degree programmes. The Paderborn University ranks high in the areas of Computer Science, Business Management and English. The number of students enrolled at the university has steadily increased in recent years, and as a result, the university is continuously expanding and updating the infrastructure.
Particularly notable is the newly established Master of Arts program in Comparative Literature in the faculty of Cultural Studies. The university houses the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing that supports research activities in wide areas of Computational science and Engineering.
The university has several winners of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). One such notable winner is the Romanian mathematician Preda Mihăilescu who was awarded the prize in April 2002.
In 2006, the computer science program was ranked among the top 3 programs in the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) and the German weekly news magazine “Die Zeit”. In the same year, the university was ranked among the leading institutions in terms of gaining research funds in the areas of electrical engineering, computer science and systems engineering by the German Research Foundation.
The interdiciplinary research centers at the university include Heinz Nixdorf Institute, Paderborn center for Parallel Computing, Paderborn Institute for Scientific Computation, Cooperative Computing and Communication Laboratory (C-Lab) and Software quality lab (S-lab). RailCab is a research project by the University of Paderborn. Its purpose is the examination of the use of linear engines for the propulsion of autonomous, rail mounted vehicles.
At the Paderborn University, a number of Student Groups exist and meet regularly. AStA (Allgemeiner Studierenden Ausschuss) is the board of Student Representatives, who, through their engagement, have an influence on university politics and organisation and run certain campus facilities such as the photocopiers. Student Faculty Committees (Fachschaften) protect the interests of other students in that department. The “Fachschaft” remains in constant contact with professors and other lecturers and passes on important information to students. It offers help with timetable planning and is thus an important contact for all academic matters. Eurobiz is a voluntary student group that helps international students to find their way around. They organize weekend trips and farewell parties, university parties and several other (spontaneous) events during the semester.