Saarland University

Saarland University (UdS) was founded in 1948 in co-operation with France. More then15.500 students are educated in it, of which 7 percent are foreign ones. Saarland University has 2000 employees of which 15 percent have professorial status. With its numerous degree programmes and the variety of final qualifications offered (Diplom, Magister, state examinations and, increasingly, bachelor and master qualifications), Saarland University provides the broad spectrum of disciplines typical of a classical universitas litterarum. The more traditional subjects such as business administration and economics, law and medicine are just as much a part of Saarland University as the new degree programmes that have developed from modern interdisciplinary collaborations. Examples of these new courses include 'Biology with Special Focus on Human Biology and Molecular Biology', 'Bioinformatics /Computational Biology', 'Mechatronics Engineering', 'Micro- and Nanostructured Materials', 'Computer and Communications Technology', 'Historically-oriented Cultural Studies' and 'French Cultural Science and Intercultural Communication'.
The skills and expertise at the University in the field of new technologies have led to the creation of numerous spin-off companies. With its specialist young enterprise seminars and a successful start-up centre for spin-off companies, the University is actively promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. To encourage and develop contacts to both the academic and the industrial and commercial sectors, the University has established the Contact Centre for Technology Transfer, and the Centre for Innovative Production, which it runs jointly with Saarland University of Applied Sciences (HTW).