History of Saarland University

'The instrument of a truly European spirit'*

Founded in November 1948, Saarland University was originally established as a bilingual university that merged French and German educational traditions and offered a unique European perspective. It was the first university to be created west of the Rhine after the end of the Second World War, at a time when Saarland enjoyed partial political autonomy while still being linked to France through economic and monetary union. Prior to the foundation of the University, clinical training courses for medical students had been introduced at the state hospital in Homburg/Saar in January 1946 with the 'Centre Universitaire d'Études Supérieures de Hombourg' established on 8 May 1947 under the patronage of the University of Nancy.

* Jean Barriol,  the first rector of Saarland University, 1948

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75th Anniversary Year

In the 75 years since it was founded, Saarland University has become a centre of research with a strong international focus, a successful incubator for new businesses and a place where knowledge can be shared by all. In 2023, the university organized a rich programme of events to celebrate its achievements over the last three quarters of a century. The official ceremonies, concerts and exhibitions and the special events organized by the university's faculties and departments showcased Saarland University not only as an excellent destination for students and researchers and an attractive place to work, but also as a driver of regional development.

Review of our 75th anniversary year 2023

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Commemorative anniversary volume: The people, places and events that have shaped Saarland University

The commemorative volume published to mark the 75th anniversary is the first comprehensive account of the history of the university. Over more than 400 pages the authors provide a clear and accessible account of the eventful history of this university with its strong European heritage. The volume also contains a large number of photographs that bring the history of Saarland University to life by showcasing the people and places that have and continue to characterize the university to this day.

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