The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, or simply known as LMU, is considered as one of the oldest universities that you can easily find in Germany. This learning institution has been originally established in 1472 on Ingolstadt. Duke Ludwig IX from Bavaria-Landshut founded the university. During the early parts of 1800s, it was moved to Landshut. That time, King Maximilian I from Bavaria initiated the transfer to avoid the threats that the French posed against Ingolstadt. This king also officially named the institution as Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in 1802. The king decided to name the university as such in honor of the founder. In 1826, the university was again transferred – this time, in Munich. This is LMU’s present location as well. At present, this is sometimes regarded as the University of Munich.
The University of Munich is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. This is also viewed as one of the best universities in Germany, particularly during the 19th century period. Recently, the university has been given the title of “elite university”. The German Universities Excellence Initiative is responsible for assigning this title.
For the record, it already received as many as 34 Nobel laureates. This also somewhat translates to the fact that this university ranks 13th worldwide if one will based the ranking on the number of laureates received. Some of the most notable people who brought these awards include Thomas Mann, Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg, Max Planck, Wilhelm Röntgen, and Pope Benedict XVI. Interestingly, the Pope did not only attend the university as a student but also eventually as a professor.
LMU Munich consistently has a high ranking among the top 100 universities in the world. The international ranking surveys conducted this study to see the universities that perform well in different parts of the world. Some of the surveys conducted are the Times Higher Education Supplement and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The former survey took more than a thousand universities into consideration at a time.
Some of the other studies published in line with the surveys include the Human Resources and Labor Review and the Times Higher Education Supplement. Both of these were conducted in 2010. Among the universities that the researchers checked out under this research ventures, LMU Munich is considered as the sole listed German university among the best 5- universities. It was even ranked 38th in one instance. In 2013, this institution was ranked as the 53th among the universities in QS World University Rankings. Some of the other universities that graced these surveys as well include Free University of Berlin, Heidelberg University, Humboldt University, and TU München.
At present, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität is considered as the second among the largest universities there are in Germany, as far as total student population is concerned. The winter semester of 2013 and 2014 can attest to this. During that time, the institution had approximately 50,542 matriculated students in total. About 8,719 among these are freshmen. On the other hand, 7,403 students from the total population are international students. This is almost 15% of the total student population.
The operating budget that the university recorded in 2013 was about 571.3 million Euros. The budget for the university hospital is not yet factored in for that figure. With the university hospital included, the estimated operating budget in 2013 was about 1.5 billion Euros.
Aside from the 18 fully functional faculty rooms, this university also boasts of and maintains numerous research centres. Some of the research centres are a result of collaboration among the renowned external partners and the university. These groups are highly involved in various transdisciplinary projects and cross-faculty projects that aim to boost the quality of the diverse academic programmes in the university.