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City and University

Unihauptgebaeude, Foto Pressestelle Universität (2)

From its founding to the present, the university has always provided important impetus for the development of our city throughout its more than 750-years history. In the process, the city and university have always benefited from each other. University studies, teaching and research have greatly contributed to the development of Greifswald as a scientific, medical and cultural centre in the north-east of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. For this reason, Greifswald is also one of the first university cities where the partnership between city and university is framed on the basis of a cooperation agreement. This is only logical since the city’s mission statement emphasises the strengthening and expansion of the university as key goals of urban municipal policy. The importance of the university to the city is also shown by Greifswald bearing the name The University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald since 2005.

The university owes its existence to a former mayor of Greifswald, Heinrich Rubenow, who founded the University of Greifswald in 1456 and was also its first rector.


Examples of the influence of university and students on the city


The university and university hospital are the biggest employers in the city. We have biotechnology and technology centres where business founders are supported in every respect. These not only provide good opportunities for internships, but also for students themselves to put their business ideas into action.



Students are important for the housing market. A cycle path leads from the new campus to the city centre.


The Hochschulsportgemeinschaft HSG e.V. is the city’s largest sports club, with more than 2,000 members.


The University of Greifswald plays a major role in the big festivals. Without them, our varied cultural programme would be inconceivable. This is true, for example, for the Greifswalder Bachwoche (which attracts about 10,000 visitors a year), the Festival of Spiritual Music in the North (the organiser is the Pomeranian Evangelical Church and the artistic director is Prof. Jochen A. Modeß, Chair of Church Music at the Institute of Church Music and Musicology), the PolenmARkT (organised by the Chair of East and West Slavic Philology), or the Nordischer Klang Festival, the largest Nordic festival outside Scandinavia (organized by the University’s Nordic Department).



Greifswald is also set up for young student families: in the "Makarenko" communal day-care centre, the girls and boys are lovingly taken care of from 5.45am to 9pm. This means lectures even in the evening hours are not a problem. The Student Union also has its own "Campuskinder" childcare centre now.