Creative minds shape the culture of knowledge at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). At JGU, more than 35,000 staff and students from over 120 nations take on the challenges of the sciences and the arts, of research, learning, and teaching every single day. It is the joint efforts of all JGU members doing research, studying, working, and living together that make our university so successful. JGU supports its members in all their endeavors – in keeping with the university’s namesake, Johannes Gutenberg, and its motto, “The Gutenberg Spirit: Moving Minds – Crossing Boundaries.”

Our Gutenberg Network brings alumnae and alumni, partners, and friends of JGU together and links them with those currently studying, teaching, researching, and working in Mainz. This creates a vibrant, cross-generational JGU community from which all members can benefit throughout their lives.

JGU pursues an innovative strategy of university governance as well as an efficient and sustainable approach to science management. This has earned the university national and international acclaim over the past two decades.

JGU has defined research focuses, which are regularly reviewed and adjusted. As a comprehensive university with a wide range of disciplines, JGU is able to identify interdisciplinary and innovative core research areas through competitive, quality-oriented processes. These research areas then receive targeted support. The research currently being conducted at JGU is characterized in particular by the following top-level areas:

  • Particle and hadron physics with the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence
  • Materials sciences and quantum technology
  • Sustainable chemistry and polymer chemistry
  • Life sciences and translational medicine

JGU cherishes the diversity of its students and endeavors to make them feel comfortable and supported during their studies. The university provides guidance throughout the entire student life cycle with a full range of professional services – from student counseling and application to enrollment and course registration, organizing a semester abroad, and exam registration to graduation and the transition to a professional career. In addition, JGU’s continuing education programs provide many opportunities for lifelong learning.

JGU strives to mold its students into enlightened, responsible global citizens and places considerable emphasis on internationalism and interculturalism in research, learning, and teaching. Active cooperation with partners offering a broad range of joint courses is at the core of JGU’s academic philosophy, achieved through affiliation within the regional Rhine-Main Universities (RMU) alliance as well as international partnerships such as the EU-funded FORTHEM European University Alliance.

JGU places equal emphasis on research and teaching. The teaching strategy and resulting innovative teaching methods and courses have earned the university various prizes and awards – including the German Genius Loci Award for Excellence in Teaching.

JGU seeks to attract the best and brightest minds, thus employing a professional, transparent recruitment and appointment strategy. The university is committed to ensuring diversity and equal opportunities, creating positive prospects and enriching all its members through the promotion and reward of their individual skills and talents. With this clear commitment to a diversity-based university culture, we have created a motivating work environment that fosters job satisfaction and invites our staff to contribute to diversity management at the university.

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