University and City - Two Habitats in Harmony
Among the Most Livable German Cities
According to survey data, the quality of life and general beauty of the city of Bamberg are consistently rated among the highest in Germany – and not just since the 1993 addition of the 70,000-inhabitant cathedral city to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Even at first glance, Bamberg's old quarters reveal extensive evidence of university influence and academic life, and the university itself also profits from the flair of the historic city centre. But the university is also aware of the responsibility that comes with the concept of a "university in the city."
"University in the City"
Listed historic buildings like the former Jesuit college (today An der Universität 2) or the Marcus-Haus at Markusplatz – now home to the Humanities and Human Sciences faculties – illustrate the philosophy behind the utilisation concept of the "university in the city:"
In centuries-old Bamberg, the exuberant students whose energy fills the numerous brewery taprooms, pubs and beer gardens are an inherent part of life in the city – not merely some peripheral phenomenon.
And this is what distinguishes the University of Bamberg from many of Germany's other academic institutions.
State-of-the-art Infrastructure in a Constantly Developing City
The university facilities located in the Feldkirchenstraße (home to the Faculty of Social Sciences Economics and Business Administration) and the former industrial fallow of the ERBA-Island (home to the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science) are examples of how well state-of-the-art infrastructure can be integrated into developing urban areas and how the city, the university and the students can all benefit equally from one another.
However, world heritage status is not only an aspect of the university's campus, but also an object of research for scholars of heritage conservation, art history and other disciplines. They have seized the unique opportunity to apply the cutting-edge methods being developed in their fields to the study of this very heritage – and in so doing, to contribute to its preservation.