Goethe University Frankfurt 

Frankfurt, Frankfurt am main
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Goethe University is a university located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It was founded in 1914 as a citizens' university, which means it was founded and funded by the wealthy and active liberal citizenry of Frankfurt. The original name was Universität Frankfurt am Main. In 1932, the university's name was extended in honour of one of the most famous native sons of Frankfurt, the poet, philosopher and writer/dramatist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The university currently has around 45,000 students, distributed across four major campuses within the city. The university celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. 20 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the university, including Max von Laue and Max Born. Goethe University is now one of Germany's top ten universities. Around 600 students began their studies in Frankfurt with the start of teaching in the winter semester of 1914/15. During the winter semester, Goethe University had over 37,000 students enrolled. Critically committed to its eventful history, the institution is guided by the ideas of the European Enlightenment, democracy and the rule of law and opposes racism, nationalism and anti-Semitism. The Goethe University is a place of argumentative debate where research and teaching are socially responsible. The teaching and research activities are spread across four campuses rather than one. University of Frankfurt's 16 faculties are now distributed as: the social and educational science faculty on the Bockenheim campus, the natural sciences faculty on the Riedberg campus, the medical faculty on the Niederrad campus, and the former economics, social sciences, law, and philosophy faculties on the Westend campus. Although size is not the same as strength, to the University of Frankfurt, size means diversity and thus harbors enormous potential for the future development of the university.

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