Witten/Herdecke University 

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Witten/Herdecke University is a private, state-recognized, non-profit university in Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was the first private university in Germany to be accredited as a "Universität," a designation that acknowledges the university's academic standing as being on par with public universities and gives it the status to grant bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees as well as the German Habilitation. For more than 30 years, the UW/H has provided courses with a future in the fields of business, politics, society, psychology, dentistry, and medicine. The University of Witten/Herdecke enrolls over 2,600 students and employs 582 people, including a faculty of 71 professors and 232 lecturers/researchers. Each year, graduate school awards a Ph.D. degree to about 100 Ph.D. candidates. The university's strength in graduate education is demonstrated by the fact that there are also more master's students than bachelor's students. Currently, the university is growing its campus and accepting more students. The university's major department is the department of medicine. It was one among the first in Germany to provide a redesigned, integrated curriculum for medical school. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on extended clinical rotations and problem-based learning. Admission to the university of Witten/Herdecke is based on a comprehensive, two-step process, in contrast to most other German medical schools. Of the roughly 1,400 applicants, 42 are accepted into medical school each semester. The Witten/Herdecke University is honored to be a part of a global alliance that spans all five continents. The university has signed the "National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Higher Education Institutions to ensure that international students with the support and guidance they need while studying in Germany.

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