From regional academy to cosmopolitan university
Von der regionalen Akademie zur weltoffenen Universität
The “Düsseldorf Academy for Practical Medicine” is founded on 4.6.1907 by imperial decree after long and sustained efforts from Düsseldorf.
The Academy’s function: to provide training for medical practitioners, training in special subjects, further training courses, and to promote practical medicine from a scientific
point of view.The Academy had no presidential constitution and was not able to train students.
Ceremonial opening of the newly-built General Municipal Hospital (Allgemeine Städtische Krankenanstalten) and the “Academy for Practical Medicine”.
The Academy begins clinical training with provisional approval and mainly for war veterans.
Prussia and Düsseldorf sign an agreement, renaming the “Academy for Practical Medicine” “Medical Academy in Düsseldorf”. The Academy receives a presidential constitution and the right to clinically train students.
Official opening of the Academy.
Students are able to study Dentistry.
The “Medical Academy in Düsseldorf” receives the right to confer doctorate.
Academic training is resumed.
Foundation of the Association of friends and supporters of the Medical Academy (Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Medizinischen Akademie in Düsseldorf) .
1960s: The founding years
The State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and Düsseldorf sign an agreement: NRW assumes responsibility and care for the Medical Academy from 1.1.1962, whilst the City of Düsseldorf remains in possession of the General Municipal Hospital (Allgemeine Städtische Krankenanstalten).
The State government of North Rhine-Westphalia decides to convert the Medical Academy into “Düsseldorf University”.
First year students of Medicine are accepted for the first time.It was previously only possible to study from the 3rd semester .
Düsseldorf University is constituted with a Faculty of Medicine and a combined Faculty of Natural Sciences – Arts and Humanities.
Ceremony to celebrate the foundation of the university.
The joint Faculty of Natural Sciences – Arts and Humanities is separated into two independent faculties: Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.
The Municipal Hospital (Städtische Krankenanstalten) – University Hospital is no longer under the control of the City of Düsseldorf but now under that of the State North Rhine-Westphalia (university).
A prize is awarded in the building and ideas competition for the central part of the university including library, lecture halls and arts and humanities institutes.
Most of the arts and humanities institutes move into the newly-constructed premises on campus.
The university signs a partnership agreement with the University of Nantes (France).
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences takes up residence in its new premises with 3,800 study places.
The newly-founded study programme Pharmacy welcomes its first students .
The new building for the University Library opens its doors. For the first time the university comprises more than 10,000 students.
Opening of the Institute of Sports Science and the university’s sport facilities.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities signs a cooperation agreement with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Naples (Italy).
The university receives a new constitution.
The new constitution becomes effective with the election of Deans.
The university signs a partnership agreement with the University of Naples (Italy).
Opening of the MNR (Medical – Neurological – Radiological) clinic.
The university signs a partnership agreement with the University of Peking (PR China).
The university signs a cooperation agreement with the University of Alicante (Spain).
Düsseldorf is the first European university to offer the study programme “Literary Translation”.
A The university signs a partnership agreement with the University of Reading (Great Britain) .
The senate decides that the university should bear the name “Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf” in future.
The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics is established.
The university signs a partnership agreement with the University of California, Davis (USA).
The senate forms the university board of trustees .
The university signs a partnership agreement with Pennsylvania State University (USA).
The study programme “Law” is established.
The Heinrich Heine Hall, funded by the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der HHU Düsseldorf (University friends and supporters), and situated in the student halls of residence Campus-South, is inaugurated in an official ceremony.
The Faculty of Law is established.
The new children’s hospital “Schloßmann-Haus” is opened.
The Faculty of Law is able to move into the newly-built Juridicum on campus after a record construction time – the ground-breaking ceremony took place on 26.1.1996.
The university signs a partnership agreement with Karls University, Prague (Czech Republic).
The university signs a partnership agreement with Keio University, Tokyo (Japan).
Mickeln castle is ceremonially inaugurated as the university’s new guest house and conference centre.
Düsseldorf University Hospital is established as a public-law institution (Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts). Düsseldorf University Hospital with a supervisory board and a director thereby takes the place of the previous Medizinische Einrichtungen (medical facilities), which as a result become legally independent.
The university constitution, adapted to satisfy the new Higher Education Act, is ratified by the senate. The President’s Office is thereby extended to include the Vice President for International Relations.
Committee elections and the re-election of the Vice Presidents and Deans conclude the reorganization stipulated by the new Higher Education Act.
On the initiative of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Düsseldorf Business School is founded.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland visits Heinrich Heine University as part of her state visit (Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital).
The Freedom of Institutions of Higher Education Act (Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz / HFG) comes into force. The university loses its dual character as both corporation and state institution and becomes an independent public corporation.
The university constitution, adapted to satisfy the Freedom of Institutions of Higher Education Act, is ratified by the senate.
The senate elects the eight members of the future university council, the university’s supreme body as laid down in the constitution. The Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology gives its consent the next day.
The members of the university council are nominated.
Founding meeting of düsseldorf university press.
Prof. Dr. Dr. H. Michael Piper is elected President of Düsseldorf University by the university council. He begins his period in office on 3.11.2008.
The North Rhine-Westphalian Research School BioStruct opens its doors at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.
The Schwarz-Schütte foundation and Düsseldorf University draw up deeds concerning the funding of the construction of the “Oeconomicum”. This new building for the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics and the institution of a number of additional Chairs in Economics are sponsored by a total sum of EUR 40 million.
The new President’s office starts work. In addition to the President Prof. Dr. Dr. H. Michael Piper and the Chancellor Prof. Ulf Pallme König, it consists of the Vice Presidents Prof. Dr. Ulrich von Alemann (Excellence in Teaching), Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeffer (Structural Development) and Prof. Dr. Lutz Schmitt (Research and Innovation).
The Student Service Centre is opened.
Laying of the foundation stone for the “Oeconomicum”
The State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Düsseldorf University sign a contract, whereby the university receives a total of EUR 110 million for modernisation purposes.
Prof. Dr. Axel Buchner joins the President’s office as Vice President for Academic Management and International Relations.
During the summer semester 2010, Germany’s former foreign minister Joschka Fischer, as Heinrich Heine Visiting Professor 2010, gives three lectures on “Europe’s Role in the World” (Europas Rolle
in der Welt).Video stream of the lectures
Düsseldorf university public speeches: Hans-Dietrich Genscher, foreign minister of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1992 opens the lecture series “The State and Law during Separation and Unification” (Staat und Recht in Teilung und Einheit).