The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is shaped by the people who study and work here: our students and our employees in research, teaching and administration.
Being a state-recognized university that is supported by a foundation under church law, the KU is shaped by the spirit, ideas and commitment of its members. The first and only Catholic University in Germany is characterized by a strong practical focus, human-centered research and its commitment to imparting an ethical sense of responsibility and excellent teamwork. On its compact campus, KU students benefit from short distances and an excellent staff-to-student ratio that create the ideal framework conditions for exchange on campus and beyond.
The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is a state-recognized university under church sponsorship. It is open to students of all faiths and beliefs. The mission of a Catholic university is to dedicate itself to the truth unconditionally. The KU fulfills this mission in scientific autonomy and freedom of research and teaching.
At the end of the seventies, a change in the Bavarian Higher Education Act led to the abolition of all “Gesamthochschulen”. Therefore, the Foundation had to reconsider the future of the “Gesamthochschule Eichstätt”.
The chairperson of the Bavarian Bishops’ Conference, the then Arch Bishop Josef Kardinal Ratzinger, therefore suggested to the Holy See to elevate the Gesamthochschule to become a Catholic University. In addition to Arch Bishop Ratzinger, the Eichstätt Bishop Alois Brehms, who was a strong supporter of the KU’s development, was also substantially involved in the institution being elevated to university status.
After an exchange of notes between the Apostolic See and the Free State of Bavaria, the Gesamthochschule Eichstätt was elevated to the first Catholic university in Germany and was granted the status of a “university within the meaning of the Bayerisches Hochschulrecht (Bavarian higher education law)”.
The official foundation date of the Catholic University of Eichstätt (KUE) is April 1, 1980, when the "Sacra congregatio pro institutione catholica” was signed by the prefect of the congregation Cardinal William Braun and the secretary of the congregation Antonio Maria Javierre. The change in the concordat in 1988 paved the way for the establishment of the business and economics faculty that was opened in 1989 in Ingolstadt.
In 2001, the University adopted new Basic Rules that reflected both University locations, Eichstätt and Ingolstadt – as the location of the KU’s business and economics faculty – in the University’s name.
In 2020, the KU adopted its new Mission Statement.
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