University of Cologne

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HeadquartersCologne, Germany
A leader in the area of economics and is regularly placed in top positions for law and business

The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is a university in Cologne, Germany. It was the sixth university to be established in Central Europe[1] and, although it closed in 1798 before being re-established in 1919, it is now one of the largest universities in Germany with more than 48,000 students. The University of Cologne is a German Excellence University.


First building of the new university


The University of Cologne was established in 1388 as the fourth university in the Holy Roman Empire, after the Charles University of Prague (1348), the University of Vienna (1365) and the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (1386). The charter was signed by Pope Urban VI. The university began teaching on 6 January 1389.

In 1798, the university was abolished by the French, who had invaded Cologne in 1794, because under the new French constitution, many universities were abolished all over France. The last rector Ferdinand Franz Wallraf was able to preserve the university's Great Seal, now once more in use.


Main building, by architect Adolf Abel, 1934

In 1919, the Prussian government endorsed a decision by the Cologne City Council to re-establish the university. This was considered to be a replacement for the loss of the University of Strasbourg on the west bank of the Rhine, which contemporaneously reverted to France with the rest of Alsace. On 29 May 1919, the Cologne Mayor Konrad Adenauer signed the charter of the modern university.

At that point, the new university was located in Neustadt-Süd, but relocated to its current campus in Lindenthal on 2 November 1934. The old premises are now being used for the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Initially, the university was composed of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences (successor to the Institutes of Commerce and of Communal and Social Administration) and the Faculty of Medicine (successor to the Academy of Medicine). In 1920, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts were added, from which latter the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was split off in 1955 to form a separate Faculty. In 1980, the two Cologne departments of the Rhineland School of Education were attached to the university as the Faculties of Education and of Special Education. In 1988, the university became a founding member of the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies (CEMS), today's Global Alliance in Management Education.

The University is a leader in the area of economics and is regularly placed in top positions for law and business, both for national and international rankings.


Alumni on Wikispooks

Rainer Barzel20 June 192426 August 2006GermanPoliticianGerman politician who attended the 1965 Bilderberg
Werner Baumann3 October 1962GermanBusinesspersonAttended the 2017 Bilderberg as Bayer CEO
Oliver Bäte1 March 1965GermanBusinesspersonGerman businessman with supranational deep state connections
Franz Froschmaier29 July 19308 January 2013GermanPolitician
German lawyer/politician
Hans Globke10 September 189813 February 1973GermanLawyer
Deep state actor
High ranking jurist during the Nazi government; After the war one of the most powerful people in the German government.
Timotheus Höttges18 September 1962GermanBusinesspersonGerman telecom executive
Paul Janssen12 September 192611 November 2003BelgiumDoctor
Belgian businessman who founded Janssen Pharmaceutica, which became a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson in 1961
Peter Jungen21 August 1939GermanDeep state operative
At least 4 visits to Le Cercle... Personal assistant to Otto Wolff von Amerongen
Klaus Kinkel17 December 1936GermanSpook
Graf Otto Lambsdorff20 December 19265 December 2009GermanPolitician
Deep state operative
Attended the 1980 and 1984 Bilderbergs as West Germany/Federal Minister of Economics.
Robert du Plooy5 July 1921South AfricaDiplomat
Deep state operative
South African deep state operative/diplomat who attended Le Cercle in South Africa in 1984.
Gerhard Prinz5 April 192929 October 1983GermanBusinesspersonAttended the 1980 Bilderberg as Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz AG
Sławomir Sikora30 March 1962PolandAcademic
Polish Bilderberg banker, TLC
Hans Tietmeyer18 August 193127 December 2016GermanyEconomist
Central banker
President of the German Bundesbank
Günther Verheugen28 April 1944GermanPolitician
Bernhard Worms14 March 1930GermanPolitician


  1. Prague (1348), Kraków (1364), Vienna (1365), Pécs (1367), Heidelberg (1386), Cologne (1388)