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Solid placements in the respective rankings, numerous awards and a large number of projects supported by outside funds (including eight DFG-sponsored Collaborative Research Centers, ten DFG Research Units and seven DFG Research Training Groups) testify to the outstanding research achievements of the university’s scientists.
Examples of the research focus points at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz include materials research, nuclear and particle physics, as well as nuclear chemistry in the natural sciences, immunology and oncology in medicine, in addition to intercultural and media studies in the humanities and social sciences.
The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research are also located on the campus, and the university works closely with both institutions. The university is also characterized by the sophisticated, large-scale equipment that is used intensively by international teams of researchers, such as the key-down electron accelerator MAMI (Mainz Microtron) of the Institute for Nuclear Physics or the light water research reactor TRIGA of the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry.
The Mainz University Medical Center consists consists of more than 50 specialist clinics, institutes and departments as well as two central health-care facilities, a pharmacy and a transfusion center. All of these clinics and institutes work together on an interdisciplinary basis. The hospital has over 1500 beds and treats around 62,000 in-patients every year. It also serves an additional 210,000 people per year on an out-patient basis.
As the only University Medical Center in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate the Mainz University Medical Center offers health care to the highest university standard. In addition, the Mainz University Medical Center is not only a health care center, but also a research and teaching hospital. These three pillars of medicine – clinical health care, medical education and research – are inseparable aspects of integrated health care.
Students have a wide range of options, covering almost the entire spectrum of university specialties. From the study of the law and economics to the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences, from medicine and dentistry to the integration - unique in the German higher education system - of music, the fine arts and sports. The Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, located in Germersheim, trains translators and interpreters in numerous European and non-European languages.
This multiplicity of fields enables and promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching and – like its namesake Johannes Gutenberg – an innovative interplay of ideas and technologies.