Date: December 2009
The University of Leipzig is the second oldest in Germany, after the Ruprecht-Karl University in Heidelberg (founded 1385), to have performed research and teaching activities without interruption since its foundation. It was formally opened on 2 December 1409 in the presence of the Wettin rulers, Margraves Frederick and William, in the refectorium of St. Thomas' monastery.
Today, the University of Leipzig is one of the most renowned in Europe. Around 50 Nobel laureates, including Theodor Mommsen, Wilhelm Ostwald and Werner Heisenberg, had close links to the University. Many famous personalities, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Wagner, as well as the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, studied here.