New Frontiers in Science – Munich Summer Academy 2005


The course “Science, Media, Art and Economy for the Future” is organised by EH EuroHouse gGmbH in cooperation with the International Office of Munich University, the DAAD, Professors from the University of Munich, representatives from various research institutes as well as other Universities. Next to the University Professors Tutors from the University as well as supervisors will be at your disposal in the residential hall as well as during the supporting programme.

The EH EuroHouse gGmbH is a non-profit company. The EH EuroHouse works in co-operation with the Academic Foreign Department of the University of Munich, various professorships and institutions of the University of Munich with research-centres in Munich including Garching and Martinsried, as well as with the DAAD. The common aim of the programme is to show international guests, researches and students the view of the innovative aspects of Munich as the “World-City of Science, Media, Art and Economy.” Thereby guest-professors, representatives from the Max Planck Institutes, the GSF, the Munich Academy of Art, the lothringer13/laden, various firms, museums and public facilities are co-operating in the course.

Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU)

Wolfgang Frühwald, professor at the LMU, writes the following in his introduction to the university’s history: “The foundation festival of the Ludwig Maximilian University, celebrated annually in June) reminds of the founding of the “High School” in Ingolstadt, the capital of the Bavarian Dukes, through Duke Ludwig the Rich on the 26th of June 1472.” The LMU belongs, as Frühwald mentions, to an exclusive group of 61 universities, which, according to an American study, possess an unbroken history dating back to the Reformation.

In 1802 the “High School” was relocated to Landshut und was renamed after King Maximilian to “Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität”. Ludwig I, upon becoming King, moved the university in 1826 to the new royal capital of Munich. The main building of the university was completed in 1840.

Today the LMU stands, with 17 special fields of research and a universal spectrum of faculties and special facilities with 44,000 students, at the pinnacle of the German university landscape. The humanistic rooted tradition of the LMU lasted centuries, only to be inverted during the reign of the National-socialists. “That the Ludwig Maximilians University did not lose its esteem in the years of the national-socialist regime is due to the resistance of the ‘White Rose’ formed around the siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl and their professor, the philosopher Kurt Huber,” writes Frühwald in his introduction. Andreas Heldrich, rector of the LMU until 2002, when asked by the press before the election of his successor what he considers to be his greatest success at the University was, replied: “I am proud that the memorial to the ‘White Rose’ was completed in my reign at the University. The memorial is a foundation stone from a culture of free thinking, which moulds the intellectual profile of the LMU.”