Historical Data at a Glance

1720–1760 Construction of the baroque palace Schloss Mannheim
1763 Foundation of the Kurpfälzische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Academy of Sciences of the Electoral Palatinate) by Prince Elector Carl Theodor; the academy enjoys an excellent reputation even far beyond the borders of the Palatinate. The so-called “Theodoro-Palatina” focusses on the subject areas of history and natural sciences.
1778 Foundation of a commercial college for merchants’ sons that later becomes the Großherzogliche Handelsakademie (Grand-Ducal Trade Academy)
Around 1800 The impact of the French Revolutionary Wars (1795) and the Napoleonic Wars (1803) spells the end for the Theodoro-Palatina.
1817 Closing down of the Großherzogliche Handelsakademie
1907 Foundation of the Städtische Handelshochschule Mannheim (Commercial College of the City of Mannheim) that was closed in 1933
1943–1945 Vast destruction of the palace building during the Second World War.
1946 Re-opening of the commercial college as Staatliche Wirtschaftshochschule (State College of Business and Economics). In the year of its foundation, 545 students enroll.
1955 The Wirtschaftshochschule moved to the east wing of the reconstructed palace building.
1963 Expansion of the Wirtschaftshochschule: In the following years, new chairs and programs are created. The number of students amounts to 1,715.
1967 The Wirtschaftshochschule is renamed Universität Mannheim (University of Mannheim). The number of students rises to 3,150.
1969 Adoption of the Constitution of the University of Mannheim with eight schools
1979 Adoption of the new Constitution with the President’s Office (President, two Vice Presidents, Executive Vice President) as the university’s management
1995 The number of students surpasses the 10,000 mark.

Foundation of the alumni network ABSOLVENTUM MANNHEIM
1999 New Constitution: streamlining of management structures
2000 AACSB Accreditation of the Business School; the AACSB is the world’s leading association of collegiate business schools

New organizational structure with six schools

Launch of the joint fundraising initiative “Renaissance of the Baroque Palace”
2002 Best German university according to the Stern / CHE university rankings. The University of Mannheim’s degree programs in Business Administration, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and Business Informatics achieve top positions.
2004 Fusion of the two hitherto independent Schools of Law and Economics to the School of Law and Economics
2006 The University of Mannheim was the first public higher education institution in Germany to align its academic calendar with the international academic year

The initiative “Renaissance of the Baroque Palace” culminated in the reconstruction of the
mansard roof of the Schloss funded by a donation of the Hasso Plattner Foundation.
Since 2000, the renovation of the university has required investments amounting to EUR 53 million that were financed by donations and funding provided by the Land of Baden-Württemberg
2007 Celebration of the university's centenary and approval of the Chair of Business Ethics on this occasion.

CHE, the most important German university ranking, confirms the University of Mannheim among the top German higher education institutions.

The German Excellence Initiative approved the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences (GESS)
2008 The schools adopted a shared reform agenda. Mannheim becomes a university with a clear-cut profile: a unique blend of renowned Economic and Social Sciences that are linked to excellent Humanities, Law, Mathematics, and Informatics in a number of interdisciplinary programs and research projects.
2010 Professionalized management thanks to the introduction of full-time deans
2011 Launch of the fundraising campaign “Renaissance 2.0” for the renovation of the Aula and the Katakomben

For the tenth time in succession, graduates from the Business School ranked first in a survey among HR managers of all sectors carried out by the Wirtschaftswoche magazine.
2012 International students chose the campus of the University of Mannheim as the most beautiful campus in Germany and the second loveliest campus worldwide.
2013 Reintroduction of the Student Body Representative Committee
2017 Structural development of the university: Inauguration of the new building for research and teaching in B6 and of the new study and conference center of the Mannheim Business School located in the former coal cellar of the Schloss in the Ehrenhof West.