Freunde der Universität Mannheim

The University of Mannheim has a clear goal: It aims to be one of the leading international universities in the field of economic and social sciences.

The organization “Freunde der Universität Mannheim” (Friends of the University of Mannheim) supports the university on its way to the top. In return, the university gives a lot back to its supporters – for example, they receive privileged access to outstanding students and scientists. We will present our goals and services on these pages.

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The starting position is good. The University of Mannheim is considered one of the leading research institutions in its field in Germany. Surveys among HR managers, research rankings and analyses by leading business media attest to the exceptional position of Mannheim's Business School and Department of Economics. However, the international competition to attract the brightest minds has increased significantly over the last ten years. The University of Mannheim wants to accept the challenge and be successful in this competition.

Dr. Josef Zimmermann, chair of Freunde der Universität Mannheim / Photo credit: Thomas Tröster
Freunde der Universität Mannheim Celebrate 70th Anniversary

The Freunde der Universität Mannheim have been supporting the university and its students for 70 years. In our interview on the association’s new website, Dr. Josef Zimmermann, the association’s chairperson, talks about changes to the organization and about the fields in which they have played a pioneering role.

About us

Learn more about our goals, our organization and our members.


We support a wide variety of projects. Read more about our funding priorities here.


Our members receive numerous benefits such as event invites and access to the large network of friends and supporters.

Join Us!

As a member of Freunde der Universität Mannheim you will support committed young people, pioneering research as well as the exchange between research and society. In addition, you will receive special access to the President's Office, academic staff members and the knowledge culture of the university.