The University of Mannheim is one of the leading higher education institutions in Germany. This is illustrated by the university' s top placements in national and international university rankings. The Social Sciences and Economics, in particular, regularly achieve top positions. This success is also due to the university' s close cooperation with numerous renowned research institutions in Germany and around the world.
Formerly funded by the Excellence Initiative, the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) offers its doctoral students an English-language program with continuous funding. In addition, pursuing a doctorate with GESS includes research stays at internationally recognized universities and assistance in starting a career in academia.
The University of Mannheim attaches great importance to involving the doctoral students' councils in the university’s decision-making processes. The representatives of the councils therefore communicate the interests of the doctoral students in all important committees and are also in close exchange with the President's Office and the Central University Administration.
Those who like an international and vibrant atmosphere will feel right at home in Mannheim. The city combines tradition and modernity in a unique way and offers a rich cultural and leisure life. Inhabitants from more than 150 nations, a baroque palace as its campus and Germany's first night mayor – Mannheim is special in every respect.