Dies academicus 2017
The anniversary of the founding of the University
The dies academicus, an event which commemorates the anniversary of the founding of FAU, is celebrated once a year on 4 November 1743. FAU’s President invites everyone to an academic celebration to mark this occasion. In his speech, the President presents the year’s highlights, the latest developments and FAU’s prospects for the future.
A short history of FAU
The University in Erlangen was established in the spirit of enlightened absolutism. The function of German universities in the eighteenth century was to serve the needs of the many principalities by making provisions for the education and training of civil servants to enhance the reputation of the princes.
This was also the prime source of motivation for Margrave Friedrich of Brandenburg-Bayreuth who founded the Friedrichs-Universität in his principality in 1743 with the aid of Margravess Wilhelmine and the first chancellor of the University, Daniel de Superville.
It was the third university to be established in Franconia, after the universities of Altdorf and Würzburg, and was based in the imperial city of Erlangen in the former knight’s academy located on Hauptstraße. The official opening of the University took place on 4 November 1743, an event which is still commemorated every year at the dies academicus.