Dies academicus

FAU anniversary

FAU celebrated its 276th birthday on Monday, 4 November 2019. As the School of Business, Economics, and Society also celebrated its 100th year in 2019, this year’s annual celebration of the founding of the University took place at the School in Lange Gasse 20 in Nuremberg.

All members and students of FAU as well as all those close to the University were most welcome to attend.

FAU’s landmark: The Margrave statue in front of the Schloss in Erlangen (image: FAU)

FAU’s landmark: The Margrave statue in front of the Schloss in Erlangen (image: FAU/Georg Pöhlein)

Further information on the programme and on past celebrations are available on the German dies academicus page.

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.

More on the history of FAU