The 35th University in the City Hall:
THE HISTORY OF MAINZ UNIVERSITY FROM 1946
Crossing boundaries. From the reopening by the French to becoming an international university in the heart of Europe
(November 2015 – March 2016)
As early as 1946, one year after the collapse of the Nazi regime in Germany, the French occupying forces decided to reestablish a university in Mainz. The refounded university emerged from the ruins of a largely destroyed city but, at the same time, it also represented a brand new start because the institution was from the very outset given the task of providing democratic education. In 2016, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its reopening. The University in the City Hall lecture series will be looking at the most significant developments at Mainz University since 1946 and consider these within the context of the history of the German university landscape and its major turning points.