Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna (Alma Mater Rudolphina Vindobonensis) is one of the oldest and largest in Europe: almost 9,800 people including 6,800 academic staff work at its 20 faculties and centers. With 178 regular study programs to choose from, it also offers the nation's widest variety of degree courses. Its focuses include data science and digital humanities, health and microbiome research, society and communications, molecular biology and cognitive neurosciences, and quantum and material science.
The Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna also has a long history. With about 8,000 students it nowadays belongs to the world's largest and most renowned medical universities. The university comprises 26 university hospitals, three clinical institutes, 12 theoretical medicine centres and numerous highly specialised laboratories. The main research areas include the Immunology Research Cluster, Cancer Research/Oncology, the Medical Neuroscience Cluster, the Cardiovascular Cluster and the Medical Imaging Cluster.
The University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (mdw) came seventh in the Performing Arts category in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, making it one of the best institutions of its kind in the world. The campus of the University of Business and Economics which opened in the second district in 2013 provides a source of impetus for Vienna as a city of knowledge and complements other locations such as the Neu Marx research and technology center (currently under development), the University of Vienna campus and Siemens City.
Central European University (CEU) became the latest university to come to Vienna when it opened a campus in the city in fall 2019. With its focus on social sciences and humanities, CEU is the ideal addition to the capital's higher education landscape