Europaeum welcomes new German member

The Europaeum this month formally welcomes the world renowned Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München as the newest partner of its consortium. A Memorandum of Agreement is due to be signed in Munich this week between  Professor Bernd Huber, the President Of LMU Munich and Dr Paul Flather, Secretary-General of the Europaeum, and it is hoped that the new partnership will be launched a Europaeum event at Munich this year.

LMU graduates have already been invited to join the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme, before this year’s deadline in late January, and also to the forthcoming European Policy-Making seminar coming up in Brussels at the beginning of March. LMU is now one of Europe’s leading research universities, founded in 1472 in Ingolstad, since when it has moved cities twice. While today, LMU Munich has matured into one of the world’s leading international universities, it began with just four faculties: the Faculty of Arts, the completion of which qualified a student for the other three faculties: medicine, jurisprudence, or theology.

The history of LMU very much echoes that of Germany – so during the Humanist era, it was home to many leading foes of Martin Luther, such as Peter and Philippe Apian, Konrad Celtis, Johannes Aventin, and Johannes Eck, who taught theology. During the 18th century, it felt the spirit of the Enlightenment, with empirical sciences making great gains and pastoral theology and ‘modern’ law emerging. In 1800, LMU moved to Landshut becoming MNU in honour of Maximilian I and Ludwig the Wealthy. Then in 1826 it was moved to Munchen by orders of the new King Ludwig I, and in 1840, it settled in the main building, designed by architect Friedrich von Gärtner. It continued to grow and develop through the 19th century, with the first women to receive doctorates in 1900.  In the interwar years, many prominent, internationally recognised, scholars were at LMU including Sociologist Max Weber, cardiopulmonary surgeon, Ferdinand Sauerbruch, and art historian Heinrich Wölfflin. This was followed by setbacks during the National Socialist dictatorship and World War II, when Jewish and politically unacceptable professors fired, and  academic life blighted. The LMU though recongnises a courageous band of resisters, from 1943, when the Weisse Rose (White Rose) attempted to revive the national conscience and the voice of reason in Germany. The seven students and their teacher, all  executed, are commemorated by Geschwister-Scholl-Platz in front of the main building, the Professor-Huber-Platz in front of the Law Faculty building, and by a memorial room. For more see the LMU website.

The Europaeum looks forward to collaborating with new colleagues and graduates from the LMU. “This is an exciting time for the Europaeum family. We look forward to sharing and benefitting from the excellence of the LMU,” said Dr Flather.  For inquiries and information about the LMU within the Europaeum, please contact Raffaella Delli Santi, our liaison coordinator, on delli-santi@lmu.de