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Saarland University

Saarland University is a campus university located in Saarbrücken and Homburg (Medical Faculty and University Teaching Hospital). 16,900 students study at the university in eight faculties. The university was founded in November 1948. Saarland University was originally established as a bilingual university that combined French and German educational traditions while offering a unique European perspective. The university, which was established with the support of the French Government and the University of Nancy, was the first to be founded west of the River Rhine after the Second World War. At the time Saarland found itself in the special situation of being partly autonomous and linked to France by economic and monetary union. Prior to the foundation of the University, clinical training courses for medical students had been introduced at the state hospital in Homburg/Saar in January 1946 with the "Centre Universitaire d'Études Supérieures de Hombourg" established on 8 May 1947 under the patronage of the University of Nancy.

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Computer Science at Saarland University

Saarbrücken is an international research-oriented center for computer science. Researchers at Saarland University cooperate closely with the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Center for Bioinformatics and the Visual Computing Institute. These internationally renowned research institutes are co-located on the Saarbrücken University Campus, neighbours to the Computer Science Department with its 19 chairs. All in all, more than 300 researchers in Computer Science have made their academic home in Saarbrücken. Many work on common projects funded by the German Government, the European Union or industrial partners. In October 2007, Saarbrücken Computer Science was awarded two major grants in the framework of the Initiative for Excellence of the German federal and state governments: the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction and funding for the international Graduate School of Computer Science, which will help us continue to build and secure our international scientific and academic standing. Many national and international Scientific Awards have been granted to members of our faculty.

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