"Universitäts- und Hansestadt Greifswald" ("University and Hanseatic City of
Greifswald") - this has been the city's official title since 2006. There can
hardly be a more fitting description for this university and its surrounding city.
The second-oldest North European university was founded in 1465. Since then, the
alma mater has been dictating life's rhythm in Greifswald, as well as the
development of this city of some 60,000 inhabitants.
The new construction of many clinical and university buildings helped attract
numerous research institutes to settle in the city. Today, the university is
the most important economic factor in the city and the surrounding region. More
than 12,000 students are matriculated at the five faculties, a figure that is set
to increase. They dictate the pace of life in Greifswald, and create an open,
fresh, and dynamic atmosphere. Greifswald of course also profits from its proximity
to the Baltic Sea and the concomitant wealth of tourist activities.